Archive for April, 2011

Buxton Crescent Project fails in its bid for funding

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

The Buxton Crescent Redevelopment Project has hit a major setback after being turned for an application for monies from the Regional Growth Fund. The project organisers had applied for approximately £4m.

The money was required to fill a hole left in the project funding that had been expected to come from East Midlands Develpment Agency (EMDA). With the disolution of EMDA it was hoped that this high profile project would receive the support it needed.

The High Peak has been named as one of the Governments “Super Destinations” of British tourism and developing Buxton as a Spa Town should have a key part of develping that.

Trevor Osborn of The Osborne Group said “This Project is so important to Buxton’s future that every effort must be made to find a way forward. The loss of this funding is a considerable set back which we are addressing with as much energy and enterprise as possible”.

CP Holdings and The Osbourne Group have stated that they are hugely disappointed that the RGF funding bid was unsuccessful. The gap left by the disbandment of the Regional Development Agency must be filled if the Project is to proceed. We will, of course, work closely with the County Council and High Peak to find other sources.

This is a huge blow for the High Peak not just Buxton, the knock on effect of a new spa town and its attractions would surely have brought new tourism into the whole area.

A Borough Council spokesperson said: “We are disappointed that our funding bid was not successful in Round 1 but understand that at this stage preference has gone to disadvantaged areas. Recently we were awarded £500,000 by English Heritage and we will be discussing all funding streams with our partners, including our invitation to apply to the larger main round where we are more hopeful of success at this stage.

“Throughout this project there have been many obstacles, most of which have now been overcome and, through the commitment of partners, we are determined to see the delivery of the £32 million spa hotel development”.

Hadfield School Class of ’86 Reunion

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

If you attended Hadfield School from 1981 to 1986, it is now 25 years since we left school. To celebrate,there is a reunion on 14th May at The George Hotel in Glossop from 7pm. Come along to meet all your old friends, dance the night away to ’80s tunes, and giggle at old photos. Tickets £6 including buffet (no partners). Contact Amanda Wraight mans1503@hotmail.com or 07773170126. This event is also on Facebook as Hadfield Comp Class of ’86 Reunion.

Nominees for local elections published

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

The list of 107 candidates nominated to contest the 28 wards for election as a Borough Councillor in the May 5th elections has been published on the High Peak Borough Council website at www.highpeak.gov.uk.

And residents of High Peak are being reminded that, to vote in the forthcoming local district and parish elections on Thursday, May 5, their name must appear on the Register of Electors. If their name does not appear on the Register of Electors, they will not be able to vote.

On polling day, voters will be choosing who represents them on High Peak Borough Council and on their local parish/town council. The elections are all-out elections, meaning that every seat on the Borough Council and on the parish/town councils will be vacated.

The deadline for registering to vote at these elections is Thursday week (April 14). Anyone who returns a voter registration form after this date will NOT be able to vote.

If you have recently moved house, you can register at your new property before Thursday week. You can obtain a voter registration form from the elections team at High Peak Borough Council on 0845 129 7777 ext. 2133 or download a form by visiting the “About my vote” website at: www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.

Completed voter registration forms should be sent to: Electoral Services, High Peak Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 8AF, or handed in at the same address.

If you are away on polling day or would prefer to vote by post in these elections, please note that the last time for receipt of postal vote applications is 5pm on Thursday week (April 14).

Any postal vote applications received after this time cannot be processed and the elector will not be able to vote by post. Postal vote application forms are available by calling the elections team on 0845 129 7777 ext. 2133 or you can download an application form from the “About my vote” website at: www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.

Electors who wish to vote by proxy must ensure that their application has been received by 5pm on Thursday, April 21.