FEARS over the future of Melbourne’s bus service have been allayed. Operators Arriva and Derbyshire County Council say that Service 2, which connects Melbourne with Derby and Swadlincote, will resume its normal timetable as soon as possible. 
Residents have been concerned that the recent changes which dramatically reduced the evening services might become a permanent fixture.

Find out more on this in our August edition, which contains news of plans to knock down the former Star Micronics building on Chapel Street in Melbourne and build nine homes. The proposal would be to flatten all buildings on the site and create the detached and terraced new homes.

The two-year wait for new public toilets in Melbourne is over. We have a picture of BBC Radio Derby presenter Andy Twigge helping with the ceremonial opening of the new facilities.

There is also an update on the church with no pews … St Wilfrid’s in Barrow is in the process of being completely transformed into a multi-functional community centre in a project costing in excess of £800,000. It is hoped to resume services by Christmas.

The latest Village Voice edition also has its very own top gear story, Des Gosling’s disability motoring business having stepped in to help a quadruple amputee learn to drive. They have fitted teenager Isabelle Weall’s first car with all the adaptations needed to get her on the road. Isabelle had to have her lower arms and legs removed after contracting meningitis aged seven.

From all of the team at the Village Voice.
Lucy, Nicola, David and Anthony.

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The Village Voice is an independent monthly newspaper serving the town of Melbourne in Derbyshire along with other nearby communities. It was set up in 1992 by four local people who saw the need for a newspaper to cover news and events in the area. In the 27th year of publication, that need is still as important today. We are immensely proud of our coverage of local issues and of the support given by businesses advertising with us that enables it to be published. We value our independence and the fact that our publication is produced and staffed by professionals who live in the area and care about what goes on here. A committed team delivers the newspaper FREE to over 16,000 readers in our circulation area, and each issue can also be read here on our website. 

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