Friday, December 8, 2023

Election: Belper North Candidates

All wording is exactly as given by the parties.  This is the best we can offer with the information provided by the parties themselves.

Candidates in this ward

Sue MacFarlane

“I joined the Green Party in 2014 because I wanted to be part of the change we need to make our society fairer and more sustainable. Having joined, I realised that some of the issues I was already interested in (Citizen’s Income, re-nationalisation of the railways, opposition to TTIP, opposition to fracking etc) were aligned to Green Party thinking.

I am a singer and Natural Voice Practitioner, which involves helping people to find and use their voice. I feel that politics has similarities to this, and that everyone’s voice should be heard. Another part of my work is as an independent celebrant, where I work with people to build meaningful rites of passage ceremonies such as namings, weddings and funerals. ”

The Green Party only produced literature for one candidate.  This pledge is from that literature, which was intended for Duffield.





Emma Monkman

“I feel very fortunate to live with my family in Belper North Ward. I would like to contribute to the future development of this beautiful town.
I have my own motorbike instruction company and enjoy working with this community and work with people from across the county. I have volunteered for many years with the British Red Cross and am now a national trustee. I also have a Masters degree in Environmental Politics and Climate Change. The people skills needed in my work and academic studies provide the kind of skills that a councillor needs to negotiate the best possible outcomes for Belper.
I am standing because I believe that there are some huge issues facing Belper, from crumbling heritage to a lack of provision for youth groups. Our Green Belt and environment are under threat. I oppose development on our Green Belt and buffer zones and will do so as a Councillor. We need to find solutions to reducing areas of high air pollution and will review our waste recycling schemes.
I believe we need to do more to bring tourists and shoppers into the town. The Tea Rooms in the River Gardens need to be replaced urgently and a Labour council will build new toilets jointly with the Town Council. I don’t believe for one minute that being a Councillor is easy. However, I am resilient and determined, and if elected I will work to make sure that Belper’s interests are energetically represented.”

Mervyn Jackson

No candidate information exists.  UKIP only use national campaign literature.  The literature provided by UKIP is the same for every UKIP candidate.

John Nelson

The literature provided by the Conservative party is the same for every candidate. We do not have candidate profiles.

Roger Shelley


From the local manifesto, as we never received candidate files for the AVBC election

“What do we stand for…

  • The future – one where we keep our beautiful scenery, our vibrant wildlife, an unpolluted atmosphere and a stable climate.
  • Young people need a decent education and the chance to use their talents. We want them to be just as free to study, live and work as other young Europeans.
  • Local power to influence decisions – free from the heavy hand of the state.
  • Efficient local services, using the best mixture of free enterprise and council workers to deliver what people need.
  • A transparent planning system to give local people more say on where and what type of new homes are built in Amber Valley.
  • Putting more resources into the Local Plan system.This means working closely with parish councils and residents to ensure locally identified needs are met. It means working proactively with developers to unlock brown field ‘land banks’ such as the ex Stevenson’s site at Bullbridge and with social housing and older people’s home providers to build appropriate housing.
  • Assisting the local health trust and social services in making decisions that plan ahead for social care needs in an ageing population.This means ensuring Derbyshire Community Health Services plan for a better-resourced and locally responsive range of services to replace the ageing Babington Community Hospital in Belper and ensuring new Primary Care Centre at Heanor is likewise adequately resourced.
  • Working with local people to help provide leisure facilities for the needs of all ages. This means unlocking the stalemate over future developments to improve Belper’s leisure centre, listening to teenagers about what they would like to see in Amber Valley and getting the resources to build new facilities, or support and improve existing ones like the voluntary-run Strutt Centre, Blue Box and Drop-Inn in Belper. It means working with others to create new cycle routes and provide community taxis for evening and Sundays for people without access to cars.  It means putting resources into support for local heritage organisations like Heage Windmill, the Midland Railway Trust and Belper North Mill.”



Clare Washbrook

Current Editor-in-Chief News and magazine editor since 1995 Post-grads: Literature; Theatre; Journalism, Ethics & Law Community Affiliations: Belper Goes Green, Belper's WW1 Poppies, Amber Valley Solidarity No political party memberships/affiliations.

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