Petite VIP pour Le Tour

WP_20140706_005I was delighted to have been able to enjoy the company to our little VIP for the day, Niamh Brown.

I invited Niamh and her family along to Derbyshire County Council’s Distinct Derbyshire tent as a community champion to enjoy a afternoon tea (and lots of sweeties!). I was delighted she was able to join us for with her dad, Darrell, and baby sister Martha.

Niamh is a truly brave girl – after enduring a year of treatment for a rare childhood strain of ovarian cancer.

She has inspired the Glossopdale community into raising lots of money for good causes*, schoolmates at Dinting Primary with her determination to get into school when she could and for raising awareness of childhood cancers.

Speaking to dad, she took all this in her stride and always remained laughing and smiling.

Amazing young woman.

* including Dad, who’s doing the Manchester to Blackpool bike ride for charity next weekend – Good luck Darrell!!

UPDATE:- If anyone would like to donate to Niamh’s fund-raising page/sponsor Darrell on his 60 miles charity bike ride please visit

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

Glossop Youngster’s Personal Safety Postcards

It was great to meet the euthusiastic young Health and Social Care students from Glossopdale Community College today, who had been working with Volunteer Centre Glossop on a personal safety project in their lunchtimes and even over the holidays.

Damien with the young people and co-ordinators from Glossop Volunteer Centre

Damien with the young people and co-ordinators from Glossop Volunteer Centre

The project, funded through Derbyshire CC’s locality funds, aims to improve the health of young people with a particular emphasis on personal safety and developing safer communities for young people.

There was some great artwork and ideas how best to spread the message to other young people in the area.

So look out for their information postcards around the town!

Councillor’s dismay at care home closure

A Hadfield care home is to close with some 33 residents forced to move elsewhere.

Following an announcement last Thursday evening (6th February) the privately-owned Merseybank Care Home will shut on 10th May 2014.

Residents, families and staff have been given a little over three months’ notice of the closure, and up to 50 people will lose their jobs.

The surprise announcement on Thursday comes just weeks after The Priory Group run care home on The Carriage Drive failed to meet any of the standards required by the Care Quality Commission in their latest inspection.

It is thought that the home’s owners decided to shut due to the significant amount of investment required – thought to be in the region of £3 million – to bring the grade-2 listed home up to the required standard.

Cllr Greenhalghat the Hadfield care home that is due to shut

Cllr Greenhalgh outside the Hadfield care home that is due to shut in May.

County Councillor Damien Greenhalgh commenting on the closure said “It’s a crying shame that the company couldn’t make the investment in the people of Hadfield and Glossop and those whose workplace and home this has become.

“This closure is truly awful for all those involved. Many of the home’s residents are frail and elderly and are now going to be moved which will be very traumatic for them and their nearest and dearest.

“A lot of these people have lived in Hadfield and Glossop all their lives and now they could end up being moved elsewhere.”

Cllr Greenhalgh added “I am just thankful that Derbyshire County Council’s wonderful Talbot Street-based Adult Social Care team is doing a great job in difficult circumstances to help re-home residents and offer advice and support to their relatives and the staff in the home – with many going above and beyond the call of duty”.

Merseybank care home to close

Merseybank SignAbsolutely awful news about the Merseybank Care Home’s owner, Amore Care part of The Priory Group [of the rehab centres fame] choosing to close the care home due to poor inspection results and their lack of commitment to invest in the home to bring it to the standards expected for quality care of its residents. Not enough money in it for them presumably!?

Now as a result there are now 33 very old and frail residents being forced to be re-homed and potentially up to 50 job losses too – some of which have been through the same shoddy situation before, when the Partington Care Home on North Road closed back in 2011.

Thankfully all affected are being helped by Derbyshire County Council’s WONDERFUL Adult Social Care team in Glossop as much as they can. Many of which are going above and beyond the call of duty!

Update 11/02/2014
The home’s Deputy Manager confirmed to me the number of jobs that will be lost when I visited the home today to speak with residents and staff. Sadly its worst that I first thought as 55 jobs will in fact be lost.

#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”.

Seasonal wishes

XmasWishesHere is sending everyone in Glossopdale my very best seasonal wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

In lieu of sending card this yeah I am making a donation to Glossop Mountain Rescue Team – a team of highly trained volunteers providing a search and rescue service to lost, injured and distressed people within the Peak District.

If you’d like to donate to the fantastic work they do please click on the link above.