The political system is not conducive to Independent candidates winning elections. The party “machines”, together with the a widespread tradition of consistently voting for the same political colour, makes it an uphill […]
On 2nd May there will be local elections for each of the 17 wards in the City; this represents just one-third of the total number of Councillors in the Council chamber. All […]
Will the lure of money over-rule heritage value in the development of Derby’s historic Middleton House?
In the heart of Derby, near to the Cathedral, on St Mary’s Gate, is a Grade II listed building – MIddleton House. It is situated within the City Conservation Area and is […]
Funding for the education of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is a very sensitive issue but rarely attracts much popular attention. When it does, it is often misunderstood. Support […]
At 17 floors high, and 201 residential apartments, the “Landmark” is set to be the tallest building in Derby City Centre. Sited on the car park on Phoenix Street, adjacent to St […]
The Council’s Library strategy is a mirage – an illusion! An unreachable position; but one that is still affecting the lives of dozens of library staff still left dangling in limbo. Thus […]
Cllr Amo Raju was elected to the Council just under 4 years ago. As the Chief Executive of Disability Direct, for over two decades, he has been instrumental in promoting support for […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 ( […]
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 […]
Since May 2018, there have been a number of reports presented to the Cabinet about gaps in the Council budget: 2018 / 19 – £21m gap ( £12m caused by the overspend […]
Creative Scrutiny Board recommendations on Special Educational Needs summarily dismissed by Cabinet.
At the Executive Scrutiny Board last night ( 9th October), one of the many subjects on the agenda was “Improving Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Provision in Derby”. A comprehensive document which […]
70%+ don’t support Special Educational Needs proposals, resulting in little change to school places. What was the point?
In November 2017 the Council issued a consultation document on the strategy for Special Education Needs (SEN) children. Whilst the plan maintained annual funding, which is substantial at £55m pa, there were […]
Karen Brownhill, communication practitioner at St Giles School, shortlisted for a national special educational needs award
PRESS RELEASE A Derby woman is putting on her glad rags and heading to London for a glitzy awards ceremony, after being shortlisted for a national special educational needs award. Karen Brownhill, […]