Loneliness Awareness Week

Loneliness Awareness Week

Community
North Derbyshire Liberal Democrats are proud to pledge their support to the Marmalade Trust's Loneliness Awareness Week, commencing 17 June 2019. Loneliness is a significant contributory factor in terms of mental health problems; and, for too long, society has stigmatised people for being alone. Our media portrays the "norm" as being part of a couple and, all too often, we only see couples interacting with other couples. There's nothing wrong with a couple (or more) going somewhere with single friends or relations and having a good time - but we're brainwashed into thinking that single people are a spare wheel or a burden - which, of course, simply isn't true. And so Marmalade Trust started Loneliness Awareness Week (LAW) just three years ago. It was really apparent to them that raising awareness is…
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Supporting Families and Communities

Supporting Families and Communities

2019 Manifesto, Community
A fair society is one in which everyone has the means to get by and the chance to get on. It means being able to provide for your family, afford somewhere to live and work within your community. That’s why we will be focusing on helping more people while saving money. It’s why we will work to build more houses and make them affordable. Moreover, it’s why we will empower communities to run their services – free from the interference. Other local authorities have looked at new ways to support community groups and projects that provide a vital service, and by learning from the success stories and working with our neighbours, we can build a brighter North Derbyshire. One person on the streets is one too many, that’s why a…
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Proposed Development of 67 Houses will effectively merge Tupton and Wingerworth

Proposed Development of 67 Houses will effectively merge Tupton and Wingerworth

Community, Housing
Cllr David Hancock has again slammed Labour's lack of a local plan and the Conservatives' aggressive planning policies as Tupton and Wingerworth face yet another proposed development, which would effectively merge the two villages. Speaking with Wings magazine's John Winter, Cllr Hancock said: "I have raised concerns on numerous occasions that the continuing development of Wingerworth and Tupton will lead to the whole area becoming a suburb of Chesterfield city. This proposal is the final step towards merging Tupton and Wingerworth - even the initial application letter announces the developer's intention that the Wingerworth based site be considered an extension of Tupton. This is simply not acceptable. "I have the good fortune to represent sizable areas of both villages and they have their own unique identities and that needs to…
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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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