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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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The true cost of the local police station


A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Ashbourne’s policing. I made the case then that policing is not one of those things we can cut without consequences. Since then our policing is basing itself out of Matlock, Theresa May … Continue reading

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Planning or Spinning our way to 376 new houses in Ashbourne?


There was a meeting of the Local Plan Advisory committee held in the QEGS School Hall this week to review the recommendations of the Planning Officers and the results of consultation. The turnout was enormous and in keeping with all … Continue reading

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A public apology to Councillor Lucy Green…I want a Neighbourhood Plan


Way back in July I wrote a piece praising Jeffrey Phillips from the Ashbourne Partnership for attempting to rally support for a Neighbourhood Team http://bit.ly/S55Wo2. He raised it on a fine night for Ashbourne democracy – 200 people attended a … Continue reading

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The facts about the draft Market report


The truth is, its a solid report.It may not reach a conclusion we would agree with or look at the wider issues associated with the decision. People from the Council have tried to investigate Bakewell, Matlock, Wirksworth and Ashbourne stall … Continue reading

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