Elected – Duncan Kerr for Whitwell

Duncan Kerr

Congratulations to Duncan Kerr who has been elected to Bolsover District Council and Hodthorpe parish council.

Whitwell should be the best place to live in Bolsover, but we’ve fallen behind. Creswell got the industrial units, and Clowne got the shops, but we’ve got lumbered with a derelict pit site and now Alkane. But we don’t have to accept this. You can do something about it. Send a clear message to Bolsover by voting for Duncan a local campaigner who pledges to:

  • Secure a sustainable use for the pit site to provide jobs, homes and green spaces.
  • Develop community-owned renewable energy.
  • Lobby for effective traffic calming.
  • Get help for the elderly to insulate homes.
  • Fight cuts to the services we rely on.
  • Campaign for more facilities for the young.
  • Run a surgery giving free help and advice.
  • Clean-up derelict and untidy sites.

You have two votes for Bolsover, use one for Duncan Kerr

Who will deliver for Whitwell?

We have not done well from Labour’s domination of Bolsover and the Resident’s Association who run the Parish Councilhave given us the highest Council tax in the District. Both parties have had their opportunities, it’s time for a change.

Vote Duncan Kerr in the Bolsover election on May 5th

Alkane: No ifs, No buts, No way.

The Green Party supports farm-based anaerobic digestion plants but Alkane’s plant is too large, in the wrong place and far too risky. Even the Environment Agency strongly object to the idea of storing waste in the open and it gives green energy a bad name. Duncan’s record on taking action is second to none. Ask the other candidates whether they have:

  • Publicly challenged Alkane at their Meetings?
  • Served Freedom of Information requests on EMDA (who own the land) and the
  • Environment Agency to find out what’s been going on behind the scenes?
  • Written to every members of the EMDA board to protest at the sale of this land?
  • Called on the Councils to work together to buy the land and thwart development?
  • Signed-up to Whitwell Against Alkane’s (WAA) pledge?
  • Studied the documents and pressurised Alkane to give the answers we need?
  • Regularly attended meetings of the WAA and written newsletters for them?
  • Duncan is the candidate who has done most to support Whitwell Against Alkane

Duncan will listen to your views. Duncan is active in the community.

This is a disgrace

Over three thousand people are waiting for a Bolsover Council home so why have eight properties in the Holmefield Road area been boarded-up for months? Residents have told Duncan that they are an eye-sore and encourage anti-social behaviour. With rents of over £60 a week the Council is not only depriving a family of a home but losing up to £2,000 a month! At a time when many families are suffering because of the cuts the Council needs to sharpen up its act. Families deserve better care than this.

Good news, but they could do better!

According to their glossy newsletter Bolsover Council is trying to improve its cumbersome recycling service, but they don’t say why, so we will. Government statistics show that Bolsover’s recycling rate is the worst in Derbyshire. Over 90% of Councils in England recycle more than us, sometimes nearly twice as much, and it actually costs them less. But don’t blame the bin-men they’ve not been given the tools to do the job. Residents are fully committed, so why has Bolsover been so slow to improve this important service?

“He knows how to get things done”

Duncan, who is married and lives locally, has over 30 years experience in working for Councils. Qualified in Housing and Environmental Health for 10 he worked at the highest levels in Local Government before starting his own consultancy. Now, more than ever, we need councillors like Duncan who have the knowledge, passion and contacts to make a real impact. The Alkane proposals make this election the most important in Whitwell’s history, so think long and hard about who has the qualifications, stamina and vision to serve for four years on Bolsover Council. Whitwell’s future depends on your vote.

As a community activist Duncan has written funding applications, arranged social events, and set-up a local film club. He is a keen allotment holder, runner and cyclist. Last year he was selected as the Parliamentary Candidate for Chesterfield. Duncan says “I joined the Green Party because like many of us I was let down by the old parties who make grand promises then do as they like”. The Green Party is different, we stand by our principles, fights for fairness and have a positive approach. In a fast changing world we need Councillors who make things happen and shape the future.

To contact Duncan, or get a window poster:
Email: Duncan.kerr@derbyshiregreenparty.org.uk
Tel: 01909 726349.
Visit: “Duncan for Whitwell” on Facebook and http://www.derbyshiregreenparty.org.uk

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