BAMFORD PARISH MEETING 2018
The annual Bamford Parish Meeting took place at 8pm on 9 April 2018 in the Bamford Institute with Cllr Sue Beckett, Chair of Bamford with Thornhill Parish Council, in the chair. Parish Councillors Ashton, Farrell, Hearnshaw, Rosier, Stubbs, Tattersall and Taylor were present, and 6 other electors. (Minutes taken by Peter Leppard, Parish Clerk.)
Minutes of the Annual Meeting of 6 March 2017 were distributed to all present.
Chair’s report Cllr Beckett described some aspects of the past year:
The Council had discussed planning to light a beacon on Bamford Edge on the evening of 11 November 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the WW1 armistice. But, having looked into the difficulties of this project, it was instead decided that a poppy-based commemoration throughout the parish (more extensive than usual for Remembrance Day) would be more appropriate, and plans are being developed accordingly.
The Parish Council, together with Bamford History Group, were awarded £6,000 from The Heritage Lottery Fund for their 1914-18 and beyond project, commemorating the centenary of WW1. There was a public meeting on 28 October to launch the project to residents. The plans have since been developed further:
- Poppies will adorn the village; there are a number of people knitting/making poppies.
- Books/leaflets will be produced to tell the stories of all those named on our War Memorial and also how the social life of the village has changed since WW1. The older generation’s memories as to how village life has changed since will also be recorded.
- BCAC will put on a free performance of The Unreturning Army in the Bamford Institute.
- The Bamford History Group will be putting on an exhibition.
- Bamford School is keen to be involved. Children will make poppies which will be placed on the village Green. The School will also, with the help of the History Group, have an exhibition to help the children understand the War.
- A special service will be held, which we hope will involve all the Churches in the village.
- A website will be set up to hold all the information and events.
26 September was the 4th anniversary of the closure of Bamford Clough. Whilst we have continued to push DCC for a resolution to this problem, to date very little has been forthcoming.
In October the Council decided, after a vote, that it would not be a good use of taxpayer’s money to employ a consultant to advise us on our road difficulties, i.e. parking etc, but we have once again consulted DCC for their views.
Our Facebook page is proving to be a good way for the Council to bring to the notice of residents any immediate issues.
Remedial work was carried out in December and January to all the trees on Coronation Gardens and The Green, making sure that we conserve them for many more years to come. We also made representations to Severn Trent to try to reopen the Vic Hallam museum safely on its present site.
While discussing the level at which to set the Council’s 2018/19 budget, Councillors explored whether the County Council would let us take over some of its activities (e.g. pavement cleaning, verge-cutting) in exchange for a payment from them. We felt that we could organise these activities more effectively, thus giving a better outcome for our community. Unfortunately, DCC are hesitating as to whether to go down this road. So now the Parish Council is looking to employ a village ‘caretaker’ to undertake various jobs that the Parish needs carrying out regularly. It was felt that a small increase in the Council’s precept was justified to cover this cost and other improvements to the village. So it was set at £12,843 for financial year 2018/19, equating to £21.73 p.a. per Band D household, compared with £18.48 in 2017/18 (which was below the average across High Peak parishes).
In January we heard the sad news of the death of Cllr Richard Bennett. In order to commemorate his service to the Council and his commitment to Thornhill, the Council will put a plaque in Thornhill’s defibrillator kiosk (as installing the defibrillator had been Richard’s idea). The bench on the Thornhill Trail overlooking the Bennett farm also has a commemorative plaque. We have welcomed Karen O’Connor to replace Richard on the Council. Cllr Gordon Danks was elected the new Vice-chair of the Council in place of Cllr Bennett.
Cllr Rachel Waterfall retired in December after 26 years’ service and we have been fortunate in co-opting Stephen Brennan to replace her. So once again we have two councillors to represent Thornhill.
2017’s road closure on Carnival Day caused gridlock in Thornhill, through many vehicles attempting to use the route as a rat-run. The Parish Council has discussed with High Peak Borough Council (who make the road Closure Order for Bamford), and Bamford Carnival Committee are confident that 2018 will not be a repeat of last year. Discussions are ongoing.
The National Park Authority had consulted the Parish Council on their proposed new Transport Design Guide. It was agreed that the Guide gives too much emphasis to car issues and insufficient focus to public transport, and also that more measures need to be included to help orientate visitors unfamiliar with the Park.
The Parish Council made donations during the year to Hope Valley Community First Responders (£200), Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre (£100), Bamford with Thornhill Recreation Ground (£800) and Chapel-en-le-Frith Mobile Physiotherapy Service (£200).
There appear to be some cases where ‘minor’ crimes in the village are not being reported to the police, perhaps in the belief that there is no point in doing so. But the Police advise everyone that all crimes should be reported by phoning 101 because, even if no action is able to be taken by the Police at the time, the data can help establish patterns of crime and thus maybe a need for improved police resources.
At a recent joint meeting of the Hope Valley parish councils, (1) the possibilities for greater CCTV coverage (as a crime deterrent) on the roads into/out of the Valley was discussed, but the considerable cost was felt to be disproportionate to the likely benefits, and (2) PC Mason reported that he was in the early stages of seeking to develop a renewed SmartWater campaign, to help the Valley’s householders protect items against theft; more details are expected to be available later in the year. PC Mason also reported that reported crime in the Hope Valley remains low.
After discussions with Network Rail, they have now decided to employ a local contractor to trim overgrown roadside hedges near the station. Mr David Randall was thanked for once again keeping the hedge between Saltergate Lane and the railway bridge in such good order. The long-awaited Public Inquiry decision on the proposed widening of the railway to 3 tracks between east of Bamford station and western Hathersage has now been published; as the scheme has been approved, the works are expected to start some time during 2019.
Friends of Bamford Station have improved the look of the station with flower planters, developed an improved noticeboard and also made the staion a tidier place. They are also in discussions with Hope Valley Rail Users Group about possible future changes to the timetable.
Mr Goff Gartside was thanked for taking Cllr Richard Bennett’s place in making sure, with the help of our snow warden Cllr John Stubbs, that our roadside grit-bins were filled in time for this winter’s snowfalls.
Bamford School has been rated Good at its recent Ofsted inspection. It has held a pre-consultation re possible extension of the age-range to include 3-year-olds.
Local businesses are being encouraged to join a new group, Hope Valley Business Zoo.
We are anticipating a Lancaster bomber flypast on 16 May this year, the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid, though details are not yet available.
Issues raised from the floor
- What is the timescale for recruing the new ‘caretaker’? Within the next couple of months.
- Thanks for a good job done in improving Station Rd’s pavement, and also with pavement snow-clearing.
- Joan La needs its surface cleaning, and Saltergate La needs a number of surface repairs.
- There are several potholes in Taggs Knoll/Fidlers Well.
- Please ask Severn Trent to prevent surface water runing out of their gates down Saltergate La.
- When will the water leak half-way up Saltergate La be repaired? Next week.
- The Parish Council’s minutes are often unhelpfully brief.
Cllr Beckett thanked residents for their attendance. The meeting closed at 8.30pm.
THORNHILL PARISH MEETING 2018
The annual Thornhill Parish Meeting took place at 8pm on 20 March 2018 in Bamford Village Institute with Cllr Sue Beckett, Chair of Bamford with Thornhill Parish Council, in the chair. Cllr Stephen Brennan (councillor for Thornhill Ward) was present, and 2 other electors (and 1 observer). (Minutes taken by Peter Leppard, Parish Clerk.)
Apologies were received from Helen Armitt, Rachel Waterfall, Deirdre Crookes and Patricia Brennan.
Minutes of the 2017 meeting were confirmed as correct.
1. The Digital Derbyshire project is still not offering an estimated date for fibre broadband reaching Thornhill.
2. Collapsing verge near railway bridge on Thornhill La – to be reported again to DCC.
Cllr Beckett reported on:
1. Changes of councillor – Cllr Rachel Waterfall had retired in December after 26 years’ service on the Parish Council; Stephen Brennan had been co-opted into this vacancy. Cllr Richard Bennett had died unexpectedly in January; the Council intends to commemorate him through a plaque at Thornhill’s defibrillator kiosk (as installing the defibrillator had been Richard’s idea) and also on a public seat. Expressions of interest to fill Richard’s vacancy would be very welcome.
2. As the Parish Council expects to start employing a part-time caretaker/handyman over the coming year to keep the parish tidier, there will be a small increase in the Council’s precept for financial year 2018/19; it will be £21.73 p.a. per Band D household, compared with £18.48 in 2017/18.
3. The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £6,000 to the 1914-18 and beyond project, being organised jointly by the Bamford History Group and the Parish Council to commemorate the centenary of WW1. It is hoped to involve as many residents as possible in the project. Although consideration had been given to lighting a beacon on Bamford Edge on the evening of 11 November 2018 - the centenary of the WW1 armistice - instead there will now be a poppy-based commemoration throughout the parish (more extensive than usual for Remembrance Day).
4. The sudden closure of the Rising Sun inn had made it unavailable for its usual role as Polling Station for Thornhill, so the Borough Council has been using Glenbrook as an alternative venue. It is understood that a planning application will be submitted soon by the new owners of the Rising Sun.
5. An unexpected tractor rally processing through Thornhill on 21 May 2017 had caused appreciable disruption, but subsequent discussion with the National Park Authority had not identified a workable way to control this better in future.
6. In July, a resident had complained of high numbers of vehicles breaching the 40mph speed limit on Hope Rd, so the County Council was asked to install a temporary traffic-speed measuring device there. This showed that the great majority of traffic here was not speeding significantly.
7. The road closure through Bamford on carnival day 2017 caused gridlock in Thornhill, from vehicles attempting to use that route as a rat-run. Efforts are being made to better manage this in 2018.
8. The National Park Authority consulted the Parish Council on their proposed new Transport Design Guide. The Council’s comments were that the Guide gave too much emphasis to car issues and insufficient focus to public transport, and also that more measures need to be included to help orientate visitors unfamiliar with the Park.
9. Over the past year, the Parish Council opted to make donations to Hope Valley Community First Responders (£200), Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre (£100), Bamford with Thornhill Recreation Ground (£800) and Chapel-en-le-Frith Mobile Physiotherapy Service (£200).
10. There appear to be some cases where minor crimes in the village are not being reported to the police – perhaps in the belief that there is no point in doing so. However ongoing police advice is that all crimes need to be reported to them (by phoning 101) as, even if no action is taken by the police at the time, patterns of crime - which may be helpful to police subsequently - can emerge from this data.
11. At a recent joint meeting of the Hope Valley parish councils, the possibilities for greater CCTV coverage (as a crime deterrent) on the roads into/out of the Valley had been discussed; the considerable cost was however felt to be disproportionate to the likely benefit – as reported crime in the Hope Valley remains low.
12. Our local Police Constable is seeking to develop a renewed SmartWater campaign, to help the Valley’s householders protect items against theft; more details of this are expected later this year.
13. Mr John Bennett was thanked for the particularly high quality of roadside hedge-trimming in Thornhill this year.
14. The long-awaited Public Inquiry decision on the proposed widening of the railway to 3 tracks between east of Bamford station and western Hathersage was published in February, approving the scheme; the works are expected to start during 2019. They will not affect Thornhill.
15. The Friends of Bamford Station have made some improvements to its appearance. The Hope Valley Rail Users’ Group continues to press for improvements to the timetable.
16. Bamford School was rated as Good at its recent Ofsted inspection. It is considering possible extension of the pupil age-range to include 3-year-olds.
17. A new group, Hope Valley Business Zoo, has recently been established – which local businesses are encouraged to join.
18. A Lancaster bomber flypast is expected on 16/17 May – the 75th anniversary of the 1943 Dambusters Raid – though details are not yet available.
Issues raised from the floor
1. The road surface adjacent to the railway bridge on Thornhill La appears to be sinking relative to the bridge, creating more of a dip. To be pursued with DCC.
2. It is believed that a resident (who was not present) is organising a petition seeking a 30mph limit along Hope Rd.
The meeting closed at 9.05pm.