The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has today given the go ahead for an initial scheme of at least £170 million to resolve the traffic issue through Mottram and to build a link road to Glossop. The Government will also consult on whether to extend the proposed scheme to relieve pressure on Tintwistle as well.
The road network at the east of Manchester has required further investment for a number of years. The town of Mottram suffers from high traffic levels, while the residents of Glossop are hampered by poor access to Manchester and the motorway network.
In addition to the works announced today, there will also be a study into the possibility of a tunnel under the Peak District to link Manchester with Sheffield. This could potentially cut a large amount off the distance between two of the most important cities of the north. It would also create a weather-proof route across the Pennines which would have a dramatic effect on the economy of the north while removing 10,000 vehicles a day from the Peak District national Park.
George Osborne said:
‘Better infrastructure in the North of England is a key plank of the Northern Powerhouse we Conservatives want to build. That is why today I am committing at least £170 million to address traffic issues through Mottram and build a brand new link road for the people of Glossop. These projects have been brought to my attention by the hard work of Andrew Bingham, the Conservative MP for the High Peak, who has championed the need for vital investment in the road network in his constituency. For years the road network east of Manchester has suffered from neglect, but with a strong Conservative voice for the area and a government that's fixing the economy, we are now able to commit to funding these improvements with the jobs and opportunities that will bring’.
Local MP Andrew Bingham said:
"I am delighted with the news and would like to thank the Chancellor for his announcement. This is key to the local economy for Glossop and the surrounding area and also the connectivity between the northern cities. I have campaigned long and hard for this, and with the consultation on a further extension to help residents in Tintwistle it is a great day for the High Peak. After years of disappointments and false promises I am delighted that it is a Conservative Chancellor who has at last committed to solve this long running issue for my constituents."
The work announced includes:
- Building of the Mottram Moor link road. A new dual carriageway link road from the M67 terminal roundabout to a new junction north of the A57(T) at Mottram Moor and a new single-carriageway link from there to the A57(T) to bypass Mottram.
- A57(T) to A57 link road. A new single carriage link from the A57(T) at Mottram Moor to a new junction on the A57 at Brookfield, bypassing the existing A628/A57 and A57 Woolley Lane/Hadfield Road junctions.
This investment is part of an ambitious £15 billion plan to increase the capacity and improve the condition of roads across the country.
Local MP Andrew Bingham joined over 130 local Nestlé Waters employees, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust supporters, Buxton schoolchildren and members of the community as they descended on Serpentine Walk opposite the Pavilion Gardens on Thursday last week to take part in Nestlé Waters first ever ‘Get Better with Nature’ Community Day of Action.
The army of volunteers were joined High Peak Borough Councillors and other local community groups to create a new wet meadowland habitat in the famous town landmark. In addition to enhancing the local wildlife, the day’s activities helped residents to gain a better understanding of the importance and value of nature.
Hosted in partnership with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and High Peak Borough Council, the event saw community members clear away dead wood, grass mowings and scrub as well as plant nearly 600 bluebell and wild garlic bulbs as well as other wetland meadow plants. The result is the creation of a new wetland meadow for generations of Buxtonites and visitors to the park to enjoy.
In order to better understand how interacting with nature can have physical, mental and social benefits, participants took part in additional interactive activities such as wildlife observation and natural art creation, even contributing to make a 39m2 Get Better with Nature logo using organic material found on site. Two additional pieces of nature-inspired artwork depicting dewpond and meadow habitats were also created by children from Burbage Primary, Buxton Junior and Dove Holes primary schools. These will now sit in Pavilion Gardens for three weeks to stand as a reminder of the day’s activities and achievements.
Sian Chapman, Corporate Communications and CSV Manager at Nestlé Waters, said:
“We’ve been absolutely thrilled by the number of volunteers we’ve had at our first Day of Action. The level of commitment and buzz from Buxton residents as they worked to create this permanent fixture in this local landmark has been inspiring. As a water-centred business, health and nature - with the promotion of careful water stewardship and the protection of unique water sources - are at the heart of who we are. The work this community has done here today is an important reminder of the value of nature and the services it provides, and that it’s easy to for all of us to make an impactful difference right in our own backyards.
Matthew Croney, Director of Living Landscapes at the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, said:
“Only by working together can we restore our wildlife habitats to create a truly living landscape. So we were delighted that so many people turned out to help one of our most threatened habitats, wet hay meadows, and it was great to see people having so much fun doing it! We hope that everyone will take inspiration from today’s event and continue to get out there to do their bit for their local environment.”
"I was delighted to take part in the exercise today. It was good to see Nestle Waters, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, and the community working together, with local schoolchildren planting the bulbs.
"I look forward to seeing the bluebells blooming next year, when the children will see the results of all their hard work."
The Get Better with Nature campaign is a collaborative, long-term programme aimed at helping raise awareness of the value of nature and its services to health, wellbeing, communities and businesses across the UK. It looks to encourage them to make a positive difference literally, and figuratively, in their own backyards. With a focus on water in the landscape, the activities of the campaign also include educational materials with open forums for discussion, involving local schools, individuals, community groups and Nestlé Waters and Wildlife Trust employees.
The campaign was launched in September this year following research which showed that 93% of local Buxton residents understood the value of nature to society and health, but that nearly two-thirds of respondents thought this appreciation was being lost between generations.
For more information on the campaign, future activities or to become involved please visit www.getbetterwithnature.co.uk.
High Peak MP Andrew Bingham visited Dinting Station on Friday 6th November in torrential rain to view the recently installed ceramic murals.
Created by the members of Project Earth at High Peak Community Arts and Glossop Ceramicist Adrian Holt, the 5 murals have caught the attention of both regular travellers and visitors to the station.
Andrew was welcomed by Alison Bowry, Coordinator of Project Earth, Theo MacLauchlan, Northern Rail’s Glossop Line Manager and Neil Williams from Friends of Glossop Station.
Despite the rain, the MP, accompanied by Dinting Councillor Jean Wharmby, was able to admire the murals. Several people from Project Earth who had created them were then able to explain to him their inspiration behind the distinctly different designs.
Back in the drier conditions of the waiting room Alison showed the MP, in a specially collated album, photographs featuring the developmental stages of the project. Alison then explained how Project Earth sought its funding and that its current projects involved making ceramic flowers for the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton and wooden animals for Pooles’ Cavern.
The group then moved on to Glossop Station, where Neil showed the local MP the recent improvements. These included the development by Friends of Glossop Station of the Embankment Garden and the authentic replacement of historic perimeter railings by Network Rail.
Penny Greenwood then showed him the commemorative First World War Poetry display and discussed her choice of poems. The MP concluded his tour with a cup of coffee in the station’s Twig café where he spoke to co- proprietor Mike Batt about the new venture.
At the end of his visit Neil thanked the MP for his interest and expressed his appreciation of Northern Rail’s ongoing support of projects at both stations.
Speaking afterwards, Andrew said:
"I was very glad to visit Dinting and Glossop stations; even though the weather wasn't kind to us, it was good to see the hard work that has been put in at both stations by so many people, to make the surroundings more appealing for passengers.
"The murals at Dinting are very impressive; they really add to the station ambience, and I enjoyed talking to some of the artists about their inspiration for the designs.
"It was also great to see the embankment garden at Glossop and the effect it has had on the station. I remember when that area was a dumping ground for rubbish, and it's a tribute to the hard work of FOGS members that it now looks so much better.
"To see the First World War poetry display was very moving, especially so close to Remembrance Sunday, and it was very informative to talk to Penny about how she put it together. Finally, it was nice to meet the owner of the new cafe at Glossop and talk about the venture over a cup of hot coffee."
Local MP Andrew Bingham presented a cheque to High Peak Women’s Aid last week for the money he raised by hiking over 65 miles around the constituency.
The active MP did the gruelling hike over 5 days back in August, and raised a total of almost £5200 for the Glossop-based charity.
“I always try to do something each year to raise money for a local charity, and this year I decided to do another hike in aid of High Peak Women’s Aid. They are a very worthwhile charity – working hard to help both men and women who are victims of domestic abuse.
“I want to thank everyone who sponsored me – especially the many local companies who gave so generously. I’m delighted to have raised over £5000, which I know will go to help those in need. I always feel that by raising money for local charities, the money finds its way to the local people who I am proud to represent.”