Lib Dems Respond To Tory Proposals To Fast Track Fracking

Lib Dems Respond To Tory Proposals To Fast Track Fracking

Consultation, Environment, Representation
Fracking is a divisive subject. Some support it, some do not; and many people remain to be convinced by either argument. The Liberal Democrats believe that there are sufficient renewable energy sources - solar, wind and water - without needing to resort to such invasive techniques as fracking. However, both pro and anti fracking campaigners, along with those who remain undecided, are appalled by the latest government announcement that it intends to "streamline" regulation to accelerate the planning application process for fracking development. The planning application process exists for a reason. It's there to allow everyone impacted by any development to have the opportunity to raise any objections they may have; to allow proper scrutiny of the potential impact a development will have on communities, infrastructure, the environment and local…
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Underfunding: Tax Changes Needed?

Underfunding: Tax Changes Needed?

Economics
An opinion piece by former NEDDC Lib Dem Councillor David Mortimer Every public service I can think of is in or near crisis because of underfunding. The NHS, the police, tax offices, social care, armed forces, local authority services and others appear to have been cut to the bone and are staggering along under an increasingly heavy load with collapse appearing to be imminent. As Brexit comes to fruition, companies, particularly in the finances sector and motor industries, will move well-paid staff to Europe, substantially reducing tax receipts. I don't know who first said that tax is the subscription we pay for membership of a civilised Society; but I first heard it from Paddy Ashdown in Sheffield many years ago and have often quoted it since. Much of civilised society…
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Liberal Democrat Response to NEDDC Local Plan

Liberal Democrat Response to NEDDC Local Plan

Representation
North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats have today submitted their response to North East Derbyshire District Council's final draft of their Local Plan, due to be submitted to the Secretary of State for CLG for independent examination during May 2018. Our unredacted response is given below: To quote the government’s own guidance: Local Plans are the key to delivering sustainable development that reflects the vision and aspirations of local communities [150]. Local Plans must be prepared with the objective of contributing to the achievement of sustainable development [151]. Local planning authorities should seek opportunities to achieve each of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, and net gains across all three. Significant adverse impacts on any of these dimensions should be avoided [152]. Each local planning authority should ensure that…
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Northwood Group Limited

Northwood Group Limited

Housing
Some of you may be familiar with the name Northwood Group Limited. The company is behind the proposed planning development of 197 homes off Ankerbold Road, Tupton. If you dig a little deeper, you'll find that the company is a Joint Venture Company - set up by North East Derbyshire District Council. There's nothing untoward in that - it's a common enough practice which allows local authorities to generate additional income. Albeit, like any business proposition, not without risk. On 19 February 2018 [pp.10-11], in a debate which the Council voted to hold with the public and press excluded (Liberal Democrat Councillor David Hancock being the sole opponent both to hearing the debate in private AND to the motion itself), the Labour-run Council put forward the motion that North East…
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N-E Derbyshire Local Plan

N-E Derbyshire Local Plan

Housing
An opinion piece by Cllr David Hancock Several times over the last few weeks Lee Rowley’s name has been mentioned in conversation in regard to the proposed development off Ankerbold Road, Tupton. I wouldn’t presume to know or speculate on Lee’s personal opinion; however, the Conservative government don’t offer a sensible solution to controlled house building. Quite the opposite in fact. Labour’s proposals concern me. Despite what they claim, their proposed local plan for N-E Derbyshire isn’t sustainable. Firstly there aren’t the jobs in the district. If you want to build more houses, you need to create the job opportunities FIRST. Then you need to ensure that infrastructure is in place. Our roads and drainage systems date back the best part of a century (some of them even further). They…
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A Letter from Ben Marshall to Grassmoor Ward

A Letter from Ben Marshall to Grassmoor Ward

Representation
Ben Marshall 2 Acres Road Lower Pilsley Chesterfield S45 8DU Dear friend You may be aware that this Thursday (15th February), Grassmoor, Hasland, Winsick, Corbriggs and Temple Normanton will be voting for a new Councillor to represent them on North East Derbyshire District Council – I am your Lib Dem candidate. I grew up in Grassmoor and have many close friends around the village from our days at Deincourt School, which provides a lot of good memories of this local community. Over my career I have had jobs in the building trade and I am currently a Life Guard at Alfreton Leisure Centre. My main drivers are social justice and protecting the environment – but, If elected, I want you to tell me what yours are, so that we can…
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439 Reasons To Back Ben

439 Reasons To Back Ben

Housing, Representation
Real Action and Positive Change Lib Dems want to improve accountability and efficiency of North East Derbyshire DC by putting you at the heart of ALL decisions Liberal Democrats pledge to improve accountability and transparency at North East Derbyshire District Council and put an end to the Labour/Conservative Punch and Judy show at each council meeting. Lib Dems on the District Council have been submitting motions on enforcing dog fouling Public Space Protection Orders, reducing billing costs by moving those willing onto e-billing; and video recording council meetings, so that loval residents can watch from home. All three policies were not supported by Labour or Conservatives through no other reason than tribalism. Ben Marshall said:" Grassmoor deserves better than Labour and the Conservatives just taking swipes at each other and…
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Steven Blakeley for Scarcliffe North

Steven Blakeley for Scarcliffe North

Representation
We are very pleased to announce the selection of former Heartbeat actor, and lifelong resident of Bolsover, Steven Blakeley as our candidate in the Scarcliffe North Ward by-election for Scarcliffe Parish Council. Steven said:” It’s a real honour to be selected by my party and it’s an even bigger honour to be able to have the opportunity to represent my neighbours.” North Derbyshire Liberal Democrat Chair, Sam Jones said: “We are pleased to have somebody with Steven’s experience and local knowledge representing us, people voting for him will know they are getting a community minded individual to represent them.” Local resident Mrs Thacker said: “Steven will definitely be getting my vote, he’s a lovely bloke.” She added: “Labour round here are going backwards, not forwards.”
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An invitation from our Chair

An invitation from our Chair

Members
Sam Jones Chair of North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats Email: Sam.Jones@nedbd-libdems.com I’d love for you to join my team. Here in North Derbyshire we know we have a fight to bring true liberal representation to the area; but I know your help could make all the difference. We have a strong reputation for getting things done and working hard all year around, not just at election time. This can already been seen in our work in various towns and villages around N-E Derbyshire and Bolsover; and with the anti-fracking groups and our road traffic accidenct reduction initiatives. Now really is the time to join our local Lib Dem team here in North Derbyshire. The Liberal Democrats stand and fight for a better kind of Britain, both locally and nationally, one which…
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North Derbyshire Lib Dems Respond to proposed County Council Service Cuts

North Derbyshire Lib Dems Respond to proposed County Council Service Cuts

News
Following reports as to how the Conservative-led Derbyshire County Council propose to cut £12.3million from essential services during 2018-19; the Lib Dem candidate for Grassmoor, Ben Marshall (left) said: We all know budgets need to be balanced and Council Tax payers' money has to be spent wisely. No-one is under any illusion that the current Conservative adminstration have been forced to address the financial failings left by the Labour group. However, cutting back on social care and road safety is absolutely not the way to do it. DCC again talk of reviewing school crossing patrols - but parking around schools is on the increase. While they look at cutting adult social care by promoting "independence" because too many people who are referred to adult care become clients. Yet again, the…
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