The Government is set to issue its White Paper on Local Government reform with the intention of reducing the number of Councils, improving accountability and saving money. Whilst the details have not […]
The 7 residents at Park View flats in Mackworth are on the verge of eviction. The arrangement, led by the new owners, Henley Investment Management Ltd, need them out, as they are […]
In November 2016, Ex-Leader, Ranjit Banwait, tried to secure a vote to change the Council’s electoral Cycle to “whole council elections”. It failed, not because it was a bad idea…but because it […]
Ex-Derby Telegraph editor advising Tory Council on Communications. Who approved it, and is it Value for Money?
When the Council contracts with the ex-editor of the Derby Telegraph ( Steve Hall) for communications consultancy, then that is a matter of public interest. When public money is spent on a […]
John Forkin, Managing Director at Marketing Derby heralded the award of Godwin’s Agard Street Planning Application by saying: “We are delighted with the approval as we have worked closely with Godwin Developments […]
Becketwell Arena – vague “early doors” plans and a poor business case. Why is the Tory Council shy about scrutiny?
On 10th July 2020, the Council unveiled its plans for the Assembly Rooms replacement. A brand new 3500 seat Arena to be located in the Becketwell area currently under development by St […]
In this year’s Annual report, Cllr Roulstone ( Cabinet member for Finance) stated: A casual reader of this would be led to believe that the Council had set a balanced budget at […]
Council approve “bland” Landmark building despite “harm” to local heritage. But will it actually be built?
At yesterday evening’s Planning Committee the majority of Councillors voted to overturn the recommendation of the Council Officers to refuse planning permission for the controversial Landmark building. The main reason for refusal […]
Derby Labour Group has elected Cllr Baggy Shanker & Cllr Nadine Peatfield as its Leader & Deputy Leader.
In a statement Cllr Shanker said: “I am delighted and really looking forward to becoming Derby Labour Group Leader from the 12th May. During these extremely worrying and unprecedented times I will […]
In 2017 the Pledge from the Labour Administration was that all Council run Children’s Homes would be OFSTED rated at “Good”, or “Outstanding”. This pledge failed at the time, as Care Home […]
Morally dubious! Charity recruits paid staff for Chellaston library from Council money whilst existing staff are made redundant.
As the ex-Chellaston Library staff sit and wait for their P45’s to mark the end of their employment with Derby City Council, they read Cllr Ross McCristal’s ( Chellaston Ward) Facebook announcement […]
Godwin Development’s plans to build the 202 room block of flats, known as the Landmark building, continue to falter. In October 2019, Derby News reported that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and […]
Nationally we are used to the routine that every 4 or 5 years the whole of Parliament stands for re-election – an “All Out” electoral cycle. Whether or not we like the […]
At the 12 February 2020 Cabinet meeting 2 reports will be presented : Developing Derby as a Visitor Destination : Destination Management Plan (DMP) 2020 – 2025 Derby Culture Strategy 2020 – […]
St Martin’s Church in Allenton was the venue for this year’s Dignity Action Day event; the programme also included an insight to the work on “Shared Histories”. The Shared Histories Project was […]
May 2018 was a pivotal point in Derby’s political history as it saw the end of the “toxic Banwait era” Labour lost its majority but was still the largest party. The Tory […]
The Derby News article of November 24th “Sinfin Moor Social Club : Sikh Gurdwara for Tory votes?” detailed the controversial activities that could have led to the Club being closed down. This […]
On 22 August, the Licensing Committee made a controversial decision to amend the Taxi and Private Hire Vehicles strategy 2020 and to give taxi drivers longer to comply with lower emission requirements […]
Assembly Rooms : Council uses inflated benefit figures in D2N2 funding bid to massage its business case.
Derby News’ article on January 2019 “Assembly Rooms: Is the Council’s ‘Refurbished’ option really Value for Money?” concluded, based on leaked documents, that the Conservative Council’s preferred option of a Refurbished Assembly […]
From Oct 12th-19th is Hate Crime Awareness Week. A timely occasion given the escalation of division in this country, particularly over Brexit. Abuse of politicians, to the point of being intimidating, has […]