Lights, workmen, action!

Local county Councillors, Damien Greenhalgh and Ellie Wilcox, have welcomed news that Derbyshire County Council is to upgrade the traffic lights a busy crossroads in the town.

The project is set to begin next month and will see the renewing of traffic signals and tactile paving where Victoria St, Norfolk St and the High Street intersect.

The money to fund the project has come from the developer as part of an agreement set out by the County Council prior to the commencement of the Howard Town Mill development.

Cllrs Ellie Wilcox and Damien Greenhalgh at the town's busy crossroad.

Cllrs Ellie Wilcox and Damien Greenhalgh at the town’s busy crossroad.

Commenting, Cllr Damien Greenhalgh said: “Ellie and I have been working with officers to improve this busy junction, especially due to bottleneck that Victoria St has become since the Howard Town Mill opened.”

Cllr Ellie Wilcox added “that these improvement will bring benefits not only vehicle users, but pedestrians and in particular those with visual impairments.”

A spokesperson for DCC’s Highways Department said “We expect the disruption to be minimal, with temporary traffic signals in place for the duration of the works.”

The works are expected to take four weeks to carryout and commence on 7th April

#CostofCameron Campaign Day

This Saturday (11 January) saw Labour activists launch the “Cost of Cameron” Day across 106 key marginal seats.  And here in the High Peak we were no exception with Labour Party street-stalls held across the constituency with, our Parliamentary Candidate, Caitlin Bisknell and Shadow Small Business Minister, Toby Perkins MP.


Glossopdale Labour was outside the Market Arcade from 10.30am til 12.30pm to speak with those out shopping in the town.

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Glossopdale Labour campaigning outside the Market Arcades

Our leaflets about the Cost of Living Crisis that we’re living (surviving?) in were very well received with many poeple citing rising energy bills, train fares and ever decreasing help from the Government as life very hard in Cameron’s Britain.

Roll on 2015 for a Labour High Peak MP and a Labour Government to help right the wrongs of these last few years.

Three local businesses close

I have been extremely sad to learn of three Glossop businesses which have closed this week, being:

  • Va Bene restaurant, Norfolk Street
  • TopStore, High Street
  • Sage Green Interiors, High Street

Particularly feel for the staff, customers and local suppliers that will be adversely affected as a result – particularly in the case of Va Bene which went into Liquidation quickly leaving member of staff and local traders such as Mettrick’s the butchers seeking payment of monies due to them.

Let us hope the sake of the town that the prime-location in which they occupied are filled soon by strong and independent businesses which are the backbone of our High Street #ShopLocal

Roadwork shortcut caution

Howard Town High Peak Borough Councillor Colin Waude, and Glossop Derbyshire County Councillor Damien Greenhalgh are asking drivers to take care if using the short cut across the Glossop Municipal Buildings Car Park to avoid the longer official diversion whilst Victoria Street is closed for sewer repairs.

Cllr Colin Waude said “If you’re determined to short-cut the roadworks at the bottom of Victoria Street, please be careful: it is a pedestrian route, and there’s been lots of near misses. Ideally, go round.”

The two observed many vehicles using the shortcut on Saturday morning with some near misses causing pedestrians and drivers exchanging irrate comments to one another – with one of the vehicles seen being driven by Old Glossop Borough Councillor Chris Webster.

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Cllrs Greenhalgh and Waude at the point of concern by the roadworks.

Victoria Street Travel Disruptions

GLOSSOPIANS are being reminded by a local councillor that a busy route into the town will close for a fortnight while United Utilities works on the sewers below it.

Victoria Street is currently shut to traffic between Howard Town Mill and Collier Street and is due to remain closed until 20th January.

County Councillor Damien Greenhalgh warns “This road closure is causing traffic congestion during rush hour and significant disruption to bus services.”

“The 69 and 390 bus services are being diverted down the High Street and then via Primrose Lane and those wanting to use the 61 service are having to take a shuttle bus between Henry St and Whitfield where the service is running from for the duration of the works.”

“Passengers I spoke with on the first day of the closure (Monday 6th) are already saying services are already running significantly late.”

Cllr Greenhalgh went on add “Water companies usually provide funding in advance of their works to enable public transport providers to put on additional services on to compensate for the disruption. On this occasion United Utilities has decided not to do this, this is very disappointing”.