The Derby News article of Novemver 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 […]
The Landmark building project was approved by the Planning Committee back in February 2019. Despite being initially rejected by the Committee, and considered by many residents to be unsightly ( albeit supported […]
Assembly Rooms refurbishment : Council will inevitably announce a cost overrun to the £24m budget – just a matter of time!
Last week, Derby City Council declared that the completion date for the refurbished Assembly Rooms had slipped from Autumn 2020 to November 2021. Despite this, they maintained that the budget will remain […]
Godwin’s latest development set to be approved, despite 40 objections – but Marketing Derby is in favour
Godwin Developments, the developer of the highest residential block in Derby, ‘The Landmark’, has re-submitted the planning application for another development – the car park on Agard Street. Originally they planned to […]
In February 2019, the Council approved the Planning application for the 17 floor, 201 apartment block due to be located on Phoenix Street, overlooking St Alkmund’s way. Although, at the time it […]
Today, the Cabinet is set to approve a proposal by Council Officers, to spend £1m on a new “Change Derby” programme. After much questioning last night at the Executive Scrutiny Board ( […]
When is a balanced position, not a balanced position? When you use reserves to plug the gap! When is a budget, not the budget? When you change it during the year! Some […]
Parents with children who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) have a constant battle with Derby City Council over the funding to support their child’s education. This friction is not a […]
Whilst the local elections across the country seem to have been hit by a “Brexit effect”, the same cannot be said for Derby City Council. The Derby News predictions published on 22nd […]
Child Sex Abuse case: Chris Williamson, ex-Cllr Sara Bolton, Derby City Council and the Police failed to act. “Why the cover up?”
In April 2015, during the sentencing of Shane Clifton, a Derby man who had repeatedly raped his daughter from the age of 8 through to 13, Judge Stuart Rafferty stated ” You […]
There are reports that Police are investigating allegations of postal vote fraud in Abbey Ward, relating to next week’s Derby City Council elections, involving a Labour Party volunteer. Cllr Asaf […]
“An alternative to Party Politics”; Alex Dann and Phil Ingall as Independent candidates in Derby City Council elections.
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 […]