Your Views

Your Views: On Protecting the Rural Character of North East Derbyshire

To be an effective local councillor means being in touch with local issues and giving people the means of easy connection with their local elected representative. This page is to collect your views, and for you to let me know what matters to you.

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.

  •  I will NEDDC has the best local plan we can negotiate
  • Ensure NEDDC thas a fair Housing Land Supply policy
  • Work where possible with Parish Councils on their Neighbourhood Plans
  • Campaign to protect our precious landscapes
  • Ensure the views of people are taken into account about where local development should be
  • Ensure local plans recognise local needs and provide for it
  • Listen to your concerns
  • Ensure a strong and fair local response to the Plannig White Paper.

Why is Planning a Big Issue at the Moment?

These issues are not unique to Ashover.  They affect all parts of North East Derbyshire.  In Wingerworth and Shriland Division the effects have been felt in Wessington, which has almost doubled in size, Shirland and Wingerworth, of which the latter seen phenomenal growth in recent years.

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.


Highways and by-ways (footpaths) are always of concern to residents, along with street lighting and pavements.

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.

  • We have reverse Labour's cuts to Highways maintenance and invested an additional £6million
  • Invested £8.4million in capital works over the winter of 2018/19 - with more to come.
  • Improved highways and pavements repair programmes and fixed over 72,000 potholes in one year - a new record we think!
  • We have reinstate the link between Countryside Rangers and volunteers who do so much good work to our rural footpath and stile networks
  • Ensure street lights are repaired more rapidly
  • We will work to ensure our pavements are sound and safe for elderly residents to walk on
  • In October 2020 we announced a £40million capital programme to improve highways and highway safety.

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