Early in 2020, with the Assembly Rooms refurbishment plan in tatters, St James Securities (SJS)- the developer of Becketwell, presented the Council with an offer it couldn’t refuse; to build a modern, […]
According to Derby City Council’s official Rough Sleeper Count – there were 6 people sleeping on the streets at the end of November 2020 – down from 14 a year earlier. If […]
Despite Cllr Barker’s “personal interest” in the Market Hall project, there is still dithering and lack of vision
During the 11th November 2020 Cabinet meeting, Cllr Mick Barker, belatedly declared an interest in the Market Hall refurbishment project; he was advised to do so by the Council’s Legal Officer. He […]
There are 2 elements to the Council Tax increase for 2021/22: Core tax which can be increased by up to a maximum of 1.99% ( without a referendum) Adult Social Care (ASC) […]
Normally at Christmas, in Derby, there would be events in December to bring together the elderly, vulnerable and isolated, so they could share a full Dinner with all the trimmings, Santa, a […]
On the 9th December 2020. Cllr Ross McCristal ( Conservative Councillor for Chellaston) took to Facebook to make a lengthy post, levelling accusations against his fellow Chellaston Cllr Phil Ingall (Independent). The […]
Since the Tories took control of the Council in May 2018, the usable revenue financial reserves level has rapidly declined despite an increase in overall funding. The budget paper to be presented […]
Following the Tories’ failed manifesto promise to refurbish the Assembly Rooms, their next plan was to accept the offer from St James Securities to build a New Performance venue in the Becketwell […]
Council’s Neighbourhood Team plans “Christmas Cheer” for 850+ of Derby’s elderly, lonely and isolated
In previous years, many of Derby’s wards arranged Christmas dinner events for 30-70 elderly, lonely and isolated people in the City. In the current Covid climate these are not possible. So, rather […]
The Market Hall in Derby is a great asset for the City Centre. Built in 1866, it is a Grade II listed building. By 2017 it needed significant roof repairs, and work […]
In Derby and Derbyshire there are 179,000 children. It is estimated that 23,000 have a diagnosable mental health condition. Only 30-35% of these children have access to any Mental Health service. “Children […]
£100k of Tax Payer’s money to confirm Cllr Poulter’s non-preference over Local Government re-organisation?
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 […]