A right-wing blog has been criticised by the borough council, which has warned people not to be misled about the regeneration of Heanor town centre.
Amber Valley Borough Council has issued an official statement distancing itself from the British National Party's Amber Valley Matters blog, which it says is falsly claiming credit for regeneration in the town. Lewis Allsebrook, BNP member for Heanor West, laughed off the council's suggestion and said the authority was worried about being challenged by his party.
Writing on the blog on October 11, Cllr Allsebrook had said he was delighted to hear a new floral display would be installed on the Tesco roundabout and hoped his online 'Heanor in bloom' campaign had had something to do with it.
A spokesman for the council said: "Amber Valley Borough Council would like to make it clear that an internet blog by the local BNP group has nothing whatsoever to do with the council and has issued a warning to local residents and businesses, not to be misled by the story on the blog. The council believes the story could give the wrong impression about who is responsible for the positive developments, and says anyone interested in this project should refer to official council news sources.
"In particular the BNP, and its councillors, do not have any authority or permission from the council to seek sponsorship for council initiatives such as the improvements to the 'Tesco roundabout' in Heanor. Local businesses that are interested in supporting such initiatives should contact the council directly."
In response, Cllr Allsebrook said: "Initially when I saw the statement it did make me laugh. On the website we ran a campaign when the council was struggling to get corporate sponsors and all we were doing was claiming credit for that. It is quite clear on the blog, the operative word is 'if' our campaign helped in any way then we are delighted. We are delighted to see improvements being made to Heanor regardless. I think the council may be a little uncomfortable with the BNP doing a blog that challenges them. None of the other political parties do that."
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