Labour remains committed to a green agenda

Holiday hunger campaign success

I am very pleased that Derby Labour’s campaign calling upon Derby City Council to issue all children receiving Free School Meals with vouchers has been successful. There will be a voucher scheme in place for the Christmas holiday.We need to address the issue of holiday hunger beyond that, though. We need a comprehensive voucher scheme. We also need to address other issues of food poverty in the city. That’s why I think the Council Cabinet should designate a Food Champion to address and lead on these issues not just right now, but for the future.

Central England Coop support for new sign at West End Community Centre

Thank you to the Central England Co op for funding the new exterior sign at the West End Community Centre. This is a great help, especially at this time.The West End CC Committee has stepped up and permitted the Department of Health to use the centre as a local walk-in Covid test centre for the next few months, serving people in Darley and connected areas. We all look forward to it being open as a vibrant community centre once again.

Derby Remembrance Sunday Service

Remembrance Day looks a little different this year, as #DerbyRemembers from home. Tune into our pre-recorded service from 10.45am on Sunday 8th November, and share the the 11.00am minute’s silence from your doorstep. Set a reminder on YouTube – http://orlo.uk/vKVzo

Supporting the Chester Green Fundraiser

I was pleased to support the Chester Green Entertainment Team’s fundraiser this afternoon, Saturday 24 October . A few bargains acquired, despite the message on the notice behind me!

Covid-19 testing at West End Community Centre

Yesterday, Saturday 17 October, I visited the West End Community Centre on Mackworth Road which has now opened as a walk-in Covid testing centre. It was good to talk to the team there and to be their first (dummy-run) customer.

If you have symptoms you can turn up at the gate and will be guided through the process. Or you can register first at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/. Tests are available seven days a week.

Either way, it takes just a few minutes. Social distancing and sanitizing is in place to keep you safe.

Tackling the litter problem in Darley

This afternoon, I have been out in Darley Ward putting up the new anti-litter poster that residents requested.

Alison on the beat with the Police and Crime Commissioner 17 September

I was out and about in the West End this afternoon alongside Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, and Cllr Martin Repton, talking to local residents about the new, half a million pounds funding to help prevent crime in the area.

New Traffic Management System in Darley Abbey

The Council has decided to introduce the new traffic management system through Darley Abbey by using Covid-19 measures funding. The Council went ahead with this scheme without consulting local residents or the local, Darley ward Councillors.They say the scheme is temporary and will be reviewed at the end of October. If you are a resident in Darley Abbey, please be prepared to submit your views on the scheme to the Council then. I have already received feedback from residents and I know it is causing concern on a number of counts. It is important that any problems are put right. The scheme aims to reduce the use of Church Lane as a rat run and to help mitigate the effects of the traffic caused by the A38 works when they begin. Yet it must not cause more problems than it solves. The Council must get this right for Darley Abbey.

Tackling West End Crime update.

I am very pleased to announce that myself and Hardyal Dhindsa, Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner, have secured over £500,000 in funding for the West End. It will be used to tackle crime and to make the area safer. 

This is great news for the West End and is just what we need to deal with some of the problems people have had to put up with in recent years. We need to work with the police so that people feel safer where they live. Cutting crime in the West End is top of the agenda and Hardyal Dhindsa and myself will work with anyone who wants to be involved to make sure the area becomes a place where everyone feels safe.

The money will be spent on CCTV cameras, preventing burglaries in people’s homes, better street lighting and the creation of a Neighbourhood Watch Association.

Assembly Rooms update

We are all looking forward to the creation of a successful new venue in Derby. However, lots of questions need to be answered about this proposal. Not least: what will happen on the exisiting Assembly Rooms site, long considered the best place for a venue? In the past, people have proposed building private flats on that site. I say no. The Market Place should be the heart of the city, a place for public for the public and their events.


The figures below, released in July 2020 under an FOI request, show that Labour’s plans for a newbuild Assembly Rooms were cheaper, more cost effective and more beneficial than the refurbishment option the Tories chose. The Tories chose to ignore officer advice and promised the undeliverable to the public. They have had to abandon their plans because estimated refurbishment costs rose to a high level, as the Tories had been told they would. They have not delivered. Now, more than ever, Derby needs a credible plan for a new Assembly Rooms.


Litter in Darley Park

I am pleased to report that, following on from Darley folks’ concerns about litter and signage and our Darley Park litter pick, the Parks Department has agreed to my request for better signage with a new sticker on the way.


Alison Martin
Darley Ward Labour Candidate, 2021.


Hello and thank you for visiting my website!

I am very pleased that Darley Ward selected me to stand as your councillor in next May’s City Council election.

As a local woman, I know the ward well: it’s a vibrant area with lots of diverse and active communities. I will work with all the residents and community groups in Darley to make sure that we preserve its heritage, develop its potential and maintain a good quality of life for everyone who lives here.




I am an ex-university lecturer with two children, so I am passionate about education and will support the nurseries and schools in the ward; I was Chair of Governors at Woodlands School for many years.

I will support community initiatives in Darley and do my utmost to protect and improve its many parks, open spaces and historic buildings.

I care about environmental issues and look forward to working with Darley residents on those matters.


We need to make sure community facilities are supported and developed, and try to provide more activities for young people.

I’ve been talking to as many residents as possible to listen to your views and deal with any concerns you have. 

If you have any issues you want to raise with me, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

Thank you.


Stay in touch Tel: 07717 447 354 Email: alisonmartin4darleyward@outlook.com

Promoted by James Shires on behalf of Alison Martin both at Derby Labour Party, 2a Wentworth House, Vernon Gate, Derby. DE1 1UR