The Local Plan

The Local Plan

Housing
Local Tory MP, Lee Rowley has been in the headlines over his criticism of North East Derbyshire District Council's failure to agree a local plan. There is, however, some irony about our MP Lee Rowley raising an issue about housing developments - given his government's record on this issue. NEDDC Lib Dem Councillor David Hancock said: “This is typical of Labour run councils not being sufficiently proactive to have this plan delivered and leaving the local areas being bombarded with the wrong type of houses in the wrong places; leaving local people rightly upset. "Let’s also not forget that it’s the Conservative government’s relaxed planning regulations which have exacerbated this free for all on housing. I will do everything in my power to put pressure on NEDDC to have this…
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Vince Cable responds to UK debt crisis

Vince Cable responds to UK debt crisis

Economics
Lib Dem victory over breathing space for debt. Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has said that the FCA figures revealing the extent of the British debt crisis exposes the weakness in the UK economy. The government has announced that it will be launching a consultation to explore the development of a way to provide individuals in debt with up to six weeks free from further interest, charges and enforcement action. Vince Cable and Liberal Democrats in the Lords have been calling on the government to take action to create a breathing space for indebtedness. Commenting Vince Cable, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: "It appears the government has heeded my calls to fulfil its own manifesto promise and introduce respite for those in severe debt. As our economy begins to…
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A Strong and Cable Budget?

A Strong and Cable Budget?

Economics
by Alistair Carmichael MP Budgets used to be spring events but that was before the man they call “Spreadsheet Phil” took the reins at the Treasury. Spring, however, is a time when people look forward with optimism as they leave the winter months behind them. It is a time we associate with growth and renewal. If you think about it, you can see why the Chancellor felt it would be more appropriate to give us his budgets in November. The months since the drastically ill-judged snap election in June have been difficult ones for the economy and the government. It tells you a lot about the current state of the Conservative Party that a man whom we used to see as being one of the biggest fiscal hawks in the…
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A Vision for Britain: Clean, Green and Carbon Free

A Vision for Britain: Clean, Green and Carbon Free

Environment
Responding to the Government's 'Clean Growth Strategy', Liberal Democrats leader Vince Cable said: “This strategy is a year late and is a damp squib. It is an inadequate response to tackling climate change, one of the greatest threats to our economy and our planet. We need a far more radical plan. Britain is on course to miss our climate change targets in the Paris Agreement and this does not change that. “While additional funding for renewables is welcome, we need to see far more investment in cutting-edge technologies such as tidal power and a wide-scale plan for insulating people’s leaky homes. “One of the most important aspects of this strategy is investment in carbon capture and storage. This is vital for our low carbon future. Yet the Government has replaced…
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New Roundabout for A61

New Roundabout for A61

Traffic
Derbyshire County Council is proposing to build a new roundabout junction on the A61 - at the current junction with Nottingham Drive to create a new spine road into the Avenue development. DCC is holding three public exhibitions to allow residents and businesses to view the proposals and make comment in advance of DCC making a planning application in the New Year. The three exhibitions will be held at: Hunloke Park Primary School - Saturday 18 November 10:00 - 16:00 Wingerworth Church Centre - Friday 24 November 14:00 - 20:00 Tupton Primary School - Saturday 25 November 10:00 - 16:00 If you can't attend any of these events you can still comment on the proposal by contacting Gary Thompson at DCC gary.thompson@derbyshire.gov.uk
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Rykneld Housing Allocations

Rykneld Housing Allocations

Housing, Representation
Rykneld Homes, together with North East Derbyshire District Council, are consulting on changes to the current Allocations Policy. The main changes under consideration are: The priority given to homeless applicants to comply with new legislation from April 2018. A person's ability to afford a property - linked to the number of bedrooms that applicants will be eligible for. Customers seeking to transfer from one Rykneld property to another. For more information, or to give your feedback on the proposals, please visit www.rykneldhomes.org.uk
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Lee Rowley on Fracking

Lee Rowley on Fracking

Economics, Environment
Remember when Tory MP for North East Derbyshire, Lee Rowley, tells local residents he opposes fracking, but said he wouldn't vote to ban it if it came to parliament? We do and so does that wafer thin majority he had to gain his seat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwNIP_fiY-U&t=3s We need to pressure our elected representatives to put our communities first - they should not be able to get away with this smoke and mirrors politics. #Working4You #BanFracking
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Anti Bullying Week

Anti Bullying Week

Community, Equality
Anti bullying Week 2017 is being held between the 13th and 17th November and is organised by Anti-Bullying Alliance (a non-political/non-affiliated organisation). Follow their events on social media using #antibullyingweek and #abw17. The theme will promote difference and equality in schools with the tag-line ‘All Different, All Equal’ - which ties in with our own ideology of building and safeguarding a fair, free and open society. The Lib Dems champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. Please support Anti Bullying Week 2017 Full details can be found on their website. #StopBullying BullyingUK Helpline: 0808 800 2222
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Lest We Forget

Lest We Forget

Events
Never forgetting that we owe freedoms and democracy to all of those who have served in all conflicts; it has been an honour for our representatives to attend Remembrance Day Services across the country today. Here in N-E Derbyshire and Bolsover, Cllrs John Ahern, Pamela Windley and David Hancock (left to right, below) took part in the service at Tupton, led by the Rev. Marcia Bown. Cllr Windley said: "It was my huge honour to lay the wreath for North East Derbyshire and Bolsover Liberal Democrats at the Tupton Remembrance Service this afternoon." Cllr Hancock added that it is "always an honour to to participate in the Remembrance Sunday Parade; and the largest number of wreaths I recall seeing in Tupton - from both local political parties and the community…
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Meet the Candidates

Meet the Candidates

Representation
As the parish of Tupton looks forward to another by-election (the third in fourteen months) following the resignation of two Labour Councillors; we are proud to introduce the two Liberal Democrat candidates hoping to represent their fellow residents. June Hancock says... "Raised in Tupton from 1954, I have enjoyed the village life and the many different characters that we have. "My working life has consisted of being a cleaner at the former (BCRA) Carbonisation Plant before moving to Tupton Primary School as a cleaner in the 1980s - where I spent nearly 30 years. "I was involved with the campaign to build Tupton Village Hall in 1972. "My father was a miner and senior member of the NUM, while my mother was also a cleaner at BCRA. "My main interest…
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