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Briefings lined up for would be councillors

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Are you interested in being involved in important decisions affecting your community and the High Peak area? Could you use your skills and experience to influence and improve the delivery of a wide range of public services, including support for the arts, waste collection and leisure facilities?

Then sign up for one of two pre-nomination evenings organised by High Peak Borough Council in March.  The sessions will both help prospective candidates decide if they want to stand for public office at the borough and parish council elections on Thursday, May 5 and inform those who are already planning to put themselves forward.

The sessions will cover the nomination and election processes, as well as taking a look at what successful candidates can expect. There will also be plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

Starting at 6.30pm, the briefings are being held in the Octagon Lounge, Pavilion Gardens, Buxton on Monday, March 14 and in the Committee Room, Municipal Buildings, Glossop the following day.

High Peak Mayor Graham Oakley said: “As a borough councillor, I can say that public office is hard work but can be incredibly rewarding as it allows you to make a real difference to the quality of people’s lives.

“I would urge anyone with an interest in their community to attend our pre-nomination evenings and find out what it’s all about”, he added.

To reserve a place, call Rachel Rourke on (01298) 28400 ext. 2139 or send an e-mail to

High Peak MP patrolling the streets

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham has been patrolling the streets around Glossop with Special Constables, as part of a campaign to highlight the work of volunteer officers.

Mr Bingham joined Special Constables Mike Dixon, Liz Spink, Mark Simpson and Valerie Ryan around areas which suffer from issues such as anti-social or nuisance behaviour.

The patrols took place on Friday, February 12 as part of National Specials Weekend, an annual themed event to highlight the work of the Special Constabulary.

This year, the weekend focused on anti-social behaviour and communities, with the aim of demonstrating the way in which Specials link in with priorities set for the local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams and also their work alongside other volunteer workers.

In addition to the patrols, they also visited youngsters enjoying a Valentine disco at Gamesley Community Centre and also Pure Vibes at Whitfield Youth Club.

High Peak Community Safety Inspector Tony Dales said: “Our Special Constables have a valuable role in supporting the work of regular police officers and the local Safer Neighbourhood policing teams. They provide a visible presence in areas where there are concerns around anti-social behaviour and help us to form strong community links.

“Last weekend was a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate their contribution towards keeping the High Peak a safe place to live, work and visit.”

Mr Bingham said: “The evening was a valuable opportunity to discuss various policing matters with the full time officers, and it was great to meet with the Special Constables and be given a unique insight into the work that they do supporting the regular police officers.

“The work the Special Constables do to help reduce anti-social behaviour is of real comfort to people in Glossop, and by being a highly visible presence they are able to build up a rapport with residents and the local community.

Derbyshire Constabulary is currently running a campaign to recruit more Special Constables.

The Special Constabulary is made up of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who give at least four hours a week, working in the community. However, to apply you need to be in good health, of good character and at least 18 years old.

Mr Bingham added: “I would urge anyone who would like to volunteer in this way to contact Derbyshire police, as they really would be able to make a difference.”

For further information, or to get hold of an application pack, please call 0300 330 1330, email or visit