LETTER: Lib Dem’s slam inappropriate location for travellers site in Wingerworth

LETTER: Lib Dem’s slam inappropriate location for travellers site in Wingerworth

Community, Consultation
Dear Neighbour You may be aware that the piece of land on the corner of Greenway is currently being considered for use, by the Labour-run District Council, as a traveller site. Presently; the District Council is trying to rush through its local plan because of pressure from the Conservatives’ overly aggressive planning policies; which is leading to inappropriate over development of our area and poorly considered planning decisions like this. While I’m sure you will agree that there is a need for proper travellers’ sites; these sites need to be in the right locations to accommodate the needs of both travellers and existing residents. The site is expected to hold 4 caravan plots; which will require access off the A61. The Lib Dems don’t believe that Greenway is an appropriate…
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Remembrance Day 2018

Remembrance Day 2018

Community
"Nearly every family in this country has a relative who was killed or injured in the Great War." Vince Cable said, "My maternal grandfather was badly wounded, taken prisoner and his health was permanently damaged. Today we remember them and we honour their sacrifice." Around North Derbyshire our teams have been involved in the centenary Remembrance Day services. Here are ust a few of the pictures we've been sent by our members.
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Second Labour Council condemned for ‘pathetic’ local plan consultation

Second Labour Council condemned for ‘pathetic’ local plan consultation

Business, Community, Consultation, Economics, Education, Environment, Housing, Traffic
Research by the Liberal Democrats reveal that less than 1% of the North East Derbyshire District responded to the consultation on the local plan, which the authority has recently submitted to the planning inspectorate for approval at the inquiry in November.1034 individuals and organisations submitted 2263 representations, 57% (1034) were objections to the Labour authorities local plan with only 14% (298) expressing support for Labour's local plan. 43% of the respondents were submitted by Dronfield Residents.During the consultation, North East Derbyshire District Council held events around the District, the Freedom of Information request shows that only 231 out of over 100,000 population attended those events across North East Derbyshire. Lib Dem Spokesperson for North East Derbyshire and Bolsover, Ross Shipman said: "This is the second local Labour Council to have clearly…
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A Seasonal Message

A Seasonal Message

Community, Housing
North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. A week ago, our part leader, Vince Cable, sent out his Christmas message to all Lib Dem members. It is a powerful message and one we believed worth sharing with the wider public - whether you're a Lib Dem or not I'm sure it will have meaning to you. Homelessness is an increasing problem in the UK. Many of us in North Derbyshire work and or shop in Chesterfield. Whilst that comes under the remit of Chesterfield Borough Council, none of us can fail to be moved by the number of people living, and sleeping, on the streets. Whatever your political beliefs, I'm sure this is one issue where we can, hopefully, unite and…
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Lib Dems’ Vision for Tupton

Lib Dems’ Vision for Tupton

Community, Representation
Our vision is to improve accountability & transparency of your local council; as well as introducing fresh ideas to improve the village. Lib Dem campaigners say they will stop the Parish Council stringing local residents along over the Birkin Avenue play area Tupton Lib Dems have said that they will publish all information regarding the Birkin Avenue park plans; including the current financial state of the Parish Council and the affordability of the project. Councillor John Ahern said: "We said the project was unaffordable by the Parish Council this time last year; and nothing has been done to move it along." Lib Dem candidate for Tupton Parish Council, June Hancock, said: "For years that park has remained the same, going back to when I lived on Queen Victoria Road in…
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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 For advice on how to help protect your children online: The Ultimate Parent…
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Liberal Democrats launch 20 mph Speed Zone campaign

Liberal Democrats launch 20 mph Speed Zone campaign

Community, Consultation, Traffic, Transport
Local Liberal Democrats in Clay Cross, Tupton, Grassmoor, Wingerworth and Holmgate have launched their campaign to introduce 20 mph speed limit zones in the centre of their towns and villages to reduce speeding. Speaking about the campaign, Cllr David Hancock said: "This is one of the biggest issues local people have raised with us during the County Council elections; so we thought we would start our campaign to drum up as much support as possible before we approach Derbyshire County Council for some assistance in making this a reality." Lib Dem Campaigner, Sam Jones added: "I live in Clay Cross and we have major problems with people speeding along roads such as Thanet Street and High Street; both of these areas have children crossing them on their way to school…
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Serious Scam Incident In Shirland

Serious Scam Incident In Shirland

Community, News
We have been alerted to an incident in Shirland and have been advised to inform all residents in case the perpetrators do it again. A vulnerable 76 year old adult care client was threatened by two men who visited her property and demanded they cut her hedge; and then extracted an extortionate payment. One of the men allegedly put his hand on her shoulder, and his face close up to hers, and said: "You seem like a nice lady, but I can hurt you." He then pressed his fingers hard into her shoulder. Understandably, the lady felt very threatened, intimidated and afraid. The younger of the two men kept his foot wedged in the door preventing her from closing it. The men also entered her property four times. The lady…
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Tupton Safe Space Project

Tupton Safe Space Project

Community, Health
We are pleased to update everyone on the progress of the mental health support service we have been working in conjunction with community leaders to bring to Tupton (North East Derbyshire). Mental health issues affect one in four people at some point in their lives. Often people don't know where to turn; and, often, aren't quite ready to consult to their GP. Alternatively people have loved ones - family members and/or friends - who are experiencing mental health issues; but they don't know how to help, or they need some support themselves. Our Tupton councillors have been working with the mental health group, Rethink, and community leaders to provide a facility to help Tupton people access vital support. While the team is presently laying the foundations - with a view…
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Joseph Rowntree report shows cruel Tory policies – Lib Dems

Joseph Rowntree report shows cruel Tory policies – Lib Dems

Community
Working families with children are facing bigger shortfalls in their household budgets this year, despite an increase in the National Living Wage and tax cuts, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s authoritative annual report on living standards. Commenting on the report, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: “Millions of people are facing a squeeze because of the Conservatives’ cruel insistence on balancing the books on the backs of the working poor." “Decisions made in Whitehall are being felt by families up and down the country. Earnings are not keeping up with rising costs and benefit cuts." “The just-about-managing are being hauled under the waterline. They are being forced to access foodbanks and live month to month. The Government say the right things, but for once they should do the right…
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