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.

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.

Doorstep Update – Croft Manor/Shirebrook Drive/Silk St/Thomas St/York St

A big session this afternoon with six of us out on pounding the streets of Old Glossop today, gaining a healthy amount of Labour promises for 5th May as a result.

The team in Old Glossop

We covered a lot of ground including Silk St, York St, Thomas St, Birch Green, Croft Manor, Shirebrook Drive, Slant Close, Cross Rise, Carr Bank, Holly Bank, Bramble Bank and Rushmere.

We found there to be a  lot of disgruntled residents in these streets, some stating that they had never met their  local councillors for the last eight years, Chris Webster or Ivan Bell.

With one resident who felt severely let down by her local councillors Cllrs Chris Webster and Ivan Bell; but also by the local resident and Conservative Executive Member on the Borough Council  for Social and Community Development Cllr Jean Wharmby.

A particular gripe of this resident and her husband was how they dealt or rather didn’t deal with a bad case of fly-tipping – the dumping of a three piece suite and a mattress on Council owned land – that she had reported to them six months ago.

Doorstep Update – Manor Park Rd/Hope St/Wesley St/Old Cross/Water St

Well what a difference a day makes. It was a wet and windy session tonight unlike the weekend session, but we didn’t let the weather dampen our spirits.

And what a session! Our best yet for Labour promises in fact and a bumper evening for our posters too. With many choosing to put these up as the team, Garry and I were at their doors.

Also we came across a good handful of Liberal Democrat voters – or former Lib Dem voters now rather – that have switch their support to  Labour, the real progressive party in British politics, in disgust at them being in bed with the ideologically cut driven Conservatives.

PS – The Conservative, Liberal Democrat  candidate(s) and the incumbent Mr Webster are noticeable by their absence in the ward. Not a sausage.

Doorstep Update – Queens Drive/Pyegrove Rd

A very sun soaked door-knocking session around Pyegrove Rd and Queens Drive in the ward this afternoon with Garry and the some of the team.

We found lots of support for us there with a couple of posters going up in windows today and more to follow nearer to election day too.

We also found that there was a surprising amount of anti-Chris Webster feeling around Queens Drive, especially if you think that residents there are his neighbours!!

But I suppose being in office for eight years and having deliver very little if anything?! …again shows the need for residents to bring about change to regain Old Glossop’s voice in the Council to fight the ward’s corner, rather than the lone ignored voice it has been of late.