24 Derby Road
I have lived in Ambergate since 1977, during which time I have seen many changes, including the loss of much industry and commerce. The village does however retain much of its community spirit, as demonstrated by our annual Ambergate Carnival, which I have been actively involved in for many years as Treasurer.
Ambergate still has a thriving primary school, which my now adult children attended in the 1980s and 90s.
I wanted to become a Councillor to help raise awareness of Ambergate as part of the Ripley township. I live on the bank of the River Derwent, so I am very aware of the need to conserve and improve our environment. My house also fronts the A6 road and I am also aware of the problems caused by heavy traffic on both this and Newbridge Road. The village also suffers from lack of sufficient parking space.
There is an urgent need for a pedestrian crossing at the bottom of Newbridge Road as children from the village primary school have to cross the use the sports facilities at the cricket ground. This would also provide safer access to the nearby Morrisons local shop and garage.
Before I retired, I worked in Belper as a book retailer. I enjoy reading mostly fiction, sports and biographies. I believe our town centres are still important to the town's sense of community.
I became a Town Councillor in 2011. I am Chair of the Ripley Town Council Heritage Committee and I also sit on the Environment and Employment Committees.
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