Cllr Alan Cox, Conservative Candidate for Belper North
I attach copies of recent leaflets that I have distributed. I think that this tells you everything you need to know. One shows what we have done over the last 12 months to keep the promises we made in May 2015; the other shows what we are promising to do if we remain in control of the Borough after the May 2016 elections.
The flyers are available here:
Further, Cllr Cox also discussed his position on the North Mill, Belper Tea Rooms and Housing. He said:
“The current condition of the North Mill and, indeed, the East Mill are the responsibility of the owners, not the Council although the council is very concerned that much work is needed. Have a look at the Cabinet minutes for 2 September 2015 when it was agreed “that the Executive Director (Operations) , in consultation with the Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, be authorised to use all powers available to the Council (as set out in the Officer’s report) to ensure the protection and repair of the Belper Mills building at Bridgefoot, Belper.” Meetings have been held with the owners and I am glad to report that things are moving ahead.”
“The Conservatives have always been in favour of replacing the tea rooms. The replacement must fit in with the River Gardens, must be affordable and must be financially sustainable. The plans that were approved fitted all these criteria. However following the collapse of the economy the design proved to be unaffordable.
During the past 12 months a committee has been meeting in Belper made up of interested residents, an officer from Amber Valley Borough Council and Cllr Joe Booth, member for Belper North. This committee (now Belper Tearooms Association) have come up with alternative plans and have suggested that a Community Interest Company is set up to replace the tearooms. Its ideas received the council’s approval at the Cabinet Meeting on 3 February 2016. I attach a copy of the report which was considered by the Cabinet.
Conservative Belper Town Council have put aside £100,000 for the new tearooms and Conservative led Amber Valley Borough Council, at its meeting on 23 March 2016, approved the capital budget for 2016/17 which includes a further £100,000 for the tearooms. Belper Tearooms Association are confident they will find other sources of funding.
It is said that local Labour candidates are saying that the replacement of the tearooms would be a priority. They have obviously not been talking to their colleagues on the Borough Council because the only priority that they have for Belper is to build even more houses. Their deputy leader, in July 2014, said that if he had his way all the [required] houses would be built in Belper. While Labour are talking about priorities the Conservatives have actually made the necessary decisions to enable the tearooms to go ahead.”