Work has started on a new single-site secondary school for Glossopdale Community College following our £21.7m investment.
Labour led Derbyshire County Council today published its Budget proposals for the 2016/2017 municipal year. They show the authority will have to cut nearly £30 million from its services.
Sadly, but inevitably given the cut in Government grant it is enduring, the county council is consulting on closing or reducing much loved and needed services.
Proposals include cuts to community and public transport grants, home-to-school transport, respite breaks for disabled children and children’s centre services amongst the many others planned.
It is considering closing 32 children’s centres with the loss of 116 full time equivalent jobs and cutting other services back to the statutory minimum. In High Peak, it is proposed that Fairfield, Glossop and Hadfield Children’s Centre remain open, with Gamesley becoming part of the Early Excellence Centre. Harpur Hill, New Mills and Chapel-en-le-frith are recommended for closure.
These plans are put forward with a very heavy heart, in the full knowledge that we will be losing excellent services which do a lot of good work, are highly valued and help many Derbyshire families,
On Tuesday 26 January, DCC’s Cabinet will meet to consider how the Council can make cuts of almost £70m over the next two years, on top of the £170m of cuts it has made since 2010.
As DCC Council Leader Anne Western says: “Dealing with cuts on this scale isn’t simply about a bit of budget trimming and doing things even more efficiently.
“The harsh reality is that by 2020 the funding we get from Government will be more than a third lower than the amount we would need to provide services to the same level as in 2010 − so it’s inevitable that more and more people will see changes to the services they use.”
All the proposals are subject to a full public consultation.
Draft plans for the new 11 to 18 school proposed by Derbyshire County Council are to be revealed to the public next week on Thursday 21st January at the Hadfield site of Glossopdale Community College.
The consultation represents the next stage of the development of the new school which will replace the present buildings located on three sites in Hadfield and Glossop.
County Councillor Ellie Wilcox, who attended the school in the 1990s, says that she welcomes the proposals and the opportunity for people to comment before any formal planning application is made.
“We are at a stage where the resources are identified, the starter is raising his gun and a replacement single site school is just about to leave the starting blocks. It’s further evidence of the County Council’s commitment to improve education County wide and demonstrate to parents that we mean it.”
According to County Councillor Damien Greenhalgh the school will be built on the “green” parts of the Hadfield site and although there will necessarily be some demolition work at the start of the building process, interruptions to children’s education should not be necessary.
“We are conscious that for many students their education is a one-off opportunity, and though a single site school offers greater options and efficiency in the future, those who are in school at present need to be assured of minimal disruption to their education.”
County Councillor Dave Wilcox confirmed that although there will be disruption to non-school community activities on the Hadfield site over the next couple of years, the new building will be designed to enhance community access and engagement when the premises are not needed for school activities.
“People who live close to the site are anxious to see how traffic is likely to be handled, that their lives are not too disrupted by the building work and that the investment promises positive benefits to the local community once it is completed.”
The period from 4pm – 7pm has been set aside on Thursday 21st January for Glossopdale residents to examine draft plans and take the opportunity to discuss the proposal. Local County Councillors will be present.
Deputy Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, County Councillor Caitlin Bisknell added that a formal planning application will follow the local discussions.
“Given the need for a planning consent, a starting date for commencing the building process is still to be negotiated,” she said, “with a likely completion date of 2018. “
Governors at the school have already had access to the plans and have given a general thumbs up to the proposals.
Tory Government cuts have forced the closure of nearly all the High Peak’s police stations, including two in Glossopdale. They are: Chapel-en-le-Frith, Fairfield (Buxton), Whaley Bridge, GAMESLEY and HADFIELD as reported in the Buxton Advisertiser today.
Derbyshire Police’s Chief Constable and Police & Crime Commissioner are saying these “debilitating” funding cuts imposed by the government are going to take the force back to the 1980s. Hitting the community/safer neighbour team policing work hardest!
And whilst his government is slashing money from frontline policing to prop up bureaucracy, the High Peak’s Tory MP Andrew Bingham has the bare faced cheek in his weekly newsletter to pat himself and his colleagues on the back for amongst other things “…freeing the police to fight crime by cutting red tape…“. You could not make it up. Is he just out of touch or downright delusional?!
One of the last Labour Government greatest achievement was to create, champion and fund community policing. I’ve seen and heard first hand how its transformed policing in our communities and help crime rates fall over the last decade but now that’s now at risk.
There is only one way to stop the rot and that’s to elect a Labour Government with a local Labour MP better able to stand up for our communities in Westminster. There is a lot at stake.
It was great to meet the euthusiastic young Health and Social Care students from Glossopdale Community College today, who had been working with Volunteer Centre Glossop on a personal safety project in their lunchtimes and even over the holidays.
The project, funded through Derbyshire CC’s locality funds, aims to improve the health of young people with a particular emphasis on personal safety and developing safer communities for young people.
There was some great artwork and ideas how best to spread the message to other young people in the area.
So look out for their information postcards around the town!
A Hadfield care home is to close with some 33 residents forced to move elsewhere.
Following an announcement last Thursday evening (6th February) the privately-owned Merseybank Care Home will shut on 10th May 2014.
Residents, families and staff have been given a little over three months’ notice of the closure, and up to 50 people will lose their jobs.
The surprise announcement on Thursday comes just weeks after The Priory Group run care home on The Carriage Drive failed to meet any of the standards required by the Care Quality Commission in their latest inspection.
It is thought that the home’s owners decided to shut due to the significant amount of investment required – thought to be in the region of £3 million – to bring the grade-2 listed home up to the required standard.
County Councillor Damien Greenhalgh commenting on the closure said “It’s a crying shame that the company couldn’t make the investment in the people of Hadfield and Glossop and those whose workplace and home this has become.
“This closure is truly awful for all those involved. Many of the home’s residents are frail and elderly and are now going to be moved which will be very traumatic for them and their nearest and dearest.
“A lot of these people have lived in Hadfield and Glossop all their lives and now they could end up being moved elsewhere.”
Cllr Greenhalgh added “I am just thankful that Derbyshire County Council’s wonderful Talbot Street-based Adult Social Care team is doing a great job in difficult circumstances to help re-home residents and offer advice and support to their relatives and the staff in the home – with many going above and beyond the call of duty”.
Absolutely awful news about the Merseybank Care Home’s owner, Amore Care part of The Priory Group [of the rehab centres fame] choosing to close the care home due to poor inspection results and their lack of commitment to invest in the home to bring it to the standards expected for quality care of its residents. Not enough money in it for them presumably!?
Now as a result there are now 33 very old and frail residents being forced to be re-homed and potentially up to 50 job losses too – some of which have been through the same shoddy situation before, when the Partington Care Home on North Road closed back in 2011.
Thankfully all affected are being helped by Derbyshire County Council’s WONDERFUL Adult Social Care team in Glossop as much as they can. Many of which are going above and beyond the call of duty!
The home’s Deputy Manager confirmed to me the number of jobs that will be lost when I visited the home today to speak with residents and staff. Sadly its worst that I first thought as 55 jobs will in fact be lost.