Standing to be your City Councillor for Darley on May 6th
I am asking you to support me by voting for me on May 6th. With your support, I can continue to work for Darley ward and do much more.
I am a local woman – my children attended nurseries and schools in Darley, and I was for many years a Governor at Woodlands School. I used to work in higher education and I am passionate about education; we need good schools to educate our children and to equip them with the many skills they need in adult life.
I have been active in Derby public life for some time, and have sat on the Boards of industry bodies such as the Derby and Derbyshire Rail Forum, as well as ALMOs such as Derby Homes. I very much want Derby to thrive as a manufacturing city. The need to support and develop cultural venues and facilities in Derby is more important than ever, and I will do my utmost to promote culture in the city.
As we hope to emerge from the Covid pandemic, we will need to return our focus to rebuilding our city with good jobs, a greener environment, and a revitalised city centre. The pandemic has taken a toll on both our mental and physical well-being, and I hope to work with Darley residents to raise the profile of our mental well-being.
If I am elected as your Councillor, I will represent you, serve all the areas of Darley ward, get things done and work all year round.
I have already taken action on crime, buses, litter, dog fouling, roads and pavements, as well as anti-social behaviour; I have helped secure national funding for Darley. I will do my utmost to protect and improve Darley’s parks, open spaces and historic buildings. I will support local businesses and schools, and make Darley greener. And I will ensure that Derby City Council works for Darley.
Mostly, if elected, I look forward to working for and with you.
12 April 2021
Litter picking boys take action!
After the recent outcry about folks leaving litter in our parks, at the suggestion of a Darley resident I organised a litter pick in Darley Park on Easter Sunday. I had two fantastic helpers – Bobby Riggott from St Mary’s RC Primary School and Josh O’Connor from St George’s RC Primary. Well done to Bobby and Josh for taking action to deal with litter left by the thoughtless few.
Planters bring Spring colour to Darley
This week, I have been filling out the planters on Kedleston Road with some spring plants, along with Carmel Swan and Martin Repton. Flowers and blossom lift the spirits right now.
Helping keep our streets clean
Out in the streets of Darley ward today with Carmel Swan. We sprayed signs on the pavements to deter folks from not picking up their dog’s mess. We continue to press the Council to get the Public Protection Officers to take action on this. In the meantime, we are doing all we can ourselves.
More funding secured for Darley ward: community transport hub
Residents of Darley ward told me before the lockdowns that they wanted the Council to look into providing on-street, EV charging points and other alternative, community transport ideas. Myself, along with Cllr Lisa Eldret, fed that back to officers. I’m really pleased to say that, as result of that interest, the officers submitted a bid for national funding and now Darley ward is involved in one of just 4 pilot schemes in the country to have secured funding to respond to residents’ ideas and wishes to create greener transport options in their area. Carmel Swan and myself, have taken our own tours of some Darley roads to see some of the issues for ourselves.
New life for local Pavillion
I am really pleased to see that the cricket pavillion on Parker’s Piece is now being renovated, funded by Our City Our River (the flood defence scheme). The pavillion holds lots of memories for people – holiday clubs, school PE changing room, and cricket – and it is such a heritage asset. Let’s hope a great local cricket team will take on the cricket pitch and we will see some games again in summertime!
Covid crisis ends the 17A Bus Service – alternatives being investigated
After successfully campaigning last year to save the subsidy to the 17/17A bus service, we have learnt that, very sadly, the service will now end, partly as a result of the Covid crisis.
The Notts and Derby Bus Company has submitted a cancellation notice to the Transport Commissioner saying that the company no longer intends to operate the service. The service relied on a complicated number of school contracts, County Council financial support, and City Council financial support. With school closures during the Covid crisis, the service was first withdrawn in March 2020 for a number of months and then again in January 2021.
The Department for Transport (DfT) was approached for additional financial help to save the service, but this failed, and we are left with the Notts and Derby Bus Company having submitted a cancellation notice to the Transport Commissioners. Unfortunately, this is a private company, over which we have no direct control.
This is very disappointing and I spoke with the Council’s Transport Officer, this morning, to see what could be done to provide some form of replacement, given that the £9,000 Derby City Council paid towards this service is still in the budget for the next financial year. I urged him to discuss with Trent Barton the possibility of some of their Sixes service diverting into Darley Abbey and/or Broadway. Another possibility might be to fund some other form of transport, possibly a mini bus shuttle service for those who are elderly, disabled or without a car who need to access services outside the village such as a supermarket or a doctor.
I will be doing my utmost to find another solution, depending on the funding available.
Conservatives land households with massive Council Tax hike
At a time when people in Derby have been struggling with a tough winter lockdown, and struggling financially after a year of the pandemic, Derby Conservative Councillors have decided to increase Council Tax by 4.99% from April.
That is a massive tax hike – the maximum permitted by the government. Yet the Conservatives said they would keep Council Tax increases to a minimum.
This is the third year in a row that they have increased Council Tax by the maximum amount.
Derby Labour says now is not the time for this tax increase. It is no reward for the sacrifices people have had to make during the pandemic.
Protecting Darley’s heritage
Protecting Darley’s heritage is important to me. The bridges – St Mary’s bridge and the old railway bridge in Darley Park – could do with some maintenance. Imagine the view behind me if the bridge had been cleared of ivy, repainted a brighter colour and there were better planting here?
Spring in Darley Park!
Spring has come to Darley Park today. Beautiful crocuses among the stunning trees. Perhaps we could add to that by planting patches of bee-friendly wildflowers in corners of the park where no-one walks or plays?
I was really pleased to meet up with Carmel Swan in Darley Park today. Carmel and myself will be standing for the two Darley ward council seats up for election on May 6th. Cllr Lisa Eldret has chosen to stand down for work reasons. I thank Lisa for all her hard work; she led Derby Labour with courage and, as the first woman Leader, has ensured that she won’t be the last. I’m looking foward to working hard for folks in Darley ward alongside Carmel.
Museum of Making set to open!
In town today, I was very pleased to see the new Museum of Making sign in place in anticipation of its opening. As a Council Cabinet member, I was able to support the Museum’s successful bid for funding to the Heritage Lottery Fund. I am looking forward to visiting it when we are able to.
Action on abandoned bins!
I recently called on Derby City Council to do more about abandoned bins and they are now taking action, including adding a new link to their ‘Report It’ area on their website. Click here for more:
Here’s the link to the ‘Report It’ service: https://www.derby.gov.uk/report-it/
Vote safely by post on 6 May
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A year ago we saved the 17A!
A year ago, the Conservative Council decided to cut the 17a bus service through Darley village. I led a successful Labour campaign to reverse the cut. My pledge remains: along with my fellow Labour Councillors, I will do my utmost for everyone in Darley ward.
Action on Home Security!
I am really pleased that, following the recent spate of thefts and burglaries in some areas of the ward, the Home Office has agreed that the crime prevention funding we obtained last year can now be extended to residents affected by crime in all areas of the ward, whether in private or rented housing. Details below:
Danger of Flooding?
I have been to look at the flooding, which is the worst I have ever seen, locally. A police car was stranded in this flood on Haslam’s Lane.
I asked the Council to close the floodgates there, as a precaution, as the water is very high indeed. However, they say it is not necessary. Maybe not, but I will be holding them to account if the water spreads into the businesses nearby.
The continued cost of Tory Assembly Rooms failure
In 2018, the Derby Conservatives were elected on a manifesto pledge to refurbish and re-open the Assembly Rooms at a cost of £10 million.
Expert advice had always been that it cannot be done. After wasting a few million to discover that for themselves, the Conservatives have now reached a stage where they are planning to fund the demolition of the Assembly Rooms, pay to create a new car park and for some temporary use of that site, and fund the new Becketwell performannce venue.
What is the total cost of all that?
At the Full Council meeting on 20th January, I asked the Conservative cabinet member responsible and received no answer. The public should know what the real cost of the £10 million impossible promise has turned out to be.
I will continue to ask.
Bigger bins for Darley Park litter
Cllr Martin Repton and myself have been calling for bigger bins to deal with the excess litter being generated in Darley Park at the moment. We are pleased that the Council has responded by providing these black bins as an immediate measure, and we will continue to press for more attractive large bins for the longer term.
Action on road surfacing
Over the last few weeks, Cllr Martin Repton and myself have been out, socially distanced, in Darley ward to see the road resurfacing across the ward. We will continue to press the Council to deliver road resurfacing and repairs where needed in the ward over the next few years.
Action on Bike Thefts
Residents of a Derby suburb have been left concerned for the safety of their properties after a spate of burglaries in recent days.
Darley Abbey has been subject to a dozen break-ins over the past week, with a number of bicycles being taken.
Work tools and four bicycles were among the items stolen as 14 garages were raided at Darley Park House, on New Road.
The incident is believed to have taken place between approximately 11pm and midnight on Saturday.
One resident, who preferred not to be named, said that three young males were seen near the area of the crime.
“I heard an almighty bang, someone shouted and then running footsteps. I looked out of my window but couldn’t see anything,” they said.
It is at least the fourth incident of its kind to take place in the area in the past week, with bicycles recently being stolen from properties on both Old Road and Darley Park Road too.
Alison Martin, prospective Labour candidate for Darley Ward at this May’s local elections, believes urgent action is needed to put a halt to these crimes.
She described the number of residents that have seen their homes targeted as “striking”, adding that “the current spate of thefts is totally unacceptable.
“People should not have to tolerate this kind of theft and behaviour. I have contacted the local police and called for more regular police patrols in the village and wider area for the time being.”
Mrs Martin also called on Darley and West End Safer Neighbourhood Team to issue “immediate advice to people on how they might better secure their sheds, garages and bicycles”.
She also encouraged authorities to “urge residents to report every incident to them, along with any suspicious behaviour they see, by phoning 101.
“I expect the police to do everything they can to apprehend the culprits and to attempt to retrieve the stolen bicycles for their owners.”
Sergeant Daniel Potts, of the Allestree and Darley Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We are aware of the recent incidents, and concerns from local residents. The reports are being investigated and officers are working to gather evidence.”
He also suggested ways in which residents can keep their bicycles safe, including using two different types of locks and securing your frame and wheels to something that can’t be removed.
“Officers are carrying out proactive patrols of the area and would encourage people to take steps to secure their buildings and bikes. We would also encourage people to report any suspicious activity to us,” Sgt Potts added.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Darley and West End Safer Neighbourhood team, quoting crime reference number 21000003339 in any correspondence.
A fake NHS text message is currently in circulation, informing people that they’re eligible to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The scam message reads “we have identified that your are eligible to apply for your vaccine” and then prompts you to click on a link for further information or to ‘apply’ for the vaccine.
This URL takes you to an extremely convincing fake NHS website, where fraudsters are attempting to coerce people into divulging personal or financial information.
If you receive a text or email that asks you to click on a link or for you to provide information, such as your name, credit card or bank details, it’s a scam.
Any text message containing a link should be treated with caution. The best way to find information from GOV.UK, or any other agency, is to visit that particular website via a trusted source (such as through Google or Bing) and do not click on links in unsolicited texts or emails.
Cold calls regarding the vaccine are also beginning to take place, where scammers are asking people to pay for the vaccine over the phone. If you receive one of these calls, hang up.
PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SCAMS
Scams can come in many forms and is an incredibly sophisticated crime, making it more difficult to distinguish genuine messages from the fake.
• Do not open attachments or click on links in emails or texts from senders you don’t know.
• Never give out personal information, financial details or passwords in response to an email, text or phone call without verifying that the person is who they claim to be.
• Block any numbers that arouse suspicion.
• Set up spam filters on all of your accounts.
• Always go to a website directly, by typing out the address yourself, when logging into an account.
• Look out for fake websites by sense-checking the domain name.
• Keep an eye out for numerous spelling mistakes in messages, these are normally linked to phishing emails and texts.
REPORTING A CYBERCRIME
We all make mistakes and these days the scams can be incredibly convincing. If you think you, or someone you know has been a victim of online fraud:
• Let your bank know what’s happened immediately.
• A COVID Fraud Hotline (0800 587 5030) has also been set up by in partnership with Crimestoppers to enable individuals to report fraud within the public sector during the pandemic. There is also an online reporting feature which can be found here: http://covidfraudhotline.org If you need to seek further advice you can contact us via one of the following methods:
• Facebook: send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
• Twitter: direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
• Website: complete the online contact form www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us.
• Phone: call us on 101.Please share this warning with friends and family, so we can prevent anyone from falling victim to scams.
Call for police action after a spate of bicycle thefts in Darley Abbey
Over the New Year weekend many valued and valuable bicycles were stolen from around Darley Abbey, including 14 garage break-ins during one evening alone. Residents reported sightings of youths behaving suspiciously in the area and continue to do so.
The current spate of thefts is totally unacceptable. I have contacted the local police and called for more regular police patrols in the village and the wider area for the time being.
I have asked the police to do more to urge residents to report every incident to them, along with any suspicious behaviour they see, by phoning 101. I have also asked if the police can issue immediate advice to people on how they might better secure their sheds, garages and bicycles.
And I expect the police to do everything they can to apprehend the culprits and to attempt to retrieve the stolen bicycles for their owners. People should not have to tolerate this kind of theft and behaviour.
The Silk Mill’s legacy to the World
I am so pleased to see that the Museum of Making, which I backed as the City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture in 2014-15, is opening soon and gaining national interest. Well done to Tony Butler, Hannah Fox and the entire team for their hard work and sense of ambition. Click the link below to find out more in a recent article published in The Observer.
A busy build up to Christmas 2020 in Darley
A busy day with Labour in Darley: hanging baubles on the West End Christmas tree, helping to deliver the neighbourhood Christmas meals and hampers, and supporting the Police and Crime Commissioner, Hardyal Dhindsa, in promoting anti-burglary action.
Chester Green Christmas Lights 2020
It was lovely to attend the Chester Green lights switch on earlier. There are so many wonderful windows in the window wonderland trail. The lighting around the green and the streets is so festive, and the Christmas tree so beautifully decorated. Magical.
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
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.
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.
Stay in touch Tel: 07717 447 354 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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