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  • 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%.

  • Ajit Atwal outside the Assembly Rooms
    Article: Feb 10, 2018

    Labour have rubber-stamped their choice for what should replace the Assembly Rooms after the fire in 2014.

    There was an outcry from local groups who have not been consulted about the issue. It seems consultants employed by the Council made their proposals without doing any proper consultation about what local people wanted. Derby's Liberal Democrat councillors "called-in" Labour's decision so it could be scrutinised in more depth.

  • Article: Feb 9, 2018

    It has emerged that, after a recent meeting of Derby City Council, the video record of that meeting has been edited to remove comments made by Labour Cllr Fareed Hussain.

    Cllr Hussain was speaking in defence of his disgraced colleague Gulfraz Nawaz. Cllr Nawaz, like all councillors, was given explicit legal guidance against acts such as the giving of personal references for taxi drivers on Council headed notepaper. However he chose to give a reference for a driver with a history of legal problems, leading to the Council's Standards Committee requiring him to be removed from his committee posts - which Labour have blocked, and which Cllr Hussain was opposing.

  • Article: Feb 8, 2018

    Labour has refused to take part in a pilot scheme to have ID checks at polling stations at the May 2018 local elections in Derby. This is despite being told by Government that they should take part.

    In December 2016 the Government published a report on electoral fraud in the UK. It named several towns and cities where proven fraud had taken place. Derby was on that list because of the case of a polling clerk, her two nieces and another young woman who were convicted of fraud in 2013. The two nieces had entered the polling station, pretending to be other people, and got ballot papers, issued by their aunt. The "mastermind" behind this fraud has never been brought to justice. He was referred to in court as "someone of standing" in the local community.

  • Petition: Feb 2, 2018

    In Derby our roads have become a disgrace. The government and council are doing little to fix them. New research shows that, per mile of road, over 50 times as much money is now being thrown at motorways and trunk roads than local roads. Meanwhile our council is patching the patches rather than doing repairs that last.

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    Article: Jan 3, 2018
    1162 homes across Derby are currently left empty - with 62 homes in Derby City sitting empty for ten years or more, research by the Liberal Democrats has revealed.

    The figures, uncovered through Freedom of Information requests, show that there are over 214708 homes across the country that have been empty for six months or more. Of these, 61251 had been empty for two years or more, 23596 for five years or more, and over 10923 have stood empty for at least ten years.

    Derby City Council has failed to make use of Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMO), powers used by local authorities to take over properties that have been empty for at least two years. This is despite the fact that some local families have spent Christmas without a home.
  • Bus stops are being improved to make access easier on Normanton Lane, Chain Lane and (here) Rykneld Road.
    Article: Jan 3, 2018

    We recently mentioned that each year each ward is allowed to suggest a couple of highways improvements for its area. Thank you to everyone who has sent in their thoughts.

    Councillor Mike Carr said "Lots of people have told us of places where parked cars are making travel difficult or dangerous. These include at the top of Pastures Hill and the top of Chain Lane, around junctions on Old Hall Road and on Uttoxeter New Road and Kingsway. We have therefore asked if these can be dealt with as our number one priority."