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  • x31j
    Article: Jul 2, 2022

    "It took them a long time, it was very expensive. But what it bought in the end, with the defeat of the dictators, particularly of Nazi Germany, it bought decades and decades of stability, a world order that relied on a rules-based international system".

    The words of our Prime Minister when explaining the importance of facing down Russia in support of Ukraine

  • Buxton Rd Ashbourne (Peter Dobbs)
    Article: Jun 30, 2022
    By Peter Dobbs

    Councillors attending Derbyshire Dales District Council's Community and Environment meeting on 29th June were not impressed that the 'report' on progress in the Action Plan was just a diary. Although reference was made to a 'Draft Report' no details of this were submitted to committee members.

    Since it appears that the only actions in the current draft plan are those reported to DCC in February it is difficult to understand why they could not have been discussed at the June C&E meeting.

  • Tapton
    Article: Jun 28, 2022

    Don't Flog Off the Family Silver

    On Saturday 25th June concerned residents held a Tapton House Picnic to protest against the Council attempting to sell off this important part of Chesterfield's heritage.

    Cllr Paul Holmes, Leader of the Opposition on Chesterfield Borough Council (CBC), was invited to address the meeting.

  • Richard Foord
    Article: Jun 27, 2022

    The newly elected Liberal Democrat MP for Tiverton and Honiton Richard Foord will use his first day in Parliament today to urge the Government to cut fuel duty for rural areas like Devon.

    Richard Foord will be tabling the parliamentary motion calling for a rural fuel duty cut immediately after being sworn in as an MP today. Richard is calling on Conservative MPs to put party politics aside and sign the motion to support families struggling with the cost of living.

    It follows the historic Liberal Democrat by-election victory in Tiverton and Honiton on Thursday, overturning the biggest majority ever in a by-election. The Liberal Democrats campaigned hard for more help with the cost of living crisis and support for rural communities being hit hardest by record petrol and diesel prices.

    The parliamentary motion calls for Rural Duty Rate Relief to be doubled to 10p and to be expanded to cover more rural areas during the current spike in fuel prices. It comes as research by the Countryside Alliance has found rural households will spend over £2,440 a year on filling up their cars, £800 more than those in urban areas.

    Liberal Democrat MP Richard Foord said:

    "People are struggling with the rising cost of fuel, but the Government has failed to act to shield families from soaring prices at the pump.

    "The historic Liberal Democrat victory in Tiverton and Honiton must act as a wake-up call to the Conservatives that they must do more to support rural communities like ours instead of taking them for granted.

    "That's why I've tabled a motion in Parliament, calling for urgent action to cut the cost of fuel in rural communities. This would immediately cut 10p off the price of fuel and offer immediate relief to those being hardest hit.

    "I'm also calling on Conservative MPs to join me in the campaign to cut fuel duty for rural communities, because it's the right thing to do for those we represent. I'm hoping they'll be able to put politics aside and support this campaign."


    The motion to be tabled by Richard Foord MP today reads as follows:

    Early Day Motion: Cut Fuel Duty

    That this House is concerned about the significant increase in petrol and diesel prices since the start of the year; notes that rural areas often pay significantly more than urban areas for fuel; notes that people in rural areas often have no choice but to drive due to poor public transport provision; welcomes the introduction of Rural Fuel Duty Rate Relief introduced by the Liberal Democrats in government in some remote rural areas of the UK; and calls for Rural Duty Rate Relief to be doubled to 10p and to be expanded to cover more rural areas during the current spike in fuel prices.

  • HGV mounting pavement (C Baker)
    Article: Jun 24, 2022
    By Peter Dobbs

    We should not have to share our pavements with HGVs

    This photo taken this morning (24th June 2022) summarises the consequences of the failure of Derbyshire County Council to limit the movements of HGVs on Ashbourne's roads.

    Not only are the significant numbers of HGVs on the town's roads responsible for the bulk of the emissions that have resulted in illegal levels of pollutants but they are also causing significant inconvenience and stress for those that need to walk beside those roads - because they live there!