Praise for work of volunteers

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VOLUNTARY groups have been praised by a top councillor for ‘working tirelessly’ in communities.

Derbyshire County Council’s chairman George Wharmby said during his speech at the authority’s annual meeting that such groups have ‘improved the quality of life’ for people in the county.

Coun Wharmby outlined the council’s plans for the coming year – which include a freeze on council tax, £120 million of road and building improvements, and creation of 500 apprenticeships over the next four years. Other investments include an £800,000 new link road to the Markham Vale industrial estate next to the M1 near Chesterfield, plus grants for community groups and a raft of other projects.

Opposition Labour councillors point out there are also £90m of Government cuts.