We want to maintain our hard-won position as one of the best performing councils for road repairs and maintenance – indeed we want to go further. Over the next 3 years we will spend a record breaking £120million pounds to carry out an unprecedented repairs and maintenance programme the likes of which Derbyshire has never seen before. We will build upon the almost 250,000 potholes fixed in during our last administration, an improvement in performance over the previous Labour administration of a huge 212%!
We have a unique opportunity to deliver the benefits of readily available natural renewable resources and clean energy directly to our residents and to keep the wealth it creates within the local economy. It is a grand ambition indeed, to shift the energy economy to being a crucial part of the local economy. By doing so we can potentially generate savings for residents and help communities, by incentivising them, to become carbon neutral quicker.
On top of all that, we will continue to ensure any Derbyshire residents who need our help get it and that it is the best help and support we can provide to the young, the elderly and the vulnerable. We will work tirelessly to deliver the best educational opportunities for young people, including by ensuring every child that needs a laptop for education, has one. We will also ensure our focus on keeping Derbyshire’s most vulnerable young people protected and invest in initiatives to prevent mental ill health. We are committed to ensuring elderly care in Derbyshire is of the highest quality and that there is access to excellent care facilities in all parts of Derbyshire.
There is so much more, and I hope you will take a little time to read this Manifesto, which outlines our ambitious and fresh pledges for Derbyshire for the next four years and beyond. It’s costed, it’s ambitious and we believe it will deliver a new Greener, Cleaner and Brighter future for our residents. We believe in fairness and equality and have put this at the heart of our manifesto, which I commend to you.
Leader of Derbyshire County Council Conservative Group