Proposal to extend Padfield conservation area

If you’re passionate about Padfield or treasure Tintwistle you’ll be interested in proposals to preserve the special characteristics that make these two locations unique.  High Peak Borough Council is seeking residents’ views on possible extensions to the Padfield conservation area boundary to cover an area to the west of the village to include Hadfield Mills, associated water courses and mill workers cottages. It is also proposed to extend the Tintwistle conservation area boundary to the west and north to include the buildings around the junction of Church Street and Old Road. 

Appeal for Gypsy-Traveller site withdrawn

The appeal which was due to be considered by the Planning Inspectorate over the refused permission for a Gypsy Traveller site near Glossop Golf Club has been withdrawn. The original application provoked a furious reaction in the town, despite some authorities claiming it had no chance of being approved. In the event the application was refused by Peak Park Planning, and the withdrawal of the appeal application means that the story can finally be put to bed.

Police seek leads on vehicle damage

Police officers in Glossop are appealing for information in relation to the damage of two vehicles in the area. Sometime between 10pm on Monday, October 27 and 8am on Tuesday, October 28 damage was caused to a black Audi A3 parked in Combs Terrace car park. The nearside window was smashed and two bricks were found on the seat but nothing was taken.
Between 12.10pm and 12.15pm on Tuesday, October 28 offenders caused damage to a light grey/blue Skoda Octavia parked in a car park on Chapel Street in Glossop. The offside door was damaged where an implement had been used to try and gain entry.
Police would like to speak to anyone who may have any information about the incidents. Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Parker at Glossop Police Station on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Gamesley Beat Sweep set to tackle community concerns

Police will be heading out on the beat to tackle community concerns as part of Gamesley Beat Sweep week. Officers from the Gamesley and St Johns Safer Neighbourhood Team will be working alongside partner agencies throughout the targeted action week, which is set to run between Monday, November 10 and Saturday, November 15. The policing team will be carrying out high-visibility patrols during the operation to target a number of community issues. This includes anti-social behaviour (ASB), traffic offences such as speeding and uninsured vehicles, along with identifying illegal drugs activity. The team will also be looking at issues around licensing, dog fouling and fly tipping.

Witness appeal to track stolen poppy collection box in Glossop

Police are appealing for information after a poppy collection box was stolen from a Glossop store. Between 3pm and 5pm on Friday, October 31, offenders entered the Greggs store on High Street West, Glossop and stole the Royal British Legion poppy collection box from the counter. Officers are looking to trace a man who was seen in the store around the time of the incident. He is described as white, of skinny build, with short brown hair and 5ft 8 tall. He was seen wearing a black hoody with neon yellow/green ‘Gio Gio’ branding and matching black tracksuit bottoms.

Police appeal for witnesses after knife assault in Shirebrook

On Thursday, October 23 at approximately 7.45pm three men entered a house on Scotty Brook Crescent and demanded money. They assaulted a man with a knife and fled via a rear door and it is thought they may have ran onto fields at the back of the property. The men were described as wearing dark clothing and all had their faces covered. Officers investigating would like anyone to contact them that may have seen people running or acting suspiciously in the Whitfield area, Cross Cliff or the Shirebrook Park Estate between 7pm and 7.50pm. Police would also like to appeal to residents in the area that have CCTV at their property to contact them. The man suffered cuts to his head and hands and is being treated at Stepping Hill Hospital.

Serious collison on Woodhead

Police are investigating a serious collision on the A628 Woodhead Pass. The two vehicle collision, involving a Vauxhall Tigra and a Skoda Superb, happened just after midnight today (Thursday October 23) near the junction with the A6024. The driver of the Vauxhall, a 31-year-old woman who is believed to live in the Nottingham area,  is being treated for serious injuries in Manchester Royal Infirmary.  Her family has been contacted. The Skoda driver, who is a 51-year-old man from the Chesterfield area, was taken to hospital in Barnsley.  The extent of his injuries is not known at this time but they are not thought to be serious. The road was closed until 7.30am. Anyone who witnessed the collision, but has not yet contacted the police, should do so by ringing 101.

Budget cuts for Glossop police

Unedited press release from Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner:
Derbyshire's top two policing figures are now considering the outcomes of the recently completed Priority Based Budget Review with a view to meeting further budget cuts from the Government.
Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles and Chief Constable Mick Creedon said today that they are "totally committed on behalf of local taxpayers to delivering value for money."
However, the Commissioner warned: "We are now at the point where we have to question whether or not the Force can realistically continue to offer the same level of service. It's clear from the ongoing reductions to our budget that we will not be able to sustain officer numbers for much longer."

Doctor warns of lithium battery threat to children

A Manchester paediatrician has warned of the dangers of lithium batteries after two children swallowed them and died, and another five children in Greater Manchester suffered life-changing injuries after ingesting them. Dr Kate Parkins,  lead consultant for the region's Paediatric Intensive Care Transport Service, is calling for a national campaign to highlight the dangers. Lithium batteries are universally used to power  toys, keys and smartphones and, according to Dr Perkins, "look like sweets" to children. But when swallowed they set up an electrical current which causes a build-up of sodium hydroxide (caustic soda). "That causes a burn through the oesophagus, the feeding tube, and that can then burn through into major blood vessels and that's why the bleeding is then pretty much impossible to control and stop."

Glossopdale Community College to be rebuilt on Hadfield site

Derbyshire County Council have proposed selling Talbot House and the Talbot Road school sites, and building a new school at the Newshaw Lane site. The plan has been welcomed by both the Conservative and Labour candidates for the 2015 Parliamentary election and by the governors of Glossopdale Community College. The school missed out on grants to improve infrastructure that were part of the massive increases in spending on schools under the Blair government, because the headmaster at the time, Bryan Lees, had been suspended over allegations that were unreported in the local press, but featured prominently in Private Eye magazine. He eventually retired on the grounds of ill health but by the time a new headmaster had been appointed the grant scheme had finished. For years there have been rumours that the Glossopdale campus would have to be demolished, but there was no official confirmation of this until today.

Planning appeal over Gypsy-Traveller site application

An appeal has been made to the Secretary of State in respect of the refused planning permission for a Gypsy-Traveller site near Glossop Golf Club.  The appeals starts on the 9th October 2014 and will be decided on the basis of an informal hearing, details of which have not been announced yet. Comments can be made via the appeals section of the planning portal at

Police appeal after house is broken into in Charlesworth

On Thursday, September 25 at 8.55pm a house on Long Lane, Charlesworth was broken into. A large amount of jewellery was stolen including rings, wrist watches and necklaces. Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Steven Leatherbarrow on the non-emergency 101 number. To report crime anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

PC gets gold for Glossop in national police judo championships

A Glossop officer brings home a trophy and medals after securing a gold and bronze placing at this year’s national police judo championships.
 PC Julian Gallagher, from the Glossop Safer Neighbourhood Team, competed in three categories to represent Derbyshire at the PSUK Judo Championships. PC Gallagher fought his way through the competition and picked up a gold medal in the 100kg veterans category and a bronze medal in the over 90kg masters category.

No Derbyshire Library events in Glossop to celebrate National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day will be celebrated countrywide on Thursday 2 October and Derbyshire County Council libraries are holding events and poetry promotions throughout the month, but not in Glossop. There will be the chance to meet Derbyshire Poet Laureate, Helen Mort, one of the country’s leading young poets. She has recently been selected by The Poetry Book Society as one of their Next Generation Poets 2014. This is a prestigious accolade announced only once every ten years, recognising the 20 most exciting new poets from the UK and Ireland. Helen will be out and about around the county (excluding Glossop), taking part in poetry cafés and hosting workshops and readings.

Derbyshire schoolgirls move within same village and lose school bus pass

Unedited press release from Local Government Ombudsman:
Two Derbyshire sisters unfairly lost the funding for their school bus passes when they moved house within the same village, an investigation by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has found.
The report highlights how councils should operate a fair and accessible school transport review process.
The sisters, who attended a faith primary school in a neighbouring village, had been eligible for help getting to school.  But when they moved home, the county council told their parents they would now have to pay - despite getting the same bus, from the same bus stop.

Fears for Glossop rabbits

A recent British Veterinary Association (BVA) survey shows that 1 in 5 British vets are concerned about rabbits kept as pets. BVA’s Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey asked companion animal vets what types of pets the general public should be discouraged from keeping. Surprisingly high on the list were rabbits, with 22% of companion animal vets responding that people should be discouraged from keeping rabbits unless these animals can be properly looked after. Overwhelmingly, the message from vets is that while many people think rabbits are easy to look after and ideal pets for children, rabbits have complex needs and the traditional idea of the rabbit in the hutch can mean misery for these pets.

Villa hit Woodhouse for four

By Steve Exley
Dronfield Woodhouse 0-4 Tintwistle Villa
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 27th September, 2014
Tintwistle Villa got back to winning ways in the Hope Valley Premier League with a resounding 4-0 victory away at Sheffield based Dronfield Woodhouse FC on Saturday. Tintwistle opened the scoring through teenage striker Danny Welsh who directed a Bobby Lowrey cross past the Dronfield keeper from just inside the six yard box.

Ruby's comic strip saves lives

A Glossop girl's comic strip has been alerting the UK public to the importance of gas safety. Simmondley student Ruby Turton, aged 7, came second in a nationwide competition organised by the Gas Safe Register to capture the spirit of Gas Safety week. Ruby's story featured her dad, Lee Turton, as a gas safety hero called out when Freddie the Flame, normally a healthy blue, turned an ominous orange colour.

Two more women charged in connection with Glossop assault

Two more women have been charged in connection with an alleged assault that left a Glossop man with life-threatening injuries. John Wrigley suffered serious injuries after allegedly being attacked on the junction of Henry Street and Norfolk Street, Glossop. The 29-year-old remains in hospital in a stable condition following the incident, which happened at about 8pm on Saturday, August 30. Abigail Daniels, 23, of Woolley Bridge Road, Hadfield, has been charged with assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice. Elizabeth Willis, 25, of Queen Street, Glossop, has been charged with assisting an offender. Both have been bailed to appear at court at a later date.

Glossop carpenter shortlisted for national award

Jack Badger, a carpentry and masonry business based in Glossop, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award. The Wood Awards, which celebrates very best use of wood in British architecture, furniture and design, received a record entry of 300 projects and Jack Badger stood out for its hand carved oak gothic doors, which it designed and created for a property in York.

Police release image to help trace stolen motorbike in Chisworth

Police are appealing for information to help trace a motorbike that was stolen from a property in Chisworth, Glossop. Overnight between 9.30pm on Friday, September 12 and 12noon on Saturday, September 13, offenders stole a motorbike from outside a property on Marple Road, Chisworth by cutting off the security chain. Officers have released an image of the stolen red coloured Suzuki GSXR 600 model to help trace its whereabouts.

Former MUFC manager Tommy Docherty opens Charlesworth post office

Unedited Press release from Royal Mail:
To celebrate the launch of the new Charlesworth Post Office, former Manchester United Manager Tommy Docherty ‘cut the ribbon’ at an opening ceremony at 10:30 am today (Tuesday 16 September 2014).
 Tommy Docherty MP said: "I’m pleased to officially open the new Charlesworth Post Office and am delighted to be here today to congratulate Dori and Peter on their hard work and to formally declare the new Charlesworth Post Office open.”

Police seek witnesses over incident involving child

Police in Glossop are investigating an incident involving a 12-year-old girl and are appealing for witnesses.
On Sunday, September 14 at 5pm a 12-year-old girl was walking along a footpath between New Road and West Drive when a man jumped over a gate from Tintwistle allotments. As the man landed on the floor he put his arms around the girl, the girl then pushed his arms away and she ran off. The man was described as 20-years-old and was wearing a black hooded coat with a white zip, trainers and a baseball cap which was red on the front.

Commissioner asks parents to adopt safer parking habits in new school year

Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles is reminding parents to park safely as the new school term gets underway. The Commissioner launched an awareness campaign earlier this year in response to concerns raised by Derbyshire schools and disability groups about parents parking dangerously when collecting their children from school. Civil enforcement officers have the power to issue motorists with a fixed penalty for illegal parking and Commissioner Charles has warned that such measures will be used for those parents who consistently flout the rules. In addition to fines, police can also physically remove unattended vehicles if they block school gates, driveways or pedestrian paths - even for a few minutes.

Tintwistle Villa runners up in Bake off

Bakewell Town 3-0 Tintwistle Villa
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 14th September, 2014
By Steve Exley
Tintwistle Villa recorded a second successive defeat in the Hope Valley Premier League when Billy Higginbottom’s men made the journey to Bakewell Town on Saturday.
The first half of the match was an even contest with Villa keeping possession of the ball well. Liam Mainwaring making his season debut in midfield particularly impressed. But despite dominating possession Tintwistle failed to craft a meaningful effort on goal.

Busy week for members and officials at Glossop Golf Club

Last week was a busy week for both male and female members of the club together with officials of the club.  The men were playing for the prestigious Presidents Putter competition whilst the ladies were in action competing for the Captains Prize. The Presidents Putter was an 18 hole medal competition with the Trophy being awarded to the lowest net score, whilst there was also a Gold Medal award for the lowest gross score of the day.  Competition was fierce throughout the day with the eventual winner Greg Lynch finishing with a 5 under par round of 63 net, winning by one shot from David Hinchcliffe in second place.   The Gold Medal was won by Mike Boothroyd.

Five mile fitness challenge for Redcourt residents

Stepping out to improve fitness – five mile challenge for residents 12 September 2014: Putting their best foot forward as part of a new fitness challenge are residents of St Christopher’s Trust’s Redcourt site. The challenge is being spearheaded by the charity’s Residential Manager Lisa Chattington who has been inspired by the Cheshire Challenge. The residents, who all have learning difficulties, will be able to take on the aptly-named Redcourt Challenge to help them gradually improve their physical fitness.

Five people trapped in Glossop town centre lifts in six weeks

In two unfortunate incidents, fire fighters have had to be called to extricate people stuck in lifts in Glossop town centre over the last six weeks. In the first incident on 30th July, reported to have occurred at a building on Norfolk Square, firefighters freed three people stuck in a lift. On 8th September two people were stuck in a lift in a building on Victoria Street until they were freed by fire fighters. The identity of the buildings concerned is uncertain.

Six Glossop post boxes blocked over night after Royal Mail lose keys

Glossopians were mystified to find postboxes in Glossop blocked up yesterday.  A Royal Mail spokesperson, said: ”All postboxes in the SK13 area will be collected from normally today (September 10). Unfortunately yesterday, keys were misplaced for six postboxes in Glossop and the boxes were closed overnight. The boxes have all been put back into service today.”

Woman arrested in connection with Glossop assault released on police bail

The 23-year-old woman arrested in connection with the assault on John Wrigley in Glossop has been released on police bail. She was detained yesterday (Tuesday September 9) on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and assisting an offender. Mr Wrigley remains in a serious condition in hospital. He was assaulted at about 8pm on Saturday August 30 at the junction of Henry Street and Norfolk Street in Glossop. Anyone who has any information about the assault should contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Another arrest in Glossop serious assault case

Officers investigating an assault on 29-year-old John Wrigley in Glossop on Saturday August 30 have arrested a further suspect. The 23-year-old woman was arrested in Glossop today on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and assisting an offender.
As a result of recent publicity, and street checks by officers, a number of witnesses have now come forward.
Mr Wrigley remains in hospital in a serious condition. He was assaulted at about 8pm at the junction of Henry Street and Norfolk Street in Glossop.

Glossop mum's meningitis warning

Meningitis is still here’ warns local mum so make sure you know the symptoms.  A  Glossop mum is sharing her first-hand experience of meningitis and septicaemia  with the local community during national Meningitis Awareness Week (15 -21 September 2014) to ensure people are aware of the symptoms.
Hayley Jones said: “ My son Harley contracted Pneumococcal meningitis aged 6 weeks in August 2010. Harley had his milk as normal in the morning just after 7 when his dad went to work. He then went very floppy, was just staring, and his skin looked mottled and went grey like in colour.

Almost half a million to get Glossop Town Hall clock running and almost £10 million for repairs to the complex

It will cost £440,000 to remove asbestos and repair the clock tower at Glossop's crumbing Town Hall according to a HPBC report from 2013. The town hall has been closed since 2010, but continued to function as a timepiece for the town until October 2013, when HPBC issued a press release stating that the discovery of asbestos in the roof meant that the clock (and the flag pole) was out of action and would be "returned to service as soon as it’s safe to do so".  In fact they had known about the asbestos since at least February 2013 but had continued to try to keep the clock running throughout the summer.

Glossop Digital Story

High Peak Community Arts in partnership with Leicester University are developing a project about some of the buildings in Glossop. We would really like to hear from anybody with a tale to tell about the Mills, the Market Hall/Town Hall and Glossop Library.  The project is about the use of these buildings, how this has changed over time and how people have interacted with the buildings. So anyone who used to work in the Mills, anyone who works in the market or worked in the old town hall, we want to hear from you. 

Tintwistle Villa in disappointing subdued performance

Tintwistle Villa 0-1 Ashover
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 6th September, 2014
Tintwistle Villa succumbed to a disappointing 0-1 home defeat to newly promoted Ashover at West Drive on Saturday in a performance which polarised their prior week emphatic 3-0 home win over High Lane.
The game kicked off 15 minutes later than planned and this seemed to play into the hands of Ashover who started the brighter of the two sides showing more desire and effort than their counterparts in the opening stages of the match.

Tintwistle Villa start the season in style with an emphatic win

Tintwistle Villa 3-0 High Lane
Hope Valley Premier League – Saturday 30th August 2014
Tintwistle Villa played their first game of the season at home to Hope Valley Premier League newcomers, High Lane, on Saturday recorded an emphatic 3-0 win. Manager Billy Higginbottom started the game with a new look 5-3-2 formation and encouraged his players to adopt a short passing style which produced some attractive football for the West Drive crowd. Tintwistle looked the hungrier of the two sides in the opening stages of the match and it wasn’t long before they capitalised on their dominant possession with the first goal of the game.

Gentlemen of Glossop visit London

On Tuesday 2nd September the Gentlemen of Glossop Walking Group (WellFit CIC) took a trip south to show the UK Parliamentary Football Club (UKPFC) what Walking Football has to offer. It was a fantastic morning with both sets of players in high spirits raring to see what the opposition had to offer. The game started slowly with both teams treading carefully. For UKPFC this was their first encounter with Walking Football and one that needed a little time getting used to. Once they had managed to keep their canters at bay they got into a walking stride and quickly slotted away two goals, much to the distaste of the Glossop goalkeeper.

Potter blue plaque unveiled in Dinting

A Blue Plaque commemorating the contribution made to Glossop by Edmund Potter, founder of the Dinting Vale Printworks (and Beatrix Potter's grandfather) was unveiled today (September 6th 2014) at the Paint Superstore, Dinting Vale House by the Mayor of High Peak, Cllr Alan Barrow. This is the first in what the Glossop & District Heritage Trust hopes will be a series of plaques in honour of people who have made a major contribution to Glossop and district. Everybody was welcome, and there were refreshments.

Motorcyclist disqualified for speeding on Snake Pass

Shaun Ryles, aged 53, of Eastwood Mount, Rotherham, pleaded guilty to driving a Ducati motorcycle at excessive speed at Ladybower on the A57 Snake Pass. He was disqualified from driving for six months due to repeat offending, fined £250 plus civtim surcharge of £25 and costs of £35. Ryles had pleaded against disqualification because he would be unable to collect his daughter from school, but the court said that it was not a mitigating circumstance and other arrangements could be made.

Glossop police release picture of victim and appeal for witnesses

Officers investigating an assault in Glossop have released pictures of the man’s injuries, and appealed again for witnesses to come forward. John Wrigley (29) was assaulted at about 8pm on Saturday August 30, 2014 at the junction of Henry Street and Norfolk Street in Glossop. Detective Inspector Shaun McElheron, who is leading the investigation, said: “The assault happened in a busy part of the town near the railway station.  We know that there were many people in the area who have not yet contacted the police.

HPBC expose land contamination consultant fraudster

A man has been convicted of fraud after HPBC staff became suspicious of a land contamination report submitted in support of an application to convert a farm building in Glossop. Gary Dainton, aged 47, the director of Dragonfly Environmental, had falsified land contamination certificates at a number of sites around Manchester, including a primary school. He pleaded guilty to two counts of obtaining property by deception and six counts of fraud. Seventeen other offences were ordered to lie on file. He was given a 12 months suspended jail sentence at Minshull Street Crown Court.

Five charged in connection with Glossop town centre attack

Five people have been charged in connection with an assault on two men in Glossop town centre on Saturday August 30.
Anthony O’Neill (18) of Salisbury Street, Hadfield has been charged with Section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He has appeared at Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court today (Monday September 1, 2014) and was remanded in prison custody until September 15th.
Alan O’Neill (48) of Salisbury Street, Hadfield has been charged with assisting an offender and has been bailed to appear at court in Buxton on Monday September 15, 2014.
Carmel O’Neill (40) of Hadfield Road, Hadfield has been charged with Section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent and assisting an offender.  She has been bailed to appear at court in Buxton on Monday September 15, 2014.
Aaron Daniels (41) of Cottage Lane, Glossop has been charged with Section 18 grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.  He has been bailed to appear at court in Buxton on Monday September 15, 2014.
A 17-year-old youth from Hadfield has been charged with Section 18 grievous bodily harm with intent and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.  He has been bailed to appear at court in Buxton on Monday September 15, 2014.

Police appeal for witnesses after serious assault in Glossop

A man was seriously injured in assault in Glossop last night (Saturday August 30). The incident happened at about 8pm on the junction of Henry Street and Norfolk Street when several people were allegedly involved in a disturbance.  A 29-year-old local man sustained serious injuries and is being treated in Salford Royal Hospital. A 49-year-old man suffered minor injuries. Four people, a woman, two men and a youth, were arrested  and remain in police custody. Anyone who was in the area at the time should contact the police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Accident on Woodhead - road closed

A628 Rd Woodhead pass is closed in both direction due to an accident  involving a motorcyle (30th August 2014, 10.30am).

Glossop gets 4G mobile broadband

Mobile phone company EE have launched 4G mobile broadband in Glossop. Regional manager Mayur Patel was quoted as saying "“With the launch of superfast 4G, Glossop’s residents and businesses can now enjoy the benefits of faster mobile internet and improved connectivity. From streaming HD video on the move to seamless web browsing, 4G has already made a big difference to millions across the country.”

Information appeal following Kershaw Street motorcycle theft

Police in Glossop are appealing for information after a motorbike was stolen in the area. Overnight between 9pm on Monday, August 25 and 7:50am on Tuesday, August 26, thieves forced open the lock of a brick lock-up and stole a motorbike from within.A blue coloured Yamaha XT 125 motorbike was stolen from the property on Kershaw Street in Glossop. Officers would like to speak to anyone who has information about the theft or have been offered a bike matching the description that they believe could be stolen.

Motorcyclist seriously injured on Snake Pass

A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a car on the A57 Snake Pass road about 3 miles east of Glossop around 2.40pm on Sunday August 24th. Derbyshire Police are appealing for witnesses and can be contacted on 101.

Glossop and the Great War

An exhibition by Glossop Heritage Trust in the Casey Room, Bradbury House, Market Street, for the whole of September. At the end of the Great War, in towns and villages across the country, memorials were being designed and erected to commemorate those who had made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country. Glossop and Hadfield were no exception, and on 26th March 1922 Lord Howard and the Vicar of Glossop, Rev Martin Ellis, unveiled the cenotaph in Norfolk Square. The Mayor of Glossop, Samuel Bamforth, unveiled the cenotaph in Hadfield on the same day.

Police release CCTV footage relating to a robbery in Glossop

On Wednesday, August 6 at 5pm three men entered a convenience store on Glossop Road, Gamesley. The men began to threaten the staff with a weapon and demanded that they hand over cash from the tills. It is believed that two of the offenders ran in the direction of Cottage Lane and the third towards the playing green. All three of the offenders wore dark clothing and one of the men is described as around 5ft 6 ins tall, and is believed to be carrying a yellow ‘Ikea’ style bag.

Mugging in Glossop - appeal for witnesses

On Thursday, August 21 at 10.30pm a 17-year-old boy was walking along North Road in Glossop when he was approached by a man who asked him for his phone. The teenager refused, the man then punched him in the stomach and knocked the phone out of his hand. The youth retaliated and punched the man in the mouth and then ran away up North Road. The man was described as white, 5ft 11ins tall and was wearing a black hooded jacket with the hood worn up over a black cap.

Police appeal for witnesses after car is damaged in Hadfield

Officers from the Hadfield Safer Neighbourhood Team are appealing for information after damage was caused to a vehicle in the area. Sometime between 4pm on Wednesday, August 20 and 8am on Thursday, August 21, offenders used a sharp instrument to cause damage to the paintwork of a blue Toyota Auris. The incident took place on Etherow Way in Hadfield.  Officers are urging residents to remain vigilant and to report suspicious activity to police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Glossop solicitors waive will writing fee for The Christie

People in Glossop will have the opportunity to make or update their will for free next month as part of The Christie’s Make a Will Week, in return for a donation to the charity. The Christie, the North West’s specialist cancer centre is encouraging people to make a will, with the support of more than 50 law firms from across the region including Aspinal Wright on High Street West in Glossop.  During The Christie Charity’s Make a Will Week, from the 15th-19th September 2014, participating solicitors will help people make or update a will for free, when usually it can cost anything up to £150 for a basic will, or more for more complicated wills.

Mystery of Glossop Town Hall missing treasures

At the "Open Halls" consultation held by High Peak Borough Council in June 2012 interested parties were allowed inside Glossop's crumbling Town Hall. During that visit the editor of the Glossop Gazette found two of Glossop's treasures lying forgotten in the dust; The" Borough of Glossop Roll of Honorary Freemen" and the "Borough of Glossop Visitors' Book" from the old Mayor's Parlour.  High Peak Borough Council staff were alerted, who removed the items, saying that they would be given to the Glossop Heritage Trust. However, more than two years later the Heritage Trust remained unaware of the items.

High Peak Borough Council force Lancashire Chemicals to eliminate the stink

Complaints to HPBC about the stench created by a new yeast-drying process at Lancashire chemicals has prompted strict action by the council's Environmental Health Department. At the end of April the Pollution Control Officer issued a "community information letter" outlining the relevant legislation and the steps that were being taken to address the problem with the company. An update this month says that the council have ordered Lancashire Chemicals to stop the yeast drying process for up to three weeks from August 22nd to "allow the upgrade of the odour abatement equipment to meet the standards required by the council... which include a requirement for no offensive odour to be detectable at the site boundary. A short test period will then be allowed for measurements to be carried out and fine tuning of the process as part of the permit application process".

News from Glossop Golf Club

Last Saturday the members played a stableford competition for the Malcolm Siddall trophy. The scoring was very competitive with 3 players sharing the winning score of 39 points. After a count back the trophy was awarded to Mike Horsefield. Steve Wood won Division 1 with the same score, whilst Wilf Walker also with 39 points was runner up in Division 2. The Club currently have special offers on coaching and membership, phone Jamie 853117 for further details.

Glossop Golf Club opens new short game academy

It took over two years to plan and prepare, and last Friday Glossop and District Golf Club opened their new all-weather short game academy. Supported by a significant Sport England grant under the Inspired Facilities Initiative the Club have opened one of the best short game practice facilities in the north of England.

Dentist tops poll for best shop front

Unedited press release from HPBC: It was big smiles all round when High Street Dental in Glossop was named top of the shops in a poll of the town’s residents. Local people were asked to vote for their favourite new-look shop front earlier this year to mark the end of the Glossopdale Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) project which has seen the historic centre of Glossop undergo a transformation over the last seven years. Twenty-one commercial buildings have received grant funding for the repair or restoration of traditional architectural features and a further five have been improved independently of the grants programme but incorporating the traditional design principles.

Police & Crime Commisioner on wildlife crime

The passion that Derbyshire people have for protecting wildlife from crime is highlighted by Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles in a report that tells of a variety of policies led by him and fellow Commissioners in response to public demand. In the words of 13 Labour Commissioners, the Fabian Policy Report tells of work being done now and of their plans for the future. Letting in the Light is edited by Vera Baird, Commissioner for Northumbria. Among her points is the challenge her colleagues around the country face in getting the most benefit for the public in times of very tight public finances. Writing about his focus on the eradication of wildlife crime in Derbyshire and beyond, Commissioner Charles says that during the elections in 2012 he was lobbied more about wildlife crime than any other single issue. In response, he pledged to prioritise this area of crime alongside six other key areas. “Wildlife crime has far-reaching implications for our county and the police are committed to investigating it,” he says.

Glossop voters urged to make sure they’re registered

Electors across the High Peak will soon receive a letter from the Borough Council as changes are made to the way we all register to vote. Everyone who wants to be able to vote in elections and referendums needs to be registered in order to do so. Until now, one person in every household was responsible for registering everyone at that address. But from this summer this is changing and every person will be required to register individually.

Information appeal following robbery at Gamesley store

Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery in Glossop. On Wednesday, August 6 at 5pm three men entered a convenience store on Glossop Road, Gamesley. The men began to threaten the staff with a weapon and demanded that they hand over cash from the tills. It is believed that two of the offenders ran in the direction of Cottage Lane and the third towards the playing green. All three of the offenders wore dark clothing and one of the men is described as around 5ft 6 ins tall, and is believed to be carrying a yellow ‘Ikea’ style bag.

Glossop man guilty of manufacturing a firearm and conspiracy to blackmail

Michael Sierotko, aged 24, of Sunlaw Street Glossop was found guilty of manufacturing a firearm and conspiracy to blackmail and not guilty of attempted murder and conspiracy to kidnap at Manchester Crown Court. The court heard that Sierotko had followed instructions on a Youtube video to make a gun that was subsequently used to shoot a convicted drug dealer in the chest at Hagg Wood in Holmfirth after he had been kidnapped and told to hand over £100,000 or 2000g of cocaine in September 2013. Metal piping that matched the gun was recovered from Sierotko's parents house and a bookmark to the video was found on his phone.

Police warn about "legal highs"

Derbyshire police are issuing advice to warn drug users about the dangers of using new psychoactive substances following a recent court case. Last month a 20-year-old woman was convicted of dangerous driving at High Peak Magistrates’ Court after she admitted to driving under the influence of new psychoactive substances.  She appeared at court on Wednesday, July 16 and received a 12 month driving ban, 12 month community order, 54 hours unpaid work and a fine. She had collided with two vehicles which were parked on Hayfield Road in Birch Vale on Friday, March 3 2014.

Glossop golfer, 74, gets fancy watch for hole in one

The time was right for a Glossop golfer when he scored a hole-in-one during a recent club competition to be rewarded with a limited-edition BOSS watch as recognition for the achievement. Kenneth Harrison, 74, scored his ace on the 165-yard, par-three 12th at Glossop & District GC, and the 19-handicapper was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club and a specially-commissioned, commemorative timepiece.

Police appeal for information following theft from vehicles in Charlesworth

Police are appealing for information and issuing advice after a number of vehicles were broken into in Charlesworth and Glossop. Overnight between Sunday, July 27 and Monday, July 28, offenders broke into two vehicles which were parked in a residential car park on Marple Road in Charlesworth. An Acer laptop and cash were taken from a cream coloured Fiat 500 and Rayban sunglasses were stolen from a white Fiat 500. No damage was caused.  On the same night, thieves broke into a black coloured Peugeot van that was parked outside a property on Town Lane, Charlesworth.

Letter to the Editor: HPBC Local Development Plan

The articles provided by Cllr Bisknell and Cllr Claff ref:- High Peak Borough Council approving the proposed local development plan for or the next 15 to 20 years, appears to have been written to avoid revealing  actual numbers and relevant facts, but, uses many statements impressing on the public the importance of the documents.
  As a former Borough Councillor who was a member of the committee which started work on this plan 5 to 6 years ago. I must say I am surprised at the time and probable significant cost to the Council Tax payer it has taken Cllr Claff and his colleagues to complete the project.

Councillor invites Glossop Gazette to record council meeting

Councillor John Pitchard (Whaley Bridge, Independent) has granted permission for recording the HPBC Audit & Regulatory Committee meeting next week. Previously Councillors Gary Parvin (Old Glossop, Labour), David Mellor (Hayfield, Independent), Caitlin Bisknell (South Bench, Labour), Alan Barrow (New Mills East, Labour) and Tony Ashton (Sett, Conservative) had all refused permission to record meetings that they chaired this month. None of them provided a reason for refusal, although Cllr Mellor was quoted by officers as saying recording was "not appropriate". Cllr Pitchard told us that he was all in favour of recording council meetings and could see no reason why such permission should be refused.

Council action on Japanese knotweed

We asked HPBC and DCC where they were treating Japanese knotweed in Glossop, and what other steps they were taking to control the plant. HPBC said: "The areas being treated are: Manor Park, Shirebrook Drive, Hurst Brook, Harehills Park, Newshaw Lane park, Brookside Close, Tosser Path, West Drive Conduit Street Rec
Responses received: The Council contacted United Utilities regarding land near Swineshaw Reservoir. They undertook to investigate but said they had limited resources.
Specific instances on highway land, such as Broadbottom and Ling Longs Road, are reported to DCC.
Japanese Knotweed Solutions offered to do a presentation to councillors".

We asked Japanese Knotweed Solutions boss Mike Clough about the offer. His his reply warrants an separate article

Five chairs block recording of council meetings

High Peak Borough Council leader Caitlin Bisknell withheld permission to allow recording of the meeting of HPBC Executive that took place last night (24th July 2014), bringing to total number of chairs who have refused such permission in the last month to five. According to the constitution of HPBC: "Should any member of the public wish to record any part of a meeting, by visual and/or audio means, approval would be required from the Chair of the meeting". As far as can be ascertained such permission has never been granted.

HPBC: Local Plan agreement offers protection from developers

Unedited press release from Caitlin Bisknell:
Labour’s parliamentary candidate for High Peak, Caitlin Bisknell, has welcomed a unanimous council decision to submit the Local Plan to the Government’s planning inspectorate. However, she added that some criticisms of the plan showed a lack of understanding of the issues and the figures.
“By approving the plan last week the Council took a big step towards ensuring both a five year supply as well as giving much more weight to the all policies contained within the Local Plan.”

Draft masterplan for Woods Mill event - 28th July

Unedited press release from Plan A (North West) Limited
Local land owners, Glossop Land Limited and Lofthouse Developments Limited, are each preparing complementary planning applications proposing the regeneration of the Woods Mill area on the edge of Glossop Town Centre and invite the local community to have their say on the emerging proposals. Glossop Land Limited, the majority landowner, has been promoting the regeneration of the Woods Mill area for many years in partnership with the Regeneration Team at High Peak Borough Council.

Information appeal after vehicles are damaged in Hadfield

Officers from the Hadfield Safer Neighbourhood Team are appealing for information after two vehicles were damaged in the area. At around 6.30pm on Thursday, July 17, offenders used a sharp instrument to cause damage to the paintwork of a black Ford Focus. Scratches were also caused to the vehicle on Tuesday, July 1 however this was not reported to police. The incident took place on John Dalton Street in Hadfield. Police are also appealing for information after damage was caused to the paintwork of a grey coloured Citroen C5. Offenders used an unknown instrument to cause the damage to the vehicle that was parked on Jones Street, Hadfield on Wednesday, July 16.

Golfers support Kidneys for Life

On Sunday the Club again hosted the MRI charity day to raise money for Kidneys for life. This is the 5th consecutive year the Club has helped this Manchester based charity raising money to help those with kidney problems and enhance the patient experience when people have to spend time in hospitals. The Glossop event was started by Club members John O’Grady and Keith Clegg after John’s son-in-law was found to be in need of a transplant and John was a suitable donor.

Another councillor refuses to allow HPBC meeting to be recorded

The chair of High Peak Borough Council's Corporate Select Committee, Cllr Tony Ashton (Conservative, Sett) refused permission for the Glossop Gazette to record this evening's Corporate Select Committee meeting. The meeting, which will be held in Buxton at 6.30pm will discuss. among other things, the shortfall in the amount of affordable housing delivered in the High Peak. Glossop Gazette asked Cllr Ashton on 25th June for permission to record the meeting, but received no reply.  When we phoned him he said that the issue had to be put to a full council meeting, and that he was refusing the request. We pointed out that the constitution of HPBC states recording of meetings is at the discretion of the chair of the meeting. He said he would check with colleagues and respond within two weeks. When we pointed out that in two weeks the law will change to allow recording without any permission he laughed. 

Police appeal for witnesses after Buddy Holly memorabilia stolen from a house in Glossop

Sometime between Friday, July 18 at 9.45am and 4.20pm a house off Dinting Lane, Higher Dinting was broken into.
An iPad, large quantity of jewellery and some watches were stolen along with two very distinctive pieces of memorabilia. One was an A3 black frame containing a gold ‘Peggy Sue’ single record disc and a picture of Buddy Holly and the second was a frame with a genuine Buddy Holly signature.

Mind Glossop need peer mentor volunteers

Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind are looking for volunteers to become Peer Mentors for an exciting new scheme working with people living in supported housing in Tameside. The volunteer peer mentors will work with customers who may have been homeless or at risk of homelessness who now live in supported housing in provided by Threshold ( The main emphasis of the work will be to coach and support the mentee over a three to six month period to help them move into their own independent accommodation.

Glossop woman's treasure returned

Report by Pamela Sweeney
A woman from Glossop has been reunited with a precious family heirloom feared lost after she accidentally dropped it into a charity collection tin. Lillian Barnsley (72) spoke of her relief today on receiving the news that her late brother’s treasured WW2 identity disc had been found in the seventh of eight collection buckets belonging

Glossop back to the dark ages as phone signal fails

Mobile phones are out all over Glossop because of technical problems that might not be fixed until Tuesday. There are unconfirmed reports that some Glossopians have been hitting their phones with rocks in attempts to make them functional, but this has been ineffective. Intermittent, weak or non existent signal has been reported from most networks since earlier in the week.  Freeview TV was also affected throughout the region on Friday, but most of Glossop had signal for the crucial 7.30 and 8.30pm viewing times. According to 02 "Sorry a phone mast close to you isn't working. This means you might experience problems making calls, using the internet, or sending/receiving emails in this area." No amount of hammering will fix this problem, be patient.

Council leader has nothing to say about recording of HPBC meetings

Glossop Gazette asked High Peak Borough Council leader Caitlin Bisknell (Labour, Stone Bench) if it was  true that the chairs of HPBC committees had been told by her or by officers not to allow recording of meetings until after 7th August 2014, when they will have no power to prevent it. We also requested a reply from a question asked several weeks ago: "Do you agree that the press should have the right to record parts of council meetings that the press and public were not excluded from?"  Cllr Bisknell replied "I have passed your comments on to officers and asked them to respond to you directly". Four local councillors did reply to the question, you can read their responses here

No OFCOM bid for Glossop Community Radio

Glossop Community Radio has announced that it will not be applying for an OFCOM licence to become a broadcasting community radio station. OFFCOM were accepting licence applications this year for Glossop, and the local group, which started in 2012, hoped to have bolstered enough support to make an application. Alas, it wasn't to be and Glossop will have to make do with "local" radio stations from High Peak and Tameside.

Glossop residents warned of heatwave

Residents are being urged by Derbyshire County Council to take a few simple precautions to stay safe in the heatwave forecast for the next few days. The Met Office has today warned of potential heatwave conditions across parts of England, including Glossop. This warning is triggered when there is a 60 per cent or higher chance of temperatures being high enough on at least two consecutive days to have a significant effect on health.

Tintwistle Athletic FC Under 16's - new players required

Tintwistle Athletic U16's are looking for new players training every Weds starting 6th Aug 7-8pm.

Three Chairs refuse permission to record High Peak Borough Council meetings

Three HPBC councillors have refused permission for meetings they chair to be recorded in the last two weeks. Cllrs Alan Barrow, Gary Parvin and David Mellor refused to allow recording at meetings of Full Council, Community Select Committee and Development Control Committee. The situation will change entirely in three weeks, when the Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014 come into force. From August 6th 2014 onwards permission will no longer be required from the Chairs of meetings to record them. Until then HPBC seem determined to keep recording devices out of their meetings.

Letter from Cllr. John Haken about the Local Plan

In a highly critical letter Cllr John Haken (Simmondley, Conservative) has blasted the preparation of High Peak Borough Council's local plan, saying it has  overestimated housing requirements in the area by almost 2,000 houses, and that there are no provisions for extra transport and education resources to cope with the new housing allocations. We have invited comments from HPBC's  Executive Member for Regeneration, Cllr Godfrey Claff (Howard Town, Labour) and will include any response provided on this page. The full text of Cllr Haken's letter is below.

Join journey of discovery in Old Glossop

If you’ve got a passion for the past and a love of where you live then join us next week for the launch of an exciting new visitor attraction sharing stories of life in Old Glossop as it developed from an agricultural settlement to a textile town. Members of High Peak Borough Council and the Glossop Heritage Trust will share their knowledge of the area as they accompany guests on a guided walk along the Old Glossop Heritage Trail on Tuesday 22 July and everyone is welcome to come along.

Captains weekend at the Golf Club

Last weekend saw the men from Glossop Golf Club play in the annual Captains weekend competition. The competition is a two day, 36 hole medal competition, and the most coveted trophy in the Club’s golfing diary. All competitors compete on the Saturday but only the top 36 from Saturday are invited to play on the Sunday.

Gas leak on Ellison Street

Builders accidentally drilled through a gas pipe on Ellison Street yesterday, and the road was closed to traffic pending repairs. The solicitors was evacuated and there was a strong smell of gas. The closure of Ellison Street, a popular shortcut, increased the traffic at the traffic lights in the middle of town.

Repairs to Shelf Brook in Manor Park due to start

Watercourse repairs to Shelf Brook in Glossop’s Manor Park are set to begin shortly. The work has been commissioned by High Peak Borough Council and will be carried out by Bethell Construction Ltd. The scheme includes underpinning and repairs to the river walls, repointing bridges and enabling works to ensure a safe working environment during construction. The work is due to be begin this month and is expected to be completed by mid-September.

Snake Pass A57 fatal collision - witnesses sought

Police have appealed for witnesses after a collision on the Snake Pass which resulted i the death of a motorcyclist. On Saturday, July 12 at 5.10pm a red Honda CBR 600 motorcycle was in collision with a grey Skoda Yeti in an area known locally as Rowlee Farm, between Snake Summit and the Ladybower Inn. The rider of the Honda, a 24-year-old man from Leeds was airlifted to Sheffield Northern General Hospital but died on Monday. The two female passengers in the Skoda are also being treated for serious injuries.

News from Tintwistle Athletic

Tintwistle Athletic are hosting a coffee morning, this Saturday (16th July) from 10am-12pm at Bradbury House, Glossop, to raise funds for the club. It's 50p entry including a free tea/coffee and two biscuits. Also, our new Under 7's, who have secured sponsorship from McDonalds Mottram have been coming on leaps and bounds over the last few weeks in the East Manchester JFL Summer league. Managers Lea Howden & Matt Dewsnap couldn't be happier saying they have seen a 'big improvement from every single player week after week'. 

No surprises as Gypsy/Traveller application thrown out

Peak District National Park Authority refused the application to build a six berth gypsy/traveller site near Glossop Golf Club earlier today, citing a host of reasons, the most relevant of which was that it "does not demonstrate any exceptional circumstances which would override national and local policy which seek to strictly limit new traveller site development in open countryside and outside areas allocated within the Development Plan. Therefore approval of the proposed development would also be contrary to National planning policy for traveller sites"

Gamesley Bowling Club primary schools' competition

To many people Crown Green Bowls is a pastime for old men whose sporting glory is in the past but Gamesley Bowling Club have given a new generation a taste of the game some call “chess on grass” with a summer of primary school coaching culminating in a sun-bathed afternoon of competition at the Melandra Castle Road club.

Police issue appeal after Hollingworth woman attacked at home

Police have released an Evo-fit of a man wanted after a woman was assaulted and robbed in her own home, in Hollingworth, Tameside. Between 1.30pm and 2pm on Wednesday 25 June 2014, a woman was in the kitchen in her home on Mottram Moor, when a man came in through the back door and hit her in the face, whilst demanding money. He then ransacked the house and stole some items before leaving. The woman blacked out after being hit and didn’t see the man leave. The man is described as white, in his 30s and was wearing dark jeans and a t-shirt and jacket.

Spotlight on preventing child sexual exploitation

Chelsea’s Choice – a powerful theatre-style production aimed at raising awareness of child sexual exploitation – is coming to the High Peak this week. Delivered by AlterEgo, the production throws a spotlight on how young people, boys and girls, can be groomed by adults for the purpose of sexual exploitation. High Peak Borough Council, as part of the Community Safety Partnership, has organised a preview performance in Buxton on Thursday 10 July and anyone concerned about child safety is invited to attend. Glossop schools can book performances for the next school year.

Trains delays blamed on "sheep on line"

Trains between Glossop and Manchester were delayed this morning because of sheep on the railway track. A signalman attempted to herd the flock back to Dinting, but both the 06:06 and 06:38 trains were delayed. Picture courtesy of Matt Hunt and Maggie Hunt.

Delays on M67 westbound until September/November

On the M67 westbound between junction J2 and the M60, "minor delays" are possible due to roadworks. Expect disruption until 5:00 am on 5 November 2014.
On the M67 westbound between junctions J2 and J1A, minor delays can be expected at peak times due to barrier repairs closing one lane, between 9 pm and 5 am, from 12 May 2014 to 30 September 2014.

Friday afternoon press release on HPBC/DCC concordat

Friday afternoon press releases from local government always raise an eyebrow at the Glossop Gazette, especially when they concern our public buildings. The press release is reproduced verbatim below.
4 July 2014 15:57
Councils pledge partnership to drive growth and prosperity
Ambitious plans for economic growth, jobs and business opportunities and training and apprenticeships in the High Peak have been given the formal backing of the area’s two leading councils.

Glossop drink driver banned and fined

Ashley Dawkes, aged 23, of Queens Drive, Glossop, pleaded guilty to driving a Vauxhall Astra on Queens Drive after consuming so much alcohol it was measured at 80µg per 100ml of breath. He was fined £230 plus victim surcharge of £23 and costs of £85. He was banned from driving for 16 months. [7th July 2014, Northern Derbyshire Magistrates' Court sitting at Buxton Magistrates' Court]

Hole in one for Jason

Glossop Golfer Jason McCabe scored a hole in one last Thursday whilst playing for the Club. Jason was representing the B team in the Derbyshire and Cheshire League playing at the Davenport Club in Poynton. His shot was at the par 3 tenth hole. Whilst it was a good day for Jason, drinks all round was as good as it got for the remaining team members as both the A and B teams lost on the day.

ITV clear up confusion over Tour de France coverage

We asked ITV:

1. Stage 2 of the Tour de France included the A6024/A628 intersection at Woodhead Reservoir. ITV did not broadcast this section of the race. Was the commercial break at this point triggered by the streaker that accompanied the cortege? They replied "No, it was a scheduled advert break".

2. ITV named the reservoir at the A6024/A628 intersection as "Ladybower" and talked about its connection with the Dambusters. However Ladybower is in a completely different place. This reservoir is Woodhead Reservoir, part of the Longdendale chain that was the biggest man-made water body on Earth when it was built by John Frederic La Trobe Bateman, completed in 1877. Where did ITV get its information from?  ITV replied "This was simply a mistake by the commentator, which was corrected later in our coverage".

Council leader sets out 'unrelenting' budget cuts proposals

Unedited press release from Derbyshire County Council:
Derbyshire County Council’s Leader today laid bare the effect of ‘unrelenting’ Government budget cuts which will force the end of some services. The council is reviewing its five year financial plan and this has confirmed that it is facing the toughest cuts in the council’s history. Cuts in Government grants – which make up 68% of the council’s budget – inflation and greater demands on services for older people and vulnerable children mean the county council needs to cut £157m from its budget by 2018. As part of this £157m reduction, the authority’s Cabinet will meet next week (Tuesday 15 July) to consider further potential budget reductions over the next three years totalling nearly £70m.