Category Archives: Opinion

Which retailers are right for our High Street?


Two news items caught my attention in the last couple of weeks. Firstly, Martin Freeman was featured in the Ashbourne News Telegraph discussing his search for a suitable site for a Starbucks in Ashbourne. He argued that without the major … Continue reading

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Rumour has it (wrong?)


In the North of England the “celebration” of Mischief Night still endures. When I was a youngster it was a far bigger deal than the American Hallowe’en. On the 4th of November young miscreants would forget the Treat and spend … Continue reading

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Food Miles in practice


I am a big advocate of Try Ashbourne First. Before you buy anything online at least think about whether you could buy it in one of our independent retailers. I firmly believe that you will be surprised at just what … Continue reading

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We all love Status Quo


The Hungarian Government has recently announced that they are considering taxing the internet with a “per Gb” charge. It has caused a greater uproar with groups from all parts of society creating an unlikely alliance. On the face of it … Continue reading

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Where’s the Derbyshire Dales leadership?


I came away from the Neighbourhood Plan meeting in the week feeling thoroughly deflated and despairing for local democracy. I am beginning to feel the helplessness that people have expressed in Scotland and are beginning to do so in towns … Continue reading

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Cities can be friendly. A lesson from Birmingham


I travel regularly around England and often to the cities. This morning I went to Birmingham for a meeting and found something a little different. One of the things I dislike about cities in general is the lack of anywhere … Continue reading

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October 15th: 7pm at the Town Hall. Ashbourne Neighbourhood Plan Press Release


The following is a press release from the Ashbourne Neighbourhood Plan team. Derbyshire Dales District Council (DDDC) decided on 2 October to start again on the preparation of a Local Plan for our area, following the response from the Planning … Continue reading

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