Next week the Full Council agrees the 209 page Budget statement for 2019/20. This is a weighty document for the busy reader. Below is a quick guide through the main highlights. What’s […]
Where did the money go? Police and Crime Commissioner withholds funds from Joe Russo’s Enthusiasm charity.
Last November I reported on the questionable status of Joe Russo’s Enthusiasm Trust and the antipathy towards the organisation despite recently receiving a Queen’s Award for Volunteering. Joe Russo’s Enthusiasm Trust bouyed […]
Today, the Council issued the Independent Reviewer’s 136 page report on the A52 project. As highlighted in previous Derby News articles, the root cause of the cost overruns and delays was poor […]
In December 2018 the Conservative administration announced their plans to refurbish and enhance the Assembly Rooms for £24m. This was in contrast to the previous Labour administration’s plans to build a new […]
On 1st February 2019 the St Martin’s Church in Allenton will be putting on an 18 hour re-launch extravaganza to celebrate its 18 month long transformation. A limited amount of money achieved […]
Ruth Barnett will be giving the keynote speech at this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day event at QUAD on 28th January 7:30pm. This will possibly be the last chance to hear, first-hand, from […]
In 2018, the Derby Law Centre’s team of solicitors, ensured that 10 people per week, every week, avoided homelessness as a result of legal proceedings; this was a 93% success rate. And […]
A brief review of article highlights for this year…and some predictions for this coming year. Banwait loses his seat, and Labour lose control of the Council By May 2018, when the local […]
Back in June I attended the Sinfin Ward “Royal Wedding” lunch for the elderly residents. Many people mentioned about the Christmas lunch from the previous year and suggested I should come along […]
Yesterday, the Council’s Cross-Party Executive Scrutiny Board examined and challenged the Cabinet paper on the new, refurbished, Assembly Rooms plan. This proposal was part of the Conservative Group’s 2018 manifesto; the commitment […]
Sinfin Incinerator: Everything you need to know on the contract…and it’s already in the public domain!
The pressure to terminate the Sinfin Incinerator contract is unceasing. Many locals just want it to close down and for the noise, odour and airborne pollutants to stop. They are calling for […]
High street banks these days seem to have lost that personal touch with nearly everything being on-line, on the phone, or automated. This may work well for some people , but for […]
Creative Carers will close on 30 November 2018; this does not need to happen – time for the Council to be Creative!
Around 25,000 people in Derby ( ~10% of the population) are unpaid Carers – and the figure continues to grow. These are people caring for family, and friends who are disabled, or […]
Today, the Judge dismissed Ranjit Banwait’s petition against Cllr Paul Bettany. Had the petition been successful, Cllr Bettany would have had to have left office immediately. It would have also have had […]
In 2007, when the Sinfin Incinerator was considered an important part of Derby City Council’s “Climate Change Action Programme”, another initiative was gaining Cabinet approval, the Longbridge Weir Hydro Electric Power Station ( […]
Sinfin Incinerator – Council remains silent on termination whilst Contractors collapsing due to excessive delays
30 Sep 2018 was the point at which the Council ( including Derbyshire County Council) had the legal right to cancel the Sinfin Incinerator waste contract. This was deferred to 31 December […]
The Conservative administration will be formally agreeing their plans, this week, to re-introduce a 52 week free Brown Bin collection of garden and food waste. This is, effectively, a complete reversal of […]
The Derbyshire Submariners led the services at the Cemetery, today, with their homage to ERA John Brooks (D/269639) and Signalman Charles A Buttle (D/J9244). Both men lost their lives in action during […]
Joe Russo’s Enthusiasm Trust bouyed by ex-Leader Banwait – unravels, despite controversial Queen’s Award
The Enthusiasm Trust was recently presented with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services, yet, has few volunteers. It claims, as a small charity that “…more of your money goes directly to […]