‘No confidence’ vote proposed in Amber Valley

Ripley town hall.
Ripley town hall.

The Labour group on Amber Valley Borough Council has proposed a vote of ‘no confidence’ in council leader, Councillor Alan Cox, and called for his resignation.

The call comes after the ‘last minute’ withdrawal of the council’s core strategy on planning, days before it was due to go before an inspector.

The group says it does not believe Coun Cox can deliver an acceptable local plan which will be passed by the inspector, and should therefore step aside to allow others to try.

Labour group leader, Chris Emmas-Williams, said: “Since 2008, Coun Cox has been involved in this process in some capacity either as leader, deputy leader and planning chair.

“He has been unable to grasp the seriousness of either the process or his obsession with building only in the eastern side of the borough away from the area he and his party represent.

“We have returned back to the ‘smoke and mirrors’ game that ex-leader Coun Bradford used which is disastrous for the planning process, and despite the comments by Coun Cox the borough is now at the mercy of developers who may get applications approved on appeal due to their total incompetence.”

In response, Coun Cox said: “I do not intend to bypass the democratic process by commenting on the matter to the media before the meeting.

“I will be defending my position at Wednesday’s council meeting at which members of the media and public can be present.”