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  • Article: Feb 8, 2019

    After last May's local elections, Central Midlands Audit Partnership were asked by the City Council to investigate the troubled A52 project and why it had gone wrong. The report does not make for pleasant reading. It has uncovered what can only be described as a disaster. Anything that could go wrong seems to have gone wrong.

  • Article: Jan 31, 2019

    The Local Government Association has done a follow-up visit to Derby after the Corporate Peer Challenge they carried out on Derby City Council in 2017. They have found significant improvements since the council changed political control in May 2018

    The 2017 report highlighted deep concerns about accountability, governance and political culture. Particular mention was made of poor conduct by some councillors. The LGA state, "The issue was very much about a small number of individual councillors who were in key positions and who had been behaving in ways which appeared to be well adrift from the standards expected." The LGA made it clear that "the vast majority of concern was expressed about a small number of members of one political Group." The LGA highlighted that this political Group had failed "to properly hold those individuals to account and to use Group and Party processes to act against poor behaviour."

  • Article: Jan 18, 2019

    On 17th January the City Council's Licensing Committee unanimously agreed to a 90 day public consultation on its proposed strategy for Derby's taxi and private hire vehicles to have lower exhaust emissions and to have an age limit on vehicles.

    At the committee, Cllr Ruth Skelton made the Lib Dem position clear. She said, "I very much welcome a 90 consultation period. There is plenty to discuss and investigate. Some issues have already been raised by the taxi trade and they need careful consideration. Lib Dems want to see Council officers and the taxi trade work through the issues and come to a mutually agreed position as to what should happen. Practical and affordable solutions are needed.

    Ruth continued, "We encourage people to take part in the consultation and in the events that the Council will be arranging. The more people that fill in questionnaires and go to consultation events, the better. I fully expect that changes will be made to the draft strategy as a result of the consultation responses. The draft strategy is the starting point for discussion."

  • Article: Dec 11, 2018

    Plans for new park

    Kier have submitted plans for the last phases of the Manor Kingsway housing development. This includes the main park, beyond the Hospital car parks. Take a look at https://docs.derby.gov.uk/padocumentserver/DownloadDocument.aspx?docid=134682790 and send your comments to the Council's planning department quoting DER/08/18/01304.

  • Article: Dec 10, 2018

    This year Littleover had two highway priorities. One was for parking restrictions to make roads safer, mostly double yellow lines. These will be consulted on before Christmas and if agreed should be going in shortly after, weather-permitting.

    The second was to assess several roads to help people cross. Only one, Manor Road near Constable Lane, was deemed busy enough.

  • Article: Dec 8, 2018

    Worldwide, it is estimated that one in ten children has a mental health problem. In the UK, only 5% (one twentieth) of mental health funding is spent on children and the NHS has a target to treat just one in three of the children who need help.

    Is that good enough?

    Barry Holliday, your Derby North Lib Dem candidate said "Imagine if your child was one of the two out of three with a mental health problem who wasn't getting help. I'm sure you'd say this wasn't good enough. And I would agree."

  • Article: Dec 7, 2018

    It is more than four years since local people supported lower speed limits as one of the road improvements with the last of the planning money from the Royal Derby Hospital.

    It is nearly two years since the Council measured traffic speeds on the roads which became 20mph limits about eight months ago. These speeds have now been measured again.

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018
    By Cllr Lucy Care

    That's a conclusion from recent opinion surveys by Ipsos MORI. Correct information that most people don't know included:

    European immigrants paid around £4.7bn more in taxes than they received in welfare benefits and public services in 2016/17.

    Other correct information that many people don't know includes:

  • Article: Dec 6, 2018

    News has emerged that the previous Labour Council's plans to lay off Library staff and transfer the work to voluntary organisations are running behind time and over budget.

    In spite of presenting themselves as the champion of local libraries on the doorstep, Labour were in fact planning to end Council-provided library services in most communities. This included laying off workers. However, their plan has so far proved undeliverable.

    Cllr Ruth Skelton said "Critics of Labour's plan for community managed libraries have been proven right. Labour's ex-cabinet member Amo Raju was not up to the job of developing a sensible, realistic plan. His plan was under-funded and over ambitious. It failed to deal properly with issues like data protection and protection of employment rights, despite warnings from UNISON. The timescales were unrealistic too.

    "It has now taken six months to try to sort out the mess Labour left behind. Sadly it seems the libraries will still have to close as Council-run services and jobs be lost, but at a cost of £400,000 extra to the Council due to Labour and Cllr Amo Raju's poor planning."

  • Article: Dec 5, 2018

    After four years of delay and uncertainty from Labour over what to do with the Assembly Rooms, it seems a solution is still not in sight.

    After several years of working with consultants, Labour came up with a plan for an expensive new building. This however proved unpopular with local groups, who felt that it wasn't well suited to their needs.