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Feb 092014
 
CYCLE TRACK APPROVED BY SINGLE VOTE
 
THE FOLLOWING IS A NOTE OF THANKS FROM NICK BROWN OF DWT ON BEHALF OF THE CAMPAIGN THAT HAD TRIED (but as you can see below, narrowly failed) TO STOP THE APPROVAL BY DERBY CITY COUNCIL OF A CYCLE TRACK THROUGH ‘THE SANCTUARY’ LNR ON PRIDE PARK.
 
“Hi everyone:  As you may well know already –  the cycle track was approved by a single vote last night … The full break down: FOR the application: 5 Lab and 1 Lib Dem = 6; AGAINST: 4 Con and 1 Lib Dem = 5.  So, the application was approved by ONE vote.
 One Labour councillor was abroad and the Chair (also Lab) didn't need to vote (she would had it been a tie).  So IF both Lib Dems had voted against we would have won – it was THAT CLOSE!
 It seems the Lib Dem (Mike Carr) who voted FOR is a DWT member…..
 Before the meeting we felt the Labour councillors would close ranks and, having a majority on the committee, would push it through with no problem. But with one Lab councillor being abroad, the balance was shifted. It could have been so different – and it should have been.  Tim Birch and Nick Moyes gave excellent three-minute speeches and several of the Tories also pulled the application apart.
Thanks to everyone who came along and gave their support or who sent their best wishes – and especially to those who stood outside in the rain with placards last week or yesterday  … or both. There was a great sense of camaraderie and we have made valuable new friends and allies should we be in a similar position again.
I do think that the council will now think a lot harder before trying to build on another LNR in the city but I still wouldn’t put it past them!
But nationally, the message must seem to be that LNRs are now up for grabs.”
 
Regards,
 Gary……

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