Police give green-light to 20mph limits

20mphPolice in Derbyshire have removed their automatic objection to 20mph limits in the county to the delight of 20mph limit supporters.

Derbyshire Constabulary have confirmed that their longstanding policy to object to the introduction of 20mph limited areas has been changed. Historically the force has be resistance on the basis of the need to install traffic calming for a 20mph to work.

Local county councillors and 20mph limit supporters, Cllrs Ellie Wilcox and Damien Greenhalgh have welcomed the news.

Cllr Greenhalgh said: “This is welcome news for communities, such as Padfield, who have campaigned to claim back the streets of their village from speeding vehicles. 20mph limits are in operation up and down the country in appropriate, mainly residential, areas including near by Manchester and Stockport and this change brings Derbyshire into line with them.”

Cllr Ellie Wilcox added: “We have been working with the community in Padfield introduce 20mph zones due to the increasing evidence of the value they can in terms of speed reduction, injury prevention and enhance wellbeing of those that live in the areas”. 

 

Photo Caption: County Cllrs Ellie Wilcox and Damien Greenhalgh and Padfield Borough Cllr Nick Longos (R) welcoming the news with Derbyshire’s Deputy PCC Hardyal Dhindsa (C)

Photo Caption: County Cllrs Ellie Wilcox and Damien Greenhalgh and Padfield Borough Cllr Nick Longos (R) welcoming the news with Derbyshire’s Deputy PCC Hardyal Dhindsa (C)

Earlier this year, the Constabulary raised concerns over the lack of physical measures such as speedbumps and over the enforcements as Derbyshire County Council consulted on the introduction of the reduced limited in Padfield.

Confirming this change in stance and police enforcement of the new limits Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa added: “20mph limits used where appropriated have great benefits to the communities in which they are placed and have had the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents’ backing. I am delighted that the force has agreed to proportionate enforcement by its local policing sections, and very much sees working closely with Police Support Volunteers moving forward. To this end the constabulary has requested funding for more handheld detection units.

 

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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”.

#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.

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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.

Tip Closure Letter

Letter sent to the Glossop Chronicle and the Glossop Advertiser on the week of 26th July 2010:

Glossop Household Waste Recycling Centre has been closed since February.

Dear Sir/Madam

What a shambles the current ‘indefinite’ closure of Glossop’s tip is. Last week, maybe like many others, I made a trip to the tip to dispose of some bulky household waste.

When I arrived at the Melandra Road centre, which according to the council  is indefinitely closed ‘for vital repairs to a weak bridge on the access road’, I was greeted by a sign informing me of its continued closure and advised to go to the Green Fairfield household waste recycling centre in Buxton – a round trip of over 40 miles! Not only is this inconvenient for most people in the north of the borough but costs us more in fuel and emissions which many of us are trying to reduce.

I have since learned of the meagre three hours window of opportunity to dispose of bulkier items on Saturday mornings at High Peak Borough Council’s Surrey Street Depot. But why are people not informed of this when they go the Melandra Road site? Many I have spoken with simply just prefer to pop over into Tameside to use the Waste Recycling Centre in Stalybridge instead, which is what I ended up doing last week.

So now into the fifth month of the tip’s closure why are Derbyshire County Council not showing any leadership in resolving this issue; only seeming to speak up to lay blamed at United Utilities’ door? The people of Glossopdale are now becoming tired of the lack of progress and simply want the reinstatement of the sorely needed service they pay for and deserve.

Damien Greenhalgh