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General Discussion / Re: Great Ormond Street Hospital vs Charlie Gard
« on: July 16, 2017, 07:26:23 PM »
just to lighten things up a bit, lets hope this american Dr does not use United Airlines to come over here or he might need treatment himself.

Why is there a problem with this airline?

General Discussion / Re: Great Ormond Street Hospital vs Charlie Gard
« on: July 16, 2017, 11:07:04 AM »
Money should never be a factor in any health decisions but it sadly is.

This child reminds me so much of another child I cared for in my work, extremely brain damaged and just lying in a bed or wheelchair for 10 years until they passed away - is that right? Would that child if having the decision to make their selves choose that life?

I too was thinking that if there is no brain activity what is the point?
Is it just for the parents, as they don't want to lose their child?

However if these parents are being told that there is hope even if it's not clear to the extent of recovery isn't it a normal parental wish to give their child every chance?

My own thoughts are now to wait until after this child has been assessed by this Dr from America and then make a decision.

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Is Chesterfield a drying town?
« on: July 16, 2017, 10:56:21 AM »
Welcome to the forum White Pride.

Yes Chesterfield has lost many of it's original shops as have other towns/cities.
It's a sign of our times where people prefer to use the large shopping centre's or shop online.

Chesterfield Discussion / DCC revised budget
« on: July 14, 2017, 04:59:00 PM »
A surprising proposed change in DCC change in budget - is this because they intend to get rid of some of their 'top brass' ? They say it's a change in priorities ?

An extra £6m to improve roads and a £3m boost to public transport are just two changes being proposed in a revised budget that we're considering.

Following the change in our administration after the May elections, a revised budget for 2017-18 and plans for later years have been drafted to reflect new priorities.

Derbyshire County Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis said:

"The proposed revised budget would see the authority on target to meet its budget savings in the next five years and allow for a council tax freeze for two years (2020-2021 and 2021-2022).

"There is work to do and we have already identified areas where savings could be made without impacting on service delivery."

The proposed revised budget, to be considered by our Cabinet next week (Thursday 20 July 2017) includes:

allocating an extra £6m for highways maintenance, including resurfacing roads and fixing potholes − resulting in an additional £16.5m being spent over the next five years

putting back £3.1m over two years (2018-2019 and 2019-2020) into public and community transport, reversing a previous budget saving and resulting in an additional £11.9m over the next five years

a planned Council Tax freeze for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 (previously planned as a 2% increase)
additional money from the Government's improved Better Care Fund − an extra £16.2m for 2017-2018 for adult social care services, including supporting people coming out of hospital
reversing a previous budget saving of £79,000 to arts grants and putting in a further £125,000

£1m for 750 Youth Activity Grants, 750 Derbyshire Sport and Community Action Grants and 500 community safety projects, Neighbourhood Watch schemes and anti-fraud initiatives.
The proposed council tax freeze, with additional budget pressures, would mean a £85m savings target for the council over the next five years, which it is on target to meet.

Councillor Barry Lewis said:

"The council's priorities have changed since the May elections and this needs to be reflected in the current budget and the Five Year Financial Plan.

"We know improving the county's roads is a priority for people so we're putting an extra £6m over three years into the highways maintenance budget. More potholes will be fixed faster and more roads can be resurfaced.

"We're also reversing public transport cuts which would have had a huge impact on vulnerable isolated people in rural communities."

Councillor Lewis added:

"The council is on track to achieve the necessary budget savings, and we plan to be able to freeze council tax in three years time.

"We're cutting out waste, putting money back in to services people expect and exploring different ways of doing things.

"We've already reduced allowances for councillors holding Cabinet Member and Cabinet Support Member positions by an average of 12% and we're considering doing without the role of Chief Executive and reducing our top management team to save more than £300,000 per year.

"We're also using some of the council's reserves to ensure that valuable services continue to deliver for the people of Derbyshire."

Cabinet will be asked to consider the report and make recommendations to Full Council to consider on Wednesday 13 September 2017.

Very True hifimad.

They have finally proved to everyone what many of us already knew.
They will do ANYTHING to stay in power - that money was stolen by them from the people of the UK in the name of 'getting the deficit down' -
 My arse!!

With the ( much needed ) money being spent on the unsafe buildings, Brexit and this lump sum the UK may well be near bankrupt!!

Politics / Re: austerity over?
« on: June 24, 2017, 09:46:32 AM »
I think the greedy Tories are 'over' - well hopefully they are.
They have turned deaf and blind to calls to stop their cut backs to the vulnerable and even to the fact that some people committed suicide because of the way they were being treated.
Eventually, people began to 'turn' and this reflected in the general election.

We now have T.M's treatment of the people who suffered in the Tower Block, she's a cold fish is T.M as was Cameroon!

How long are they actually allowed to limp on without the merging of the DUP?

Chesterfield Discussion / A617 Hasland by-pass road improvements
« on: June 21, 2017, 02:10:15 PM »
Just love sharing good news I do  ::)

Motorists are advised of overnight and weekend closures on the A617 Hasland by-pass next month while work to improve the road is carried out.

Preparatory work to surface dress the five mile stretch of road between Horns Bridge, Chesterfield and junction 29 of the M1 is expected to start on Monday 10 July 2017.

Both directions of the by-pass will be closed overnight weekdays between 7pm and 5am from Monday 10 July to Friday 14 July 2017.

On Saturday 15 July 2017 the eastbound carriageway will close from 5am to 11pm for surface dressing.

On Sunday 16 July 2017 the westbound carriageway will close from 5am to 11pm, again for surface dressing.

Surface dressing seals the road to prevent water getting in and cracks and potholes forming.

First the road is patched, if necessary. A layer of bitumen is then added to act as 'glue' before the road is topped with chippings. Driving over the road helps to bed in the chippings.

Surface dressing can only be carried out in the summer as the warmer weather is needed to help the chippings bind to the bitumen.

If bad weather prevents work being carried out on 15 and 16 July 2017 it will be postponed until the following weekend.

Work to sweep the road of loose chippings and replace road markings is scheduled to start on Monday 17 July 2017.

Both directions of the by-pass will be closed overnight weekdays between 7pm and 5am from Monday 17 July to Sunday 30 July 2017.

Our Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure Councillor Simon Spencer, said:

"We appreciate that any road works can cause inconvenience to motorists but these repairs are essential to keep the by-pass in a safe and reliable condition.

"We have tried to keep disruption to a minimum by doing these improvements overnight and at weekends to avoid peak commuting times and we will endeavour to complete the work as quickly as possible, which may be earlier than advertised."

Signed diversions will be in place during closures. The diversion is the A61Horns Bridge to Clay Cross, Harris Way, Bridge Street, Furnace Hill Road, the A6175 Market Street to the A6175 Heath Road and the A617 Heath Roundabout, and vice versa. Other local roads will be useable by light traffic.

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Danesmoor
« on: June 21, 2017, 09:48:00 AM »
Strange as well how they are now building inside -  out - at one time it was outside - in?

Chesterfield Discussion / Re: Danesmoor
« on: June 20, 2017, 10:40:59 AM »
I'm guessing the red is some sort of thermal insulation which will be covered by brickwork. It's amazing how quickly these houses get built these days :)

Yes you were right scimitar - bricks are now half way up the house!!  (y)

What part of Hertfordshire … I am from Hertford (now living in Dronfield) and might be able to help is it river or lakes and what sort of fish is it you want to catch

Ha ha welcome to the forum - it has to be 'fly' fishing so whatever fish we can catch with fly  ;D

Sorry couldn't resist that.

My relative hadn't heard of this company,

General Discussion / London again
« on: June 14, 2017, 04:52:52 PM »
What an awful day for London today - as if it hadn't had enough with recent terrorist and now the awful devastating fire in that block of flats.

I've always said I wouldn't like to live in high rise flats but for many there is no choice.

So many still missing, it must have been terrifying for everyone  including the Services who attended and still are this devastating tragedy.

My heart goes out to them  :(

We have a Chesterfield referendum over Sheffield City Region plan coming up - more voting!
I was told Sheffield has the money   (reading the full story in the link below it doesn't back that up! ) - we don't but is it a good idea?
I'm not sure I would vote yes to it!!!

People living in Chesterfield are being urged to take part in a referendum to send out a clear message about whether local residents want to become part of Sheffield City Region and have some key decisions made by a Sheffield City Region Mayor.

The referendum is being staged by Derbyshire County Council which is opposed to Sheffield City Region Combined Authority's proposed expansion into Chesterfield - which would mean powers for key services in the town being handed to a Sheffield City Region Mayor.

More than 5000 people said "No" to the plans in an online poll held by the county council last year.

And now it is holding an official vote to give residents the chance to have their say by answering a simple "yes" or "no" to show whether they support the plans.

Everyone who is over 18, living in Chesterfield and on the electoral roll will receive an official ballot paper delivered to their home address from 21 June 2017.

Chesterfield Discussion / Driver training for older motorists
« on: June 10, 2017, 08:52:12 PM »
Oh heck I am old enough to go on one of these - do I need it??? Nah, not just yet anyway.  ;)

I've see enough flat cappers and blue rinse brigade to think it's a good idea.
Toddling down Derby Road behind one doing 20 miles an hour isn't much fun !

Motorists in Derbyshire are being invited to take advantage of training sessions aimed at keeping older drivers safe behind the wheel.

We're offering free Driving Safer for Longer information sessions to county motorists aged 65 and over.

The 90 minute sessions will offer drivers the chance to update their driving knowledge and will cover eyesight, hearing, seat belts, drink driving, hazard perception, vehicle adaptations and driving assessments.

Sessions are planned for:

Thursday 22 June, 2pm to 3.30pm, County Hall, Matlock
Thursday 6 July, 10am to 11.30am, Chesterfield Library
Thursday 27 July, 1.30pm to 3pm, Bradbury House, Glossop
Monday 7 August, 10am to 11.30 am, Ilkeston Library
Tuesday 22 August, 1.30 pm to 3pm, Adult Education Centre, Swadlincote
Tuesday 12 September, 10.30am to 12 noon, Adult Education Centre, Ashbourne
Monday 3 October, 2pm to 3.30pm, Buxton Library
Monday 9 October, 1.30pm to 3pm, Chesterfield Library
Thursday 26 October, Ripley (venue and time to be confirmed)
Monday 20 November, 10.30am to 12 noon, County Hall, Matlock
Monday 4 December, 10am to 11.30am, Bolsover Library

To book a place email providing personal details, preferred training date and location or call 01629 538060.

Politics / Re: Five more years of gruel
« on: June 10, 2017, 07:34:22 PM »
I don't think Paul Holmes helped the LibDems in Chesterfield TBH, people don't have short memories :-(

They certainly don't have short memories fly and now they have to build up the confidence of people again.
Will they have twelve months or five years to do this ?

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