One way or another...

Some chilly weather and beautiful frosty mornings usher us into February, and welcome to our edition for this month.

On our front page we bring you a story that we feel sure will attract quite a bit of comment. The Village Voice’s Frank Hughes attended the most recent Local Area Forum meeting in Melbourne where he heard from highways officers from Derbyshire County Council who outlined their latest thoughts on how to improve our village’s undisputed problem with parking.

But is their solution of adding a one-way system in the village centre plus double yellow lines on Derby Road, Potter Street and Chapel Street going to work, if implemented?  The council has stressed this is very much still only a suggestion and here at the Village Voice we would welcome your views: please email us with your thoughts at

Elsewhere in the paper we bring you news of a proposed new lodge-style hotel in the grounds of the Crewe & Harpur at Swarkestone, plus a huge victory for the Melbourne Footpaths Group and all local walking groups as a new footpath was finally allowed next to the causeway meaning that pedestrians will not have to take their lives in their hands by walking on that perilously narrow path for 300 metres. It’s been ten years on the table, and we’re delighted to see this battle has finally been won.

In sport, we’re pleased to report some great stories from Melbourne’s Alex Lewsey’s success on the rink in the Icicles synchronised skating team – once again British champions as from the beginning of January – to the enormous success on the table tennis table enjoyed by young players from this area. Congratulations go to Alex Slater too for his 450th goal scored for Melbourne – a fantastic achievement.

Our continued thanks go to all our contributors, distributors, advertisers and readers – without you all the Village Voice would not exist.
Let’s look forward to spring!

The Village Voice never rests and the March edition is now being planned. Don’t forget we represent a highly valuable opportunity to any local businesses wanting to advertise their services – with free hand delivery of more than 6,000 copies to 16 local villages. We do our best to cover the news accurately and fairly.

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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 25th 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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