Helping with Project Cheer to bring seasonal goodwill to older and isolated people

17 December 2020

Greetings for the festive period and into 2021 –  we’re hoping for a better year ahead.

It is lovely to see all the window decorations and to be able to help out with some community activities. Gez and I lent a hand to put up the Christmas trees in Duffield, and I also delivered Christmas hampers as part of Project Cheer - what a great idea, helping to build sustainable initiatives to make the world a brighter place, particularly for older and isolated people. I hope to be able to support more of its good work in the coming year.

In addition to our festive contributions, I’ve been busy helping residents with a variety of issues, including planning concerns, leaf clearing and questions about COVID vaccinations.

Addressing council finances:
Councils throughout the country (including Derbyshire County Council) are facing severe financial pressures, with less and less funding from central government. A recent external audit of the council’s finances highlighted that Amber Valley Borough Council’s finances are not sustainable and the council needs better plans to address this. I trained as an accountant before becoming a teacher. I am very concerned and will do all I can to help the council to turn this around.

Tree planting at Ecclesbourne Meadows:
Amber Valley Borough Council has ambitious plans to create new woodland (together called Forest for the Future) in a number of locations, including Ecclesbourne Meadow. Unfortunately they can’t plant trees here this winter, but I know that many local people are willing to help out so I’m working with both the Borough Council and Parish Council to try to get the trees planted before spring arrives.

Dave Wells

Green Councillor, Amber Valley Borough Council

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