Category: General

  • Visitor Information Centre set to close

    The Society is very disappointed at the decision to close the Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre (VIC). We feel it is not clear how the supposed ‘digital’ delivery aimed at providing information in future will actually work. It can’t, for example, replace the availability of such things as hard copy leaflets that have been available at…

  • Our latest Blue Plaque – 87 New Square

    Information on our latest ‘blue plaque’ to be unveiled at 87 New Square, at the beginning of February. The latest in the Chesterfield and District Civic Society’s ‘blue plaques’ series has been kindly sponsored by Leverton UK Ltd. They are responsible for the restoration of the plaque’s destination – 87 New Square – and its…

  • Society responds to Borough’s budget ‘conversation’.

    Chesterfield and District Civic Society has submitted its response to Chesterfield Borough Council’s budget ‘conversation’. The Society understands that Chesterfield Borough Council needs to make service cuts, as it is predicting a £4 million budget shortfall. This is the result of the cumulative effect of reductions from central government funding, inflation, and the lingering negative impact…

  • Plaque progress

    We have been continuing to review our blue plaques scheme, including where we might have new plaques and of current plaques in need of replacement. Current plaques needing replacement After receiving a report on the existing plaques, the Civic Society committee has prioritised two as in most urgent need of replacement. Both contain factual errors…

  • Help our buildings at risk list get a refresh

    We are working on a refresh of our unloved and heritage buildings at risk list and want your help in revising it. The list is an attempt to build a register of buildings, locally, that we feel are important. They may be listed, empty, or suffering from neglect and visibly deteriorating. Sometimes they may just…

  • New chairman for society

    We have a new chairman of the Chesterfield and District Civic Society – Howard Borrell. Howard will be well-known to many. He was a Chesterfield borough councillor until earlier this year, where he took a particular interest in planning and town centre regeneration issues. Howard will certainly be well-known to fans of Chesterfield Football club;…

  • Tapton House issues addressed at our AGM

    We were very fortunate that the managing director of Stone Castle Enterprise, Dan Pattrick, had agreed to speak about his plans for Tapton House at our AGM in September. We made it clear that members of Friends of Tapton House were welcome to attend, as long as Dan was given a courteous reception and a…

  • The continuing saga of Hurst House

    We have written all too often about the saga of Hurst House, Abercrombie Street, and what we consider is a scandal regarding its sale as a viable property (or rather how this has not happened and of the building’s decline). We were recently contacted by a neighbouring resident concerning the state of Hurst House. The…

  • Cycle-way saga – a sad story end

    Those who live or travel through the area will already be aware, the county council has now begun work on the two-way high-speed cycle track along the north side of Chatsworth Road, between the junctions of Holymoor Road and Storrs Road. This comes at the end of a long campaign by the Civic Society and…

  • Blue Plaque Update

    1 – Rose Hill United Reformed Church We unveiled the latest of our blue plaques at Rose Hill United Reformed Church on Thursday 13 July. The plaque has been kindly sponsored by the congregation. Sadly, the chapel is now in the process of closure, with the future of the building remaining uncertain. We understand it…