Correction - Robert Hamnett

I write in relation to your article on my g.g.grandfather Robert Hamnett.
You have posted a picture of his son James Hamnett who was in the printing and publishing business. The booklet, (we have a copy) actually states that it's a picture of the publisher not the author.
I have many pictures of Robert and have attached one for you.

Letters to the editor: "highly inaccurate campaign newsletter"

Amended version received 17th February 2015

I write regarding the local election campaign in the High Peak and the opinions of local Conservative candidates, Jamie Douglas and Paul Hardy in their latest leaflet delivered to the residents of Old Glossop ward. As a voter and local resident I am appalled by the MISLEADING content of the leaflet that claims the reason for the approval in APRIL 2013 of 44 homes at Shepley Street, Old Glossop was due to High Peak Borough Council (HPBC) not having their Local Plan finalised, thus allowing the applicant to force the council to approve the development under the Coalition government’s new rule requiring local authorities to have an approved supply of land for housing for the next five years plus an extra 20%.

This is blatantly untrue because:

1)    Shepley St was listed as a preferred site for housing in the draft HPBC Local Plan at both stages of public consultation.

2)    When the Shepley St application was considered by the council’s Development Control Committee IN APRIL 2013, Garry Parvin (Old Glossop’s Labour Councillor) spoke on behalf of local residents against its approval and almost persuaded the committee on various material grounds that it was inappropriate.  Nevertheless, it was approved on a split vote with  Conservative, Labour and Independent councillors voting in favour and  mostly Labour councillors opposing it.

3)    When the Conservatives ran High Peak Borough Council from 2007-2011,  I proposed to Councillor Haken (then Executive Member for Environment) at the Glossopdale Allotments Forum in January 2009 that the green-field portion of the land at Shepley Street should be seriously considered for allotments given its suitability, the long waiting lists and extreme shortage of plots.  One month later, Councillor Haken stated to the Forum that the whole site was needed for affordable and other housing and it was not available for allotments.  Therefore, the Shepley St site was identified and included in the last Conservative council’s list of sites for housing under the Core Strategy and Regional Spatial Strategy consultations.

Even if HPBC’s Local Plan had been finalised, Shepley St would almost certainly have been included and the end result would have been no different, contrary to what Messrs Douglas and Hardy tell us in their campaign literature.

Regarding Local Plans, it is quite clear that the Conservative Secretary of State, Eric Pickles has deliberately sought to give Developers a clear advantage over local residents and conservation groups such as CPRE and Friends of the Peak District, by giving local authorities only 12 months to put their local plans in place. He knew that given the long, obligatory process of a two-stage consultation by local councils with their residents over potential housing sites, that very few councils would have their Local Plans approved within 12 months – and that developers could then use the five-year rule to force councils to approve inappropriate or even unlawful developments.

A very good example of this is the huge housing development to be built at North Road, Glossop; this was initially rejected by HPBC on clear ecological grounds of the destruction of valuable habitat for ground-nesting birds and other wildlife.  The developer took HPBC to a Public Enquiry in April 2013 (as soon as the five-year rule applied to High Peak Council).  The only argument that the Barrister for the developer, Gladmans, offered against the Council’s decision was that they did not have a Local Plan in place and they could not demonstrate a five-year supply of land. Evidence given by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust about why the land was ecologically important and should not be developed was accepted by the enquiry without challenge.  However, the government inspector chairing the enquiry agreed with the Developer, and he ignored the sound ecological evidence and the other valid legal reasons given for HPBC’s original decision.

In my opinion, this makes both Eric Pickles and the Coalition government guilty of planning anarchy or ‘Planarchy’ – they have suspended the rule of law where Local Plans are not finalised, so that developers can build when and where they choose. This is a disgrace and it is central government bullying of the worst kind.

Once again, it demonstrates that Mr Pickles is a centralist not a localist – forcing housing targets on local authorities (like the last Labour government under the Regional Spatial Strategies) and using his army of government inspectors to ensure that they meet them, whatever the collateral damage caused to local communities and wildlife by highly inappropriate and normally unlawful development.

Yours sincerely,

Mark Alix,
Wesley Street,

originally published version here

Letter to the Editor - Health & Care Integration

There have been recent reports regarding the plans to integrate Health and Social Care services across Tameside and Glossop. This is being sold as a panacea to the problems which have beset Tameside Hospital Foundation trust. The integration proposal is for Tameside Hospital Foundation Trust to join with Tameside & Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group and Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council. This tripartite arrangement will then provide seamless health and care both in the hospital and people's own homes. Sounds great doesn't it. However, what is less widely discussed is the fact that Glossop residents do not and will not receive Social Care services from any of the organisations who are signing up to the integration plans.

Letters from issue 2

Congratulations on your first edition which is excellent, lots of news and features relevant to our area superbly done. A big well done to everyone involved and I look forward to forthcoming editions.
Best wishes

Son of Stanley & Beatrice Myatt seeks relatives

My husband is trying to find family, he has long lost contact with, in the Glossop area. My husband is David Myatt, son of the late Stanley Myatt. He was last in contact with relatives in the late 1950's/early 1960's, before the death of his father, in 1962, when Dave was only 13. Dave remembers a cousin, Beryl Stafford, who we believe may have married Edward Webster. If any of your readers can help with this search we would love to hear from them via my email address. It will hopefully help to fill in so many gaps in his knowledge of his family on his fathers side.

Hadfield climbers on skis - 1965

I thought you might be interested in a few old ski photos taken 50 years ago in January 1965. The photos show local Hadfield climbers Dave Hobson and Brian Sharp having there first days on Skis. Photos taken in Bankswood, Hadfield and on Glossop Golf Course. Both were founder members of the Glossop Climbing Club and  Glossop Mountain Rescue Team before moving on.
Hope you can use this info, better then all the crime reports you have to publish.
Best regards
Brian Sharp

Howardtown: A blot on Glossop's built environment

The following letter to the Glossop Gazette from Simon Waters, a civil engineer with 25 years of experience, is the latest in a series we have received from planners, civil engineers, pedestrians and other concerned residents about the dangerous state of pedestrian access into and within the Howardtown Mill Development. We have asked the developers to comment and will publish any response we receive.

Glossop Library from Cllrs Jean and George Wharmby

We would like to put on the record our support for Derbyshire County Council’s plans for a new library for Glossop.

Letter: Stop building on Glossop's green spaces

Could I point you towards a new Facebook group attempting to bring together all those who have had enough of 'building on Glossop's green spaces'. STOP BUILDING ON GLOSSOP'S GREEN SPACES.
There are many individual protests about specific plans but this is to try and bring groups together and organise a protest of some size. Hopefully, I believe, to be held in Norfolk Square on a busy weekend day to highlight the fact  that Glossop's infrastructure cannot cope with all the extra building plans that keep getting submitted and passed. The roads are gridlocked, the schools full, the dentists/doctors full. Before these plans are accepted there needs to be major infrastructure changes so the town can cope with the increase in numbers.

Letter to the Editors: Vodaphone coverage in Glossop

You posted an article while ago phone coverage in Glossop:

I've been unfortunate to be a Vodafone customer in Glossop for over a decade and fed up with their awful coverage in Glossop I finally cracked and asked them why it was still so awful. Here's the answer I got: