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.

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What Labour achieved, lest we forget

We must defend our Party’s fine record of achievement too when pointing out where we got it wrong or didn’t go far enough!

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1. Longest period of sustained low inflation since the 60s.
2. Low mortgage rates.
3. Introduced the National Minimum Wage and raised it to £5.52 per hour.
4. Over 14,000 more police in England and Wales.
5. Cut overall crime by 32 per cent.
6. Record levels of literacy and numeracy in schools.
7. Young people achieving some of the best ever results at 14, 16, and 18.
8. Funding for every pupil in England has doubled.
9. Employment is at its highest level ever.
10. 3,700 rebuilt and significantly refurbished schools; including new and improved classrooms, laboratories and kitchens. 
11. 85,000 more nurses.
12. 32,000 more doctors.
13. Brought back matrons to hospital wards.
14. Devolved power to the Scottish Parliament.
15. Devolved power to the Welsh Assembly.
16. Dads now get paternity leave of 2 weeks for the first time.
17. NHS Direct offering free convenient patient advice.
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The *NiCE* committee

Well done to Emma on getting this new committee formed and chair it! Particularly agree with her eloquently views on the localising of decisions/control “…We don’t need neatness to feel in control..because actually control can be shared.” This will be my approached in the work county councillor colleague and I are doing on changing how we ‘DO’ local government services in Derbyshire – different in each area is good if it works for local people!

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The Committee I am chairing is brand new to the Council, the Neighbourhoods, Communities and Equalities Committee. We will have our first meeting in July and I felt it might be helpful to share the purpose of this committee in delivering for the city. It has already been nicknamed the NiCE committee and I love that nickname.

The nickname might be nice but the remit isn’t fluffy and we will need to deliver blueprints for meeting the challenge of the council being a much smaller organisation by the next elections. This committee will be pace setting for a relationship change with local government away from a corporate style service provider back to a civic and democratic relationship that I believe people want:one of working mutually with the council as equals not customers. Not aspassive recipients of services but as citizens.

I believe the cuts we face are too deep and…

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Thank you Howard Town

We would like to take this opportunity to simply say thank you to the many hundreds of people who voted for us on May 7th in the elections to High Peak Borough Council.

But we also want to say to all residents of Howard Town, irrespective of how you voted or if you didn’t vote, that we have been given a great responsibility in being elected to serve as your councillors and we consider it a privilege to serve the people of Glossop.

If you would like to meet us and talk about a problem you think either of us can help with, we will be at our regular surgery in the Market Arcade every last Saturday in the month, except December. Or you can contact us direct by phone or email by getting our details from the Council website.

We look forward to meeting you.

Godfrey Claff and Damien Greenhalgh
Borough Councillors for Howard Town Ward

Station Road – Final piece of the puzzle

The final piece of the puzzle in the drive to revamp Station Road, Hadfield started today.

Borough Council workers starting their preparatory works ready for contractor to paint  all street furniture (bins, bollards and lamp-posts) in the borough’s familiar green and gold heritage colours.

This come on the back of the County Council relaying the pavement flags and re- tarmacking last year to improve the look and feel of Hadfield’s high street. Not forgetting that (in)famous campaign to get the shabby post box repainted!

This is a great example of local councils working together to improve peoples lives and promote our high streets.

Also another Labour promise, delivered.

Campaign Launched. Candidates Announced.

This Sunday, 29th March, saw the launch of High Peak Labour’s election campaign at Chapel Street’s Glossop Labour Club. This was a great evening of speeches, good-cheer and antidotes. Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate Caitlin Bisknell was joined by special guest speaker and Derbyshire MP, Dennis Skinner – known as the Beast of Bolsover. He used his famed oratory skills and sharp whit to mark the start of the campaign proper – referred to as the short campaign.

7th May will not only see the High Peak electorate heading to the poll to elect their next MP, but also will be electing a new High Peak Borough Council for another four year term.

And I am very please to announce that in Glossopdale the Labour Party as a full slate of candidates (unlike other political parties contesting the elections).

Caitlin Bisknell and Dennis Skinner MP (centre) with Labour’s local election candidates.

I also take delighted in informing you that I will be one of those candidates standing for HPBC.  I will be standing in the Howard Town ward. The ward covers the central areas of Glossop including the town centre itself and the mainly Victorian terraced houses up either side of the valley. The ward is a two-member ward, with my fellow candidate being the current councillor, Godfrey Claff, who is seeking re-election.

Wish us luck!

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High Peak top of Tory cruelty table

A benefits sanction map of the UK shows how High Peak claimants are being treated with cruelty, according to the charity homeless Crisis – as reported on the BBC News website today.

The High Peak is one of worst areas for these punitive sanctions, with 11.4% of claimants having their payments stopped – the 6th worse in the UK!

The payments – which can be stopped for four weeks, or as much as three years depending on how many times the rules are broken – have contributed to the ever increasing numbers of people relying on foodbanks  and presenting to local authorities and charities in crisis, such as Glossopdale’s Bare Necessities foodbank and the Glossopdale Furniture Project.

This simply cannot go on. The High Peak cannot survive another 5 years of Tory-led ideological driven cruelty and cuts.

We need change. We need compassion. We must vote for it on 7th May.

Vote Caitlin Bisknell!
Boot Bingham Out

Tory cuts force police station closures

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.

So I say ‪#‎BootBinghamOut‬ and vote Caitlin Bisknell for High Peak – 2015 in May!

Boot Bingham Out

An American doctor experiences an NHS emergency room

Dr. Jen Gunter

You know it’s going to be one of those days when one of the first tweets on vacation inquires about the closest hospital.

IMG_8896Victor, one of my 11-year-olds, had something in his eye courtesy of a big gust of wind outside of Westminster Abby. He was complaining enough to let me flip his eyelid and irrigate his eye on the square in front of Big Ben. (I’m sure several people thought I was torturing him).  Despite an extensive search and rinse mission no object or relief was to be found. I fretted about going to the hospital. It wasn’t the prospect of navigating a slightly foreign ER, but simply the prospect of the wait. While I am a staunch supporter of the British NHS in the back of my mind I envisioned a paralyzingly full emergency room and an agonizing 18 hour wait only to find he had nothing in his…

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People’s March for the NHS

I was very happy to have been able to join the Derbyshire leg of the People’s March For The NHS yesterday. The march, inspire by the 1936 Jarrow Crusade, is led by a group of mums concerned and outraged at the assault by this coalition government on our NHS. Glossopdale County Cllrs Dave and Ellie Wilcox and I  joined the march with friends from Derbyshire Labour in Old Whittington into Chesterfield town centre where speakers highlighted the many threats to our country’s our most prized possession chiefly the wholesale fragmentation and privatisation of services.