Campaigning is at the heart of what local councillors should be doing. That and listening to local views on issues and matters that affect their constituents.
In Wingerworth, Wessington and indeed everywhere across the division the hot topic at the moment is the planning system relating to the development all around our countryside. This is a theme right across North East Derbyshire at the moment and only Conservatives can fix it. This is one issue I won't let go and must be tackled.
I will support the communities right across my Division and Wards to push back against innapropriate planning applications.
I always campaign for quality roads and have for years advocated for a blitz on potholes and proud that as the Leader of Derbyshire County Council have presided over huge investment in our roads and tackling potholes. Including a recent announcment of a £40million capital programme.
The reason is NNPF, which saw the simplification of the planning system, which was needed but not at the cost of countryside. The issue is a 'presumption in favour of sustainable devlopment' which works, when the local authority has a Local Plan in force with a robust 5 years housing land supply in place. Even now we are unpicking the damage Labour did.
It is not about being against all development. It is about working with communities and councils to decide where it should go. Indeed, properly done we can meet the communities. younger local people and families who want to remain in their communities.
I am keen to hear about local problems with our highways, pavements and footpaths - ensuring that our means of getting about are good quality and accessible where possible. We have reversed the cuts made by Labour locally. Labour had cut spending in all these areas, alienated volunteers that support our footpaths network, all whilst the Government has given them additional money. We are working hard to fix potholes and we have invested a record amount of money to get them fixed.