Neil’s election leaflet is here.
Neil is currently District councillor for Tideswell ward, which is part of Dovedale division.
“I am from a local and long established Tideswell family. I worked in construction as a carpenter and joiner before completing a degree in Computing and working in data security, healthcare, and software design.
At Derbyshire Dales District Council I lead the Green and Independent Group and am proud to represent the people of Tideswell and Wheston. It has been pleasure and a privilege.
I have have been back in Taddington for nearly 20 years after working in Sheffield, Leeds, and Nottingham. I know the Dales are a great place to live and work and I look forward to the opportunity to represent you all at the County Hall.”
Working cross-party, Green & Independent, Labour, Liberal Democrat, and Conservative, the District Council has now Declared a Climate Emergency. As a member of the Climate Change Working Group Neil was part of the the creation of an action plan to change the way the the council operates. The adopted plans (which include a large solar farm) will put DDDC carbon neutral by 2030.
“Within a few days of being elected to the District Council I was invited by the ruling group to second a Climate Emergency Motion to Full Council. I suggested that we made it cross-party, Labour, Lib Dem, and Conservative to lead, since then we have all worked together to come to grips with the climate emergency.
We set a 2030 net zero carbon target for the District Council, commissioned a Climate Change Report, accepted its
recommendations, agreed an action plan. We organised the budget, and we signed it off unanimously. It includes a solar farm, insulation works, electric vehicles and changing our heating systems. I expect us to be there by 2027.”
The Green and Independents were very supportive of a DDDC initiative – a cross party bio-diversity group that is working to improve our hedgerows and roadside verges. Neil also led a cross-party and partially successful drive to ban fires and BBQs on the areas around moorland car parks.
“Wildflower verges are now being introduced to the district. Community led initiatives abound.”
Neil is currently working with landowners, The National Trust, and the Peak Park, to create a Natural Flood Management scheme in Tideswell Dale, with a view to reducing peak flooding levels in Bakewell, Matlock, and further down the Derwent Catchment. This policy if extended will benefit our people and our wildlife quite significantly.
“I have instigated an investigation into Natural Flood Management in Tideswell Dale. Hopefully helping wildlife, flora and fauna, and lots of people further down river at risk of more flooding.”
As Ward Councillor for Tideswell he also has been involved in the provision of affordable housing.
“An overhaul of our system is imminent, consultations are ongoing. We will be taking green issues very seriously. Council houses are to be reintroduced into the Derbyshire Dales; more high quality affordable housing is a priority.”
He has been active in his ward, supporting local organisations in difficult times.
“Our local environment group has been going from strength to strength in Tideswell. My support has been unstinting. The Parish Council have been fantastic through the last two years, and Tideswell Cares, a Covid19 community support group have been an inspiration. We have all come together in adversity and our community has flourished.”
If elected he will be a constant advocate for the environment and the wider concerns of the people of Dovedale.
“Community, stability, place, they frame our lives. They will be the focus of my work on your behalf.”
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