The Tories A61 plan is ‘woefully inadequate’

For many years traffic congestion on the A61 to the south of Chesterfield has been a major problem, with traffic often queued for long periods of time, causing longer journey times, significant air pollution issues and potential delays to response times for emergency vehicles that have to use that route. The congestion has knock on impacts to other communities, as drivers take alternative ‘rat run’ routes to avoid the A61.

The situation is only likely to get worse with the completion of numerous housing estates between Chesterfield and Clay Cross, adding new demands to a route already unable to cope. These were all seemingly granted planning permission by Conservative controlled North East Derbyshire District without any consideration to the impacts on traffic on the A61, or additional investment in public transport alternatives.

Darren Yates (left) and Frank Adlington-Stringer (right)

Derbyshire County Council, North East Derbyshire District Council and the MP for North East Derbyshire, Lee Rowley, have recently launched what they claim to be a ‘plan’ to address this situation. While many years in production, in the opinion of Derbyshire Green Party, the plan is woefully inadequate to tackle the issues faced and indeed does not set out any significant new initiatives. The ‘plan’ only brings further frustration as it sets out yet further consultation, whilst leaving the residents of North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield to continue to face the problems of the A61.

Derbyshire Green Party Co-ordinator Darren Yates said, “Despite many months and years of promising action on the A61, the Conservative Councils and MP have once again come up short and demonstrated that, just like a lot of their promises for ‘levelling up’, their actions rarely live up to the rhetoric.”

Green Party campaigner and Wingerworth Parish Councillor, Frank Adlington-Stringer said, “Urgent action on the A61 is so desperately needed. That must start with serious investment in both public and active transport, something which Derbyshire Conservatives have continually starved of funding. Derbyshire Green Party are committed to improving our bus and rail networks and making our roads safe for cyclists.”

Derbyshire Green Party is calling on Derbyshire County Council, North East Derbyshire District Council and the MP for North East Derbyshire, Lee Rowley, to seriously rethink their proposals. They cannot keep kicking the can down the road – it’s traffic jammed!

Read the DERBYSHIRE TIMES ARTICLE

Open Letter: Care Homes

Frank Adlington-Stringer, Green Party campaigner in Wingerworth and Shirland, has been working hard to hold Conservative Council leader Barry Lewis to account ever since he finished in 2nd place to him at the last election. In light of recent events, Frank has written to Mr Lewis in order to highlight his concern at the council’s blocking of opposition votes and supression of debate. The open letter can be viewed below.

Press release: Dunston Grange

The Derbyshire Green Party are extremely concerned by the proposed housing development at Dunston Grange.


William Davis are proposing to a further 500 new properties on the green fields alongside Dunston Lane and adjoining the new 300 Skylarks development.


This application fails to address the National Planning Policy Framework – sustainability goals – in particular the environmental objectives.


The outline plan abjectly fails ‘to protect and enhance our natural, built and historic environment; including making effective use of land, improving biodiversity, using natural resources prudently, minimising waste and pollution, and mitigating and adapting to climate change, including moving to a low carbon economy’.


This large new housing estate would bring increased traffic to Dunston Lane and the junction onto Dunston Road, as well as through the current Skylarks development, potentially causing delays to emergency service vehicles; and increasing levels of pollution in the local area.


The formal response to the proposal by Derbyshire County Council highlights the potential impact the development would have on local amenities, such as the schools, parks and doctor’s surgery. All could struggle to cope with such a potential influx of new local residents.


Additionally, the responses by both Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the Borough Council’s own Climate Change Officer, highlight the proposals shortcomings in dealing with the current climate emergency and potential significant loss of biodiversity and habitat for wildlife. Having declared a climate emergency over two years ago, it is incumbent on the Borough Council to ensure all developments do not make the situation worse by, for example, increasing CO2 emissions.


The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Green Party agree that new affordable housing for all is essential for our area, however, these developments should be built on brownfield sites, wherever possible, of which there is ample supply within Chesterfield Borough.


Derbyshire Green Party are happy to work with and on behalf of local residents, to strongly oppose this development.


Promoted by Darren Yates on behalf of the Green Party, of The Biscuit Factory, A Block (201), 100 Clements Road, London SE16 4DG

County Election Results

26/5/2021

by John Hill

These election results were a great step forward for the Green Party both nationally and in Derbyshire. Here is a brief look at what happened, and some thoughts on what we do next.

First of all, Thank You so much to everyone who placed their trust in our candidates to push for Green values and policies at County Council.

National

Our gain of 88 seats is our second-best ever performance, beaten only by our breakthrough year in 2019 (when there were more seats in contention).

For a more in-depth assessment, see this video on our YouTube channel:

Now we know that 2019 wasn’t a fluke. It is becoming harder to deny that we are one of the major political parties. Next year we contest seats that were last up in 2018, before our breakthrough, so we expect to win big again.

Derbyshire

Here in Derbyshire we have our first Green County Councillor, Gez Kinsella, elected in Duffield & Belper South division.

Also, our increases in vote across Derbyshire were even more spectacular than the national picture.

Here are some of the most impressive examples, but we saw gains everywhere.

This might look like a sudden breakthrough, but it is a result of steadily growing party membership, which has given us more resources in terms of money, candidates and volunteers. While we made gains almost everywhere that we have stood before, the main reason for these increases is that we are able to stand in far more places, because we have people willing to step forward. However, we still aren’t able to put up candidates everywhere.

We first need to work hard to get to positions where voters believe we *can* win, then we work hard again to make sure we *do* win. This year, in many places across Derbyshire, we have completed that first step.

We are still a small party, but consider how many voters we can reach that haven’t thought of voting for us before. On the one hand, we don’t have friendly national media or generations of voting instincts to put wind in our sails, on the other, we bring something genuine and new. Many people who vote (or don’t vote) out of habit are hankering for a positive alternative. Those big grey, blue and red voting blocs are a lot more fragile than most people think.

We are uniquely able to win over voters from all parties and none, by giving a clear & positive message and convincing people of our capability & integrity. Conservative voters recognise the need for conservation, Labour voters can see how our policies tackle unfairness & inequality and Lib Dem voters appreciate our consistent stances on electoral reform and internationalism. We have this wide appeal not by telling different voters different things, but by having principles we stand by and demonstrating integrity.

We’ve got a lot of work still to do and we will need your help. Every councillor elected is as a result of a team effort, and to win in more places we need not just candidates but keen volunteers to back them up.

Final thought

This is how the tide turned in Brighton. In 10 years we went from being a minor party, to electing an MP. In the 10 years since, Caroline Lucas has consolidated our position through competence, decency, honesty and clarity. With the right candidates, and teams to support them, we can repeat that elsewhere, even here in Derbyshire.

Chart showing general election vote share by party in Brighton Pavillion constituency (or its historical predecessors) from 1950 to 2019.

Derbyshire Green Party Press Release: The Biodiversity Crisis and DCC’s Response

Derbyshire County Council leader, Barry Lewis, recently posted a YouTube clip in which he announced his intention to schedule a conference later in the year in order to discuss the future of Derbyshire’s grass verges. Derbyshire Green Party welcomes the beginning of this conversation as it has for a long time been campaigning for the wild flowering of verges and the rewilding of green spaces. Following the announcement, DGP have released the following statement.

Candidate Q&A

In the run up to the local elections, Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Green Party are hosting a Candidate Q&A which will give you the chance to question those who are representing you. The candidates are keen to share their vision with you as well as litening to you and hearing which local issues you want them to tackle. Come along on Thursday 15th April at 7pm and get involved – sign up to the online event here

In preparation for the event the Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire have published their manifesto and local plan, the document sets out a bold vision for Derbyshire and the exciting progress the local greens will achieve for our communities once elected. If you’d like to read the manifesto it is available here

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 15th April at 7pm : )

South Derbyshire Greens working in partnership with Canal and Rivers Trust

Early in 2020 the South Derbyshire branch of Derbyshire Green Party entered into a partnership with the Canal and Rivers Trust – helping to look after the stretch of Canal between Swarkestone and Weston Locks.

Local Greens have been out litter-picking on many occasions in 2020, most recently on 6th December.

You can see what South Derbyshire Greens have been up to and follow them on Facebook –

https://www.facebook.com/GreenPartySouthDerbyshire/

Making a difference!

If you’re wondering what a difference getting Green Party councillors elected can make, take a look at this week’s Derbyshire Dales District Council meeting agenda (1st October 2020).

* Banning the badger cull on council land
* Biodiversity policy on verges and council owned land
* Climate change / zero carbon emissions plan….

You can view the full agenda on the District Council website

Press Release

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Derbyshire Green Party Press Release: 28th August 2020.

Derbyshire Badger Cull

Recent reports suggesting that Derbyshire will be included in a new badger cull
programme are alarming.


The Derbyshire Green Party fully supports the ongoing campaign by Derbyshire
Wildlife Trust to stop a new badger cull from happening. A lot of work has been put
in over recent years to vaccinate many badgers across Derbyshire as part of
the biggest vaccination programme in the UK.


The Wildlife Trust’s studies suggest that any cull would not be justified, as there is no
evidence of widespread TB amongst the badger population within the county. It
would potentially result in vaccinated badgers being shot, causing disruption to the
largest and most established Government funded vaccination programme in the
country.

In March 2020, following an independent review in 2018, Defra announced that they
were planning to gradually phase out the culling of badgers and replace it with
vaccinations
across the country.

Derbyshire Green Party Co-ordinator Darren Yates said – “While the culling of
badgers anywhere in the country is to be opposed, it would be particularly galling in
Derbyshire, given all the good work in recent years to establish a vaccination
programme. I would urge all our MPs and Councillors to do all they can to stop this
cull from being introduced in Derbyshire and for the people of Derbyshire to support
the campaign currently being run by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust”
.

It can also be downloaded in PDF form here.

Promoted by Darren Yates on behalf of the Green Party, The Biscuit Factory, A Block (201), 100 Clements Road, london SE16 4DG