Darrell is one of two County Councillors who serve Carlton West, just on the border with the City. He is currently the Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Fire Authority and also sits on the Planning & Licensing Committee and the Education Standing Committee.
3rd June 2011
Councillors John Clarke, Darrell Pulk and Jim Creamer have today
issued a joint statement regarding Gedling
“We’re pleased and relieved to hear that Gedling school is
now in talks with E-ACT and the Department of Education with a view to converting
to academy status, and we hope that the first steps on the scheme are approved
at the County Council’s Cabinet meeting on 8th June next.
It has been a long hard road for parents, pupils and
families, but with academy status on the horizon, we hope that this will ensure
that Gedling school continues to provide education locally that everything
appreciates and cherishes.
We would like to congratulate everyone involved with the
campaign as it looks as if all the hard work will bring the needed welcome
At the Nottinghamshire
County Council Budget Meeting on 24th February 2011 I joined my Labour
colleagues in voting against the Budget proposals.
While we welcomed the extra
spending being made by the County Council on child protection and services for
vulnerable adults, we did not agree with the proposals to reduce funding to
other areas such as the Libraries service, Supporting People programme and
grant aid to voluntary groups.
We asked the majority group
to consider a more detailed consultation with the public and partner
organisations in order to allow a longer term approach to making efficiencies,
with a view to many possibly not being needed as the economic situation
However, our proposals were
not accepted, and the Budget was eventually passed with a majority of five
12th November 2010
Councillors Darrell Pulk, Jim Creamer and John Clarke have today issued a joint statement regarding the potential closure of Gedling School:
“Everyone will be aware of the potential for Gedling School to be closed if the recommendation is approved at the County Council’s Cabinet meeting on 15th December next. We are totally against the closure of the school.
We’ve been speaking to pupils, parents, teachers, staff, governors and local residents and completely support their campaign to keep Gedling School open. Now, more than ever, it’s vital that we protect our educational assets and safeguard the future of our children’s development and local community.
We will continue to consult with everyone involved both before the Cabinet meeting and during the (minimum) 6 week consultation period, should Cabinet approve the closure plan consultation. If, following the consultation, Cabinet agrees to go forward with closing the school, there will be a further 6 week statutory consultation period.
Unfortunately, as Labour group members, we are unable to vote at Cabinet meetings, but we do hope to convince the administration that the closure of the school is not the correct path to take for our children, local families and businesses, or our community.”
27th October 2010
"At the Council Meeting on 21st October, along with my colleagues in the Labour group, I voted against the proposals being made by the County Council to make spending cuts of £150m over the next four years.
The Labour group made it completely clear that we welcome the extra spending in Children’s and Adult’s services but we also stated that we felt it inappropriate to withdraw funding from other vital areas such as Surestart and Supporting People, and that the Council was moving too fast with its cuts and not taking full cognisance of the impact on the most vulnerable.
The Labour group presented a longer-term alternative which would’ve seen the £50m from reserves currently earmarked for redundancies instead being reinvested into vital services, and enabling the County Council to retain skilled staff who wished to remain, while allowing others to leave through natural staff turnover.
We believe that our longer-term approach would minimise the impact on external partners, minimise the need for redundancy payments, retain valuable staff and achieve the necessary financial goals.
Our proposals were, however, dismissed, and the administration instead voted to implement their original plans to make immediate service cuts."
Councillor's Divisional Fund
The Electoral Division Initiative that we introduced a few years ago is now called the Councillor's Divisional Fund. However, the principle remains the same:
Each councillor receives £10,000 to help fund local organisations, causes, individuals and schemes, who would not normally have access to financial support for their smaller projects.
Please contact Darrell if you would like to apply for some CDF funding. Here are just a few examples of the useful funding which was provided by Darrell in 2009/2010: