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Demolition set for old Queen’s Park Sports Centre

The old sports centre Credit: ITV News

Demolition of Chesterfield's old Queen’s Park Sports Centre will start next month. Earlier this year Chesterfield Borough Council’s planning committee approved the demolition of the building, in Boythorpe Road, which has been empty since the new Queen’s Park Sports Centre opened in January.

Following a procurement process the council has appointed a contractor to carry out the demolition work in January. It will take between three and four months to complete.

The news comes as the council has published the results of a public consultation into the future use of the site. More than 580 people responded over a six week period during September and October.

The council’s preferred option, outlined in the consultation, is to use the site to house 3G multi-use games pitches.

Of the people who responded 69 per cent agreed with the suggestion of using the site for 3G pitches, with 23 per cent disagreeing and eight per cent giving no view. 22 of the 583 respondents suggested building an exhibition hall, with 21 people proposing a water play area and ice rink respectively.


Doorstep robbers jailed for total of 9 years

David Edge (left) and Nicky Mikysa (right) Credit: Derbyshire Constabulary

Two men from Chesterfield have been jailed for a total of nine years after pinning their victim to the ground and attacking him on his doorstep in May this year.

David Edge and Nicky Mikysa were accused of knocking on the door of a house in Stubbing Road in Chesterfield. When the occupant answered the door, he was grabbed by the throat and forced to the ground.

He was assaulted before the men stole the man's cash and walked off.

The 34-year-old victim needed hospital treatment after the robbery happened at 10.40pm on May 9th.

Both men pleaded guilty to the offence at Derby Crown Court and were jailed for four-and-a-half years each.


Women against 'state pension inequality' to protest

Women against 'state pension inequality' to protest Credit: ITV News

Campaigners against changes to the state pension age for women born in the 1950s will hold a protest in Chesterfield today.

Members of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) say the speed at which the change was introduced to increase the age to 65 in 1995 did not give women the chance to make plans for retirement.

The group does not want the pension age to revert back to 60, but wants a a 'bridging' pension to cover the gap from age 60 until State Pension Age.

The march in New Square will be addressed by Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins, Natascha Engel, the MP for North East Derbyshire and Dennis Skinner, the veteran Labour MP for Bolsover.

15-year-old boy charged with murder

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder.

The body of 35-year-old Darren Broadbent was discovered at a house on Thorntree Court in Grangewood in Chesterfield on Monday August 1st.

The teenager, from Sheffield, is the third person to be charged in relation to this investigation.

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