Friday afternoon press release on HPBC/DCC concordat

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.

The leaders of Derbyshire County Council and High Peak Borough Council have signed a growth and prosperity concordat setting out a framework for a strong and committed partnership approach to improving services for residents and delivering the economic growth the borough needs.

High Peak Leader, Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, said: “The future of High Peak is best served by being part of Derbyshire and working in close partnership with the County Council and other partners to get the best for our communities.
“We need more affordable houses to address the need for decent homes. We need more investment to support older and vulnerable people so that they can live longer, fulfilled lives in their own homes or, if necessary, in the right places when this is no longer possible.
“We also need to maximise the benefits by giving all our residents the opportunity to get involved through jobs and apprenticeships and encouraging local suppliers. This shared programme of work will help achieve that and we are committed to delivering it together.”
The concordat sets out four key priorities centered around increasing the resources for promoting growth; investing in people so that they can benefit from a growing economy; sharing property assets to improve town centre services; and providing better services to older and vulnerable people.
Key projects to deliver these priorities include:
•    Reaffirming the commitment to work together on Buxton’s Crescent project and securing the town’s place as England’s leading spa town;
•    Investing in the library at Victoria Hall in Glossop and planning for the transfer of the Town Hall, Market Hall and Municipal Buildings to the community;
•    Developing a growth fund to support investment to unlock projects such as the Ferro-Alloys site in Glossop;
•    Agreeing an employment charter asking developers in the High Peak to recruit local unemployed people, take on apprentices and use local suppliers;
•    Establishing a partnership with health and social care to improve support for older and vulnerable people to help them stay in their homes longer.
Councillor Anne Western, Leader of Derbyshire County Council, added: “This is a wide-ranging and exciting programme of work which we want to see implemented as quickly as possible.
“We will now be developing an activity schedule stating what we will do and by when and will meet regularly to keep a close check on progress. Updates on progress will be reported to both councils and to our residents and communities.”

Councillors Caitlin Bisknell and Anne Western sign the concordat to deliver growth and prosperity in the High Peak.

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