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Funding for growth in High Peak

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Creating new jobs and work space are at the heart of a new regeneration initiative being launched in the High Peak.

High Peak Borough Council has approved the principle of creating an investment fund for regeneration projects in the borough and is now looking for suitable projects to support. No financial figure has been allocated but the Council is interested in investing in projects that will promote growth and jobs.

The ‘fund’ can support private or public sector projects which are commercially viable and which will create new jobs or workspace. Funding can be in various forms such as equity investment in the development of start-up employment units, loan funding to help enable a significant expansion or relocation of business, or investment to bring forward mixed use development schemes.

The initiative will be formally launched at business breakfast briefings at the Palace Hotel in Buxton on Thursday, 6th November and at Glossop Cricket Club on Tuesday, 11th November where further details will be available.

Council Leader Councillor Caitlin Bisknell said: “We’re delighted to be launching this initiative to support projects to deliver job opportunities and workspace across the High Peak.

“It’s aimed at projects and schemes which might not otherwise proceed but which will have a real impact on jobs and growth in the borough – a key priority for the Council. With that in mind, we’re making an initial call for projects and we will work with applicants to bring forward suitable schemes as soon as possible.”

Councillor Godfrey Claff, executive member for regeneration, added: “The Council already has measures in place to support businesses and to make sure they have information about, and access to, other funding streams and training opportunities.

“The ‘Growth Fund’ complements this. It will provide a real focus to bring forward the best projects to benefit our residents.”

Further details are available on the Council’s website – – and at the business breakfast meetings in Buxton and Glossop in early November.

The breakfast briefings are taking place between 7.30am and 9.30am in both Buxton and Glossop. To book a place at either event visit the website


High Peak Borough Council seeks views on new homes and businesses plan

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

High Peak Borough Council is seeking public views having published its draft Local Plan which allocates sites for new homes and businesses to be built up to 2031.

Before the plans are submitted to an independent planning inspector, The Council is seeking public views on the draft plan and is sending a leaflet to explain the process to all 38,000 households in the Borough. The plan explains how new jobs will be supported and how the environment will be protected within the new sites.

Comments on the draft plan need to be received by the Council between 23rd April and 6th June 2014. All responses must be made on the Government’s form provided on the Council’s website and all the comments will be sent to the Government Inspector.

The draft plan, the supporting evidence and consultation responses will then be available for inspection at all libraries in High Peak and at the Council’s offices at Buxton Town Hall and Glossop Municipal Buildings as well as the Council’s website.

High Peak Borough Council ask businesses for recycling services views

Monday, April 14th, 2014

High Peak Borough Council is considering introducing a recycling service for trade waste customers and wants local views to help shape it.

To ensure the system meets the needs of businesses, HPBC is asking local businesses to provide information about the types of waste they produce and what currently happens to that waste.

To help businesses provide the information,  a simple online survey has been set up and is available at The survey must be completed by Friday 16th May.

Businesses without internet access can call 01298 28400 (extensions 4413 and 4435) to speak to a recycling promoter who will complete the online survey on their behalf.

Vote for Glossop’s most improved shop front

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Glossop locals are being asked to vote for their favourite new-look shop front to mark the end of the Glossopdale Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) fund.

The THI, which was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council, was set up in 2007 to regenerate the area by restoring key buildings and improving the look of the town. High Peak Borough Council say the scheme has created almost 40 new jobs in Glossop and that as a result, 73% of people, compared to 50% previously,  now describe Glossop as “attractive or “very attractive”.

Now, local residents can have their say of which of the twenty six buildings restored during the trust’s duration, is the most improved shop front in Glossop. Of the twenty six, there were twenty-one commercial buildings that received grant funds to help with the repair or restoration of traditional architectural features. The other five have been improved independently of the grants programme but incorporating the traditional design principles.

Details for all the improved properties, including before and after images, will be available at from noon on Friday 4th April when voting opens. Those looking to take part can also vote at Glossop Municipal Buildings where all the information will also be displayed.

Godfrey Claff, executive member for regeneration at the Borough Council, said: “This has been a truly fantastic scheme for Glossop. It’s been very successful in bringing new businesses and jobs to the town as well as restoring some of our historic buildings and improving public areas in the centre.

“Just as importantly, residents are pleased with the results and that’s why we want them to help us celebrate the conclusion of the project by nominating their favourite new shopfront.”

Voting closes at midnight on Friday 11th April and the winner will be announced after Easter. The owner of the winning property will receive a hamper from local delicatessen Praze Fine Foods and there will be a prize draw for voters with one randomly drawn person also winning a hamper.

£20,000 worth of council grants for World War One projects

Friday, March 28th, 2014

High Peak Borough Council is offering grants of up to £500 to High Peak groups organising World War One commemoration events.

Any “not for profit” community organisations, such as community groups, charities, social enterprises and parish councils, will be available to apply for a grant. Amounts up to £500 will be provided for events which “ bring cultural, sporting, recreational, health, environmental, intergenerational, heritage or educational benefits to the community”.

Leader of High Peak Borough Council, Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, said: “We know that there will be many groups who will be making arrangements for local events and projects that mark this pivotal period in our country’s history.

“We want to support organisations and communities across the High Peak with their plans and we’re now inviting applications for grants which will help with the cost of events and projects to remember and commemorate the lives and sacrifices of all those who lived during this time.”

Application forms can be obtained by visiting the High Peak Borough Council website or from your local councillor. There is no deadline for grants, but any interested groups are urged to get their applications in with time to spare before their planned event. Details of any events that go ahead with the help of the grants, will be placed on the council’s website.

Completed applications should be emailed to or posted to him at High Peak Borough Council, PO Box 136, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 1AQ.


New home businesses advice guide from High Peak Borough Council

Monday, February 10th, 2014

High Peak Borough Council (HPBC) has released a new guide for residents on how to effectively start up a home run business.

With 2.1 million home based businesses now active in the UK, HPBC decided to commission an experienced business consult to create the guide which is called Box Room Business. It is a simple, plain English guide which provides advice and thoughts on issues entrepreneurs and start up home businesses, should consider.

Councillor Godfrey Claff, executive member for regeneration, said: “I’m really keen to support local people who have ideas for starting up or growing their own business in the High Peak.

“This new guide is a great idea and I’m sure it will give our talented residents the confidence to back their ideas for setting up home businesses by giving them relevant and useful information about what’s involved.”

The guide is available online, at, and those without internet access can request a paper copy by calling 0845 129 7777.

Local buyers and producers get Peak District Trade Fair showcase

Friday, January 31st, 2014

A new event which unites local food and producers with regional buyers, under one roof, has been announced and will take place at Buxton’s Devonshire Dome.

The Peak District boasts lots of excellent food and drink producers and a diversity of artists and craftspeople but an increasing number of buyers from across the North West prefer to source merchandise from more local sources - in an attempt to minimise costs and environmental impact.

The new spring event will tackle that problem by giving both elements of the market a unique trading opportunity, while generating a boost for the Peak District’s economy. The newly formed Peak District Trade Fair  will take place at the Devonshire Dome on 14th March from 10am until 1pm.  Local food and drink producers, artists and craftspeople are invited to book a stand at the event, free of charge, and showcase their wares whilst buyers from across the North West are encouraged to visit the show, to see the best of what the region has to offer.

It has been has been created by a partnership which includes: High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Visit Peak District, Business Peak District, the European Union and LEADER, which is the UK government’s rural development initiative

As well as orgainising the event, the partnership have also arranged a free Learn to Pitch event, designed to advise exhibitors on effective sales techniques to use at the Peak District Trade Fair and in their marketing efforts.

Learn to Pitch will take place at the Devonshire Dome on the morning of 14th February,  and will feature a successful local producer, who will offer his expert opinion on the best ways for local food and drink producers, artists and craftspeople to promote their wares.  He will share the limelight with a local produce buyer, who will give tips on what customers want and how best to meet their needs.

Jane Price from High Peak Borough Council said: ”The Peak District Trade Fair will, for the first time, bring together the best the region has to offer, providing local producers and North West buyers with a unique and very valuable trading opportunity.  The Learn to Pitch event will help exhibitors to learn to market their wares, and the benefit of this will last long beyond the fair itself.

“We are confident that the events will provide the local economy with a significant boost and look forward to them with great excitement.”

Exhibition space at the Peak District Trade Fair and places on the Learn to Pitch event are limited, so exhibitors and attendees are advised to book as soon as possible.

To book and for further details, visit the Peak District Trade Fair website.

Holly and the Ivy festival lights switch on is big success

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Thousands of visitors turned out in Glossop at the weekend for the Christmas lights switch on.

The lights switch on was named The Festival of the Holly and the Ivy for 2013 and was extended to take place from 3pm to 7pm. This longer time slot meant that a wide range of Christmas market stalls could be set up on Market Street, the market place, the indoor market and Norfolk Square.

This year it was down to the Glossop Midwifery Team to control the big switch on which, thanks to the dry weather, was very well attended. Earlier in the day, the large crowds had been entertained by a diverse selection of performers which included: big bands, solo singers, clog dancing and also an early sneak peek at this year’s panto from the Partington Players.

Other popular aspects of the day were the elf road crossing patrol and also the mulled wine which was such a favourite it was sold out by 6pm.

The Festival of the Holly and The Ivy was put together by a committee of volunteers who were drawn from Glossop Catholic Churches, Whitfield Parish, Friends of Glossop Market, Bare Necessities  Food Banks, Glossop Market Traders Federation and Glossop Community Radio. This year the group’s plans and efforts were funded by High Peak Council, Derbyshire Council and Good Things, which is the social and community arm of Glossop Catholic Churches. Next year, however,  they will be required to self fund the event and so, any businesses that wants to make a donation or anyone who would like to join the organising committee is asked to email

There will be fundraising events throughout 2014 to help fund the next Christmas event.

Photo courtesy of Anthony McKeown.

Renovation plan for Glossop halls underway

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Derbyshire County Council and High Peak Borough Council are working towards restoring four Glossop halls for full community use.

A strategy has been drawn up by the two bodies for the renovation of Glossop Town Hall, the Market Hall and the Municipal Buildings, which are owned by the Borough Council, and the trust-held Victoria Hall. Local people, they say, will be kept up to date with the project.

High Peak Borough Council is currently carrying out essential maintenance work to repair stone work and gutters at Glossop Town Hall in preparation for the winter and the market arcade ceiling is due for a redecoration. Updates on further progress being made will be posted on the “Open Halls” section of the High Peak Borough Council website and a public consultation is expected at the beginning of 2014.

Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, Leader of High Peak Borough Council, said: “These buildings are a massive asset to Glossop so I’m pleased that the closer working between the Borough and County councils is focusing all our efforts on returning them to full community use.

“There is a long way to go but we’re determined to work together, and with the local community, to deliver solutions that suit these heritage buildings and the people that will use them for generations to come.”

This news comes a few months after Derbyshire County Council withdrew plans to build a new library and remove the library services from Victoria Hall.



Glossop Christmas lights switch-on guest details revealed

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

The organisers of this year’s Glossop Christmas lights event have revealed who will be doing the big switch-on.

This year’s event, being held on Saturday 30th November between 3pm & 7pm,  is going by the name The Festival of The Holly and The Ivy and organisers have opted to have local heroes conduct the light switch on. Ably assisted by Father Christmas, the local midwifery team will be responsible for the turning of Glossop’s Christmas lights.

As well as the appearance from Santa and the midwifery team, the day will feature two stages of entertainment and a huge Christmas market. Performances are expected from a string quartet, swing band and blues/folk musician with puppets and clog dancing also on the bill.

The Festival of The Holly and The Ivy is being organised by a committee of volunteers made up of representatives of organisations including Friends of Glossop Market, Glossop Catholic churches, Whitfield Parish Church, Bare Necessities Food Bank, Glossopdale Community Radio and Glossop Market Traders Federation. The event is to be funded by High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council and Good Things which is the community arm of Glossop RC Churches.

Commenting on the make up of the committee, Councillor Garry Parvin said: “it’s great to see so many different organisations, faith based and secular, community and business working together to create a very special celebration of the start of advent and the Christmas season” said Councillor Garry Parvin.”

For up to date information on the event, visit the Facebook page.


Glossop man fined for urinating on street

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

A local man has been fined after urinating on a Glossop street.

In one of the first cases of its kind in the country Ben Jones, of High Street East, was fined by Buxton Magistrates after being found guilty of littering. His fine was £260 and with costs of £262.27 plus a victim surcharge of £26 added, his offence cost him over £500.

High Peak Borough Council is one of the first in the country to adopt the approach of fining people for littering when they are found to be urinating in public.

The incident happened on Sunday 18th November at 1am. Mr Jones was asked to leave The Moon & Sixpence when the landlord found him trying to urinate in the beer garden. Once of the premises, he proceeded to openly urinate on Bernard Street.

After the incident, Police made High Peak Borough Council aware of the situation and they issued him with a fixed penalty notice for littering. Mr Jones failed to pay the fine, despite being issued with a reminder.

Speaking about tackling instances of public urination, Councillor Anthony McKeown, executive member for community services at High Peak Borough Council, said: “This sort of behaviour is not only unpleasant and unhealthy, it can also cause alarm and distress to anyone witnessing it and costs taxpayers money to clean up.

“Previously available sanctions to stop this type of behaviour are no longer available, however thanks to our close working partnership with the police we were able to come up with a measure to enable us to tackle this type of anti social behaviour which we, as a community, cannot stand by and allow.”

For more information on High Peak Borough Council, visit their website.


Council explains how parking fine money is spent

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Parking, or rather parking fines, have been in the news a lot in the past week or so.

This is partly due to the publication of an RAC Foundation report into the amount of money being made from parking by English local authorities. It’s also partly due to a steady stream of parking-related pronouncements from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles.

The report discovered that nationwide, councils make a surplus of £0.6 billion from parking fines, the amount left over after the cost enforcement is covered.

We asked High Peak Borough Council what happens to surplus money earned through enforcing parking fines in this area. A council spokesman said in a statement:

“We provide car parks across the High Peak for the benefit of residents and visitors, utilising enforcement to ensure that people park safely, correctly and that spaces become free to other users.

“Any surplus resulting from parking enforcement income on these car parks is used to maintain these facilities and on other priorities within the Borough. Any on-street parking enforcement income goes directly to Derbyshire County Council as the highways authority.
“This is ring-fenced to be spent on road and traffic management improvements with at least 50% of the surplus for High Peak being spent in High Peak.”

The spokesman also said that they want to “make sure High Peak remains an attractive place to live, work and visit” and parking policy helps to do this by “encouraging sensible and safe parking and safety for both drivers and pedestrians; easing congestion and improving access to shops, schools and other local facilities.”

As this response doesn’t make clear what specifically happens to the High Peak surplus so we have asked the council for further details. We are still awaiting a response.

All of the borough’s main towns have their car parks maintained and managed by Park Smarter.

Glossop new library plans withdrawn

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Derbyshire County Council has withdrawn plans to build a new library in Glossop.

The £2m plans would have seen the Social Services offices on Talbot Street demolished and replaced with the newly constructed library.

Now though, the council has decided not to take the proposals forward and will instead look at keeping the library at its current location of Victoria Hall.

The council says it is working to secure the future of the Grade II listed building and is looking at improving the current facilities, with the possibility of extending into the nearby adult education centre. Any decision will be made after consultation with bodies including residents, library users, High Peak Borough Council and the campaign group Save Our Unique Library (SOUL).

Deputy Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Ellie Wilcox said: “We’re delighted to have this exciting opportunity to develop Glossop Library and Victoria Hall and we’re looking forward to talking to local people to help us develop our plans.”

The plans for a newly built library were met with opposition from some local residents with The Guardian and the Daily Mail both covering the arguments.

Image courtesy of Geograph.

Sport clubs urged to attend conference

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

All High Peak sports clubs have invited to a new conference designed to offer them help and support.

The conference will bring sports clubs face to face with local sport development officers who will give on advice on how to complete funding applications, how to handle volunteers, how to use Facebook efficiently and the session will also give coaching guidance.

Hosted by High Peak Borough Council, Derbyshire Sport and High Peak School Sport Partnership, the event will be held at the University of Derby Dome in Buxton between 6pm and 9pm on the 30th September.

Councillor Godfrey Claff, executive member for sports and leisure at the Borough Council, said: “Sport plays such a key role in our lives and those of our communities and this event helps us give something back to the clubs and organisations that invest so much time and effort in providing opportunities for local people to get involved in sporting activities.

“I hope lots of clubs take the opportunity to come and network with similar organisations as well as picking up valuable information that is of use to them in the future.”

The cost of £15 per club includes entrance for up to three people and includes a buffet and drinks and bookings should be made by 18 August via

Image courtesy of StephendePolo.

New retail development for Glossop

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

The Derbyshire Times are reporting that plans for the transformation of the Heritage Trailers showroom on Brookfield have been approved.

According to the article posted today, High Peak Borough Council‘s development committee met last week to discuss the proposals which mean that the site, on one of the main roads into Glossop, can now be used to accommodate a gym, four shops, a cafe and offices.

They also state that the building, which is just off the A57 on the main route into Glossop, will be re-clad and be given a new glazed frontage. According to the application document a mobility scooter company has expressed interest in taking on one of the units.

Planning officials approved the proposal despite receiving letters of objection, of which one stated that Glossop already had enough shops.

In the Derbyshire Times piece, Councillor Graham Oakley is quoted as having said:

“We don’t want to do anything to damage Glossop High Street, but I don’t think there is much danger of that.”

Councillor Godfrey Claff, executive member for regeneration at High Peak Borough Council, said: “This scheme will improve the appearance of the site, which is one of the main routes into Glossop, and provide new employment opportunities. The provision of new jobs in High Peak is a priority for the council.”

This is not the first attempt at developing the site, in 2008 a plan to turn it into a supermarket was withdrawn. A year later, a second plan for a supermarket was rejected by the council.

What do you think of the development plans? Let us know in the comments section or on Twitter.

Photo courtesy of Ian Gilbert.




New website to promote Glossop’s heritage

Monday, May 27th, 2013

A new Glossop heritage website is to be created, to mark the 175th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s coronation.

The coronation of Victoria on 28th June 1838, was originally marked in Glossop, by the laying of the foundation stone of the Town Hall. Now Glossop Victorian Architectural Heritage (GVAH) are hoping to help people learn about Glossop’s strong Victorian heritage with the new online resource.

GVAH is working closely with High Peak Borough Council, Urban Vision and Glossop Heritage Trust. Featuring census data, old phone books, records and photographs the website will allow people to see how the area has changed over time. They also want it to have a personal touch and so are encouraging people to send in their personal tales and pictures from around the area, with the focus on High Street West.

Anyone who has stories or images to share is asked to email The website will go fully live on 28th June. 

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 or by writing to: David Smith, Community Safety Manager, High Peak Borough Council, Town Hall, Market Place Buxton, SK17 6EL

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

Picture courtesy of SkirtPR


Free employers event planned for Glossop

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

An acclaimed business mentor is due to speak at an employers  lunch planned for High Peak businesses  in Glossop next month.

Graham Dobbin, Business Growth Mentor for Perception and former director of Business Network International (BNI) will give a presentation on business potential in 2013 at the event being hosted by High Peak Borough Council on Friday March 1.

The free event, to take place at the Glossop Cricket and Bowling Club, is for small to large employers in the north of the borough and will include opportunities to meet informally with both the council’s executive member and service manager for regeneration as well as key training and apprenticeship providers and business support organisations.

Councillor Godfrey Claff, High Peak Borough Council’s executive councillor for regeneration, said: “We hope that the event will be a chance for a range of business sectors to meet with us and our partners to talk about their recruitment and training aspirations, learn more about services and wage incentives on offer and to share their experiences of doing business in the area.

“I am really pleased that we have managed to get such an acclaimed business speaker to come along as we think he will prove illuminating and thought provoking.”

Guest speaker Graham Dobbin said: “We all know these are challenging economic times but, taking time to consider how we approach what we do every day and spot the opportunities that surround us in business is an important part of survival and growth. I am looking forward to sharing my experience in Glossop next month.”

High Peak Borough Council is working with Fig Creative to manage event bookings and marketing. Booking is essential. Please request a place by emailing

Bin collection dates to change

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Around 3,000 High Peak residents are to have their bin collection days altered.

The changes come in to effect on the February 4th and affect “mainly rural properties and those serviced by the borough council’s narrow access collection vehicle.”

Anyone affected will receive a letter, explaining the new collection rota, and an updated calendar showing when your bins need to be out.

A council spokesman explained: “The introduction of the brown recycling bin in July 2012 and the enthusiastic response by residents means that the current routing is insufficient and needs to be improved to ensure that an increase in recycling rates does not impact on the delivery of the service.”

The council also says that if the changes result in a resident having to wait longer than usual for a collection, then a “reasonable amount of side waste” will be accepted on the next collection day.

Anyone wishing to check their bin dates can do so by  visiting or calling 01298 28423.

Nine year old wins bin wagon design award

Monday, December 24th, 2012

A nine year old girl is celebrating after winning a competition to have her design adorn the side of council refuse trucks.

Lani Mantle of Buxworth Primary School outshone over one hundred eager designers who were also keen to win the competition, which was held to help celebrate new road-side recycling facilities.

A number of recycling trucks in the High Peak will now carry Lani’s design which was praised for its green hills design, symobilising the High Peak and its location.

As well as seeing her design travelling all over the borough, Lani and her class at Buxworth Primary School were also taken on a trip to a recycling plant in Liverpool.



“Community Companions” scheme launched in Glossop

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

A new Glossop based project which aims to bring help to those in need is succesfully underway.

Local clergymen, council members and community volunteers were present in large numbers to witness project manager Maggs Winterbottom launch the new “community companions” scheme at a packed opening event at Glossop Cricket and Bowling Club.

The programme will train up volunteers so they are able to give vital help to the area’s disabled, elderly and ill people. Typical roles for the new “companions” will be helping with transport, shopping and being a friendly face with whom people can have a chat.

The new scheme is to run alongside the current volunteer car project and the recruitment and training of volunteers is guaranteed for at least the next five years.

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham was a special guest at the scheme’s opening evening and spoke about the many benefits volunteering programmes can have, as well as describing his own volunteering experiences.

Anthony McKeown of High Peak Borough Council, was also present and said:

“As both a Glossopdale Councillor and the borough council’s executive member for community services it was great to be asked to take part in the launch of the community companions scheme.

Full credit for the scheme needs to be paid to Mike Faulkner the outgoing chair and the committee along with Jo Baines and Maggs Winterbottom and all the volunteers that have made and will make the project a success.”

Those who are interested in joining the project are invited to an open day on the 3rd December at Glossop Volunteer Centre. Running from 11am to 3pm it will be a chance to learn all about the project and to meet other volunteers.





Council consults youth over the job market

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Young people in the High Peak have been called upon to give their views on the job market and how they think they can be helped to get into work.

Funding has been allocated to help boost youth employment in Derbyshire and it will go toward special projects and ideas. But The Big Lottery who are behind the scheme want to first consult with 18-25 year olds to make sure their views and ideas are the driving force behind the new projects.

They are asking young people to fill in a survey – – so they can see exactly what it is that young adults feel about the job market.

The questions cover issues such as how well did the education system prepare you for finding a career, how you search for jobs and what you feel is stopping you from finding a job.

Geoffrey Claff, an executive councillor for High Peak Borough Council explained the thinking behind the scheme, saying:

“Right across the UK, young adults aged 18 to 25 have been really struggling to get a foot on the job ladder and it has been well documented that the current economic situation has affected young people more than many others.

“We want to ensure that the views of the people from High Peak are heard so we want as many residents as possible aged between 18 and 25 to respond to the survey.”

The survey can be found at and anyone who enters can enter a prize draw to win £30 of vouchers.

Image courtesy of Gerald England on




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.

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