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Over 75’s to Lose Free TV Licences

Over 75’s to Lose Free TV Licences

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Over 75's to Lose Free TV Licences Responding to the announcement that the BBC will scrap blanket free licences for over-75s, local Lib-Dem campaigner John Morrissey says:"Amber Valley has around 8,000 residents aged 75 and over, and while some can afford the extra cost, there will be many who will have to look hard at their household budgets to decide if they can afford the extra £154.50."This was a deeply cynical ploy by the Tories to burden the BBC with the blame. Serendipitously, the BBC will be facing a funding crisis round about the time it might otherwise be trying the hold the Tories to account." https://twitter.com/LibDems/status/1138431244285485057 The Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, Christine Jardine, raised the issue in parliament, and  a Liberal Democrat Spokesperson adds:“Concessions for over-75s are a social cost…
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Celebrating Local Election Successes

Celebrating Local Election Successes

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Liberal Democrats Celebrating after Local Elections Thanks again to all our members, volunteers, and candidates. Sadly no borough council gains to report this time, but we are still very happy with a strong set of results.Well done to John Morrisey who secured 28% of the vote in Belper East, which is +19% on last year’s result, a credit to all involved!Kate Smith got 2nd place in Crich. With 25% of the vote this is +13% since this seat was last up in 2015. It’s in large testament to her work on Crich Parish Council, so we’re happy she was also re-elected unopposed as parish councillor.We are also happy to report the election of six Lib-Dem parish councillors to Duffield Parish Council, all of whom look forward to working hard for…
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Greenbelt Consultation Response

Greenbelt Consultation Response

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Green Belt Consultation Response Amber Valley Liberal Democrats have responded to the public consultation on Green Belt Amendments and Additional Site Allocations. Read our full response here. We have been opposed to development on the Green Belt since the battle for Lily Street Farm, Swanwick, in the early 1990s, as the Conservative Borough Council has lost the ambition to ‘conserve’ anything.  New housing development is about the most destructive thing we can do to the environment .  There is real pressure for growth, not least because more people are living singly, and more older people want to downsize. We demand the Council removes its blinkers on Brownfield sites – in Belper a specific study for the Neighbourhood Plan has shown these are more than adequate to meet projected demand.  A…
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Lifestyle Public Health

Lifestyle Public Health

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January's Politics and Passion Event Chris Oakley will talk about Lifestyle Public Health from a liberal and ethical perspective. Tuesday 15th January 8.15pm meeting (7pm meal)  Village Inn,  Upper Marehay Rd,  Ripley,  DE5 8JF Chris will start talking at about 8.15 pm, and questions and discussion will follow.  He questions whether we can believe what we read in the media and if we should we trust the “experts”. Can the current one-dimensional strategy of bans, restrictions and taxes ever be compatible with liberal values and is there a more effective liberal alternative? The pub serves good food and some of us will be eating at 7 o’clock. You are warmly invited to join us. This event is organised by Amber Valley Liberal Democrats but is open to all supporters in the…
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Parking Issues

Parking Issues

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Parking Issues in Amber Valley The Lib Dems believe that local councils should investigate and consult widely to find out the extent of the problem, particularly in areas of older housing where road widths can’t cope with parking and large vehicles. This is particularly the case on some bus routes in the area. The issue is tied up with speeding and speed restrictions.  Amber Valley Borough and Derbyshire County Council (as highways authority) need to be much more proactive, working with residents and drivers to reduce high risk areas, and places where vehicles frequently go up on pavements to avoid oncoming traffic. If you know places like this, or have particular problems, please use the contact page to draw this to our attention. “I promise to keep you informed.” Adam…
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Residents First

Residents First

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Residents Come First Amber Valley Lib Dems believe residents come first. This is, after all the place where you are making a commitment to live, and where you are the main user of services and businesses.Labour and the Conservatives have run Amber Valley borough between them for the last 30 years with little appreciable benefit for local people. Amber Valley may be the biggest local government district in Derbyshire, but resources have been thinly spread, parts of our area still look like run-down former mining towns, and it feels like we are a commuter extension to Derby and Nottingham, rather than a special part of the county, with a rich history and identity. The key should be proper funding of the planning system, and one which puts residents’ involvement at…
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Improve our Leisure Centre

Improve our Leisure Centre

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Belper Leisure Centre Amber Valley’s leisure centres are where many people first get introduced to sports and fitness, but they are social hubs too. Ripley, Alfreton and Heanor were fortunate in getting completely rebuilt just over 10 years ago, although this was as a result of the Private Finance Initiative, with hidden longer-term costs. Belper missed out on these improvements, because it was run separately through an historic arrangement between the County, Borough and Town councils given its close proximity to Belper School. This has caused friction, and while there have been improvements and many people love the centre, it is not able to provide quite the same range of facilities as the other centres, particularly in terms of public swimming pool time. There are also some parking problems, as…
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