Local MP Andrew Bingham joined former Manchester United Manager Tommy Docherty at the official opening of the new Charlesworth Post Office last week, with Tommy cutting the ribbon.
As part of Post Office plans to modernise the network and extend opening hours for customers, the new Charlesworth Post Office, located at Charlesworth News, 5 Marple Road, Charlesworth, Glossop, SK13 5EZ, offers Post Office services from a serving point at the retail counter.
The new Charlesworth Post Office is open from 7am to 10pm Monday to Sunday, offering customers an extra 45 hours of Post Office service every week.
Postmaster Peter Henshall said:
“We were delighted to have the opportunity to open the new branch and are very pleased to be officially launching it today for the community. We hope our customers like their new Post Office; a big thank you to Tommy Docherty and Andrew Bingham for taking time from busy schedules to come here today. I’d also like to thank the local community for their continued support and use of the branch.”
Tommy Docherty 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.”
"I'm delighted to attend the official opening of the new Post Office in Charlesworth. This is fantastic for local residents and the local community, and I'd also like to congratulate Dori and Peter for their hard work and dedication to taking on this vital service."
Richard Hall, Post Office Senior Stakeholder Manager, said:
“We understand how important having a Post Office is to residents in Charlesworth and I am confident that this new modern Post Office will meet the needs of the local community and secure services for the future.
“This modernisation is part of a major investment programme, the largest in the history of the Post Office and marks a commitment to no more branch closure programmes.”
Under the current Parliament the Government has committed £1.34bn for the Post Office network to make sure there is no programme of Post Office closures and to update branches; in November the Government announced a further £640m investment in the Post Office network, from 2015 to 2018.
Nationwide, the investment programme will see up to 8,000 branches modernised with additional investment in over 3,000 community and outreach branches.
Local MP Andrew Bingham is this week recovering from his 65-mile walk around the High Peak, which has so far raised almost £5000 for Glossop-based charity High Peak Women’s Aid.
High Peak Women’s Aid has supported families experiencing domestic abuse across the High Peak for 35 years. They support up to 400 women, men, children and young people every year, working with them to overcome current difficulties and contributing to improvements in their overall safety and wellbeing.
The active MP walked from the Snake Pass inn, through Glossop to Hayfield, through New Mills and Whaley Bridge to Buxton, then on through Peak Forest to Castleton, and through Hope and Bamford before finishing at the Snake Pass inn again.
Along the way, he called in on Mettrick’s Butchers in Glossop and Buxton Water, who both sponsored the hike. The main sponsor was The Dow Chemical Company, and other sponsors were No.6 The Square Tearooms, Cottage Craft Spirals, HD Sharman, High Peak Radio, Lafarge Tarmac, Glossop Business Network, Federal Mogul, Mountain Warehouse, The Royal Hotel Hayfield, The Old Hall Hotel in Buxton, and The Cheshire Cheese in Castleton.
Andrew has also raised over £1000 so far on his JustGiving page – www.justgiving.com/HighPeakHike2014 – and he hopes to raise a bit more now the hike is finished, to take the total amount raised to over £5000.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have raised so much money for High Peak Women’s Aid. Nearly £5000 is a tremendous amount of money, and I want to thank all the companies who have sponsored me, as well as everyone who has individually sponsored me – they’ve been so generous, and I hope to still raise a little bit more, to push the total over the £5000 mark.
“I’m still quite sore, but it was definitely worth it – not only for the views of the stunning countryside we live alongside, but also for the amount I raised, which has far exceeded any of the previous hikes I’ve done.”
Andrew Bingham MP joined visitors from around the world to celebrate the opening of Street Crane's new £3 million hoist factory last week. Street is the UK’s largest crane and hoist manufacturer and around 70 per cent of their £35 million turnover is derived from the sale of hoists and crane kits to overseas manufacturers.
The new hoist factory will give the company capacity to increase wire rope hoist production from a current level of 2500 hoists to 3200 hoists per year. The company anticipates that, based on current growth, a second shift will be needed by 2016 to double production – bringing further jobs.
Over ten per cent of Street Crane’s 200 strong staff work in research and development. This involves the development and refinement of cranes and hoists and also bespoke software for crane design and costing which Street supply to their overseas partners as part of their support package.
Managing Director, Andrew Pimblett, said:
"We currently have the strongest order book in our history. We have worked hard to build an international network of nearly 90 overseas distributors in 48 countries.
To support our global network we have continually invested in the business, creating products such as our ZX hoist range to meet mainstream lifting needs up to 80 tonnes. This is a product specifically developed for world markets and is designed to conform to multiple international standards and be adaptable to demanding end user requirements."
Andrew Bingham MP said:
"I was delighted to officiate at the opening. Street Crane are a fantastic local company who export all over world. Indeed, when I visited the troops in Afghanistan a couple of years ago I saw two cranes from Streets operating in Camp Bastion.
"I was especially pleased as my late father worked for Street Crane many years ago. It's great to see High Peak companies prospering, expanding and creating more jobs and employment for local people as the economy continues to recover and grow."
High Peak MP Andrew Bingham and Stalybridge & Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds have this week reassured local residents that a solution to the traffic problems between Mottram and Tintwistle is still very much on their agenda.
The pair spoke just after attending the latest meeting of stakeholders for the Trans-Pennine Feasibility Study in Sheffield. The study was set up last year following personal representations to the Chancellor, and a dedicated team of officials from the Highways Agency and Department for Transport have been working on it ever since.
As part of the Government’s Action for Roads strategy, the study is looking at congestion on the roads along the Trans-Pennine route - including the A57 through Glossop and the A628 through Mottram, Hollingworth and Tintwistle - and also looking at identifying potential solutions.
The work is now in its third and final stage and should report in time for the Chancellor's Autumn Statement later this year.
"On being elected back in 2010, one of the first things in my sights was a bypass for Tintwistle and a spur-road to Glossop. I have spent four years pestering the Chancellor and various Ministers about this issue and highlighting the major traffic problems, so I was pleased to finally see some movement last year in the form of this feasibility study.
"At the latest meeting I was pleased to see the work that has been done on looking at all possible solutions and testing them against various criteria, and that these solutions will now be tested in greater detail.
"Whilst I don't know what the final report will say, I remain hopeful that it will officially confirm what we all know - that there is a major problem here - and I am also hopeful that it will propose real solutions for the Government to look seriously at."