East Midlands Mayoral Elections

East Midlands Combined Authority

You will no doubt be aware that the East Midlands residents will be heading to the polling stations on May 2nd.

We’ll be voting for a mayor for the newly-created East Midlands Combined Authority (EMCA) which includes the “D2N2” authorities of Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

The geography of the new East Midlands Combined Authority

The successful candidate will have significant powers and funding for the region that are currently controlled by central Government. The EMCA will be able to take decisions on areas including planning and transport.

What that means for the local highways authority is not certain at this stage – It’s unlikely that general day to day maintenance & resurfacing enquiries or minor improvement schemes to junctions will be dealt with by the more central body. But perhaps more strategic elements such as expediting and properly consolidating the local cycling and walking infrastructure plans (LCWIP) where all four current authorities are struggling to truly integrate.

Derby Cycling Group has been working with the D2N2 Active Travel Alliance which is a group of organisations with a shared interest in making walking, wheeling and cycling more accessible, safe, and attractive. The Alliance has created a Vision and set of “asks” for the mayoral candidates.

Five of the candidates recently attending an online hustings organised by the Friends of the Earth and a recording of the whole event can be viewed. The D2N2 Alliance asked a question on Active Travel and the candidates’ responses can be seen.


The candidates (in no particular order) are Ben Bradley (Conservative), Alan Graves (Reform UK), Claire Ward (Labour), Frank Adlington-Stringer (Green), Matthew Relf (Independent) and Helen Tamblyn-Saville (Liberal Democrats).

Getting in touch

We’re encouraging all members to drop a message to prospective candidates to put active travel at the forefront of their minds.

One of our members has had a response from one candidate who stated most people who’d been in contact wanted improvements to our roads. So there’s an uphill battle to convince our decision makers of the real benefits of investing in proper active travel measures rather than building more roads.

Candidates’ Contact Details

Ben Bradleyhttps://campaign.benbradley.uk/contact

Alan Gravesalan.graves@derby.gov.uk

Claire Wardhttps://www.claireward.co.uk *

Frank Adlington-StringerFrank.Adlington-Stringer@ne-derbyshire.gov.uk

Matt Relf  – matt@mattformayor.uk

Helen Tamblyn-Savilleretfordhelen@gmail.com

*(On a desktop the website only works if you zoom in until the page fills correctly – Contact form at bottom of Claire’s webpage)

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