Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Let’s get gulleys working for winter!

by Lucy Care on 13 October, 2016

Drains in road gutters – known as gullies – help stop flooding by diverting rainwater away safely. Or at least that’s the idea.  Too often they seem to be blocked. This morning I passed a gully-clearing wagon working on Haven Baulk Lane, and later followed it along the lane towards Mickleover.  I hoped to catch […]

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Keeping streams clear

by Lucy Care on 17 September, 2015

The pretty pink flowers of the Himalayan balsam are past their best, but the plant is ready to do its worst.  This invasive plant loves damp places and grows along most rivers and streams in Britain, squeezing out many native plants.  At this time of year the seed heads are ripening, ready to scatter their […]

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Water supply repairs

by Lucy Care on 25 March, 2015

Drive down Constable Drive and today you’ll meet temporary traffic lights – and probably several water tankers.  At times the water pressure in Littleover, especially near here at the top of the hill, has been low.  What is going on? Water is being pumped ino the reservoir, not because its usual supply needs repair, but […]

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Fresh thinking

by Lucy Care on 17 March, 2015

As a councillor you’re not expected to be an expert on anything, but it is useful to be interested in loads of things.  A sort of Jack (or Jill) of all trades.  I find that this enables one to have a good overview of possibilities – and whether they are practical can be sorted out […]

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Counting traffic to help with A38 junction changes

by Lucy Care on 24 February, 2015

Have you spotted one of these ‘loops’ on the road recently?  There are hundreds about! Over the last few weeks there have been exhibitions about how the A38 might be altered to remove the islands at Ashbourne Road (A52) and Little Eaton (A61).  If you’ve not responded to this, then the consultation details are here. […]

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Check your young trees…

by Lucy Care on 25 November, 2014

After the Royal Derby Hospital was built, a row of trees was planted along the boundary with Kings Drive which in time would help to obscure the buildings from Jackson Avenue.  After a shaky start (quite a lot died and had to be replaced) they are now looking good. But if they aren’t looked after […]

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Making it easier to walk to school

by Lucy Care on 23 November, 2014

A week ago I passed on a complaint from a local resident to the Council about the state of the pavement at the top of Pastures Hill. If it wasn’t for the wide grass verge, pupils would have been walking in the road because of the trees and other plants growing across the path.  I […]

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