Visitors to this year’s Amberfest got more than they bargained for when they met the newly elected Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa out on walkabout.
He said: “I want to get out and meet people, so that I can listen to their concerns. I’m currently writing my Police and Crime Plan, so it really is important that people tell me what really matters to them and their communities. I met a lot of people and I was able to hear their views and give them feedback about the policing perspective.
“This was a really good event, showing how local partners can work together to provide a wide range of different services and activities. Policing is a fundamental part of our communities and I was pleased to be able to go along.”
The event, held this year in Alfreton’s Indoor Market Hall, was organised to enable residents to learn more about local services and how local organisations are working to deliver an improved quality of life.
Information on green spaces and award-winning parks, activities and town trails was abundant, and a ‘Love Your Local Market’ display had a wide range of traditional stalls promoting their quality wares and offering special deals and activities. An enthusiastic customer, the Commissioner was also delighted to meet the people producing Derbyshire Tartan – coming away with a sample – and other local specialities.
“When the Derbyshire Tartan is in commercial production I already have my eye on a Tartan tie,” he said.
‘Love Your Local Market’ continues throughout the month of May with traditional outdoor markets in Ripley and Heanor on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the month, and Belper Farmers Market on the 8th May. Alfreton Indoor Market opens Tues, Thurs, Friday and Saturday.
Picture Shows (L-R): Three members of the public, Councillor Sheila Emmas-Williams; Councillor Roland Emmas-Williams; Mayor of Ripley, Councillor Alwyn Bridge; Sharon Sutton, Landscape Development Manager Amber Valley Borough Council; Representative from Amber Valley Borough Council; Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa; Fire Service Volunteer Co-ordinator Daniel Fisher; Ellie Bircumshaw - Community Safety Officer Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service.
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Posted on Monday 23rd May 2016