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.

#LabourDoorstep – Leafleting in Old Glossop & Shirebrook Park

After my younger brother offered me his afternoon to  help with the campaigning, how could I refuse?!?
So we got to work delivering hundreds of leaflet on parts of Shirebrook Park and Old Glossop. Thank heavens that the rain clouds that made this morning’s canvassing session such a soggy affair had disappeared making way for blue skies and spring-like sun. Champion.

Old Glossop has a new voice!

Well what a brilliant result for Labour, for the residents of Old Glossop and for Garry  Parvin who was returned as one of the Councillors for Old Glossop ward!

Congratulating Garry on his successful election at the count in Buxton's Pavilion Gardens

The people of Old Glossop will now have the strong Labour voice in the Council – in which Labour is the controlling group – as we promised and will have in Garry (finally!) a fantastic and hard-working ward councillor.

The numbers
As you can see from the table below the election was closely contested with only 34 votes between gaining both the seats and the incumbent Chris Webster remaining in the place.

…and that’s a wrap!

Well today saw the culmination of many weeks and months work.

Irrespective of the results tomorrow can we say a quick and very big thank you to all those who have helped and supported us over the last few months!!!

We have been fortunate to have such a wonderful network of people volunteering their time to leaflet and canvass over these past few months in addition to whose who placed posters in their gardens and windows and those that of course turned up and voted for us.

Final Update of the Campaign

Well after months of activity in Old Glossop and other area we are finally here.

I final spot of door knocking in Hadfield and Padfield area delivering some good results for Ellie [Padfield ward] and Pat Jenner [Tintwistle ward] this morning, followed by some phone canvassing and leafleting in Old Glossop this afternoon and evening.

A selection of snaps of some of the team out and about over the last few days:

The Final Countdown (Campaign Update)

It has been a busy few days since I last blogged, with many daily door-knocking and phone canvassing sessions carried out across Glossopdale. Our garden stake boards have gone up  on key routes throughout the town, with many more posters in windows too.
Our final leaflets that remind people that this Thursday is polling day have and are continuing to go out throughout the Borough; and also remind people that they have up to two votes in Old Glossop ward and other multi-seat wards.

Future of Duke of Norfolk’s Old Glossop site?

Garry and I have sent an open letter to the Director of the Diocesan Board of Education on the future of the Church Street site annexe of the Duke of Norfolk CE (C) Primary School. It has been sent to the Glossop Chronicle, Glossop Advertiser and High Peak radio due to the concern in Old Glossop and of parents over the future use of the site and it buildings. The letter can be read below:

Mr Phil Moncur
Director of Education
Diocese of Derby’s Board of Education
Derby Church House
Full Street, Derby

Dear Mr Moncur

Plans for sale and disposal of Duke of Norfolk CE Primary School‘s Church Street annexe site.

We hold some fundamental questions about the proposed sale and disposal of the Church Street site, which we feel have not been addressed by the Board or the Local Authority. We write seeking better clarification about the future plans for this wonderful building dating from 1852.

We are writing this letter on behalf of many concerned residents of Old Glossop, a ward we are both seeking to represent on High Peak Borough Council, and one of us – Garry Parvin – as a parent who has a child who attends the Church Street site.

With reference to the Cabinet Meeting minutes of Derbyshire County Council held on the 7th March, we note the estimated value placed on the site is £200,000 and that the total proceeds of the sale is set to be given to the County Council as the Education Authority towards the £600,000 cost of the consolidation project.

 Our chief questions therefore are

  • Is there a covenant on the Church Street annexe?
  • Is it the intention of the Board of Education to sell the land and buildings merely to the highest bidder?
  • Will the benefit to the local community be taken into consideration with a view to it remaining a community resource where possible?

We must stress that we welcome this rationalisation and move to a single site as being in the long-term interest of the children of our communities as are the parents and residents of Old Glossop, but must voice our concern that plans are being made without full explanation or consultation.

We hope to hear from your soon and that your reply will go some way to addressing these concerns.

Yours faithfully

Garry Parvin and Damien Greenhalgh
The Labour Party candidates for Old Glossop ward

Sun, Leaflets and Ducks

Leaflets? check.
Sunglasses? check.
Ducks? what now?!?!

Garry and I have been delivering our Election Address leaflets this morning and again this afternoon in a very sunny Old Glossop.

On our travels around Shirebrook Park we found the ubiquitous British duck – the Mallard – seemed to have a penchant for shady lawns there. Here’s a few snaps: