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  • Lorries stuck on A515 (Peter Dobbs)
    Article: Mar 14, 2019
    By Peter Dobbs

    It happens all the time in the Derbyshire market town of Ashbourne - two large vehicles meet each other in the narrow roads. It is usually the pavements that provide a way to pass each other (with pedestrians having to get out of the way) but on this occasion even the pavement didn't provide sufficient room and the two vehicles locked against each other causing traffic to back up through the town.

  • Bin near bench by Hug (Peter Dobbs)
    Article: Mar 14, 2019
    By Peter Dobbs

    Now you see it, now you don't....

    A very convenient bin, particulalrly for conscientious dog walkers, has disappeared. Located next to a bench celebrating players of Shrovetide Football and (fairly) regulalry emptied by the Distrct Council for several years, there is now just a plinth and some poorly directed pieces of litter to show where it once stood.

  • Bandstand roof Ashbourne park 2 (Peter Dobbs)
    Petition: Mar 7, 2019

    We urge the Derbyshire Dales District Council to carry out urgently needed repairs to the Bandstand in Ashbourne Memorial Park. It is poor stewardship of a valued town asset, that the Council have allowed it to fall into such a state of disrepair that there are holes in the roof.

  • Toilets in Memorial Gardens Ashbourne (closed)
    Article: Mar 6, 2019
    By Peter Dobbs

    Ashbourne Memorial Park with its children's play area, once boasted two shelters and some rather convenient conveniences to provide a solution to the problems of inclement weather or being caught short. Now only one of these remains and that has been closed. Two have been reduced to bare concrete plinths , and the conveniences locked and bolted.

  • Old derby rd / derby rd junction lhs ()
    Petition: Feb 22, 2019

    We request that Derbyshire County Council Highways Department urgently consider the dangerous nature of the Derby Road / Old Derby Road junction, particularly for pedestrians. With the significant increase in the number of homes and the opening of three retail outlets near this junction, a safe way to visit the shops on foot or by bike is needed.

  • free trade deals (The Guardian)
    Article: Feb 20, 2019
    By Robert Court

    The Leave campaign was bullishly confident that favourable trade deals could be sealed worldwide for the post-Brexit brave new world.

    Reality seems somewhat different. So far, all of eight free trade deals have been agreed. These are with Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Chile, the Seychelles, Mauritius, Madagascar, Zimbabwe and the Faroe Islands. We should be fine for wine, sugar cane, vanilla, Swiss chocolate and woolly jumpers then. And by the way, our exports in all eight cases lag behind imports.

  • Pavement end at Derby Rd ()
    Article: Feb 20, 2019
    By Peter Dobbs

    Planners seem to have forgotten all about pedestrians in their approval for the opening of three shops on the edge of an industrial estate in the Derbyshire market town of Ashbourne. Documents from the County Highways department discuss at some length the movement of cars and lorries to and from the mini supermarket and fast food outlets but make no mention of pedestrians which seems strange when the local council talks about sustainable development in their Local Plan which (amongst other things) seeks to reduce the use of private cars.

  • Power station
    Article: Feb 4, 2019
    By Peter Dobbs

    The National Planning Practice Guidance (2014) means that when a developer applies for planning permission, they have to satisfy the planners that their proposed development will not significantly affect air quality both in the vicinity of the development or further afield, eg by increased traffic congestion.They also need to show that they are not going to expose the new residents of their estate to existing sources of air pollution.To do this they submit impressive looking documents full of computer generated figures and graphics which they believe show that their proposals will cause no harm.

  • Dorsan Baker by HGV on Buxton Rd (Peter Dobbs)
    Article: Jan 24, 2019
    By Peter Dobbs

    The 'triangle' at the bottom of Buxton Road in Ashbourne Derbyshire is now a little smaller after some very expensive 'surgery' and observation does suggest that fewer large lorries are mounting the pavements in order to squeeze past each other at that corner. BUT they continue to damage kerb-stones and endanger pedestrians at the other pinch points on that road - halfway down the hill outside St Johns Church and at the crest of the hill at the blind junction with Windmill Lane and North Avenue.
    Local resident Dorsan Baker was clearing the pavement beside his driveway on Buxton Road when a lorry travelling northbound came around the corner with its nearside wheels well over the pavement, only narrowly missing him. As Dorsan pointed out when this photo was taken some days later "There is simply not enough room for two large lorries to pass each other on this corner of the hill. I was lucky but someone with a buggy might have been hit". Although clearly very dangerous (and illegal), drivers of HGVs frequently have little choice but to 'invade' the pavement on this stretch of road as tyre-marks on the pavement prove. Southbound HGVs cannot continue due to parked vehicles further down the hill and northbound HGVs cannot proceed up the hill since the road is too narrow for two HGVs! The resulting jam would last all day unless the northbound vehicle mounts the pavement. It is also this stop-start traffic that is increasing the levels of atmospheric pollution on what is currently the most polluted road in the Derbyshire Dales and well over the EU limit for acceptable levels of nitrogen oxides, NOx

  • Martin Burfoot at Wolds farm (Martin Burfoot)
    Article: Jan 18, 2019
    By Peter Dobbs and Martin Burfoot

    As Liberal Democrat councillors, we are constantly reading moving letters and emails from residents opposing the huge and highly contentious proposal for 415 more houses off Gritstone Road and Pinewood Road. Some of them have seen their homes and gardens flooded on a regular basis and have been victims of a gridlocked Cavendish Road. .
    However, we don't know how the District Council's planners will react and respond to the hundreds of objections to this completely unsustainable and inappropriate plan (with none in favour - see the Council website: ref 18/01242/EIA) .

Articles from LibDemVoice.org

The opinions expressed in these articles are those of the individual authors and do not represent the position of Derbyshire Dales Liberal Democrats.