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  • kraq (Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash)
    Article: Dec 2, 2020

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey has slammed the Government for failing to build a plan to "bring the virus under control and keep people safe" and warned that Ministers must address growing concerns before his Party can vote for the new system.

    In a letter to the Prime Minister ahead of the vote on the new measures in Parliament, the Liberal Democrat leader made clear that "without the assurances the public need" the Liberal Democrats "cannot in all conscience vote for this plan."

  • Shopappy logo
    Article: Nov 29, 2020
    By Paul Cruise

    Matlock Town Council wishes to support local business as much as possible during these challenging times and is encouraging businesses in the town to sign up to as soon as possible, to help their customers reach their products, even during 'lockdown'.

    ShopAppy is a one stop, local, online support platform which enables customers to see what local shops and services have to offer, all in one place.

    The Derbyshire Economic Partnership, which comprises of Derbyshire County Council and eight partner district councils, is working to help support local businesses during these difficult times. There is normally a charge to sign up but the Partnership has taken care of the first-year membership fee to the award winning platform.

    This means Matlock businesses can sign up FOR FREE for the first year. Funding is limited so the Town Council is urging businesses to sign up without delay.

    Cllr. Paul Cruise: "As a Town Council we want to promote and support local businesses especially given this very challenging year. Shopappy is a great way for local businesses to promote and sell their products and services on line to local residents. It allows for click and collect and delivery options and will give residents an easy way to see what's available locally.", which has already launched in 150 towns in the UK, was created four years ago to provide an alternative way for places and small businesses to compete with online retail giants, allowing customers to book events and experiences as well as browse and buy local products online.

    In addition to this the Town Council plans to feature a 'directory' of local businesses on their website to further help local businesses during the ongoing uncertainty over the festive period. Details to be finalised. Businesses can register with ShopAppy here

    More information is available by emailing the ShopAppy team direct at:

  • mt6z (Photo by Science in HD on Unsplash)
    Article: Nov 29, 2020

    We gave a cautious welcome to the Governments proposals for becoming carbon neutral. Our doubts concerned not the objectives set but the lack of any obvious plans and more importantly the belief this dramatic shift in the way we operate could be achieved at next to no additional cost, which defied credibility see here

  • Ed Davey speaking at Lib Dem Rally - Stop Brexit March (Kevin Daws)
    Article: Nov 29, 2020

    A Green Economic Recovery for hope: tackling the climate
    emergency with the jobs and technology people need

    The Liberal Democrats' ambitious ten point plan for UK Net-Zero

    As we look to beat the Covid health crisis, we should be doing far more to tackle the two crises
    that will still face us - the jobs crisis and the climate emergency.

  • Pavilion in the Park (ARGSCP)
    Article: Nov 27, 2020
    By Peter Dobbs

    Lib Dem Councillors give strong support to project to build the new Pavilion in the Park

    'A no-brainer' was how Rob Archer, Lib Dem Councillor for Ashbourne South, described the opportunity for the District Council to underwrite this project so that work can begin before the end of the year.

    The project has been the work of registered charity the Ashbourne and District Recreation Ground Sports and Community Partnership. Led by Chairman John Lake with a team of talented locals, the partnership has sought funding from a range of sources including the Football Foundation and the England and Wales Cricket Board who have between them contributed £0.5 million to the project. The final cost of the state of the art facility will be approximately £0.8 million.

  • 25 Buxton Rd graph Nov 2020 (Peter Dobbs)
    Article: Nov 27, 2020
    By Peter Dobbs

    It wasn't just Covid-19 cases that came right back up after lockdown.

    One of the NOx measurement tubes on Buxton Road Ashbourne has recorded an all time high value of over 70ugm-3 (unadjusted value). The 'safe limit' is 40ugm-3. Even with the reduction in traffic due to the first lockdown the annual average is looking like it will be close to or exceeding 60ugm-3 and it is at this level that consideration has to be given not just to those who live in the vicinity but also those who simply walk by. An annual average (adjusted) of 60ugm-3 or higher triggers the requirement to measure hourly averages to see if they are exceeding the 200ugm-3 legal limit.

  • Covid 19
    Article: Nov 26, 2020
    By Peter Dobbs

    From December 2nd Derbyshire Dales, together with the rest of Derbyshire, will be in Tier 3.

    This poster summarises the restrictions.

  • Traffic in St John St (Peter Dobbs)
    Article: Nov 25, 2020

    Does the promise of a future by-pass have to mean no traffic improvements now?

    In the much anticipated Derbyshire County Council Public Consultation (found here and also in a leaflet delivered to Ashbourne residents) we are informed that there are FOUR Options.

    Two of these (Options 3 and 4) are by-pass routes that pass to the west and east of the town respectively. In the detailed information provided online we learn that we are in an 'early stage consultation' and any hopes that road building is about to take place are quickly dispelled.

  • Church St / Station Rd Ashbourne (Peter Dobbs)
    Article: Nov 24, 2020
    By Peter Dobbs

    Ashbourne does in fact already have a bypass - taking the A52 around the South of the town and currently being used by over 9,000 vehicles per day, according to the data on AADT (Annual Average Daily Traffic) published by Aecom in a study commissioned by Derbyshire County Council.
    Unfortunately they failed to extend it to relieve the traffic that currently uses the A515 to travel from north to south through the town's narrow streets, currently seeing approximately 7,000 vehicles a day, of which 10% are HGV.

  • pnnb (Photo by Jonathan Rautenberg on Unsplash)
    Article: Nov 22, 2020

    We recently commented on what is being described as a chumocracy in which political friends of the government seem to be favoured when contracts are being handed out to fight the pandemic See here

    There is obviously a strong argument that corners need to be cut when trying to find global sources of PPE for example but these concerns have been amplified by a report from the independent National Audit Office, Britain's public spending watchdog

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