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

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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

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.

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