From the smallest sausage roll, to the salads, bread, trifles, cake, bunting, flags, choir, to the minibus, and many people’s time, all were all given freely and from within the community to […]
Today, the ribbon was cut by the Deputy Mayor, Frank Harwood, at the formal opening of the first Community Managed Library, in Sinfin. The deal was formally signed by Derby City Council, […]
Disability Direct’s ‘Do What you Want Live’ showcases local providers of age and disability related services.
Disability Direct’s annual event is always an opportunity for local organisations to present their services, make contact with other providers, meet you new clients, and for service users to find potential new […]
If you go into Derby’s first Community Managed Library in Sinfin, you won’t be served by Direct Help and Advice’s (DHA) volunteer staff, but by paid, Derby City Council, library managers. One […]
A52 project; Council approved an unfunded £9.5m overspend in January 2018…which no one knew about, until now?
Derby City Council’s Acting Chief Executive, Christine Durrant, dropped a “bombshell” on the desk of the new Council leadership at the end of last week regarding the A52 road improvement scheme. “Very […]
Ranjit Banwait lost his Boulton Ward seat by 474 votes in the May 3rd election to UKIP candidate Paul Bettany. This was not a close-call, he received 30% less votes than Bettany, […]
Last night was Day 1 of the new Council administration. It formalised much of what had been discussed in the media in terms of who would run the Council, and who was […]
On Wednesday this week, the Conservative group should take up office as the new minority administration in Derby City Council. They will be supported by the Liberal Democrats and UKIP to secure […]
The Derby News Community Grant initiative was launched in memory of my Mother and Father who both died in the last few years. It is a way in which their personal legacy […]
Derby City Council operates a very strict Data Protection policy in its libraries; it stipulates that volunteers have no access to the Library Management system. They are unable to view any personal […]
Cllrs Banwait and Bayliss test the “purdah” rules: Have they used public money to influence the outcome of the election?
Since 27th March 2018, Derby City Council (DCC) has been in the pre-election period , known as “purdah”. This means that the use of Council resources for political purposes is strictly prohibited […]
Alex Dann, Independent Candidate for Oakwood, reflects back on her 2018 campaign: Previous article about Alex as she set off on her bid to be elected : “Can you be an Independent […]
This is the last in a series of 3 interviews with the Party Leaders about their 2018 manifestos. Labour chose not to participate. Ruth Skelton – Liberal Democrat Matthew Holmes – Conservative […]
In Labour’s May 2018 manifesto it states – “Labour Oppose Tory Congestion Charge”. Derby Labour Leader Cllr Banwait says: “We have a choice over how to improve our air quality: pay more Tory […]
This is the second in a series of 3 interviews with the Party Leaders about their 2018 manifestos. Labour chose not to participate. Ruth Skelton – Liberal Democrat Matthew Holmes – Conservative […]
Council protects Management jobs at the expense of front-line paid Library Assistants….still to be replaced by volunteers
The Council’s strategy to offload 10 libraries to Direct Help and Advice (DHA) by the end of 2018, is now in progress with the first library, Sinfin, being handed over in Mid-May […]
This is the first in a series of 3 interviews with the Party Leaders about their 2018 manifestos. Labour chose not to paticipate. Ruth Skelton – Liberal Democrat Matthew Holmes – Conservative […]
Plain accuracy with addresses for people in elected office is of paramount importance. This is such a sensitive subject that there is no room for ambiguity. It is a matter of public […]
As lead partner in a consortium of local authorities in the county, Derby City Council is taking part in a pilot scheme to enable the Government to develop its plan to move […]
By law every child is entitled to an “appropriate education” regardless of ability. The Council, legally, has to take the necessary steps to provide schooling that recognises the needs of the individual […]