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  • 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.

  • 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) .

  • Victoria Court Flats derelict
    Article: Dec 12, 2018
    By Peter Dobbs

    This derelict eyesore, vandalised and partially burnt out was once a hospital in the attractive market town of Ashbourne in Derbyshire. Known then as the Ashbourne Victoria Memorial Cottage Hospital, it opened its doors in 1897 and was an imposing building on Buxton Rd., Ashbourne, next to St John's church. An Ashbourne landmark, there were even postcards issued as illustrated here; After closing in 1962 it was sold and eventually ended up in the hands of a landlord who let it out as flats, calling it Victoria Court Flats. Unfortunately this landlord, like many others, has failed to maintain the property, instead allowing it to become unfit to live in. Some have ventured inside to show just how grim it has become - see here for photos of the inside.

  • Cllrs Sue Burfoot & Dave Elsworth at Crown Square
    Article: Dec 8, 2018
    By Martin Burfoot

    Town Cllr Dave Elsworth has spent the past two years or more trying to convince planners and highway engineers that the new housing developments off Chesterfield Road, especially the huge Gritstone / Pinewood Road site will inevitably create gridlocked local roads, including roads which converge on Crown Square, not to mention the public health impacts from air pollution.

  • Matlock GP surgery
    Article: Dec 8, 2018
    By Martin Burfoot

    Matlock's GPs are n ow warning us all about the threat to future health care provision, given the serious impacts of unsustainable new housing developments in Matlock and Tansley. The Wolds Action Group recently approached local health care professionals due to growing fears about overstretched facilities.
    In response, our doctors say that building 100s more houses without the capital investment required to cater for them will inevitably add even more pressure to our creaking healthcare structure. So far, no extra money has been provided for GP practices, but even when it is it will be inadequate, so we will see queues for GPs getting longer.
    While private developers are making profits of many £millions, any Section 106 agreements will be nowhere near enough to solve the problem, and will only be one-off payments, so the Government also needs to provide capital funding for a new health centre to serve Matlock and Tansley.

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