Nathan Aiyna Sassen, aged 38, of Stanley Road, Whalley Range, was committed to prison for a total of 15 weeks after pleading guilty to stealing whisky and food from the Marks and Spencer store in Glossop on a number of occasions between November 2013 and February 2014. The court said that the offence was serious because of a significant level of planning, almost professional offending, plus he was in breach of a conditional discharge and committed the crimes during the currency of a community order and had a record of previous offending for similar offences.
High Peak UKIP Publicity Officer ordered to remove all Facebook references to UKIP over controversial posts
Following a series of controversial posts on Facebook, High Peak UKIP's Publicity Officer/Social Media Officer Ivan Bell, has been ordered to remove all references to UKIP from his Facebook pages by UKIP's East Midland regional organiser. Posting as "Ivan Bell UKIP" Mr Bell had posted articles from sites showing unambiguous support for the English Defence League, and had publicly endorsed the support of a man that he knew had posted malicious comments on a video depicting physical assault on an Asian man entitled "Paki got what he deserved", against accusations that UKIP was a racist political party.
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 5th April 2014
Tintwistle Villa 9-0 Hope Sports
Tintwistle Villa recorded an emphatic 9-0 victory over visitors Hope Sports at West Drive in the Hope Valley Premier League on Saturday in a game which saw four Villa players net braces. Talismanic striker Ronnie Dixon opened the scoring for Villa with what was probably the best goal of the game. Dixon picked the ball up on the left hand side of the box before swivelling on the ball and curling a rasping drive into the top right hand corner of the Hope net.
By William Westhead
'Curry at The Commy' could well become a Glossop by-word for excellent Indian cuisine. Just over 12 months ago Anthony and Leanne Parker became the owners of the Commercial Inn, Manor Park Road, Glossop. During that short time they have brought about a Glossop success story that reflects on their enterprise, business acumen and good old fashioned hard work.
In our article which asked questions to candidates in the May 22 European election we inadvertently omitted answers from Liberal Democrat candidate Deborah Newton-Cook. This mistake has been corrected and the editor apologises for the mistake.
A laptop containing sentimental photos of a burglary victim’s late former partner was stolen from a house in Hadfield. The property, in Goddard Lane, was broken into between about 5.40pm and 7.50pm on Sunday, March 30. Among the items taken was cash, a white gold chain necklace with a diamond pendant and a men’s Seiko wristwatch. A Hewlett Packard laptop containing several photographs of the victim’s deceased former partner was also stolen in the break-in. Police are appealing for witnesses and want to trace the laptop, which is black and grey and has distinctive butterfly stickers on the top.
Unedited press release from High Peak Borough Council:
Over the last seven years the historic centre of Glossop has undergone a transformation which has brought new businesses to the town, created almost 40 new jobs and increased residents’ satisfaction with their home town.Now local people are being asked to vote for their favourite new-look shop front to mark the end of the Glossopdale Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) fund.
I don't know if the Gazette has been made aware of the following planning application. It is for full-time outdoor clay pigeon shooting area in the National Park just beyond Tanyard on the way up to Doctor's Gate on Shepley Street in Old Glossop.
Application Number: NP/HPK/0214/0221
There has long been permission for 28 days shooting there per year: I am happy for people to have their hobbies, but I think 28 days per year is enough given the noise disturbance this facility causes to others. I can hear the gunshots in my house on Manor Park Road and an hour into a walk up in the hills above Glossop. The proposal to have it ‘full-time’ is very open – it could well include evenings, weekends, and under lights at night.
Tintwistle Villa 3-1 Furness Vale
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 22nd March, 2014
By Steve Exley
Tintwistle Villa secured a second successive win with a resounding 3-1 win over Furness Vale at West Drive on Saturday. Billy Higginbottom’s men made a positive start to the game despite playing into a strong first half head wind. Target man James Pool played a pivotal role for the team by providing an outlet and holding the ball to ensure that his side retained early possession in the game. Industrious midfielder Ricky Lowrey opened the scoring for Tintwistle after skilfully turning a defender inside the box and placing his effort out of the reach of the visitor’s keeper in the far left corner of the net.
Who is standing for the European elections in Glossop? Have they ever been to Glossop and what will they do to make sure that the Glossop electorate know who they are and what they have been up to in Europe? Do they promise not to switch parties after they have been elected (two of our current MEPs have done this in the past) and how can Glossopians get in touch with them? That's the gist of our first set of questions for candidates in the 2014 European Elections. These questions were asked before final nominations, a full list of parties and candidates can be found here.
High Peak Women's Aid are seeking to recruit a Concierge Night Staff Worker to work as part of a team of staff to provide a confidential and safe accommodation and support service to young women 16 to 24 years who are or have been affected by domestic abuse. You must have a proven ability to engage with young women and provide an accommodation focused support package. Previous experience of working in a supported housing or care setting is essential. More details at http://www.highpeakwomensaid.org.uk/news.asp#News173
Tuesday, 1st April 2014, 7.30pm, at Bluebell Wood, Glossop Road, Gamesley (function room), SK13 6EL. Members pay £1 per meeting - Visitors £2.50 - New Members £5 GLAS 2013/14 subscription, plus £1 = £6. Includes The Archaeology of Mellor - An archaeological journey from the last ice age. This gives a good insight to the various phases of Mellor's archaeological past.
Dear Editor, I wish to thank everyone for uniting behind Meningitis Now’s Beat it Now! campaign to get the UK’s first lifesaving Meningitis B vaccine free to all babies on the NHS, subject to price negotiations. Beat it Now! shows how people uniting can create a strong voice to urge change, and this reversal will save thousands of lives from death or disabilities such as limb loss, brain damage and epilepsy. Meningitis B is the most common form of bacterial meningitis in the UK and, together, after years of fighting, we are a step closer to a future without the deadly disease. The decision is the most monumental news in the 31 years I’ve battled to eradicate meningitis after losing my baby Spencer to Meningitis B.
Alicia Wilson, aged 31, of Railway Street, Hadfield, pleaded guilty to driving a Mazda car on Shaw Lane without a licence and without valid insurance. She was fined £110 plus victim surcharge of £20 and costs of £35, and her licence endorsed with 6 points.
Unedited press release from Derbyshire County Council:
Persistent absences in Derbyshire schools are lower than the national average and reducing, according to new figures. In primary schools, rates of persistent absence are 2.5% compared to the national average of 3% - a figure which shows the county has outperformed its statistical neighbours. Persistent absences in Derbyshire secondary schools stand at 6.2% compared to 6.4% nationally. Figures released by the Department for Education show primary school total absence for the county for 2012/13 is 4.5% compared to the national average of 4.7%. Absences in secondary schools are level with the national average of 5.8%.
A slanging match between MEPs Bill Newton Dunn (Liberal Democrat) and Roger Helmer (UKIP) broke out on Twitter shortly after the Glossop Gazette had asked Mr Helmer to comment on Mr Newton Dunn's claim that the UKIP MEP had ignored his challenge to a public debate on Europe.
Are you planning a community project to commemorate the First World War? If so, you might be able to get grant funding to help with the cost from the Borough Council. The Council has made £20,000 available to support local community organisations, town and parish councils to deliver projects which commemorate the centenary.
On 14th February we asked High Peak Borough Council: 1. HPBC's condition 8 for this development stated that a MOVA traffic scheme must be installed before the buildings were occupied. Why was this condition dropped/relaxed and when, if ever, will the new traffic light system be installed? They replied "This work is due to begin imminently."
2. According to the planners' report, another condition of the development was to be construction of a "riverside walkway" at the site. However no such condition appeared on the decision letter. Is there are reason why this was omitted? They replied "Work on the riverside walkway has been completed".
A teenage girl originally from Glossop, who died with her boyfriend shortly after a police officer was murdered in Orlando, Florida, left "suicide notes", according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. However the letters written by Alexandria Hollinghurst do not suggest that the teenager was suicidal, but rather that she was running away from home with her boyfriend. Ms. Hollinghurst, 17, was found dead with her boyfriend, Brandon Goode, 18, a block away from where 31 year old police officer Robert German had just been murdered with a gunshot to the head early on Saturday morning.
Gamesley FC-2 Billinge-0
Cheshire League 1st Division
8th March 2014
The match between Gamesley and Billinge saw the visitors sent home defeated, with a sour grapes story in the St Helens Star as their only consolation. The highly biased piece appeared to cast doubt on the referee, claimed that Billinge were the "better team for large portions of the game", blamed the pitch and made the loaded comment that "Gamesley is a notoriously tough place to visit". None of this is likely to perturb the Gamesley team, who scored two goals (Joe McDonnell in 73rd minute; Michael Dewhurst in 75th minute) whilst bitter Billinge scored precisely nowt.
It's almost spring in Glossop, and overall England and Wales have had the wettest winter in at least 248 years, according to the Met Office. According to The Independent, scientists think there is a 75% probability that the summer of 2014 will be the hottest on record. Is it global warming or part of a normal stochastic process?
In search of answers we turned to NASA, who have a good reputation for putting science into practise, and asked Glossop's Members of the European Parliament what they thought about it. Read their answers here (except Emma McClarkin's, who has never answered any of our questions).
Glossop residents were invited to get their security into gear to protect their valuables from criminals when Safer Neighbourhood officers visited Halfords store in Glossop to encourage shoppers to increase their security during a crime prevention initiative.
Richard Ian Hallsworth, aged 32, of Rowarth Road, Manchester, pleaded guilty to using a hand-held phone whilst driving on the Woodhead Road. He was fined £134 plus victim surcharge of £20 and costs of £35 and his driving licence was endorsed with 3 points.
By Steve Exley
Hope Sports 2-Tintwistle Villa 10
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 22nd March, 2014
Tintwistle Villa recorded an emphatic 10-2 win away from home at Hope Sports who currently sit at the foot of the Hope Valley Premier League table. Villa started the game in a positive attacking fashion and within minutes took the lead through winger Bobby Lowrey who cut inside from the left wing and curled his effort into the bottom right hand corner of the Hope Sports net. Strike partners James Pool and Ronnie Dixon added a further two goals before Hope pulled one back to bring the scores to 3-1 to Villa.
A man has been interviewed in connection with indecent exposure in Glossop town centre. At around 8.40 am on Sunday, March 15, a 33-year-old woman was running along High Street East near Glossop Leisure Centre when a man exposed himself to her. A 24-year-old man has been interviewed and subsequently cautioned by police.
Daniel Downes, aged 37, of Platt Street, Padfield, pleaded guilty to assault by beating of a woman and will be sentenced at High Peak Magistrates Court on April 7th, pending reports. According to a report in the Derbyshire Times, Downes threw bleach over his victims head.
The long delayed local plan for the High Peak might have to be torn up and started again, after the council failed to get it approved at a council meeting on Tuesday. High Peak Borough Council leader Caitlin Bisknell was quoted as saying "We’re not sure where we go from here” in the Buxton Advertiser. The lack of a local plan leaves developers free to apply for permission to build anywhere in the area.
Two weeks after Derbyshire County Council's bold promise to fix any potholes that are reported to them, the rate that potholes are reported has not increased, and the cash available is insufficient, according to a DCC press release issued 20th March which is reproduced in entirety below:
Derbyshire eBook borrowers can download some of the latest titles available thanks to a successful application to the Publishers Association and Society of Chief Librarians by Derbyshire County Council’s library service.
The county is one of only four areas in the country to get this privilege – the others being Peterborough, Newcastle and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Borrowers in these four areas will have access to over 1000 titles which are not currently available in other areas as part of a year long pilot scheme.
Press release from Derbyshire County Council dated 5th March 2014: Road workers at Derbyshire County Council are working extra hours to help fix the backlog of potholes caused by extreme wet weather in the past few weeks.
Prolonged and heavy downpours battered roads across the county causing extensive damage in some places.
Over the past five weeks, the county council’s Call Derbyshire contact centre received an average of 780 road-related calls a week in addition to potholes reported online.
Jordan James Frith, aged 23, of Compstall Road, Romiley, was fined £345 plus victim surcharge of £35 and costs of £35 after admitting driving at excessive speed on the A57 Snake Pass Road. The court said that Frith was driving at a "grossly extreme speed" but did not disqualify him from driving because of the surrounding circumstances and the facts that he had a clean driving licence and was a man of good character. His driving licence was endorsed with 6 points.
Almost 20,000 residents a year are missing out on a free heart health check being offered by Derbyshire County Council. The NHS Health Check programme is aimed at people aged between 40 and 74 who feel generally well and are not already known to their GP for existing cardiovascular conditions. Derbyshire County Council funds the testing programme as part of its public health responsibilities to catch problems early and reduce future health and social care costs. But although the tests are free, only 60% of the residents who qualify are taking up the offer. The council is aiming to increase this to at least 75% over the coming year.
High Peak Borough Council are offering a "buy one get one half price" offer on compost bins, and urging residents to but them before prices increase in April. Full press release follows. "With Spring in the air many of us will be turning our thoughts to our gardens so it’s the ideal time to get your hands on a home composting bin to help make the most of organic waste.
Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace in connection with an animal welfare incident in Glossop. At around 1.10pm on Friday, January 31, an Alsatian was tied up behind the Beehive Inn on Hague Street, Glossop. Officers were alerted by a member of the public at around 8pm when the dog had still not been collected and the RSPCA were called to the incident.
A teenaged boy was assaulted by a group of youths in a Glossop street. The 16-year-old victim was walking in Whitfield Cross when he was approached by a youth who punched him in the face. The victim fell to the floor and was then kicked by three other youths, before the group ran off towards Uplands Road. Police want to speak to anyone with information on who was responsible for the attack, which left the victim needing hospital treatment for minor injuries. The offenders were wearing dark clothing and trainers, with one wearing light blue footwear.
Tideswell United 3-0 Tintwistle Villa Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 15th March, 2014 By Steve Exley Tintwistle Villa were well beaten on their travels away from home by Tideswell United on Saturday when a feisty encounter saw them on the wrong end of a 3-0 score line. Tideswell exerted their dominance in the opening stages of the match when they created a number of opportunities on the Tintwistle goal but the Villa defence led by Riz Patterson held strong.
Police are appealing for information after a man indecently exposed himself in Glossop town centre. A 33-year-old woman was running along High Street East near Glossop Leisure Centre when a man exposed himself to her.
The man is white, 5ft 6-8ins tall and of medium build. He is in his late twenties with short dark hair and had a white mountain bike with him. He wore black tracksuit bottoms, a black zip-up jacket and white trainers.
The incident happened around 8.40am on Sunday, March 16.
Officers are appealing for information following criminal damage to a vehicle in Glossop.
Between 5.30pm on Friday, March 7 and 7.30pm on Saturday, March 8, offenders smashed the window of a Ford Focus parked under the railway bridge on Arundel Street, Glossop. No entry was gained to the vehicle.
Burglars made off with items including two laptops, cash and a large amount of jewellery from a house in Glossop. A property in Overdale Drive was broken into between 7.30am and 7pm on Monday, March 3. Among the items stolen was an Apple Macbook, an Acer laptop, cash, a Sony camcorder and a Garmin satellite navigation device. Jewellery stolen from the house included a Gucci ladies’ watch, several Pandora bracelets, rings and charms, bracelets and rings, including an 18ct white gold diamond cluster ring.
The European elections will be held on May 22nd 2014, and six parties have put forward candidates. The Glossop Gazette previously reported that the Borough Council elections would be held at the same time, but we got it wrong - they will be in 2015. The system for electing members of the European Parliament and/or the electoral boundaries have changed quite often. Between 1979 and 1994 Derbyshire elected a single MEP. In 1994 a Peak District seat was established, and abolished in 1999. Since then the East Midlands as a whole has elected a set of MEPS using the d'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation. Originally there were six East Midlands MEP seats, since 2009 there have been only five. The East Midlands candidates for the 2014 EU elections are:
Tintwistle Villa 1-2 Peak Dale
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 8th March, 2014
By Steve Exley
Tintwistle Villa recorded a fifth successive game without victory following their narrow 2-1 defeat at home to high flying Hope Valley Premier League outfit Peak Dale at West Drive on Saturday.
Peak Dale had more zest in their play and impressed with their attacking mind-set in the opening stages of the game when they chanced their luck with a number of opportunities on the Villa goal.
The A57 Snake Pass Road claimed another biker today (9th March 2013). The motorcyle collided with a Citroen Picasso car near Hurst Reservoir at 11:25. No further details are available at present.
Recent developments on Glossop's favourite soap opera have created more strands to the Corrie web of passion. But still no local person has spotted the deliberate false strand cunningly concealed in the tangled mess that is the sex lives of Coronation Street characters.
Sam Robinson, aged 24, of Hadfield Road, Hadfield, plead guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause that person to believe that immediate unlawful violence would be used against him by any person, or to provoke the immediate use of unlawful violence by him whereby that person was likely to believe that such violence would be used, or it was likely that such violence would be provoked. He was fined £310 plus costs of £85 and victim surcharge of £31.
Public health officials from Derbyshire County Council are warning parents to look out for the symptoms of scarlet fever in their children. This year there has been a higher number of reports of the illness, which most commonly occurs in children aged between two and eight. To help prevent the spread of the disease, public health officials have published guidance about how to spot signs of infection and are advising parents to take children with suspected symptoms to their GP.
Glossop young entrepreneur Oliver Luke has created a brand new short book to teach Glossop business owners the most effective ways to grow their small business. Oliver who runs national direct marketing business, Scribble Mail, and has worked with numerous Glossop businesses but often notices so many basic errors which can be easily fixed.
Police are appealing for witnesses following the attempted theft of a vehicle in Glossop. At around 00.50am on Thursday, February 27, an offender gained entry to a vehicle parked outside a property on High Street East, Glossop.
The offender was seen to be sat inside the green Land Rover Defender before running off in the direction of Sheffield Road.
Firefighters from New Mills and Stalybridge were called in to help Glossop Fire Service tackle a blaze at the Firth Rixon factory in Old Glossop yesterday (3rd March 2014). There are no reports of casualties.
Jamie Dunn, aged 23, of Fairfield Road Buxton, was found guilty in absence to driving a car in Glossop with no MOT certificate and no insurance, and was fined £600 plus costs and surcharge of £145. His licence was endorsed with 6 points.
Ryan Michael Schofield, aged 23, of Herries Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, pleaded guilty to stealing Fosters larger, cans of coke and Jack Daniels whisky from Bargain Booze in Glossop, and to assault by beating. He was given a 12week prison sentence suspended for a year and ordered to pay £365 in compensation, costs and victim surcharge. The court was told that Schofield had a previous record of violence, that the offences were committed shortly after release from custody, that the assault was on a person providing a public service and that the offences were "fuelled by alcohol and town centre violence". His guilty plea was taken into account when imposing sentence.
Kristy Adele Hughes, aged 33, of Whitfield Avenue, Glossop, was found guilty of driving a car with excess breath alcohol at Gladstone Street in Glossop and ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work and pay costs and victim surcharge totalling £660. She was banned from driving for 3 years. The court was told that aggravating factors included the presence of a 10 month old child in the vehicle, high alcohol reading, evidence of bad driving - minor collision and not guilty plea. She had a previous conviction for similiar offence.
A joint letter to the Glossop Gazette from the leaders of Derbyshire County Council and High Peak Borough Council defends the DCC decision to loan an undisclosed multi-million pound sum to the developers of the Buxton Crescent. The letter, which is reproduced verbatim below, describes the plan to create a luxury hotel at the sites as a "key project that can turn the town’s aspiration to become England’s leading spa town into reality".
By Steve Exley
Tintwistle Villa 3-3 (aet) Bakewell Town
Bakewell Town won 5-4 on penalties
Dore Shield – Saturday 23rd February, 2014
Tintwistle Villa suffered the heart ache of exciting the Dore Shield in the first round following a penalty shoot-out which they lost 4-5 after a pulsating match which ended 3-3 after extra time at West Drive on Saturday. Tintwistle started brightly and took the lead through a Luke Boon goal which was driven into the top corner of the net after a surging run. Thereafter, Villa squandered a number of chances to extend their lead and entered the half-time break a goal to the good.
Police are appealing for information following the theft of registration plates from vehicles in Hadfield and Tintwistle.
Sometime between 5.30pm and 9.30pm on Sunday, February 16, offenders stole the front and rear number plates from a black Renault Clio that was parked on Brosscroft Village, Hadfield. Between 5pm on Sunday, February 16 and 6.45am on Tuesday, February 18, a black Ford Focus was targeted on Old Road, Tintwistle. Offenders removed both registration plates from the vehicle.
Derbyshire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commisoner Hardyal Dhindsa has backed a petition to raise awareness of a form of child abuse affecting thousands of young girls in the UK and is calling for others to join him. Student Fahma Mohamed, who is just 17 years old, has launched a campaign, including a petition, to improve education around Female Genital Mutilation before the so called school holiday ‘cutting season’ commences in July. An estimated 24,000 young girls in the UK are thought to be at risk.
Parents are being encouraged to attend police internet lessons after officers headed back to class to chat to students about staying safe and online dangers. Officers from the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team have been working in partnership with local schools to deliver internet lessons to year 7 pupils to help to increase their awareness around staying safe online.
The owners of privately owned Merseybank Nursing Home in Hadfield, which has consistently failed to reach any of the standards set by the Quality Care Commission, and will will close in May because the owners are unwilling to spend the money necessary to bring it up to acceptable standards, have issued the following statement:
“This has not been an easy decision to make but the home is situated in a listed building and requires an unviable amount of investment to bring it up to the standards demanded by the company and the regulators. The residents, our employees and the families of the people we support were told of the closure at the earliest possible opportunity.
The following is a letter received by the Glossop Gazette from Councillor Simon Spencer, Leader of the Conservative Group, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Authority.
"At the Fire Authority meeting that took place last Thursday members were presented with a thin 8 page document that was its response to the 450 page public consultation. Whilst proposing what was on the face of it a series of sensible and agreeable key principles and outcome proposals, what the lack of detail masked is of very great concern to the Conservative Group members.
Richard John Wheatley, aged 69, of Clarendon Road, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to driving a Porsche vehicle at excessive speed on the A57 Snake Pass and was fined £435 plus costs and surcharge of £79. His driving licence was endorsed with 6 points.
Antony Paul Burgess, aged 39, of Victoria Street, Glossop, pleaded guilty to driving a car in Buxton without insurance and was fined £270 plus costs and surcharge of £62. His driving licence was endorsed with 6 points.
Following our story about Derbyshire County Council's plan to loan £5 million to the developers of a luxury hotel at Buxton Crescent, we asked DCC to confirm that the figure of £5 million generated by the 1.99% council tax increase was equivalent to what DCC had agreed to loan to the developers of the Buxton Crescent? We also asked for full details of the loan. A spokeswoman for Derbyshire County Council said: “We agreed to loan the developers a multi-million pound sum over a period of five years but the actual amount has yet to be decided. The decision to raise council tax this year will generate £5 million in 2014/15 and a total of £25 million over the five year loan period.”
Real Estate Development Property Services have finally agreed to move the sign that blocks the pavement, to change the tactile paving in two areas and to widen the footpath by whitelining a parking bay at Howard Town Mill. The move comes after over a year of complaints about the HPBC approved layout for the pavements at Glossop's M&S store, which has been almost universally condemned as dangerous. The move is a victory for common sense, although HPBC has yet to admit that its Planning and Building Control teams were to blame for allowing the developers to build in such an unorthodox way.
A suspect has been arrested in connection with theft after three motorbikes were taken from areas in Glossop and Hadfield. Sometime overnight between Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30, an offender steals a Honda motorbike and chain from outside a property on Queen Street, Hadfield. On the same night, a moped was a stolen from a public car park on Winster Mews, Glossop and another was taken from the garden of a property on Thorncliffe Road, Hadfield.
The Bowmer & Kirkland Group are based in Belper, Derbyshire. They have a Homeland Security division with companies in the UK, Middle East and North America, and a massive construction division that has made them one of the UK's most successful property developers. The group is a preferred contractor for Tesco and works with a number of the leading supermarkets. Among their companies is Peveril Securities, which owns Howard Town Mill, Glossop, and developed it in Partnership with Real Estate Development.
High Peak MP Andrew Bingham voted against an amendment to the Children & Families Bill requiring private vehicles be smoke-free where a person under the age of 18 is present in the vehicle. His opinion was not shared by the majority of MP present, and overall MPs voted in favour of a Labour-supported amendment to the Children and Families Bill by a majority of 269. We received the following reply from Andrew Bingham setting out his reasons for not supporting the amendment, which empowers, but does not compel, the government to make it a criminal offence for drivers to fail to prevent smoking in their vehicle when children are present.
Bare Necessities the Glossopdale Food Bank would like to thank staff and customers at Aldi in Glossop for their support on Saturday 8 February. Volunteers were overwhelmed by the generosity of Aldi customers both young and old who generously donated food throughout the day. Pictured are Daisy and Noah Ryan of Glossop making their own donation. Joy Hallsworth one of the many volunteers who helped to collect the food on Saturday said "I am amazed at the generosity of local people. Times are tough for many people in our local communities at the moment and it is really heartwarming to receive such support".
On Saturday, February 08 at 8pm a man was walking along an alley way on Mersey Bank Road when he was approached by two men. One of the men demanded money and was holding a knife. The victim handed over cash and jewellery. The man with the knife was described as white, 26 years-old, of medium build, 6ft tall with a strong Manchester accent. He was wearing a grey tracksuit with the hood worn down and a dark brown peaked cap.
High Peak Borough Council have answered the Glossop Gazette's questions about the use of Glossop Cemetery as a location for a BBC Zombie film. Their reply, which is given verbatim below reveals that the BBC has paid the council £3000 for use of the cemetery, that the money will be used to improve the footpaths at the cemetery and that filming was confined to an unconsecrated area of the cemetery that has seen little use in the last 80 years.
Merseybank Nursing Home in Hadfield will close in May, apparently because the owners are unwilling to spend the money necessary to bring it up to acceptable standards. The privately owned nursing home has consistently failed to reach any of the standards set by the Quality Care Commission for some time. A few years ago another local nursing home, the Partington Care Home on North Road, closed without warning and many residents of that place were accommodated at Merseybank.
Monday 10th February is the last day for responses to the revised local plan for Glossop. Responses will be accepted until 5pm. The following areas have been proposed for new housing:
- G2 Paradise Street, Hadfield (estimated capacity 28 new homes)
- G6 North Road, Glossop (estimated capacity 150 new homes)
- G8, G9, G10 Woodhead Road, Glossop (estimated capacity 101 new homes)
- G13 Hawkshead Mill, Old Glossop (estimated capacity 31 new homes)
- G16 Woods Mill, Glossop (estimated capacity 104 new homes)
- G19 Dinting Road, Glossop (estimated capacity 64 new homes)
- G20 Dinting Lane, Glossop (estimated capacity 50 new homes)
Police are appealing for witnesses after a bag snatch incident on Saturday morning in Glossop. The victim was walking in High Street West near Bay Tree Books at 6.40am on Saturday when a man approached her and snatched her handbag. The offender then climbed back into a small black vehicle and driven off. There were no passengers in the vehicle. The description of the offender is white, late 20s, skinny, about 5ft 9ins, with a shaven head, dark eyebrows, and was wearing dark clothing and a dark beanie hat with white horizontal stripes.
Jeffery Glossop, whose ancestry is undeniable, pleaded guilty to reckless driving and criminal mischief charges on Jan. 29 after crashing a tank in Oregon, USA. He was sentenced to 12 months deferred probation, fined $750 and ordered to pay $7,932.35 in restitution. He was also ordered not to drive battle tanks on public highways.
Two people from Sheffield were lucky to be alive after being swept away by a swollen stream between Bleaklow and Kinder, dragged through a culvert under the A57 and down a cascade. Glossop and Edale Mountain Rescue Teams were mobilised after an uninjured member of the walking party got to the Snake Inn and raised the alarm. Both were suffering from hypothermia and one had head, chest and back injuries including a fractured spine. They were evacuated and taken to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.
Ian Moore, aged 32, of Manor Street, Glossop, pleaded guilty to stealing two Dyson vacuum cleaners and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, pay compensation of £498 and victim surcharge of £60 at High Peak Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
According to a story on the Daily Fail website mourners at Glossop cemetery were very upset to find the place "crawling" with BBC crew filming a show about zombies. HPBC had agreed to let the BBC use the cemetery to film the show about the "living dead" on condition that access to the graveyard was no disrupted and that no names on headstones were visible. According to the article the BBC had apologised for upsetting the bereaved and said that the fining took place with the full consent of the council. We asked HPBC how much they had been paid buy the BBC, and will publish any reply we get here.
The 1.99% rise in council tax approved by Derbyshire County Council this week will generate £5 million, exactly the amount that the council are loaning to the developers of Buxton Crescents to allow them to complete a luxury hotel project on the site. No details of the loan are available at present, but we are trying to get them. Full transcript of DCC's press release about the council tax rise is given below.
Police are appealing for information following damage to vehicles in Glossop.On the evening of Friday, January 31, offenders damaged the wing mirror of a red Fiat Punto parked on Princess Street, Glossop. Officers are appealing for witnesses to the crime, which took place at around 10.45pm, to get in touch. Police would also like to speak to witnesses to an incident which took place sometime between 5pm on Friday, January 31 and 10am on Sunday, February 2. Offenders stole the glass from the offside wing mirror of a silver coloured Peugeot 206 that was parked on Tredcroft Street, Glossop. O
There are just five days left to respond to the local plan consultation, which proposes up to 2000 more houses in Glossop. To view the consultation, people can call in at Buxton Town Hall or Glossop Municipal Buildings, visit any of the borough’s libraries or view the details online at http://highpeak-consult.objective.co.uk/portal
Consultees have until Monday 10th February to respond.
Council tenants in High Peak are being asked for their views on potential changes to their Tenancy Agreement. High Peak Borough Council is in the process of updating the Agreement to reflect some changes to the law and to include some additional clauses that will help deal with a variety of tenancy management issues.
Dear Editor, Are we really to believe that the latest version of High Peak’s Local Plan put out to consultation is serious in its target for housing over the next 15 years? Effectively a target of 125 new homes to be built every year in Glossopdale for the next 15 years is being proposed – using the average allocation of 30% proposed in the previous version of the Local Plan. This target is plainly absurd to the vast majority of residents and Glossopdale’s Borough councillors – but not to the Government Inspector charged with overseeing High Peak’s Local Plan. At a recent meeting the inspector saw no reason why Glossopdale should not accommodate a significant proportion of the annual new build of 350-440 homes proposed across the High Peak up to 2031, according to Borough Councillor Chris Webster (Old Glossop).
Presentation by Isabelle Heyerdahl-King and Lauren McIntyre : 'Why bones are so useful and informative in an archaeological context'. Tuesday 4th February, 7.30pm. Members £1, visitors £2.50, new member / annual subs £5. Please note new venue - The Bluebell Wood, Glossop Road, Gamesley. There is a bar in the function room where drinks/snacks can be purchased.
Samsuzzaman Syed, aged 25, of Weaverham Close, Longsight, pleaded guilty to driving a Ford Focus dangerously on the Snake Pass A57 road in June 2013. The court described his behaviour as "a prolonged course of bad driving, disregard for road conditions and other road users" and said that he had caused an accident "by aggressive driving and inappropriate attempts to overtake".
Deivydas Puniskis, aged 34, of Essington Drive, Manchester, pleaded guilty to driving a Mercedes Van in Shirebrook Park, Glossop, with 68 micrograms of alcohol per 100 ml of breath, and without a licence or insurance. He was disqualified from driving for 3 years, fined £225 plus costs and surcharges of £182.
Ronald Dunn, aged 61, of Colne Road, Burnley, pleaded guilty to driving a Mercedes vehicle at excessive speed on the Snake Pass A57 road and was fined £467 plus surcharges and costs of £79. His driving licence was endorsed with 6 points.
Luke Leslie Turner, aged 18, of Queens Drive Glossop, pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words to another person and damaging a wooden fence. The court was told that Turner made serious threats of violence and had threatened to burn the victim's house down. he was sentenced to 9 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, order to complete 50 hours of unpaid work and to pay £280 in surcharges and costs.
Kyle Mark Karl Fielding, aged 18, of Litton Bank, Glossop, pleased guilty to possessing a canister of CS gas, contrary to the Firearms Act of 1968, at High Peak Magistrates Court. The court said that although the weapon was not functional he intended to use it to cause fear, even in self defence, which may have resulted in more serious consequences. He received a prison sentence of 6 weeks, suspended for 12 months, ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and to pay costs and surcharges totalling £165. The CS spray was ordered to be destroyed.
A Glossop councillor was slammed for a Twitter joke about the seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher, who has been in a coma since a skiing accident on December 29th. On his Twitter account @WubeyOneKenobi Councillor Waude, the Labour HPBC councillor for Howardtown tweeted "Wanted: handsome prince to kiss #Schumacher awake". A Glossopian who asked not to be named contacted the Glossop Gazette within minutes of the tweet being published.
Merseybank Care Home in Hadfield failed to meet any of the standards required by the Care Quality Commission in their latest inspection dated 15th January 2014. According to their report improvements are required in standards of treating people with respect, providing suitable care, caring for safety and protecting them from harm, standards of staffing and standards of quality and suitability of management.
Norther Rail say that fare dodging between Glossop and Manchester Piccadilly is the worst in Derbyshire. The line is already notorious as the "skankiest" line going into Manchester, where the chance of lost property being found and returned is negligible. That Glossopians are reluctant to pay for train tickets for the journey to town will come as little surprise to many commuters. Norther Rail's full press statement is below.
According to police figures burglary cases in the "north section of the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales" including Glossop, Hadfield, Tintwistle, Gamesley, St John's, New Mills and Hayfield jumped from 13 cases in November 2012 to 27 cases in November 2013. Vehicle crime in the area rose from 16 in November 2012 to 23 in November 2013.
Plans for making cuts to Derbyshire County Council’s budget in 2014-15 are due to be considered at a Cabinet meeting this week (Tuesday 28 January). Reductions in Government grants, inflation and greater demands on areas of the budget for adult social care and vulnerable children mean the county council needs to cut £157m from its budget by 2018.
High Peak is commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day which takes place on Monday 27 January. This is the day for everyone to remember the millions of people killed in the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur and honour the survivors of these regimes.
Four Home-Start charities in Derbyshire that have been subject to funding cuts from Derbyshire County Council say they can, and will, continue to support families. Trustees and senior staff from Home-Starts in Amber Valley, South Derbyshire, Erewash and High Peak met on Wednesday (23rd January) to discuss the future of their support for families with young children. The meeting followed a decision by Derbyshire County Council to end a £212,000 contract with the group.
Police appealed for witnesses after metal thieves caused extensive damage to two junior schools in Hadfield after stripping lead from classroom roofs. Offenders targeted St Charles Roman Catholic Primary School, in The Carriage Drive, and St Andrew’s Junior School, in Hadfield Road. The thefts, which took place between 4pm on Friday, January 24 and 7am on Monday, January 27, saw thieves remove lead flashing from buildings at both sites.
Conservative Councillor Barry Lewis, Shadow Cabinet member for Children and Young People blasted recent comments by Labour Leader Anne Western in which she expressed her “disappointment” at removing funding from the charity Homestart due to Government cuts. The charity Homestart works with a significant number of families throughout the County delivering important services that help support them through difficulties and equip them with the skills and strategies to prevent them turning to the County Council and other services, thus saving a cost to the taxpayer.
Michael Oldham, aged, 18, of Church Street, Glossop, admitted removing an identification device from his ankle which had been put there as part of a sentence for entering Wetherspoons in Rhyl, Wales, with intent to steal. Magistrates ordered that he be under a curfew and electronically tagged until 9th March 2014.
Jamie Robert Finlay, aged 23, of Gladstone Street, Glossop, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault by beating and was ordered to be under curfew for 6 weeks and pay compensation, surcharge and costs totalling £370.
Derbyshire County Council has announced that it will "lend" £5 million to developers who plan to create a 79 bedroom luxury hotel at Buxton Crescent. DCC and High Peak Borough Council had already committed £2 million to the project. No details of when the loan is due to be repaid and at what rate of interest are available. The news come shortly after DCC announced that they were ending their £220,000 a year contract with the charity Homestart and revealed a four year plan to slash their overall budget by £157 million.
Work to replace the unit that provides heating for Glossop Swimming Pool’s main hall will take place next month. The work starts on Monday 3 February and will finish on Sunday 16 February. The pool will remain open to the public whilst the work is carried out but all swimming lessons during this two-week period are cancelled. This includes group lessons, one-to-one lessons and school swimming lessons. Lessons will resume as normal from Monday 17 February.
AFC Dronfield Woodhouse 2-2 Tintwistle Villa
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 25th January, 2014
Tintwistle Villa drew 2-2 away at Sheffield based AFC Dronfield Woodhouse in a contest that was played in atrocious weather conditions. The opening stages of the game were greeted by dark black skies, hail, sleet, strong winds, thunder and lightning storms which limited the ability of both sides to play any meaningful free flowing football.
Tintwistle persevered in the challenging conditions and took the lead following a surging run with the ball from full-back, Luke Boon, deep into the opposition half where he played a clever pass into the path of forward Ronnie Dixon who coolly finished underneath the onrushing keeper.
An exciting new project to tell the story of Old Glossop from Saxon occupation through to the early 1900s is bringing together the generations. High Peak Borough Council has appointed the award-winning company Audio Trails to develop the official heritage trail for Old Glossop to encourage people to explore, investigate, discuss and think about what is unique and important about the town’s history.
Antony Leonard, 25, of Mouselow Close, Hadfield and Michael Sierotko, 24, of Sunlaw Street Glossop have been charged with the attempted murder of Neil Hazelwood, and conspiring to kidnap and blackmail him. Mr Hazelwood disappeared from his home in Whitefield in September last year, sparking a police hunt. He was found in Holmfirth with gunshot sounds to his chest. The accused pair will appear before magistrates in Bury on 5th February
Changes to immigration law mean that non EU spouses (or children) of UK citizens cannot come to the UK unless the U.K. citizen is a full time carer or earned £18,600 in the last full tax year (more for children). Tens of thousands of families have been kept apart by the controversial new regulation which came into force in 2012. For them the choice is exile from U.K. or permanent separation from their spouse or children. "Glossop is my home and my parents are very elderly. I think forcing me to live outside the U.K.on the basis of how rich I am is tyranny" said the exiled editor of the Glossop Gazette.
Officers from Gamesley and St Johns Safer Neighbourhood Team will be focusing on stamping out anti-social behaviour in the area. The team will be targeting the issue for the next three months after residents raised concerns at pop-up shops. The drop-in surgeries give residents the opportunity to help set policing priorities for their community and to be kept in the loop about police operations and campaigns. To tackle the issue, officers will be heading out on high-visibility patrols to identify groups taking part in anti-social behaviour (ASB) to combat the crime around local shops.
A heifer that escaped from the abattoir of J W Mettrick & Son in Glossop and headed for the moors in a frantic bid for life was eventually recaptured at Chunal and returned to the slaughterhouse this morning (January 8th 2013). A spokesperson for Derbyshire Constabulary said "We had several calls from members of the public about a cow/bull on the loose at around 7.45am today. Sightings were at Princess Street, Chunal Hill, Pikes Lane and Slatelands Road. Apparently it was quite distressed. Eventually it found its way into a field by jumping over a wall and headed towards moorland. Once it was off the road and no longer causing any public safety issue police were no longer involved."
Police are appealing for information after burglars made off with a large haul of items from a house in Glossop. The offenders broke into a property in Royle Avenue and stole a large amount of antique jewellery. This included a Star of David pendant with a bark finish, and a Victorian 18ct gold wedding ring attached to the chain. A gold Gypsy ring with a 1ct diamond was also stolen, as was an unusual gold Masonic ring with blue enamel on one side compass and the letter ‘G’ engraved on it, and the initials ‘M.W’ on the reverse.
Residents are to be asked for their views about sexual health services as part of a Derbyshire County Council review.
The council wants to make sure current services meet local people’s needs and will also use feedback to help plan future provision.
Services currently on offer are:
* Contraception services including emergency contraception
* Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
* Sexual health promotion, information and advice and HIV prevention
Bakewell Town 0-1 Tintwistle Villa
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 28th December, 2013
Tintwistle Villa recorded a 1-0 win away at Bakewell Town on a crisp winter’s afternoon thanks to a goal from striker Ronnie Dixon in his first game for the club of the season.
Villa started the brighter of the two sides with strike pairing Pool and Dixon combining well in the opening stages. Despite a number of chances to take the lead, the best of which fell to Ricky Lowrey, Ronnie Dixon and James Pool, the scores remained level at half-time.
To celebrate the end of 2013 the Glossop Gazette has compiled an elaborate web showing the sexual relationships between Coronation Street characters. The Coronation Street Web Of Sex links almost all the characters, regardless of age or sexual orientation. Only six current characters are not entangled in the web; asexual Norris Cole and mad Mary Taylor are the only celibate characters on the street, Haley and Roy Cropper are the only couple not snared in the web of sex and Emily Bishop the only surviving character whose past liaisons cannot be linked to the main web. Because of space and time restrictions it wasn't possible to list all the partners of any of the Barlows, Audrey, Dev, Nick, Steve or Lianne, but you can add them yourself if you really want to.
Shops across Glossop and New Mills have signed up to a market reduction initiative in a bid to crack down on thieves in the area. The scheme, which is ran by Derbyshire officers and assisted by High Peak Community Safety Partnership, sees second-hand retailers helping to stop the sale of stolen property. The initiative involves retailers signing up to a voluntary code of conduct to make it harder for thieves to unload stolen property in shops across Glossop and New Mills.
Police are appealing for information after a Glossop service station was broken into and cigarettes were stolen.At around 2am on Thursday, December 12 offenders gained entry in to the Brookfield service station. Thieves forced their way through the metal shutter and glass door before stealing cigarettes and fleeing the scene.
Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) invite you to help influence what your healthcare services will look like in the future. We want to hear your thoughts on what healthcare services you think currently work well in Tameside and Glossop, what services you feel need to be improved and what you think local healthcare priorities should be.
Councillor makes move on Howardtown pavements but warns "we are very much at the mercy of the developers"
In October 2013 the Glossop Gazette received a press release from High Peak Access Group. We delayed publication hoping to get confirmation of the meeting the statement said was being organised. We wrote to HPBC and the developers, asking if they could confirm that the meeting had been agreed, but neither has replied yet (December 16th). We also wrote to HPBC and DCC councillor Ellie Wilcox about Howardtown, and received the following reply last week.
High Peak Access is a voluntary group that works to improve access for disabled people in the High Peak. High Peak Access had some concerns about disabled access into and around the new Howard Town Mill development in Glossop. Dave Bennett (Deputy Chair of High Peak Access) together with other members of High Peak Access, met Councillor Ellie Wilcox (the Council’s Lead Member for Disability Issues) on site to show her some of the practical difficulties arising from the layout.
Derbyshire police officers teamed up with British Transport Police in a bid to crack down on travelling criminals in the area. Police headed out on plain clothes patrols to tackle would-be criminals on trains between Glossop and Guide Bridge, Tameside. The team patrolled the trains and carried out stop searches to prevent anti-social behaviour and drug use to keep local residents and commuters safe.
A website has been launched in Derbyshire to allow people who use drugs such as cocaine, m-cat and ecstasy to be aware of the risks and often dangerous content of illegal white powders and pills.
This initiative came from a multi-agency approach after the deaths of numerous young people within Derbyshire who died after taking illegal white powders and pills.
Wanted - volunteers to take a trip down memory lane in Old Glossop ! The Old Glossop Heritage Trail will include an audio trail, and the Council is looking for residents or former residents with memories of Old Glossop, or stories which have been passed down to them, and who would be willing to record them for posterity. Interviews, which can be done in peoples' own homes, will take up to an hour, and will be kept as a permanent digital record for future generations with clips being used for the audio trail.
Marks and Spencer have refused a request from the Glossop Gazette for an interview with their Howardtown, Glossop store manager. In response to the request their PR firm said "if you do contact the store manager she will simply refer you to the PR contact, which is myself, as we deal with all the media in the area. We respond on behalf of the store and the company as a whole".
Police headed back to class to chat to students about staying safe and online dangers.
An officer from Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team visited Saint Philip Howard Catholic School on Tuesday, December 10 to run hour-long sessions around online protection.
PC Julian Gallagher took centre stage in the Year 10 PSHE class to engage with the youngsters around issues such as sexual exploitation, cyber bulling and the consequences of shoplifting.
With just five months until the European Elections, the Glossop Gazette turns the limelight on our elected representatives. Over the last 14 months we have asked them a lot of questions. Some councillors and MEPs have never replied, and many of the ones that used to reply when the Gazette was in print stopped doing so when we left the dead tree press. Their answers to a variety of questions about Glossop (and Europe) are essential reading for anybody planning to use their vote on Thursday 22nd May 2015.
The Glossop Gazette, the most moaning newspaper in town, is teaming up with Kim Jong Un to ruin Christmas for everybody with non-stop complaining about the pavements at Howardtown Shopping, Glossop, reserving special contempt for the paths between Victoria Street and Marks and Spencer.
Marks and Spencer, who have over 1000 stores in over 40 countries, issued a statement about their pavements at Howardtown Glossop: An M&S Spokesperson said: “We always value customer feedback, in this instance there have been no complaints or concerns raised about access to our Glossop store.”