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.

Street Stall – Cuts to services for older people

Town Hall Arcade Street Stall, 15th Jan 2011

Garry Parvin and I talking to a local resident

Garry Parvin and I – along with other local Labour campaigners – had a busy morning in Glossop at the first street stall of the year yesterday.

The theme for this Saturday morning’s street stalls was the same theme which Glossopdale Labour will be running for the next few Saturday’s, which is around raising awareness of the proposals by the County Council to cut £20 million from vital services for older people and their careers.

As well as giving out a leaflet to locals with details of what the proposals will mean, we are also asking locals to sign a petition against the proposal.

Anne, who sign our petition against the severity of the cuts to services for the elderly.

If you can’t get to one of our street stalls, you can download a copy of the leaflet by clicking here and you can sign the petition by clicking here.

If you have any views on the proposals, please let me know. You can do this by clicking on the Services for older people link on the Glossopdale Labour website and/or leaving me a comment here.

Damien and Garry 4 Old Glossop

Today at a meeting of Glossopdale Labour Party I, along with Garry Parvin, was selected to stand as the Labour Candidate for the Old Glossop Ward of High Peak Borough election in May next year.

The process of being named one of the two final candidates involved being selected by the local Glossopdale Party and the High Peak Party as a whole, through a series of interviews and votes.

I’m very grateful to Glossopdale Labour members for selecting me and very excited to get campaigning to help minimise the effects of cuts on essential service for the people of Old Glossop. Both Garry and I feel it is about time someone spoke up in Old Glossop against the poor decisions of the Conservative controlled Borough Council (and County Council).

If you’re a Old Glossop ward resident I want to hear about your priorities for your area – if you’ve got an issue you would like to bring up then please email me on You can also find me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter at