Amber Valley and Derbyshire Green Councillors are working hard on various Green issues

27 March 2022

We started 2021 with two councillors – Dave and Joe – and now (March 2022) have five councillors across all local government tiers, plus Alison McDermott working as our Green Campaigner.

Want to join the Green Team? Get in touch via this page if you'd like to get involved.

Clean rivers

Did you know that in 2020 raw sewage was fed into the River Derwent in Duffield and Milford a staggering 290 times? This is because when it rains heavily, water companies are allowed to let sewage into rivers.

Our local Green campaigners Alison McDermott and Jamie Walls believe water companies should keep sewage out of our rivers – and the government should hold them to account. The issue has now been included in the new Environment Act but the law is not as strong as we would have liked

Find out more here:

Road safety

As a result of the work of Derbyshire County Councillor Gez Kinsella, Amber Valley Borough Councillor Dave Wells and William Gilbert School in Duffield, Derbyshire County Council is setting up a working group to explore the introduction of School Streets across the county. This would restrict traffic and parking around schools at the start and end of the day, improving safety, supporting children’s health, and reducing congestion and carbon emissions.

Following concerns about speeding on Cumberhills Road in Duffield, Councillor Gez Kinsella (Duffield & Belper South) has secured agreement from Derbyshire County Council for traffic speed warning signs. He is delighted with the feedback he has received from residents:
“Councillor Kinsella has been outstanding – responsive, sympathetic and swift to act. Just what we need.” 

Blue Box charity

Gez Kinsella, Derbyshire County Councillor, is delighted to have secured some funding for Blue Box Belper, a charity that supports communities on the Parks Estate. It's aiming to raise £350,000 to build a Blue Box Community Facility that will be available for community activities.

Why not give them a follow at @blueboxcommunitygroup ?

Belper SOS NHS

Derbyshire County Councillor Gez Kinsella is supporting the campaign group Belper SOS NHS and residents concerned that the planned closure of Babington Hospital will reduce services locally. He is keen to make sure people still have the services they need and has raised questions with both the council and NHS.

Are you concerned about the planned closure of Babington Hospital? Get in touch with Belper SOS NHS via their Facebook Page:


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