Posts Tagged ‘Council’

Elderly woman targeted by tax claim scam

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Glossop residents are being urged to be vigilant after an elderly woman was targeted by scammers pretending to be from the council.

The woman received a call on Tuesday 25th June from a woman claiming to be from the Council Tax Housing Assessment Department. The caller said that the elderly lady had been overpaying on council tax and was due a rebate. She then said she would visit the next day with the refund.

At 9:40am the following day, a female arrived at the house claiming to be from the “re-banding unit” of another organisation, not the council. She then told the resident that she could reduce her council tax payments each month if she was paid an upfront administrative fee.

Thankfully, the resident had already contacted the council who had advised her it was clearly a scam.

The woman who turned up at the house was described as: “white, approx. 5ft 7” to 6′ tall, aged in her late 20’s or early 30’s, with burgundy dyed hair, and very busty. She had a photo ID type card on a ribbon around her neck but refused to let the occupant check it closely.”

As a result, police are asking for locals to be aware of the potential for such calls and also would like people to make their neighbours aware.

Anyone with information on this incident, or who has concerns about cold calls, is asked to call Derbyshire Police on 101.

Latest Gamesley councillor’s surgery

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Gamesley residents are invited to air their views at the area’s latest surgery.

Running from 9am till 10am at Gamesley Residents Association Office on Winster Mews, the meeting gives locals a chance to share their thoughts on local services and issues.

Organiser Councillor Anthony McKeown said: “We are happy to hear about any issues from local residents and whilst we may not be able to solve every issue – we probably know someone that can”.

Anyone who isn’t passing on Saturday is welcome to join the group via Skype and for more details contact Councillor McKeown on 01457 866688.

Image courtesy of Flickr Mikey.

Have your say on dog rules

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Residents of the High Peak have the chance to air their views on the council set rules for dog owners.

High Peak Borough Council are running a survey to gauge public opinion on their new proposals, which would see dog owners fined for allowing their dog onto forbidden areas.

It would be an offence to allow your dog onto council owned:

- Children’s play areas

- Bowling greens

- Multi Use Game Areas (These are the concrete, fenced areas with football nets and basketball hoops)

- Tennis courts

Anyone who was taken to court and convicted over such and offence could face a fine of up to £1,000.

Under the new system, council officers would be able to order people to put any nuisance dogs onto a lead.

Councillor Anthony McKeown, said: “The majority of dog owners do behave responsibly but it’s important that we consider all options for making sure this kind of behaviour is the rule rather than the exception.

“During the consultation so far I’ve met with dog walkers in Old Glossop and heard their concerns but I would urge anyone with a view to take advantage of this extension period and get in touch.”

The consultation period runs until Sunday 31st March and you can view the draft documents on the High Peak Borough Council website or at Glossop’s council offices.

If you’re in favour of banning dogs from these areas or you are a dog owner who feels dogs are being unfairly targeted then you can let the council know by emailing  cleaner.greener@highpeak.gov.uk or by writing to: David Smith, Community Safety Manager, High Peak Borough Council, Town Hall, Market Place Buxton, SK17 6EL

You can also let Glossop.com know your views by Tweeting us @Glossopdotcom.

Picture courtesy of SkirtPR

 

Council offers course on how to start a business

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

High Peak Borough Council is offering anyone on unemployment related benefit the chance to learn how to earn a living as a self-employed worker, for free.

The “Being Your Own Boss” course is a step by step guide to starting up a business, taught and run by nationally accredited business advisors who also have their own successful businesses.

The first stage of the course is a 1 day workshop which takes attendees through each step of starting up a business and leads to a nationally accredited qualification.

Taking place at New Mills Adult Education Centre on Thursday the 25th October between 9:30am and 4:00pm, the course covers the following:

•How to assess the viability of a business idea.

•How to spot a business opportunity:

•Help accessing free support available to new start businesses

•Help assessing their ability to run a successful business

•Information on identifying the right business structure

•Advise on setting goals for a new business venture

•Help understanding tax legislation affecting new start businesses

•Help considering the financial implications of self-employment

•Help to decide if self-employment is for them

Those who complete the workshop will then be given free advice on how to compile a business plan.

Anyone who is on unemployment related benefit gets to attend the course for free. To book a place on the event visit the Business Link website.

Glossop businesses told not to miss out repair grants

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Those who own historic commercial buildings in Glossop have been urged not to miss out on a restoration grant scheme.

The Glossopdale Townscape Heritage Initiative is funded by High Peak Borough Council in conjunction with Derbyshire County Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Its purpose is to help businesses fund repairs to shop fronts as well as aiding the restoration of historical features such as the stonework or the joinery.

Business owners are being warned that all work under the scheme will have to be completed by the end of March 2013 and that they shouldn’t delay making their application for help or they could end up missing out.

Those with traditional buildings who do apply can get grants which mean they could save up to 75% on the costs of specialist repairs. Glossop premises that have been renovated with the aid of the scheme so far include:

- Hollywood Nails who had a traditional shop front reinstated, sash windows replaced, re-pointing completed and paint removed from stonework.

 

- High Street Dental Clinic who had their shop front reinstated and had cast iron gutters and drain pipes installed.

Councillor Godfrey Claff, executive councillor for regeneration, explained why the scheme is such a vital one for Glossop:

“The preservation and restoration of traditional buildings is not only important for aesthetic reasons, it also makes town centres more attractive to shoppers, visitors and inward investors.

“That’s why we’re urging eligible owners who have yet to benefit from the THI to apply before it’s too late.”

Anyone who is interested in the scheme can call or email Sarah Porru on either 0845 129 7777 or sarah.porru@highpeak.gov.uk.

 

 

Council offers free insulation to homeowners

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

High Peak Borough Council is urging homeowners to snap up a free insulation offer.

The Warmstreets initiative offers free cavity wall and loft insulation installation to anyone who has between none and 100mm of insulation currently installed in their home.

Anyone whose home already has between 100mm and 150mm of insulation can get the level topped up to the recommended amount of 270mm for the vastly reduced price of £99.

The offer runs until November 30th and the Council are keen for people to snap it up, Anthony McKeown, executive councillor commented “The current subsidy system is due to come to an end in December. After that, with no subsidy, loft and cavity wall insulation will cost several hundred pounds.”

Insulation is beneficial both for helping people cut their energy bills – sometimes up to as much as £175 a year - and also because it reduces the impact homes have on the enivronment.

Anyone interested should call Warmstreets before the November 30th 0800 043 9569. If you call from a mobile the number to use is 0333 577 9569.

 

Public consulted over future housing plans

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

High Peak Council is urging the public to get involved and have their say on crucial new plans which will shape developments in the local area.

The Borough council is working on new plans which will help create new leisure, housing and employment opportunities whilst at the same time allowing them to protect precious green belt land. The end decision on the plans will then shape the outcomes of any future planning applications received by the council.

Before the plan is put into action they want locals to give their opinions on issues such as: how many homes should be built, which sites they should be built on and how the new homes will be allocated.

The initial plans for Glossopdale show the possibility of new housing in Padfield, Hadfield and Old Glossop.

The consultation period gives people a chance to express their opinions on the way new housing in the area will be developed. It will run from the Thursday 13th September until Thursday 23rd October and people can view the documents online on the High Peak Council website. They will also be on show at Glossop’s Municipal buildings and Glossop, Gamesley and Hadfield local libraries.

Plans will also be on show at Bradbury House in Glossop on the 2nd of October between 6:30pm and 8:30pm, at this meeting there will be the chance to discuss the ideas with planning officers.

Anyone wishing to give feedback on the plans can do so by emailing LDF@highpeak.gov.uk or by sending a letter to Planning Policy High Peak Borough Council, Town Hall, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6EL.

 

High Peak Borough Council issues con men warning

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

High Peak Borough Council are urging people to stay vigilant and check the identity of anyone claiming to work for the local authority.

The warning comes after a Buxton resident reported receiving a phone call from a man who said she was entitled to a tax refund and then asked her to reveal her bank details.

Advice has now been issued by Tim Norton an executive Councillor, who said “It’s unusual for the council to telephone someone without first sending written information. Nevertheless, anyone receiving a telephone call from someone claiming to represent the council should ask for the person’s name and job title. They should then ask the caller to ring back at a more convenient time before ending the call, and then check the caller’s credentials with the council.”

He also added that council workers always carry proof of identification and that homeowners should ask for this when council workers knock on their door.

The general enquiries number for High Peak Borough Council is 0845 129 77 77.