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Lib Dems Call for Rethink on Bus Cuts

Lib Dems Call for Rethink on Bus Cuts

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Following the loss of a number of our local services as a result of Derbyshire County Council cuts, the Liberal Democrats have been actively campaigning to persuade the Tory run council to rethink its policy. Cllr David Hancock, who has been fighting to save the 55A service through Wingerworth, Tupton,, North Wingfield, Pilsley, Morton and Stonebroom, said: "Those being hardest hit are the low waged and the vulnerable. If these cuts were needed DCC could have looked at alternatives, such as reducing the frequencies of evening services on all subsidised routes rather than dropping some altogether." With the support of a number of local campaigners, David, has submitted a proposal to DCC whcih would deliver just that. In an email to Council Leader Barry Lewis and Simon Spencer, Cabinet Member…
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Lib Dems force action on empty houses

Lib Dems force action on empty houses

Housing
The Liberal Democrats have claimed victory as the Conservative government bowed to pressure to take decisive action on empty houses, by giving new tax powers for councils. In February 2018, the Liberal Democrats highlighted that over 5,000 homes across Derbyshire were left vacant, some of which had been empty for over 10 years. The government has accepted the principle of an amendment from Lib Dem Peers (Baroness Pinnock and Lord Shipley) to set in place an escalator of council tax charges. This would mean that the longer a property was left empty, the more council tax would have to be paid. Last week Lib Dem leader, Vince Cable called for an increase in council tax for properties that have deliberately been left empty as part of a wide ranging keynote speech…
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Lib Dems call for medicinal marajuana to be made available

Lib Dems call for medicinal marajuana to be made available

Health
Liberal Democrats repeat calls medicinal marajuana to be prescribed in the UK follow the recent case of Billy Caldwell. It has been in the news recently that Billy Caldwell - a young boy with a rare form of epilepsy - who has regular seizures - had his medicinal marajuana confiscated upon return back to the UK after returning from Canada. After public pressure, Saajid Javid used extraordinary powers as Home Secretary to allow billy to have his medication returned. A poll by sky data suggests 82% of people would support legalising cannabis for medicinal use in the UK while 8% of people would oppose it. Another poll by sky data suggests 41% of people would support completely legalising cannabis in the UK while 40% of people would oppose it North Derbyshire…
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North East Derbyshire Labour accused of ‘gambling with tax payers money’

North East Derbyshire Labour accused of ‘gambling with tax payers money’

Housing
North East Derbyshire District Council's ruling Labour group have approved £8,663m in borrowings to loan to the Northwood Group - a joint venture company set up to provide almost 200 houses at the Ankerbold Road site in Tupton - only 39 of which will be classed as affordable homes. The loan is made up of £0.963m in shareholder investment; with a further £7.7m on commercial terms to facilitate the development of Ankerbold Road. The £8.663m in borrowing exceeded the Authorised Borrowing Limit set within the authority's Operational Boundary and Capital Financing Requirements and as such the Council was required to update that policy upon agreeing to borrow the amount. The decision was taken with the public excluded at the Council meeting held on 19th Febuary 2018. [caption id="attachment_2270" align="alignnone" width="4032"] Cllr David Hancock and Ross Shipman have criticised…
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Labour Leader of North East Derbyshire told to resign after verbally attacking member of the public

Labour Leader of North East Derbyshire told to resign after verbally attacking member of the public

Representation
Labour Leader of North East Derbyshire District Council made a political attack on Lib Dem campaigner, Ross Shipman as he question him for an explanation over why the Council would no longer be audio recording and publishing meetings online at the District Council meeting held on 21st May 2018. As part of the public speaking section of the meeting, Mr Shipman "Given that on 5th March the Council managed to record and publish the meeting online - can the Leader of the Council give a explanation why it will not continue audio record and publish them on the website for the benefit of North East Derbyshire residents, many of whom, like me, are unable to attend these meetings due to work?" Cllr Baxter gave a brief summary of previous events but…
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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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DCC Leader should ‘take full responsibility for his incompetence and resign’ says Lib Dems

DCC Leader should ‘take full responsibility for his incompetence and resign’ says Lib Dems

Representation
Lib Dem Spokesperson for Bolsover, Ross Shipman's Statement on Cllr Barry Lewis after 12 months in office: Given his record over the past 12 months, and his inability take criticism, it's time Conservative leader of Derbyshire County Council, Barry Lewis, followed Amber Rudd's lead by accepting that he is unable to deliver for the people of Derbyshire. Over the past 12 months, Cllr Lewis has overseen the cutting of: Library services Bus services Children's services Adult services School crossing patrols School budgets Jobs It's an insult to Derbyshire residents that Cllr Lewis and the Conservative Group  think we should be grateful for botched up pot hole repairs while they dismantle services across the county. He should therefore take full responsibility for his incompetence and resign. You can join the Liberal…
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Subsidised bus route U-Turn by Derbyshire Tories

Subsidised bus route U-Turn by Derbyshire Tories

Transport
Conservative-led Derbyshire County Council have recently announced proposals to cut 26 subsidised bus routes across Derbyshire in a bid to save £1m in 2018-19. It is estimated that 13 of the routes will cease operating all together as they haven't been taken up by private companies. One Derbyshire resident said, "Just to save 1 million - the bus service is worth much much more to lots of people." Another said, "I think the elderly and disabled do deserve their free travel. Surely Conservative led austerity could come from other areas?" Now let's take a look back to 2017... In 2017 Derbyshire Conservatives manifesto pledged to 'protect subsidised bus routes' if elected to run Derbyshire County Council. North East Derbyshire District Councillor, David Hancock said: "I am absolutely gobsmacked - many vulnerable people backed…
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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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