Ripley £5 million development fund ‘missing’

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In November 2013 the Tories announce a multi-million Town sustainability fund  of which £5  million was to be allocated to Ripley .

Council Leader Paul Jones said ‘We have looked at the books and cannot find this money .Another ‘smoke and mirrors’ promise from the Tories .They will say anything to try and win. Fortunately the people of Ripley saw through this ‘con’  and elected a more honest labour council’

Tories cannot add up

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Former Tory leader of the Council Stuart ‘ I will not resign’ Bradford appears to be having difficulty with his maths . Its no wonder the Council is in such a financial mess.

Following the recent reduction in Cabinet numbers introduced by the new Labour administration Bradford claimed that this would increase costs from £25,938 to £28,759 per year..

However, what the former leader omitted to recognise was that the new support Cabinet members had forgone any  pay until the independent review had taken place which saved £2256 pa plus the abolition of the Appeals panel saved another £789 .Add the saving of reduced cabinet post of £3947pa That is a current saving  of £6692 pa

Tories want to endanger peoples lives

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It would appear that the local Tories wish to endanger members of the public attending Council meetings by ignoring health and safety restrictions on how many people can attend council meetings. What  would they say if  fire broke out and members of the public were injured. Just another sign of Tory irresponsibility.

Local paper interviews new Labour Leader

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The Ripley& Heanor News published the following story about the new Council Leader

New council chief faces up to cuts but is looking to future

New Amber Valley Borough Council leader Paul Jones is settling into his top job and knows he has a tough task ahead as the authority grapples with spending cuts.

But he also has plans for 
economic growth for the 
borough, including an ambitious plan to extend the 
Nottingham tram system into Amber Valley.

This week Cllr Jones spoke in detail about the future for the borough under Labour rule after his party wrestled control of the council from the Tories after 14 years.

Cllr Jones is the only council leader to have been in post in two different centuries, and two different millennia.

He was previously leader in 1999 when the council was last Labour led.

His party has a slim 
majority of just two seats after the local elections in May.

He said: “It has been a long time coming. I am excited, 
exhilarated, and also 
apprehensive to take on the 
challenges that lie ahead, but I am more than ready.”

He has kick-started his term in office by proposing 
several ways for the 
council to review budgets and 
streamline spending, after the announcement of severe council budget cuts, which are affecting all local authorities.

And it comes as Derbyshire 
County Council, also now 
Labour run, is slashing its budget by £157 million as it faces ‘unrelenting’ 
government cuts to its funding due to the recession.

Cllr Jones, who as well as being leader of the 
council represents the 
Heanor ward, and is also a county 
councillor for the Greater Heanor area, which includes 
Aldercar and Langley Mill.

The leader is set to carry out an independent review of borough council spending in September to evaluate the 
structure and effectiveness of the 
current system.

He said: “I aim to change the priorities of the council and get them thinking 
outside of the box, in order for 
Derbyshire to deal with the cuts. The income stream is drying up and we need to look at different ways of 
approaching things.

The Labour group is looking to increase 
economic regeneration, including 
transportation, by working with neighbouring 
authorities.

“Economic growth is important, and I believe the most proactive way of 
tackling this is by discussing the sharing of services with areas of mutual development,” said Cllr Jones.

“We have aspirations to extend the tram system from Broxtowe, Nottingham, 
into our neck of the woods. This would greatly improve 
transportation links.”

Cllr Jones is also keen to cut down youth 
unemployment.

He said: “I have been in talks with businesses at 
Heanor Gate Industrial Estate, and local colleges regarding setting up apprenticeships for school children. Lets get them 
into the workplace and doing something they are passionate about.”

He also stressed one of his priorities would be to tackle 
regeneration in towns such as Heanor.

“Heanor is a great place but it needs work. It used to be a market town, but 
after closures throughout the 
recession it needs to be 
injected with a new lease of life.

“We need to increase 
footfall and attract people to the town rather than just pass through it on their way to a city centre.

The councillor who is 
married with two sons, 
added: “I am born and bred in 
Heanor, and am committed to trying to improve the town by 
working with local traders and 
businesses. I welcome any suggestions on how else this could be done in Heanor and other local towns.”

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Trams for Amber Valley

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The BBC website has reported our efforts to look at introducing Trams to Amber valley as follows.

Nottingham-to-Ripley tram route considered

New tram design Councillors have said some of the funding for the line could come from the European Union
Proposals for a tram route between Nottingham and a Derbyshire town are to be investigated.

Amber Valley and Broxtowe councils are hoping to fund a study into a line from the city to Ripley, via Eastwood, Kimberley and Langley Mill.

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Working towards a Tram system for Amber Valley

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Amber valley Labour Group have been working with colleagues from Broxtowe Borough Council to bring back the Trams to Amber valley.

At a recent meeting Broxtowe cabinet agreed to support a feasibility study for the scheme. A report will be taken to a meeting of the Borough Council asking for financial support for the scheme.

Broxtowe Borough Councillor Richard Robinson reported his support for the scheme as follows

1)   Tram extension Line 4 phase III to Kimberley, Eastwood & into Amber Valley

Both Andy and myself are delighted to tell you that Cabinet at Broxtowe Borough Council on Tuesday 29 July 2014 approved the Feasibility Study into the new proposed tram route.

This campaign first started in 2008, Six years later, after lobbying so many people including our MEP Glenis Willmott, Nottinghamshire County Council, Broxtowe Borough Council, Nick Palmer, Nottingham City Council, NET, Amber Valley Borough Councillor and various pressure groups.

We’ve launched campaigns, done tram walks, attracted the attention of BBC East Midlands, Radio Derby and Radio Nottingham.

I should pay thanks to a few individuals who have been relentless in their support including Cllr Milan Radulovic (Leader Broxtowe BC), & Cllr Steve Barber.

Over in Amber Valley – Cllr Paul Jones (Leader of the council) and Cllr Chris Emmas-Williams – have been very helpful – for example the Tram project appeared in the Derbyshire County Council Labour manifesto for May 2013.

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Labour’s Choice to fight Patrick McLoughlin

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Andy-Botham-(Lab)_tcm44-224679Derbyshire County Councillor Andy Botham is Labour’s choice to fight the Derbyshire Dales seat at the next general election.

Derbyshire Dales is one of three parliamentary seats which cover Amber Valley

 

 

Council and Labour group leader Paul Jones said’ I have worked with Andy at the County Council and he is a person who is well respected, hard working and committed to public service.Ironically the sitting MP Patrick McLoughlin is Transport sectary and Andy is a Train driver and really do come at public transport from different perspectives. The Labour Group look forward to working with Andy to win the seat for Labour next year’

Leader’s article for Progress magazine

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Council Leader  Paul Jones wrote the following article for the progress online  magazine

Council Leader wrote the following article for progressonline
The difference a Labour council can make
Largely unnoticed by the national media, obsessed as ever by the London results, the former mining area of Amber Valley in Derbyshire went Labour for the first time in 14 years at last month’s local elections.

The impact of the Labour victory was obvious to everyone present, not least the sitting Tory MP whose parting comments to the local media about his own position that ‘it was hard to be confident’ about next year’s general election summed up what we all knew about the Tories in Amber Valley.

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Labour come second in delayed election

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Labour came a very credible second in the delayed election in Swanwick last night .

Tory  474 (36.93%)

Labour 298 (22.90%)

Ind 252 (19.36%)

UKIP 245 (18.83%)

LD 32 ( 0.24%)

Council Leader Paul Jones said ‘ This is a seat we would not have expected to win so coming second is a good performance by the labour team in that area and gives us something to build on for the general election ‘