Council chief urges voters to have a say in election

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Voters will take to the polls next month to decide the political make-up of Derbyshire County Council (DCC).

All 64 seats will be up for grabs as a new council is elected for the first time in four years on Thursday, May 2.

DCC has been under Conservative control since 2009.

Before then the authority had been Labour-led for 28 years.

DCC Chief Executive Nick Hodgson urged people to vote as the authority’s services affect everyone’s life.

He said: “We work throughout your community and – when needed – in your own home. Whatever your age you’ll be using at least one county council service.

“We all rely on services like schools, roads, libraries, buses, children’s centres and waste disposal.

“Then there are the ones we don’t all use but we need – including home helps, services to protect children from harm and care for elderly and disabled people.

“We’re hoping that as many as possible of around 590,000 eligible voters will turn out on May 2 and have their say on the running of important local services,” he added.

To see a full list of candidates standing in the Derbyshire Dales, log on to www.matlockmercury.co.uk.