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  • Article: Mar 12, 2018
    By Cllr Lucy Care

    Back in 2005 Derby City Council was ground-breaking. We were one of the first Councils to embrace the need to address climate change.

    The then leader of the Council decided that a good way to spread awareness of the importance of tackling climate change was for staff to see the newly released Al Gore film 'An Inconvenient Truth'. In rather different times, there has not been the same level of engagement in Al Gore's second film - 'An Inconvenient Sequel'. Times are different and this has not made the same impact - although the urgency for action is clearly growing.

  • Danielle Lind with Cllrs Ruth Skelton and Joe Naitta watch the speed of traffic on Littleover Lane
    Article: Mar 9, 2018

    A group of local residents, Cllr Joe Naitta and Danielle Lind have been trained by the Police to use speed cameras. They regularly go out checking vehicle speeds on local roads where there is a known problem with speeding cars. E.g. Littleover Lane, Blagreaves Lane, Oaklands Avenue, Valley Road and Normanton Lane.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2018
    By Cllr Lucy Care

    Whether wanting to buy a rail ticket, renew your car insurance or buy home energy, life can be so complex that there are now websites around to help with what used to be a simple task.

    In hindsight it is therefore not surprising that leaving the EU is turning out to be a lot more complex that was being suggested by Leave campaigners. And the Government has set up - and staffed - a department to guide us through this process.

  • Article: Mar 8, 2018

    At the Full Council meeting on 6th March Lib Dem Group Leader Cllr Ruth Skelton asked the Labour Cabinet member for the correct numbers of Statements of Special Educational Need that still have to be converted into Education Health Care Plans. The figures that have been given have varied from day to day. On 23rd January 2018 the Council's Strategic Director wrote to the Department of Education and told them 386 were still to be done. The next day the Cabinet member Cllr Russell told Full Council that the figure was 644.

  • Article: Mar 7, 2018

    Blagreaves Library

    DHA is an organisation that wants to take on the running of the 10 libraries that Labour don't want the Council to run. It is still in talks with the Council about the terms on which the hand-over could happen. It is reported that DHA want to take on the libraries one at a time. We don't know where Blagreaves Library would be on that time frame.

  • Article: Mar 6, 2018

    Universal credit was to be a single benefit to replace many and, importantly, ensure it always paid people to work. It's had a bad press recently due to the clumsy way it has been introduced. But the principle, fought for by the Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government, that it should always pay people to work remains important.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2018

    An investigation by a local independent journalist has uncovered differences in what Derby's Labour-controlled Council are saying to local Councillors and to the government.

    By law, all children with special educational needs are supposed to have their previous statements of needs converted to newer and more comprehensive Education and Health Care Plans. On 24th January 2018, Labour's Cabinet Member for Education Cllr Sarah Russell told Councillors that 644 conversions were still to be converted. The day before, the Director reported to the government that only 386 conversions still needed to be done - little over half as many.

  • Police Inspector Dol and local Liberal Democrat Councillors address public meeting about burglaries in and around Littleover
    Article: Feb 16, 2018

    A public meeting was called by Derby Liberal Democrat councillors and Carlisle Against Crime yesterday evening in response to a recent increase in burglaries across Littleover and the surrounding area. It was attended by around 100 local residents, who heard Councillors, community groups and the local police talking about the situation.

  • Derby Council House
    Article: Feb 14, 2018

    Derby City Council finally has managed to get its 2016/17 accounts signed off months late. Following on from the 2015/16 accounts which were a full a year late.

    The Auditors say that, in their opinion, "Derby City Council's framework of governance, risk management and management control is INADEQUATE." They go on to say that actions to correct these issues are not happening fast enough in some cases. They also stated "the continued absence of a corporate risk strategy and risk register lead us to conclude that the Council does not have proper arrangements in place to ensure informed decision making."

  • Article: Feb 12, 2018

    The Council has started fitting new LED lights onto existing lamp posts.

    The lights have a very directional beam compared to the previous lights. The brightness of the new lights can be lowered and raised during the hours of darkness.

    This is the usual pattern: at switch-on until 8pm the lights are operating at 100%. Between 8pm and 11pm the lights are operating at 70%. Between 11pm and 6am the lights are operating at 40%. Between 6am and switch-off the lights are brought back up to 70%.