Chesterfield and North Derbyshire WASPI – Women Against State Pension Inequalities- are holding a day action in New Square, Chesterfield, on Friday 16 September from 11am-2pm.
WASPI are campaigning for fair transisitional state pension arrangements for women born in the 1950s who are suddenly finding themselves having to work up to six years longer than they had planned before they can claim their state pensions.
Come along and join in with the WASPI anthem and the main march, which will leave New Square at 11.30am.
Click here for more information about the campaign.
Clay Cross Parish Council is holding a public meeting to discuss the future of Clay Cross Hopsital.
Come along and have your say on Wednesday 14 September, from 6pm-8pm, at Clay Cross Social Centre, Market Street, Clay Cross.
HS2 have now published their new route map and the proposed line has been moved to run parallel to the M18 motorway, to the east of Rotherham.
It has also been recommended that HS2 services to Sheffield split from the high speed line near Alfreton and travel to a Sheffield Midland station on a conventional-speed rail line.
This will mean that areas like Renishaw and Killamarsh will be avoided and that there may be the option for the service to stop at Chesterfield too. However the new proposed route has not yet been confirmed and will be undergoing a consultation later this year. After this has taken place, the Government will then take a formal decision on the route. You can see a more detailed map of the new proposed route here.
The Killamarsh and Renishaw HS2 Action Group have been campaigning against HS2 for more than three years and are now offering their help and support to any areas that may be affected by HS2 that weren’t previously. They hold regular meetings at Killamarsh Sports Centre, Stanley Street, Killamarsh, on the last Thursday of each month at 7pm and anyone who would like more information is welcome to come along. The next meeting will take place on Thursday 29 July.
If you are worried about any aspect of the route and would like to speak to HS2 Ltd, you can call the helpdesk on 02079 444908 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find out more about the compensation scheme here.
On 29 June, thousands of women from across the country marched on the Houses of Parliament to protest against unfair changes to women’s state pensions.
WASPI – Women Against State Pension Inequalities- wore sashes and waved banner to highlight the plight of women who were born in the 1950s and have suddenly found themselves having to work up to six years longer to claim their state pensions. There was even a 200-strong choir who sang the WASPI anthem on College Green as part of the rally.
I went out to meet the rally and it was great to see so many women turn out to campaign against this injustice. I hope that this will make the Government realise the strength of feeling around this issue and look again at the arrangements.
Derbyshire County Council is facing unprecedented cuts to its budget from the Government. By 2020 the funding is expected to be more than a third less in 2010 and this is forcing the council to cut back on the services it provides.
Local residents are being asked to put their views forward by taking part in two consultations that are currently being carried out.
You can take part in the consultation into subsidised local bus and community transport services here.
Derbyshire County Council is also being forced to consider closing 32 of its children’s centres because of these cuts. Among the planned closures are Clay Cross, Tupton, Eckington, Killamarsh and Dronfield.
Families are being asked to share their opinions on these closures before 4 April. Click here to take part.
Provectus have now submitted a revised application to carry out open cast mining at Hilltop Farm.
I have been working with the Hilltop Action Group for several years to protest against these plans. The impact on the local area would be enormous and I am worried about the noise and air pollution that the open cast mining would cause.
The Planning Authority at Derbyshire County Council is now carrying out a consultation and any representations must be submitted by 4 March. If you had already submitted an objection to the original application then it will still be taken into account when the application goes to the planning committee.
You can view the planning application here
Find out more about the Hilltop Action Group here
The Killamarsh and Renishaw HS2 Action Group held a public meeting at Netherthorpe School, in Staveley, recently with representatives from HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport.
The meeting was well attended and gave local residents the chance to ask questions and raise concerns about how HS2 will affect them.
I know that not everyone got a chance to ask the questions they wanted and I hope that we can work with HS2 to arrange for them to attend more meetings in the future.
The group’s next meetings will take place at Killamarsh Leisure Centre at 7pm on 25 February, 31 March, 28 April, 26 May and 30 June. Everyone is welcome.