The time was right for a Glossop golfer when he scored a hole-in-one during a recent club competition to be rewarded with a limited-edition BOSS watch as recognition for the achievement. Kenneth Harrison, 74, scored his ace on the 165-yard, par-three 12th at Glossop & District GC, and the 19-handicapper was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club and a specially-commissioned, commemorative timepiece.
Police are appealing for information and issuing advice after a number of vehicles were broken into in Charlesworth and Glossop. Overnight between Sunday, July 27 and Monday, July 28, offenders broke into two vehicles which were parked in a residential car park on Marple Road in Charlesworth. An Acer laptop and cash were taken from a cream coloured Fiat 500 and Rayban sunglasses were stolen from a white Fiat 500. No damage was caused. On the same night, thieves broke into a black coloured Peugeot van that was parked outside a property on Town Lane, Charlesworth.
The articles provided by Cllr Bisknell and Cllr Claff ref:- High Peak Borough Council approving the proposed local development plan for or the next 15 to 20 years, appears to have been written to avoid revealing actual numbers and relevant facts, but, uses many statements impressing on the public the importance of the documents.
As a former Borough Councillor who was a member of the committee which started work on this plan 5 to 6 years ago. I must say I am surprised at the time and probable significant cost to the Council Tax payer it has taken Cllr Claff and his colleagues to complete the project.
Councillor John Pitchard (Whaley Bridge, Independent) has granted permission for recording the HPBC Audit & Regulatory Committee meeting next week. Previously Councillors Gary Parvin (Old Glossop, Labour), David Mellor (Hayfield, Independent), Caitlin Bisknell (South Bench, Labour), Alan Barrow (New Mills East, Labour) and Tony Ashton (Sett, Conservative) had all refused permission to record meetings that they chaired this month. None of them provided a reason for refusal, although Cllr Mellor was quoted by officers as saying recording was "not appropriate". Cllr Pitchard told us that he was all in favour of recording council meetings and could see no reason why such permission should be refused.
We asked HPBC and DCC where they were treating Japanese knotweed in Glossop, and what other steps they were taking to control the plant. HPBC said: "The areas being treated are: Manor Park, Shirebrook Drive, Hurst Brook, Harehills Park, Newshaw Lane park, Brookside Close, Tosser Path, West Drive Conduit Street Rec
Responses received: The Council contacted United Utilities regarding land near Swineshaw Reservoir. They undertook to investigate but said they had limited resources.
Specific instances on highway land, such as Broadbottom and Ling Longs Road, are reported to DCC.
Japanese Knotweed Solutions offered to do a presentation to councillors".
We asked Japanese Knotweed Solutions boss Mike Clough about the offer. His his reply warrants an separate article
A few weeks ago we asked Mike Clough, the head of Japanese Knotweed Solutions and the chairman of the Invasive Non-Native Specialists Association (INNSA), to confirm that High Peak Borough Council had contacted him because they wanted a presentation for councillors as part of their strategy for controlling the nuisance plant that is taking over the town. Mr Clough, a lifelong Glossopian and son of respected teacher the late Cedric Clough, told us "I have offered repeatedly - and ten years ago offered to treat all the Japanese knotweed in Glossop free of charge! Nobody responded... I have offered many times to present to the council and this has never been taken up."
High Peak Borough Council leader Caitlin Bisknell withheld permission to allow recording of the meeting of HPBC Executive that took place last night (24th July 2014), bringing to total number of chairs who have refused such permission in the last month to five. According to the constitution of HPBC: "Should any member of the public wish to record any part of a meeting, by visual and/or audio means, approval would be required from the Chair of the meeting". As far as can be ascertained such permission has never been granted.
Gamesley Bowling Club is celebrating its 20 anniversary by inviting local MP Andrew Bingham to join club members as part of their regular Open Night on Monday 28th July from 6.30pm. The MP will learn the finer points of the game known as “chess on grass” from Club Secretary John Hulston who said: “The twentieth anniversary is very important to us and as well as a series of events through the summer we wanted to have one special evening of celebration. The club was opened by Councillor John Francis who has now sadly passed away so we thought asking the MP, who is known for being “sporty”, would be a fitting nod to the past.”
Unedited press release from Caitlin Bisknell:
Labour’s parliamentary candidate for High Peak, Caitlin Bisknell, has welcomed a unanimous council decision to submit the Local Plan to the Government’s planning inspectorate. However, she added that some criticisms of the plan showed a lack of understanding of the issues and the figures.
“By approving the plan last week the Council took a big step towards ensuring both a five year supply as well as giving much more weight to the all policies contained within the Local Plan.”
Unedited press release from Plan A (North West) Limited
Local land owners, Glossop Land Limited and Lofthouse Developments Limited, are each preparing complementary planning applications proposing the regeneration of the Woods Mill area on the edge of Glossop Town Centre and invite the local community to have their say on the emerging proposals. Glossop Land Limited, the majority landowner, has been promoting the regeneration of the Woods Mill area for many years in partnership with the Regeneration Team at High Peak Borough Council.
Flower Festival - St Andrew’s 140th birthday / Life in Hadfield during the last 140 years St Andrew’s Church, Hadfield
Friday 25th – Sunday 27th July. 25th & 26th, 10am-4pm, 27th, 12-30p.m.-4pm, Refreshments and display stands of St Andrew’s Church and the Christian Life. The births, deaths and marriages books will be open for the three days if anyone wants to trace their ancestry.
Officers from the Hadfield Safer Neighbourhood Team are appealing for information after two vehicles were damaged in the area. At around 6.30pm on Thursday, July 17, offenders used a sharp instrument to cause damage to the paintwork of a black Ford Focus. Scratches were also caused to the vehicle on Tuesday, July 1 however this was not reported to police. The incident took place on John Dalton Street in Hadfield. Police are also appealing for information after damage was caused to the paintwork of a grey coloured Citroen C5. Offenders used an unknown instrument to cause the damage to the vehicle that was parked on Jones Street, Hadfield on Wednesday, July 16.
The chair of High Peak Borough Council's Corporate Select Committee, Cllr Tony Ashton (Conservative, Sett) refused permission for the Glossop Gazette to record this evening's Corporate Select Committee meeting. The meeting, which will be held in Buxton at 6.30pm will discuss. among other things, the shortfall in the amount of affordable housing delivered in the High Peak. Glossop Gazette asked Cllr Ashton on 25th June for permission to record the meeting, but received no reply. When we phoned him he said that the issue had to be put to a full council meeting, and that he was refusing the request. We pointed out that the constitution of HPBC states recording of meetings is at the discretion of the chair of the meeting. He said he would check with colleagues and respond within two weeks. When we pointed out that in two weeks the law will change to allow recording without any permission he laughed.
On Sunday the Club again hosted the MRI charity day to raise money for Kidneys for life. This is the 5th consecutive year the Club has helped this Manchester based charity raising money to help those with kidney problems and enhance the patient experience when people have to spend time in hospitals. The Glossop event was started by Club members John O’Grady and Keith Clegg after John’s son-in-law was found to be in need of a transplant and John was a suitable donor.
Sometime between Friday, July 18 at 9.45am and 4.20pm a house off Dinting Lane, Higher Dinting was broken into.
An iPad, large quantity of jewellery and some watches were stolen along with two very distinctive pieces of memorabilia. One was an A3 black frame containing a gold ‘Peggy Sue’ single record disc and a picture of Buddy Holly and the second was a frame with a genuine Buddy Holly signature.
Mobile phones are out all over Glossop because of technical problems that might not be fixed until Tuesday. There are unconfirmed reports that some Glossopians have been hitting their phones with rocks in attempts to make them functional, but this has been ineffective. Intermittent, weak or non existent signal has been reported from most networks since earlier in the week. Freeview TV was also affected throughout the region on Friday, but most of Glossop had signal for the crucial 7.30 and 8.30pm viewing times. According to 02 "Sorry a phone mast close to you isn't working. This means you might experience problems making calls, using the internet, or sending/receiving emails in this area." No amount of hammering will fix this problem, be patient.
Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind are looking for volunteers to become Peer Mentors for an exciting new scheme working with people living in supported housing in Tameside. The volunteer peer mentors will work with customers who may have been homeless or at risk of homelessness who now live in supported housing in provided by Threshold (www.thp.org.uk). The main emphasis of the work will be to coach and support the mentee over a three to six month period to help them move into their own independent accommodation.
Report by Pamela Sweeney
A woman from Glossop has been reunited with a precious family heirloom feared lost after she accidentally dropped it into a charity collection tin. Lillian Barnsley (72) spoke of her relief today on receiving the news that her late brother’s treasured WW2 identity disc had been found in the seventh of eight collection buckets belonging
Glossop Gazette asked High Peak Borough Council leader Caitlin Bisknell (Labour, Stone Bench) if it was true that the chairs of HPBC committees had been told by her or by officers not to allow recording of meetings until after 7th August 2014, when they will have no power to prevent it. We also requested a reply from a question asked several weeks ago: "Do you agree that the press should have the right to record parts of council meetings that the press and public were not excluded from?" Cllr Bisknell replied "I have passed your comments on to officers and asked them to respond to you directly". Four local councillors did reply to the question, you can read their responses here
Jorden Power, aged 22, of Whitfield Avenue, Glossop, pleaded guilty to assault by beating and was given a 12 week prison sentence suspended for 18 months. The court said only custody was justified due to the nature of the assault upon a young man trying to calm a situation, and was aggravated by Power's record of previous convictions and breaches of community orders. He was ordered to pay £100 compensation and attend appointments with the Responsible Officer for an 18 month supervisory period.
" A cracking bass trombone player and a top bloke". The popular and highly respected trombonist and conductor Jim Cant has died. Jim had an association with the Glossop Old Band for almost 50 years, starting a trombone player and later returning, much to the delight of everyone involved with the organisation, to conduct them during several enjoyable tenures. A trombonist of the highest pedigree, he enjoyed successful spells with the likes of Fairey, but it was a conductor of encouragement, good humour and selfless determination that helped a number of bands in the North West in particular to become highly successful.
Glossop Community Radio has announced that it will not be applying for an OFCOM licence to become a broadcasting community radio station. OFFCOM were accepting licence applications this year for Glossop, and the local group, which started in 2012, hoped to have bolstered enough support to make an application. Alas, it wasn't to be and Glossop will have to make do with "local" radio stations from High Peak and Tameside.
Three HPBC councillors have refused permission for meetings they chair to be recorded in the last two weeks. Cllrs Alan Barrow, Gary Parvin and David Mellor refused to allow recording at meetings of Full Council, Community Select Committee and Development Control Committee. The situation will change entirely in three weeks, when the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014 come into force. From August 6th 2014 onwards permission will no longer be required from the Chairs of meetings to record them. Until then HPBC seem determined to keep recording devices out of their meetings.
Residents are being urged by Derbyshire County Council to take a few simple precautions to stay safe in the heatwave forecast for the next few days. The Met Office has today warned of potential heatwave conditions across parts of England, including Glossop. This warning is triggered when there is a 60 per cent or higher chance of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days to have a significant effect on health.
Tintwistle Athletic U16's are looking for new players training every Weds starting 6th Aug 7-8pm.
The tour is coming to Yorkshire, however can that be?
Better hang out some bunting and learn to say 'Merci'
The cyclists arrived for Le Grand Depart
Taking all of us Northerners to their heart
The Duke and Duchess, they came to us
Instead of Cambridge, caused a bit of a fuss
Jensie the oldest man in the race
Went solo through the Dales at a hell of a pace
Disappointment in Harrogate for our man Cav
As a sprinter it can be the luck you have
In the end 'twas all about Kittel
He collared le maillot jaune as well
In a highly critical letter Cllr John Haken (Simmondley, Conservative) has blasted the preparation of High Peak Borough Council's local plan, saying it has overestimated housing requirements in the area by almost 2,000 houses, and that there are no provisions for extra transport and education resources to cope with the new housing allocations. We have invited comments from HPBC's Executive Member for Regeneration, Cllr Godfrey Claff (Howard Town, Labour) and will include any response provided on this page. The full text of Cllr Haken's letter is below.
If you’ve got a passion for the past and a love of where you live then join us next week for the launch of an exciting new visitor attraction sharing stories of life in Old Glossop as it developed from an agricultural settlement to a textile town. Members of High Peak Borough Council and the Glossop Heritage Trust will share their knowledge of the area as they accompany guests on a guided walk along the Old Glossop Heritage Trail on Tuesday 22 July and everyone is welcome to come along.
Police have appealed for witnesses after a collision on the Snake Pass which resulted i the death of a motorcyclist. On Saturday, July 12 at 5.10pm a red Honda CBR 600 motorcycle was in collision with a grey Skoda Yeti in an area known locally as Rowlee Farm, between Snake Summit and the Ladybower Inn. The rider of the Honda, a 24-year-old man from Leeds was airlifted to Sheffield Northern General Hospital but died on Monday. The two female passengers in the Skoda are also being treated for serious injuries.
Peak District National Park Authority refused the application to build a six berth gypsy/traveller site near Glossop Golf Club earlier today, citing a host of reasons, the most relevant of which was that it "does not demonstrate any exceptional circumstances which would override national and local policy which seek to strictly limit new traveller site development in open countryside and outside areas allocated within the Development Plan. Therefore approval of the proposed development would also be contrary to National planning policy for traveller sites"
Last weekend saw the men from Glossop Golf Club play in the annual Captains weekend competition. The competition is a two day, 36 hole medal competition, and the most coveted trophy in the Club’s golfing diary. All competitors compete on the Saturday but only the top 36 from Saturday are invited to play on the Sunday.
Builders accidentally drilled through a gas pipe on Ellison Street yesterday, and the road was closed to traffic pending repairs. The solicitors was evacuated and there was a strong smell of gas. The closure of Ellison Street, a popular shortcut, increased the traffic at the traffic lights in the middle of town.
Watercourse repairs to Shelf Brook in Glossop’s Manor Park are set to begin shortly. The work has been commissioned by High Peak Borough Council and will be carried out by Bethell Construction Ltd. The scheme includes underpinning and repairs to the river walls, repointing bridges and enabling works to ensure a safe working environment during construction. The work is due to be begin this month and is expected to be completed by mid-September.
Tintwistle Athletic are hosting a coffee morning, this Saturday (16th July) from 10am-12pm at Bradbury House, Glossop, to raise funds for the club. It's 50p entry including a free tea/coffee and two biscuits. Also, our new Under 7's, who have secured sponsorship from McDonalds Mottram have been coming on leaps and bounds over the last few weeks in the East Manchester JFL Summer league. Managers Lea Howden & Matt Dewsnap couldn't be happier saying they have seen a 'big improvement from every single player week after week'.
Police have released an Evo-fit of a man wanted after a woman was assaulted and robbed in her own home, in Hollingworth, Tameside. Between 1.30pm and 2pm on Wednesday 25 June 2014, a woman was in the kitchen in her home on Mottram Moor, when a man came in through the back door and hit her in the face, whilst demanding money. He then ransacked the house and stole some items before leaving. The woman blacked out after being hit and didn’t see the man leave. The man is described as white, in his 30s and was wearing dark jeans and a t-shirt and jacket.
To many people Crown Green Bowls is a pastime for old men whose sporting glory is in the past but Gamesley Bowling Club have given a new generation a taste of the game some call “chess on grass” with a summer of primary school coaching culminating in a sun-bathed afternoon of competition at the Melandra Castle Road club.
Commuters using Dinting should be careful not to take home any fragments of plant material when passing through the station. Japanese knotweed has been rampant at Dinting Railway station for some time. It has spread from the eastern side of the site to the garden opposite and overhangs the road and pavement in several places. Less than 1g of plant material is sufficient to start a new infection if it is accidentally transported.
Chelsea’s Choice – a powerful theatre-style production aimed at raising awareness of child sexual exploitation – is coming to the High Peak this week. Delivered by AlterEgo, the production throws a spotlight on how young people, boys and girls, can be groomed by adults for the purpose of sexual exploitation. High Peak Borough Council, as part of the Community Safety Partnership, has organised a preview performance in Buxton on Thursday 10 July and anyone concerned about child safety is invited to attend. Glossop schools can book performances for the next school year.
Trains between Glossop and Manchester were delayed this morning because of sheep on the railway track. A signalman attempted to herd the flock back to Dinting, but both the 06:06 and 06:38 trains were delayed. Picture courtesy of Matt Hunt and Maggie Hunt.
On the M67 westbound between junction J2 and the M60, "minor delays" are possible due to roadworks. Expect disruption until 5:00 am on 5 November 2014.
On the M67 westbound between junctions J2 and J1A, minor delays can be expected at peak times due to barrier repairs closing one lane, between 9 pm and 5 am, from 12 May 2014 to 30 September 2014.
Friday afternoon press releases from local government always raise an eyebrow at the Glossop Gazette, especially when they concern our public buildings. The press release is reproduced verbatim below.
4 July 2014 15:57
Councils pledge partnership to drive growth and prosperity
Ambitious plans for economic growth, jobs and business opportunities and training and apprenticeships in the High Peak have been given the formal backing of the area’s two leading councils.
High Peak Borough Council has said it will not review its arrangements for recording meetings until they have received the regulations pertinent to the Local Audit and Accountability Act, effectively ensuring that none of its meetings are recorded until after the next Borough Council elections. HPBC said "Any recording of a Council committee is at the discretion of the chair of the committee". We wrote to all the chairs of HPBC committees, but only one replied.
Ashley Dawkes, aged 23, of Queens Drive, Glossop, pleaded guilty to driving a Vauxhall Astra on Queens Drive after consuming so much alcohol it was measured at 80µg per 100ml of breath. He was fined £230 plus victim surcharge of £23 and costs of £85. He was banned from driving for 16 months. [7th July 2014, Northern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court sitting at Buxton Magistrates' Court]
Glossop Golfer Jason McCabe scored a hole in one last Thursday whilst playing for the Club. Jason was representing the B team in the Derbyshire and Cheshire League playing at the Davenport Club in Poynton. His shot was at the par 3 tenth hole. Whilst it was a good day for Jason, drinks all round was as good as it got for the remaining team members as both the A and B teams lost on the day.
Unedited press release from Derbyshire County Council:
Derbyshire County Council’s Leader today laid bare the effect of ‘unrelenting’ Government budget cuts which will force the end of some services. The council is reviewing its five year financial plan and this has confirmed that it is facing the toughest cuts in the council’s history. Cuts in Government grants – which make up 68% of the council’s budget – inflation and greater demands on services for older people and vulnerable children mean the county council needs to cut £157m from its budget by 2018. As part of this £157m reduction, the authority’s Cabinet will meet next week (Tuesday 15 July) to consider further potential budget reductions over the next three years totalling nearly £70m.
One of the most consequential outbreaks of Japanese knotweed in Glossop is on land between Shepley Street and Hope Street in Old Glossop, where Seddon Homes were granted permission to build up to 44 houses last year. Their attempts to begin construction were thwarted when eagle eyed neighbours saw vehicles being driven through the knotweed and alerted the police. Since then there has been no activity on the site, but in the last two weeks it has been acquired by Wiggett Construction Ltd.
The sunshine and the Tour de France came by Glossop, and the traffic free town joined tens of thousands of others to see it. Amused spectators saw members of the promotional cortege get stuck trying to negotiate the left turn of the notorious A6024/A628 intersection, known locally as Tombstone Junction. Among the promoters stuck were McCain and Buxton Water.
No matter what sign of the zodiac you belong to, the weather will be the same this weekend. Weather is one of those fundamental things that affect rich and poor, Aries and Scorpio, young and old in equal measure. Weather is not easy to forecast because the insipid generalisations that pass as horoscopes do not cut the mustard in meteorological predictions. People want to know will it rain or won't it? Will there be sunshine? Will there be snow?
A few stories passed to the Glossop Gazette recently that appear to have no truth attached to them.
1. Residents of the new houses at York Street had written to Old Glossop Cricket Club asking them to stop hitting sixes - Not true. Derek Slack, secretary of OGCC told us that they had not received any such communication and added that a very high fence was being installed between the cricket ground and the estate by the developers.
2. Nobody in Glossop will be allowed to enter or leave the town on Sunday without a yellow leaflet - Not true. But major delays are expected if up to 40,000 visitors arrived to watch the Tour de France and a one way system, parking restrictions and road closures will will be in place.
In May 2014 90 crimes were reported in Glossop, 99 in Hadfield & Tintwistle and 24 in Gamesley & St Johns. Almost 80% of crime in the area was anti-social behaviour, violence (including sexual offences) or criminal damage. Compared with May 2013, the number of crimes reported in Gamesley and St Johns was the same (24), whilst the number was lower in Glossop Town Centre (136 vs 90) and higher in Hadfield & Tintwistle (79 vs 99).
Following our earlier features in 2012 and last month about a large area of Japanese knotweed at the edge of Swineshaw Reservoir, Polly Rouke at United Utilities told the Glossop Gazette “We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously including invasive species like Japanese knotweed on our land.
Paul John King, aged 37, of Mill Court Glossop, pleaded guilty to having a large kitchen knife in a public place (King Street, Glossop), and was committed to Derby Crown Court for sentence. He was ordered not to enter Whitfield and not to be under the influence of alcohol in a public place.
Peter Michael Woloszyinck, aged 34, of Charley Lane, Chinley, pleaded guilty to outraging public decency by masturbating in public in Hadfield, contrary to common law. He was remanded on bail pending a pre-sentence report and ordered not to enter any nature trail or reserve or public park.
A whole range of events are coming up as part of Derbyshire County Council’s project to commemorate the First World War, but the nearest ones to Glossop are in Chesterfield and Matlock. The council received £84,600 Heritage Lottery Funding to set up ‘Derbyshire Lives through the First World War’ to support activities "across the county". Project manager, Glyn Wilton is working with local community groups - providing information and advice about staging events and help to find sources of financial support.
In May we wrote to High Peak and East Midlands UKIP asking why links to the extremist groups Britain First and Infidels of Britain and the claim that "Cadburys fund Muslim terrorism" were on the High Peak UKIP Facebook group.
Following the Jimmy Saville case making the news, more and more people, men and women of all ages and backgrounds, are coming forward to seek support in recovering from rape or sexual abuse. People are daring to come forward now to report, seek advice and speak about what happened to them instead of living in fear and shame about the event. SV2, which stands for Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence, provide support for all victims, both men and women, over the age of 14. You do not have to report to the police to get support but we can help you to report if that is what you want.
Glossop’s golfers played a bogey competition last Saturday for the honour of winning the Sidebottom Cup. Standards of golf were very high with the top two golfers in each division all finishing on the same score of 4 up against the course so it was necessary to examine the scorecards to determine which player had the best, last 9 holes. The eventual winner was Dave Winterbottom who plays in Division one. The Division two winner was Paul Round whilst the respective runners up were Luke Siddall and Tony Meheran.
High Peak Borough Council have received 45 complaints this year in relation to the "odour issue" at Lancashire Chemicals. The smell began the factory started using a new yeast drying process, sparking fury among local residents. The council are hoping to implement European legislation to solve the problem, and are awaiting an independent consultant’s report.
For the last few months Amy Norton, aged 12, has been making looms to raise money for Brain Tumour Research. Amy has produced a vast array of objects by weaving brightly coloured rubber bands into intricate designs, and she sells them through the Craft Barn, Hadfield, and Laura's Coffee Lounge, Glossop. Amy was inspired after seeing a friend making looms at school, and mindful of a family friend who was suffering from a brain tumour, "got stuck in", producing a spectacular range of jewellery, keyrings and useful objects.
In a first for the Glossop Gazette, Members of the European Parliament from all three elected parties replied to a letter we received from Joe Holly of Glossop. Mr Holly wrote:
Following the food scandals of recent years, people are becoming much more aware of what goes into our food. The last thing we need is lower legal standards, but a deal being negotiated between the EU and the US could result in exactly that.
It's anybody guess how this patch of Japanese knotweed got to Station Road car park in Hadfield. Maybe a car picked up a fragment of root at Wooley Bridge Road and it fell off in the car park, or maybe somebody dumped some cuttings there to get rid of it. Either way it's alive and spreading. Residents of Hadfield should report this to HPBC and ask them to take immediate action
Antony Hadfield, aged 45, of High Street West, Glossop, pleaded guilty to assault by beating and using threatening abusive or insulting words or behaviour and was given an 8 week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay compensation of £170, victim surcharge of £80 and costs of £100. A restraining order was imposed preventing him from making direct or indirect contact with his victim. Magistrates said that there had been a prolonged attack in a public place and that Hadfield had used homophobic language. They said that had it not been for the homophobic comments a Community Order would have been made.
Following the refusal of Councillor David Mellor, chairman of HPBC's Development Control Committee, to allow the Glossop Gazette to make recordings at a meeting of that committee in April last year, the Glossop Gazette has written to the chairs of all committees and the main council, formally requesting permission to make audio and video recordings of council meetings open to the public in accordance with national government guidelines.
Glossop has no local plan, and the delays are costing the town dearly. With no plan to defend against speculative development applications, two greenfield developments totalling 243 new houses at North Road and Shaw Lane have been granted by the Planning Inspectorate, who ignored HPBC's arguments that their long delayed draft of the local plan carried legal weight. To avoid yet another inquiry, HPBC rubber stamped the construction of up to 100 houses at Charlestown Works without letting the Development Control Committee consider it. We try to understand recent events in the recent history of the local plan, and how local councillors have voted on it.
Wychwood Park was this years venue for the Association of North West Golf Stewards annual Chairmans Cup competition. The pairs competition is open to all golfing stewards and their respective Captains from all over the North West of England. This year Glossop was represented by steward Stuart Heard and club captain Roger Hart. Glossops pairing played with the home course captain and steward and after 18 holes of challenging golf Stuart and Roger won the competition following a card playoff with 36 points.
Police have issued photographs of a man wanted in connection with the rape of a woman in Glossop. On Tuesday, January 21 at 11.45pm a 17-year-old girl was raped by a man at a property on Henry Street. Police would like to trace Muharrem Denmarku (23) in connection with this crime. His last known address was in Manchester but he is originally from Albania. He is described as white with an Albanian accent, stocky build, short brown hair and brown eyes.
For the second month running the Glossop Gazette website has received over 10,000 unique visitors (not including traffic generated by robots, worms, or replies with special HTTP status codes). Over 97% of our visitors are from the UK. The Glossop Gazette has now established itself as the major force in online Glossop news. We have done this without paid staff, without any advertising, without being listed on Google News and with nowt past Mottram Moor.
Enthusiasts who are restoring an old Glossop fire engine are asking locals for any information about it. The Austin K4 MerryWeather turntable fire engine, registration GXN 243, dates from the 1940s. Steven Blanch told the Gazette "We have recently acquired this fire engine out of a scrap yard and so far we know that it spent its working life in Glossop and Buxton so any more info or pictures would be welcome".
Glossop Police would like to speak to a man who was recorded on CCTV cameras, in connection with a theft from a shed in Padfield. Two bikes, several boxes of bike bits and some tools were taken. Please contact Glossop Police on 101 quoting crime number 24515/14 if you can help.
Last weekend saw the Club host its annual Open Weekend. This year the Club welcomed new sponsors Harrison Hinchcliffe Accountants who offered the prize of a brand new car for a hole in one on the par 3 tenth! The competition, which is open to golfers all over the UK, was fully subscribed, and the level of golf was high. The eventual winners were Graham Dodd and Rob Edwards with a score of 7 under par, after a card play off, with pairings Colin Wake and Keith Knowles and also the father and son pairing of Glyn Byrne and Chris Byrne who took prizes for best Saturday and Sunday scores respectively.
There is so much Japanese Knotweed on Wooley Bridge Road it was impossible to measure its area. On Friday evening children were playing in the knotweed, tearing up plants and throwing them at each other, blissfully unaware that they were in contravention of the 1990 Environmental Protection Act and the 1991 Environmental Protection Act (Duty of Care) Regulations. The knotweed has spread right up to the boundary of adjoining houses. Viable fragments are scattered all over the pavement and road, threatening to infect wherever they end up.
The fourth Hadfield Open Art Show takes place on June 21/22 at Hadfield Hall, with a preview on the evening of Friday 20th. A popular and successful event in the calendar of Friends of Hadfield Hall, Hadfield Open Art Show draws artists, photographers, 3-D and ceramic craft-workers and sculptors, not only from the Glossop/Hadfield area but also from further afield.
The High Peak will once again be showing its support for the UK’s armed forces by flying flags in Glossop this month. Flags will fly for two weeks in the High Peak and will be hoisted in a short ceremony on Monday 23 June. Glossop’s ceremony will take place at 12 noon on 23rd June by the flag pole at Norfolk Square.
Respected teacher, organiser of Glossop Carnival and manager of the former Glossop Heritage Centre Peggy Davies died last weekend. Mrs Davies was a teacher at St Andrews and Hadfield Infants and a major force in Glossop. Described by a former pupil as "a lovely, warm and formidable lady", many tributes can be found on the Glossop's Heritage Facebook page. The funeral is on Tuesday 24th June
In 2012 we ran a story about the invasion of the Old Glossop waterways with Japanese knotweed, and how attempts to control the invasive plant should start with the highest point upstream; Swineshaw Reservoir. We asked United Utilities how long they had been aware of knotweed on the site, what action they had taken to control it, and why it wasn't fenced. In February 2013 a spokesperson for United Utilities said: "There is a small amount of Japanese Knotweed on our land and also on our neighbour's land. They added "It's worth pointing out that it is not illegal to have knotweed on your land, but it is illegal to undertake activities that would cause it to spread. "
Angry words were spoken at Charlesworth Parish Council's meeting last night, which was attended by eight opponents of the gypsy/traveller site near the golf club and journalists from two local newspapers. Glossop Gazette asked to make a sound recording of the meeting but the council refused. The councillors and clerk sit around four children's tables pushed together, and all sat on infant chairs except the tallest councillor, who sat on a teacher's chair. Three members of the public were given five minutes each to voice their concerns.
This is the riverbank along Slatelands road, where there has been a very half arsed attempt at clearing the Japanese knotweed. Instead of containing and killing the knotweed it is being spread everywhere. It looks as if herbicide has been sprayed over the river bank and large clumps of knotweed have been cut down and either removed or fallen into the river. There has been no attempt to fence the infected area or prevent viable fragments from reaching the road. There are fragments of knotweed all over the place, and lots of strong regrowth.
Glossop Parish Church is hoping to have its tower fixed soon, having raised over £11,000 for the job. Subject to Diocese approval, the work could be completed by the end of the summer. On their Facebook page the church said
"We thank God for the generosity of all, in the church and wider community, who have given so generously of their time and money to help us complete this project".
Nitesh Kumar Patel, aged 42, of Cedar Avenue, Stalybridge, pleaded guilty to speeding through Dinting Vale and was fined £51, ordered to pay victim surcharge of £15 and costs of £35. His driving licence was endorsed with 3 points.
Ikbal Singh, aged 39, of Church Lane, Handsworth, pleaded guilty to driving on Woodhead Road without due care and attention. He was fined £74, ordered to pay victim surcharge of £20 and costs of £35. His driving licence was endorsed with 6 points.
Antony Hadfield, aged 45, of High Street West Glossop, pleaded guilty to assault by beating and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour. Sentencing was adjourned until 25th June for an alcohol treatment report assessment.
Lynsey Jane Still, aged 36, of Duxbury Dtreet, Bolton, pleaded guilty to assault in Hadfield and was conditionally discharged for 12 months, ordered to pay compensation of £25, victim surcharge of £15 and costs of £200.
Yan Jing Wu, aged 31 of Brooklyn Works, Sheffied, was found guilty of failing to give information about the driver a car in Glossop who was alleged to have been guilty of an offence. He was fined £560, and ordered to pay costs of £160, victim surcharge of £56 and his driving licence endorsed with 6 points
Residents in Derbyshire are being warned to be extra vigilant when charging electronic cigarettes following incidents where the devices have exploded in people’s homes. Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards team have issued the warning after several reports of electronic cigarette batteries overheating or exploding while being charged.
In one incident last October a 68-year-old woman living in a private care home in Hasland, Chesterfield, died following a fire in her room, which firefighters later attributed to an e-cigarette battery part overheating.
Manchester235 has teamed up with CHIPS, a charity which aims to provide independence and mobility to disabled children, to donate a specialised powered wheelchair to nine-year-old Glossop lad Taylor Fretwell, who suffers from cerebral palsy. Initially reluctant to accept he needed a wheelchair, following a trial at his assessment centre, Taylor is now looking forward to the positive changes the wheelchair will make in his life.
The group of local residents who organised opposition to the 93 house development on Shaw Lane and Dinting Road said “We are very disappointed at the decision, but whilst the government is determined to build as many houses as possible, as quickly as possible and wherever possible, there is very little that local residents can do.
Glossop's World Cup fever gets into top gear tonight, with England's game against Italy in Manaus at 11pm Glossop time. The flags were out at Roly's Pick a Card on Norfolk Street this morning. As well as selling all manner of greeting cards, Roly's shop is a veritable cornucopia of packaging materials and stationery items at prices almost as low as Luis Suárez's sportmanship.
High Peak Borough Council has allowed a application by Fine Build Homes of Southend on Sea to build six semi detached houses at Brookside, Lambgates Lane, in Hadfield. The decision was made by a planning officer, not by HPBC's Development Control Committee.
It's been 40 years since the Borough of Glossop was abolished and High Peak Borough Council took responsibility for Glossop. To commemorate the anniversary Viper Press have released a PDF version of the Borough Of Glossop Charter of Incorporation. The Glossop Gazette is asking readers if they think Glossop would benefit from having its own town council. See our poll here
Council reveal plan to save £2.4 million by cutting executive jobs the day before revealing Nick Hodgson's payout was £219,000
The day before they finally reveal the severance package of ex-chief executive Nick Hodgson, Derbyshire County Council have released a press statement saying they have "agreed to remove a further 27 full time equivalent senior management posts, saving £2.24 million over the next three years". Mr Hodgson left the council almost immediately after Labour won control in last year's DCC election, but the council have refused to reveal details of his severance package, despite being ordered to do so by the Information Commissioner. The council will release the figures at 5pm on June 13th, before their appeal against the commissioner's decision can be made. According to the Derby Telegraph DCC paid Mr Hodgson £219,000 to get rid of him.
The Planning Inspectorate has overturned two refusals for planning permission by High Peak Borough Council after appeals by public enquiry on behalf of Gladman Developments and Loxley Developments. Gladman Developments had been refused permission to build up to 150 dwellings, including 'affordable housing', highway works, public open space and associated works on land at North Road in Glossop. Loxley Developments had been refused permission to build up to 93 houses on land at Dinting Lane and Shaw Lane. In decisions published today planning inspector Brendan Lyons granted permission for both developments, representing 243 new dwellings for Glossop. HPBC escaped a further public inquiry into its decision not to allow over 100 houses to be built at Charlestown Works by approving a revised submission for up to 100 houses without any consideration by the planning committee.
Six people have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences following police drug strikes in Glossop. At around 12.25am on Monday, June 9, police stopped a silver coloured Ford Mondeo on Norfolk Street, Glossop and carried out a search of the vehicle. A large quantity of suspected amphetamine and drugs paraphernalia were discovered by police. An offensive weapon was also found inside the vehicle. Anthony Leonard, aged 26, was arrested and later charged with possession with intent to supply heroin and amphetamine, possession of cannabis and possession of an offensive weapon. Leonard, of Mouslow Close, Hadfield, was remanded in custody and was due to appear before Magistrates in Chesterfield on Wednesday, June 10.
Stephanie Mellor, aged 43, of Mersey Bank Road, Hadfield was found guilty in absence of driving a car with no insurance at Glossop Market ground in December last year. She was fined £200 plus victim surcharge of £20 and costs of £85. Her driving licence was endorsed with 3 points.
Luke Leslie Turner, aged 18, of Queens Drive Glossop, pleaded guilty to damaging the window of Naseeb's Restaurant in Glossop and was ordered to pay £150 compensation plus costs of £85.
Officers are appealing for information and urging residents to keep their property secure following burglaries in Glossop and New Mills. Between 6am and 6pm on Monday, June 9, offenders gained entry to a property on Brookfield, Glossop by causing damage to the rear door. Thieves searched the property and items of jewellery were taken from within.
Bare Necessities would like to thank the staff at Aldi Store in Glossop for their support on Saturday when a trolley collection was carried out. Mary Jessop volunteer said “ This is not the first time that Aldi have supported the Foodbank and as on previous occasions the public were extremely generous with their donations. People of all ages supported the drive on Saturday including Sandhya Krishnaturban (10) and Santosh Krishnaruban (8) from Tintwistle.
Fire broke out at the abandoned Kooltherm factory on Charlestown Road some time between 8 and 9pm on Saturday, sending clouds of dense foul smelling smoke all over Glossop.
Glossop Jazz Club present Canal Street Stompers at Glossop Cricket Club, 12th June 2014, 8.30.
The Human Touch at the Partington Theatre
Sunday 15th June, 2014, 8:00 pm
Human Touch Theatre Company’s production of a compendium of three short comedies by Rob Johnston at The Partington Theatre. The plays – ‘Teatime’, ‘Last Christmas’ and ‘Headspace’ tackle mental health problems in a way that is thought-provoking yet full of humour.
For the second time in three weeks, Glossop’s men were forced to cancel their weekly Saturday Competition. On the day there were electrical storms in the area which caused a suspension to play about 8.45 am, before the Professional was forced to cancel the Competition at around 11am.
We are pleased to announce that Glossop and District Golf Club and friends have risen to the occasion, once again, and produced seven of our very own “super heroes” willing to take part in the Macmillan Cancer Support Longest Day Golf Challenge. There are two teams, captained by Chris Maltby and Max Farrell and supported by Joe Henry, Steve Wood, Luke Siddall, Mike Boothroyd and Adam Barton.
Thunder, lightening and heavy rain are expected in Glossop throughout Saturday. Chance of rain 101%. Chance of sunshine in later afternoon 5%. Sunday will be similar but not as bad. Temperatures 10 - 17oC.
Glossop fruit and veg co-op are going to market early tomorrow. Share boxes of top quality fruit and veg at cost price plus contribution for fuel. £10 minimum. Probable buys tomorrow: tomatoes, strawberries, asparagus, spinach. Also fish - manx kippers, maybe John Dory or flatfish.
Officers from the Hadfield Safer Neighbourhood Team are appealing for witnesses following a shed break-in in Padfield. Overnight between 7pm on Tuesday, June 3 and 6am on Wednesday, June 4, offenders climbed over a wall and entered the rear garden of a property on Padfield Main Road, Padfield. Offenders unscrewed the door hinges of the garden shed to gain entry, however no items were taken from within.
Unedited press release from HPBC: Leading members of High Peak Borough Council have praised the quick response to the crash in Glossop which has enabled residents to return to their homes and businesses to begin trading again within days of the accident.
Anybody expecting pitchforks and lanterns at last night's (June 3rd) meeting to oppose the planning application for a six caravan gypsy-traveller camp in Glossop would have been disappointed. Chairing the meeting, Frank Ackley (who has not expressed an opinion about the proposal and described himself as "neutral"), warned the assembled throng of about 100 people to be extremely careful about the language they used. His warning was relevant considering the tone of some of the objections that had been submitted to the Peak Park Planning Authority, described by one member of the golf club as "outrageous" and "beyond a joke". A number of other people stressed the importance of only submitting relevant objections to the application.
Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary at Hayfield Village Store in the early hours of Tuesday morning. At around 3.30am on Tuesday, June 3, offenders kicked open the front door of the Hayfield Village Store on Church Street, Hayfield and stole cigarettes from within. Police would like to trace three men who were believed to be in the area around the time of the incident and left the village on a red coloured motorbike.
Derbyshire Constabulary has released a hard-hitting video of roads policing officers’ first hand experiences at fatal collisions in a bid to prevent people getting behind the wheel after drinking. The video has been produced as part of a national month-long campaign starting on Sunday (June 1) to prevent drink-driving during the summer months.
The Chair of Derbyshire County Council, Councillor Dave Wilcox, announced yesterday that he is standing down from his position due to ill health. Councillor Wilcox, who is county councillor for Hadfield, Tintwistle and Gamesley, was appointed to the role of Chair in May last year.
Digital Outreach and Glossop Volunteer Centre are calling upon the business community to join its volunteer Knowledge Bank; a pool of professionals that local charities can tap into when in need. ‘Volunteer High Peak’, a campaign launching on the 30th anniversary of National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), is looking for individuals and businesses to pledge a number of hours per month and provide free knowledge and expertise to charities and community organisations.
An excellent round by Jon Wray won the medal competition at Glossop Golf Club last Saturday. Playing for the Lanceley Salver, Jon carded a terrific 5 under par round of 63 net which included two two’s on the third and eighteenth holes. Jon’s score left him two shots ahead of the field and winner of Division 1, Tony Kenyon led them home in Division 2 with a 3 under par 65.
Glossop is becoming choked with knotweed, but nothing is being done about it. Nobody knows how much of the town is infected. Apart from the Hurst/Shelf/Glossop Brook waterways there have been no attempts to systematically map knotweed infections in Glossop. Glossop Knotweed Watch is asking Glossop for help to map knotweed infections throughout in the area.
Detectives have charged a man with rape of an 18-year-old girl as she was walking home in Glossop. The victim was walking in a church yard off Church Street, on Monday, May 26, when she was assaulted by a man. The victim suffered serious facial injuries during the incident and was later treated at Manchester Royal Infirmary.
Stefan Hague (24) of Quarry Close was charged today (Friday, May 30) with rape and will appear at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates Court tomorrow (Saturday, May 31).
Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a woman was sexually assaulted as she was walking home in Glossop. The 18-year-old victim was walking in a church yard off Church Street, near the Duke of Norfolk school, when she was assaulted by a man. The victim suffered serious facial injuries in the incident, which took place at about 3am on Monday, May 26, and was later treated at Manchester Royal Infirmary.
Glossop Peace Group are holding a public debate on replacing Trident nuclear weapons on Friday May 30th 2014 at the Central Methodist Church Glossop, 7.30pm. With Andrew Bingham MP and Phillip Gilligan of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.
The British Red Cross in Derbyshire is making an unusual plea to Glossopian: for bananas, pigs, bears, giraffes, dinosaurs, and 'celebrities' to take part in the Great North Run for the charity.
The Great North Run is the world famous half marathon that goes from Newcastle to South Shields and takes place on Sunday 7 September. The Red Cross still has a limited number of guaranteed charity places left for this event.
The Local Government Boundary Commission is carrying out an electoral review of the High Peak to deliver electoral equality for voters in local elections. Comments are invited on their draft proposal until 24th June 2014. The proposals include creating single-member wards for Dinting, Old Glossop, Shirebrook and Whitfield and two-member wards for Howard Town and Simmondley. Hadfield North and Padfield would be single member wards, with a three-member ward of Hadfield South & Gamesley.
Work to repair the pond and a small footbridge at Glossop’s Howard Park will start next week. The pond alongside Dinting Road has been leaking for some time and the works will include the reconstruction of the outlet manholes and pipe work, re-building the headwall and installing a new wall along the southern bank. The work will start on Monday 2 June and is expected to take around six weeks. The park and the swimming pool will remain open throughout but some areas may be restricted.
There will be a meeting for residents who wish to object to the Gypsy/Traveller camp planning application on Tuesday 3rd June, at 7pm, Glossop Golf Club. Please note the capacity of the venue is 125 people max. A total of 483 objections have been lodged against the application in a week, almost the same number generated by months of campaigning in opposition to now defunct plans to build a new library in Glossop. However many of the "objections" to the Gypsy-Traveller site contain no details and are unlikely to be considered valid.
Last weeks results from Glossop Golf Club
Despite having invested over £40,000 over the winter months to improve the greens drainage, Saturdays incessant rain proved too much for the course to handle. Despite over half the field starting their round the Saturday comp was cancelled and members were back in the clubhouse about 1pm with only a handful of members able to play the full 18 holes.
The police are investigating an alleged serious assault on a female that took place in Old Glossop around 3AM this morning. The area remains cordoned off. Derbyshire Police want to identify a male sighted on Church Street South, Old Glossop shortly after 0300hrs, described as wearing a white tee shirt, blue stone washed jeans and trainers. The assistance of the public is requested to identify this male who may be a witness or to eliminate him from the enquiry.