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  • Article: Jul 26, 2019

    Some people choose to burn garden waste instead of putting it in their brown bin. Others see a plume of smoke and assume it is an out-of-control fire. They then call 999. Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service arrive on the scene only to find a bonfire being looked after by the householder. This type of situation happens quite often.

  • Article: Jul 25, 2019

    New Trees on Blagreaves Lane

    Over the years, there have been gaps appearing in the trees on the grass verges along Blagreaves Lane.

    The Council has recently planted new trees in some of the verges that had no trees.

    Sunnydale Park - New Fence

    Some time ago the hedge at the Blagreaves Lane entrance to the park was damaged by a vehicle ploughing into it.

  • Article: Jul 24, 2019

    At its meeting in May, Derby City Council agreed to declare a climate emergency in response to overwhelming evidence that we have 12 years left to make the necessary changes to limit a global rise in temperatures to 1.5 degrees C.

    A Climate Change working group has been set up which will have wide representation from across the city. A plan of action should be in place by the end of 2019 to make the whole city 'carbon neutral'. Most actions needed to combat climate change are also good in other ways, like cutting fuel bills or making people healthier. All areas will need to make changes over the next decade or so to prevent even more damaging climate change.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2019

    Nationally since 2015 there has been a £1.2 billion shortfall in Government funding for children with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND). In Derby the total cash shortfall in High Needs funding since 2015 is over £15 million.

    On 30th May local Lib Dems joined with parents and others for a nationwide day of protest against this shortfall in funding. The campaign puts pressure on the Conservative Government to properly fund SEND.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2019

    From 10th June, various changes to the library services offered to city residents were implemented.

    This is happening because about two years ago the then Labour-run Council decided to close most of the libraries as Council-run, and open them as Community Managed Libraries (CML) run by Direct Help & Advice (DHA). Derby's and Derbyshire's library services had been run jointly up until then. But now data protection issues have meant the two services are splitting.

  • Article: Jul 11, 2019

    A city youth service is needed back in Derby, to give young people the chance to engage in positive activities whilst fulfilling their potential as members of society. YMCA Derbyshire is therefore taking a lead, working with Derby County Community Trust and Baby People to deliver activities for young people. They are encouraging corporate and payroll giving. There'll be a formal launch later in July, or find out more from gillian.sewell@ymcaderbyshire.org.uk

  • Article: Jul 8, 2019

    Watch Your Speed!

    Littleover Community Speedwatch are going to be checking speeds within the 20mph area in July. If you're interested in volunteering, please email Marion Russell on mr.1066@hotmail.com

    Rykneld Road works

    Severn Trent have just begun relining the water supply pipes along Haven Baulk Lane. They will be doing similar work on Rykneld Road during the summer.

  • Article: May 23, 2019

    Across the globe, across Europe, across Britain and across Derby there are growing calls for real action to combat climate change. We are already experiencing extreme weather events and action is needed now, as they will become more frequent and more severe.

    Derby Liberal Democrat councillors have responded to this urgency - and calls from the local community - by drafting a motion now submitted to Derby City Council for debate at the full Council meeting on 22nd May.

  • Article: May 1, 2019

    It might be only a year since Labour were removed from power in Derby, but Derby is still suffering from their mismanagement of the Council.

    • The A52 fiasco. It was supposed to cost £15 million, but has run massively over-budget. It may end up costing over £43 million. Labour won't even say sorry for their part in this disaster!
    • The botched re-grading of Teaching Assistants pay - leading to big pay cuts for some.
    • Not giving pupils with Special Educational Needs all the support and services they needed, forcing parents to take legal action.
    • Labour allowed a toxic culture to take hold in the Council. This led to low staff morale, high sickness rates, and many senior staff leaving.
    • Labour's candidates at this election include the Cabinet Member responsible when the legal mess in Derby's library service was created. He was a close ally of Derby's deposed Labour leader, Ranjit Banwait.
    • External auditors severely criticised Labour's running of the Council on several occasions.
  • Cllr Ruth Skelton, Danielle Lind and Cllr Joe Naitta visit Blagreaves Library
    Article: May 1, 2019

    Before they lost power last May, Labour signed contracts with a voluntary sector organisation for it to take over the running of 10 of Derby's libraries, including Blagreaves. Since then not a lot has happened. Most of the 10 libraries are still being run by the Council. This is because the contract failed to properly take account of important laws regarding data protection and protection of employees' rights.