Glossop poised for a new £2.3m library and an arts centre

Planning permission has been granted for a new public library in Glossop, bringing in over £2.3million of investment into the town.  The plans include the relocation of the library from the Victoria Hall, into a new purpose built extension on the Adult Education Centre building.  

Even more importantly, the decision now gives the Victoria Arts Centre, who’s plans are conditional on the library relocating, the opportunity to develop a financially viable model that would attract lottery funding. This funding would be used to bring Victoria Hall back in full use as a multi-use community art centre.

Cllrs Damien Greenhalgh, Ellie Wilcox and Dave Wilcox outside Glossop’s Adult Education Centre.

At a lively afternoon planning meeting on Monday, Cllr Ellie Wilcox urged councillors to support the new library proposal, as it would  ‘enable local people to have the use of a brand new public resource, co-located with the adult education centre, where the two services will work together in order to deliver the ambitions, aspirations and expectations of 21st century life.

 

Representatives from the Victoria Arts Centre Project, also spoke at the meeting, urging planning chiefs to support the proposal to move the library. Members of SOUL spoke against the proposal and asked that a decision be deferred.

 

Cllr Damien Greenhalgh hailed the committee’s decision as substantial progress in bringing much deserved investment into Glossop.  ‘The existing library is now tired and in need of development.  The joining of adult education services and the library will bring about new opportunities for Glossop people’ said Cllr Greenhalgh. 

 

We will now work with the High Peak Borough Council and Victoria Arts Centre Project in order to explore their new and alternative uses for the Victoria Hall. We will also ensure with our colleagues at the County Council that the work on the new library is carried out to a high standard.

 

Etherow Councillor, Dave Wilcox, added, ‘We understand that some people will be disappointed that the library will be leaving the Victoria Hall, especially organisations such as SOUL.  However, in times of reducing local authority funding, it’s incredibly positive that the County Council still values its library provision and recognises its importance within communities.’ 

 

There is now a tremendously positive opportunity to really develop the area around the Victoria Hall and Adult Education Centre and make it a new cultural and creative centre for residents and visitors’ said Councillor Greenhalgh

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Work starts on our new £21.7m community college in Glossop

Work has started on a new single-site secondary school for Glossopdale Community College following our £21.7m investment.


DCC’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Children’s Services Councillor Damien Greenhalgh (left) and Cabinet Member Councillor Jim Coyle (second right) celebrate the start of work on the new Glossopdale Community College with head boy Tyler Halton and head girl Isabel Townend, Principal Steve Playford (third right) and Henry Brothers Midlands Managing Director Ian Taylor.

Midlands-based Henry Brothers is building the school which is scheduled to be completed in two phases over the next two years.

Derbyshire County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Children’s Services Councillor Damien Greenhalgh said:

“We’re delighted that work has started on Glossopdale Community College’s fantastic new single-site school.

“Despite facing unprecedented cuts and huge financial pressures we’re working hard to provide our young people with the facilities they need to help them thrive and learn in a positive environment and we’ll continue to do what we can within a tight budget to invest in our communities to make our schools fit for the 21st Century.

“We hope students, staff, visitors and residents will enjoy this fantastic new facility which will help to give these young people a firm foundation on which to build a bright future as well as providing a great new multi-use community venue.”

The council consulted on plans for a new school after revealing many parts of existing buildings were in poor condition with estimated repair bills totalling more than £5m.

Following a public consultation it was agreed last year to go ahead with proposals to merge the school’s three separate sites onto Newshaw Lane, Hadfield.

Glossopdale Community College Principal Steve Playford said:

“The Glossopdale community is really excited that the construction of the new school building has started.

“Our determination for improvements is shown through our vision of creating ‘an outstanding learning centre at the heart of the community.

“The new school will dramatically improve the learning experience with the latest technologies. It will also have a specially designed sixth form centre, performance wing and leisure centre linked to an astro turf pitch.”

College head boy Tyler Halton and head girl Isabel Townend were invited to see the start of the building work to represent current pupils and future generations who will benefit from the new school.

Part of the funding for the new single-site school will come from the sale of the Talbot House site and the Upper School site, both on Talbot Road in Glossop.

Pupils from the Hadfield site are due to start moving into the new building in spring 2018.



Source: Derbyshire County Council website

Stepping Hill Decision welcomed

HealthierTogetherChallengeDerbyshire County Councillors Ellie Wilcox, Damien Greenhalgh and Dave Wilcox have welcomed the recent High Court decision which confirmed that the 12 Greater Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) acted lawfully by including Stepping Hill as a designated hospital in the Healthier Together programme.

The proposal that Stepping Hill would become the fourth specialist hospital site in Greater Manchester was legally challenged by a company called ‘Keep Wythenshawe Special ‘. Wythenshawe Hospital was not chosen as one of the four specialist hospitals.

Derbyshire County Council submitted evidence that the CCGs were entitled to take into account the population of North Derbyshire in the manner that they did.

Derbyshire residents were likely to be users of the service and therefore their travel time to receive specialist medical care should be factored into the decision making process.

The County Council and the North Derbyshire CCG thought it appropriate to be joined as interested parties in the litigation” said County Councillor Greenhalgh. “Taking part cost money, but on such an important issue hopefully local residents will see this as a sound investment for such a positive outcome.

County Councillor Dave Wilcox said that the consultation meetings held in Glossop and other parts of High Peak had given the Clinicians and Administrators a clear message that the interests of High Peak residents need to be taken into account when dealing with critically ill people. Adding “In the acute sector, just a few minutes could mean the difference between life and death.

Councillor Ellie Wilcox introduced a note of caution. “As with all legal decisions there’s always a chance that litigants can mount an appeal. However we’ve been advised that the judgement is very thorough which hopefully limits the likelihood of this.

Mr Justice Dove’s full judgement can be read here:  Wythenshawe – Final Judgement

 

 

Councillors’ surgeries over future of Glossop Library

Below is the open letter to the people of Glossop about Victoria Hall and the future of the library service. This letter is from Cllrs Dave Wilcox, Ellie Wilcox and myself as the three local county councillors for Glossopdale.

This is awful news for those, like us, who have supported and fought for the library to remain within Victoria Hall over many years. But we are trying as hard as possible to be upfront about the decisions we are being reluctantly made to take.

If you would like to come and discuss through this with us in person are holding four surgeries throughout the day on Monday 12th October.

  • Glossop Adult Community Education Centre at:
    • 10.30am
    • 12.30pm
    • 3.30pm
  • Bradbury Community House at:
    • 6.30pm

Letter: Our open letter to residents regarding the future of Glossop library.