The Liberal Democrats have 8 councillors across the city.
Littleover Focus, September 2021, with news from all around the ward.
Main article is about the removal of parking outside the shops in Littleover village and asking people to complete the survey about what to do with the space.
Early in September shopkeepers and others were shocked to find they'd been given parking tickets when parked in front of the Southview shops. Parking officers had checked the Council records for the area between the pavement and the wall and found it listed as highway land. This means the whole of this area is officially 'no parking' because it is covered by the double yellow lines along the edge of the road. This is despite people having parked here without complaint for decades. Your Councillors objected at the sudden change of rules and the parking tickets have now been cancelled.
Pet thefts have risen 250% during the pandemic. Under the current law, pets are treated as property, with no distinction between a family's beloved dog and a stolen bike.
Conservative MPs blocked plans for bigger fines and tougher sentences to deter criminals from targeting family pets.
Add your name to the petition to support introducing a specific offence with tougher sentences to deter criminals from pet theft.
Schools in Derby are set to lose £811,250 in funding for the most disadvantaged pupils in the city following the government's decision to alter the method of calculating Pupil Premium funding.
The pupil premium, which aims to close the attainment gap by providing extra money to pupils eligible for free school meals, was a flagship reform introduced by the Liberal Democrats in government in 2011.
We the undersigned oppose the proposal to build on the green belt near Acorn Way on the following grounds: The destruction of our local countryside; It reduces the separation of Derby City from the surrounding area contrary to the purposes of the green belt; The additional traffic on the already busy roads around Oakwood will cause increased traffic chaos on Acorn Way; The increased pressure on the already inadequate resources and amenities, such as schools, surgeries, and shops in the area; inadequate access/egress onto the proposed estate. This area should be kept as designated green belt.
Over the past several weeks the tensions within Derby Conservatives have boiled over. Their councillors group is tearing itself apart.
The latest argument centres on the Arena which is being used as the main vaccination centre for the Derby area.
WhatsApp conversations between Conservative councillors have been released to the media. They paint a picture of ferrets fighting in a sack. Some councillors show their frustrations with their group leadership, one of whom, Mick Barker (Oakwood), digs in his heels and arrogantly dismisses the concerns of colleagues. He resolutely asserts that the Arena will be used for the election counts, and that the NHS would have to stop vaccinations there for two days.
Fortunately for Derby's residents, Lib Dem and other councillors have intervened since the time of the WhatsApp conversation (18th February). The Conservative-run council has had to back down. The election counts will be at an alternative place. Vaccinations at the Arena will continue uninterrupted.
But in a final twist, the Conservative Leader Chris Poulter would have us all believe that the issue of where to have the count had been sorted out well before this WhatsApp conversation happened! Strange then, that his Deputy, Matt Holmes (Mickleover) had no idea on 18th February that the issue had been sorted out. They obviously don't work well together as a leadership team.