Welcome to the Amber Valley Labour Group
"We want to build a Britain that works for the many, not the few.
That means building the homes we need to rent and buy, keeping our communities safe, giving our schools the funding they need,
and restoring the NHS to its place as the envy of the world."
The new leader of Amber Valley
Leader - Cllr Chris Emmas-Williams
Deputy Leader - Cllr Ben Bellamy
Chair - Cllr Isobel Harry
Secretary - Cllr Sheila Oakes
TORY GREEN BELT FIX
Climate Emergency Action
After thousands all over the UK left their classes to protest in February, school children will strike again on Friday the 15th of March. Education Secretary Damian Hinds, says: "I want young people to be engaged in key issues affecting them and involving themselves in causes they care about. But let me be clear, missing class won't do a thing to help the environment." The fracking supporting Tory ministers just don't get it. Jeremy Corbyn, tweeted that climate change was the greatest threat people faced and young people were “right to feel let down by the generation before them and it’s inspiring to see them making their voice heard today”.
All psychological therapies in Derbyshire to face cutbacks
Psychological therapies paid for by Derbyshire’s main NHS organisations are facing cuts, health chiefs have announced.
This comes several months after a public consultation into cuts to a small part of this service, psychodynamic psychotherapy, was paused due to the level of public opposition.
Now, during a meeting in which Derbyshire County Council had aimed to scrutinise the county’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCGs) leadership, all parts of psychotherapy will be brought within the scope of potential cuts in order to save much-needed money.
At this stage, it cannot disclose how many patients could be affected, how much money could be cut, or give examples of therapies which are currently supplied and could be at risk.
Unfortunately, the Conservatives dreadful plans, for the Greenbelt deletion and housing proposals passed tonight.
All Labour councillors voted against - it is both party policy, and in our manifesto to protect the Greenbelt - and it is the right thing to do for so many reasons.
It was a wonderful turnout and great support again - thank you one and all.
The Conservative leader, Kevin Buttery, refused to allow a separate vote on putting Bullsmoor into the Greenbelt - insisting the choice was effectively 14 sites out and one site in or nothing.
That is like saying you can keep your left arm, but you have to sacrifice your right one.
We will all be delighted at this inclusion that we have long seen as an anomaly that needed correction.
IT'S NOT OVER
But it isn't over. Now there will be a six week consultation where we can tell the inspector exactly what we think about the inclusion of these sites.
And then there will be the opportunity to speak against including sites in the local plan, when the hearings commence.
What is clear is that there are no special circumstances to justify building on the Greenbelt.
WHERE SHOULD WE BUILD?
As the public and the Labour councillors said, there needs to be a proper Brownfield assessment, to bring forward more brownfield sites.
There also should be an assessment of the employment land allocation, as there is currently an oversupply, and some of this could be changed to housing.
Finally, the special landscape area in the west of the borough, around idridgehey, Shottle and Hazelwood has seen no significant development, and sites should be considered in these 'safe' tory areas.
Keep up the fight!
Belpers Labour Cllrs Ben Bellamy, Carol Angharad, Fay Atkinson and Maurice Neville