Derby businesses fear uncertainty will hit investment in potential vote of no confidence

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Derby City Council is being called upon to reconsider holding a potential vote of no confidence in its leader, Councillor Baggy Shanker, in an emergency meeting it is understood is due to be held in secret this evening.

Organisations representing thousands of businesses, including the Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) for the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter, plus Marketing Derby, as well as investors, such as St James Securities and Wavensmere Homes, have submitted letters expressing deep concern about the introduction of political instability at a crucial time for Derby.

At immediate risk is a huge sum of up to £500 million of investment with genuine fears that instability will further affect investor confidence costing the city jobs and investment.

Wavensmere Homes, which has already built over 900 new homes in the Nightingale Quarter, with a further 500 homes in the immediate pipeline, has said it may now consider re-evaluating a further £250 million of investment in Derby.

St James Securities said that negotiations on the next phase of the £230 million Becketwell scheme were at a very sensitive stage and feared this might be threatened.

The BIDs are especially concerned about losing city centre regeneration momentum and today Marketing Derby has written to the Mayor of

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