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  • Article: Sep 23, 2016

    The Labour-led City Council is planning major changes to the library service. Up to 10 of the 14 libraries could be closed according to the plans published in August.

    Mickleover Library has the largest number of visitors and items borrowed of any library in the city except for the central library, but this won't save it from closure. The way that Labour has assessed the importance of libraries puts Mickleover over halfway down the list. Allestree and Blagreaves, which is also well-used, comes even further down Labour's priorities, as does Allestree.

  • Deena Smith
    Article: Sep 22, 2016

    More and more people are backing long-standing Allestree resident Deena Smith to be our new local councillor.

    Deena will not take local people for granted. She will work hard to fight for a better deal for our area.

    Deena moved to Allestree eleven years ago. She is a retired children's nurse.

    Deena says, "For too long the Labour Council have neglected areas such as Allestree. We pay an ever-increasing amount of Council Tax but our services are being cut. You only have to look at our library that is under threat.

  • Article: Sep 15, 2016
    By Cllr Ruth Skelton

    Labour councillors on Derby City Council this week voted against measures to combat electoral fraud - in spite of Derby being named in government reports as being at higher risk of fraud and convictions for electoral fraud in the 2012 vote.

    Sir Eric Pickles investigated electoral fraud in response to the Tower Hamlets case. Outrageous fraud and corruption was taking place not only in the sphere of elections, but in other areas of council activity too. His report makes the point that people who cheat their way to power are unlikely to hold higher moral standards when it comes to handing out public contracts or when making decisions on planning and licensing, hurting us all.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2016

    The Conservative Councillor elected to represent Allestree back in May has been jailed after he was found guilty of lying on his official nomination paperwork.

    Under election law you have to live, work or own property in the local authority area that you wish to stand for election in - but it has emerged that Richard Smalley lived outside Derby and lied about his address on his paperwork to falsely get his name on the ballot paper.

  • Derby Liberal Democrats protesting at cuts to Teaching Assistants pay with Teaching Assistants and Unison Trades Union
    Article: Sep 13, 2016

    Derby Liberal Democrats wholeheartedly support Derby's teaching assistants, School support staff and the Unison trades union in their dispute with Derby's Labour Council.

    Ruth Skelton, Lib Dem Group leader on Derby City Council, said "Derby's teaching assistants are skilled, dedicated, hard-working individuals who play a core role in the education of our children. They are not taking action lightly. Labour's pay cuts of up to 25% will mean that many people will be unable to pay their bills. It shows how out of touch Labour are if they think people can survive that kind of financial blow. Labour's cuts are directly harming working people and children, especially our most vulnerable children.

  • Deena Smith with tree stump
    Article: Sep 1, 2016

    Three years ago, the council cut some dying trees back to stumps and replaced them with new trees - but some stumps have been left!

    Local resident Brian Henderson explained that at first some people accused him of having vandalised the tree. He's contacted the council many times to ask when the stump would be removed, but it's still there.

  • Article: Aug 31, 2016

    Local residents are angry that the government has approved plans for nearly 400 houses to be built on the land off Kedleston Road, just outside the city boundary in Conservative-controlled Amber Valley. The details are still to be agreed.

    Conservative government rules encourage more and more green fields to be allocated for housing, even when existing projects haven't been built.

  • Deena Smith at Allestree Library
    Article: Aug 30, 2016

    The Labour-run City Council is planning to slash funding for libraries across the city - with as few as four to be run by the council in future.

    Labour says Allestree is the least important of Derby's libraries - in spite of it being one of the busiest and best used in the whole city.

    The Council report made four suggestions about how libraries in Derby might be cut. They included closing all but four libraries, two in the city centre and two in the south of the city. NONE of the suggestions included Allestree continuing to be run by the Council.

  • Deena Smith
    Article: Aug 29, 2016

    Long-standing Allestree resident Deena Smith has been chosen by local Liberal Democrats to contest the by-election on September 29th.

    Deena moved to Allestree 11 years ago. She is a retired children's nurse.

    She has two daughters and four grandchildren, all of whom live in Derbyshire.
    Deena is a keen bridge player and belongs to several local clubs.

  • Petition: Aug 25, 2016

    Derby's Labour council are trying to close the majority of the libraries in Derby, in spite of tens of thousands of people depending on them every single year.

    Libraries help children to learn and everyone to read. But they aren't just for books or a place to use a computer. Libraries are important social centres for people across Derby, hosting community groups that need somewhere to meet.