Special committee meeting to be held to consider Whaley Bridge planning application

A special meeting of the Development Control Committee of High Peak Borough Council will be held on the 11th March 2015, 1.30pm at Chapel-en-le-Frith Town Hall, Market Street, Chapel-en-le-Frith to consider planning application HPK/2014/0119 – Proposed outline planning permission for up to 107 dwellings including landscaping and public open space at Land at Linglongs Road, Whaley Bridge

All previous comments made by local residents will be presented to the Planning Committee

If you wish to make any further observations, please ensure that these are submitted in writing no later than midday on Friday 6th March 2015. This will allow time for staff to assimilate and respond to any new information received thereby enabling the Development Control Committee sufficient time to all consider your comments.

You are respectfully asked to comply with this request to assist with preparations for the committee meeting. Any comments received after this date will still be accepted but there is a risk that they may not be fully considered by the Development Control Committee. Please note that all comments received will be made public.

Make friends with the Memorial Park

If park life appeals to you then you might be interested in a new group being set up to help look after the Memorial Park in Whaley Bridge.

High Peak Borough Council is looking for enthusiastic volunteers interested in forming a Friends of the Memorial Park group to step forward.

A meeting is taking place on Tuesday 3 March at 7.30pm at the White Horse public house on Buxton Road in Whaley Bridge and everyone is welcome.

Councillor Godfrey Claff, executive member with responsibility for parks, said: “We know from the recent work we’ve carried out in the Memorial Park just how much it is valued by the local community and the keen interest many people share with the Council in seeing it well maintained and enjoyed by residents and visitors.

“To capitalise on this enthusiasm we’re looking to establish a Friends groups to be involved in organising events and activities in the Park as well as practical projects and fund raising. If you think this is something you’d like to be part of then please get in touch with us.”

The park was created in 1920 to commemorate the loss of 108 men in the First World War. It provides a pleasant link between residential properties and the town’s shops and schools.

A project to restore the war memorial, improve the entrances, install a new bridge and play equipment and maintain woodland and wildlife habitat including new planting to reflect original features was completed last year with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.

Anyone interested in joining the Friends group can email sally.curley@highpeak.gov.uk or paul.evans@highpeak.gov.uk or call Sally on 07970 416229 or Paul on 07880 882668.

Furness Field Day

Furness Vale Field Day will take place on May 16th 2015 on the Community Field Furness Vale. The programme of events will be from 12 noon and posters will be uploaded soon.There will be bands, food and drinks including a Beer Tent and BBQ, Village Games, the Dog Show, Children’s entertainment and Face Painting. Charity and Craft Stalls etc.If anyone is interested in being involved as a stall holder, eventer, ‘stage hand’ please get in touch.

Stalls can be booked by phoning Susanne on 01663 744764. There will of course be the COGS Information Tent with latest updates and 3D model of the vision for the field.

Enquiries ring Susanne on 01663 744764. If you could help set up/dismantle let me know.

NOTE: We are looking for a family entertainment based event to fill the 4 – 6pm time slot any sensible suggestions please get in touch.

New delay in planners’ verdict on WB housing estate

There has been another delay to the final verdict of High Peak planners on outline plans for the controversial Gladman housing estate which the Congleton-based developer wants to build in Whaley Bridge.

In a packed Town Hall in Chapel-en-le-Frith on Monday (16 Feb), campaigners from Whaley Bridge Matters (WBM) attended a meeting of High Peak Borough Council’s development control committee. They were expecting the committee to vote on the application again, after an earlier vote in favour had been set aside following a legal challenge.

Monday’s meeting was over in a matter of minutes when councillors decided in a unanimous vote that the planning officers needed more time to respond fully to the questions.

Gladman Development Ltd is seeking planning permission to build up to 107 houses on a greenfield site between Macclesfield Road and Linglongs Road. There has been a strong campaign against the plans, first made public more than a year ago.

Andy Brown from WBM said after the latest delay: “The Committee took a very responsible approach. Through our legal advisers we had been urging the Council to defer their vote in light of outstanding issues in several areas, including inadequate consultation, problems with the Officer’s report, and further material information coming forward. We are glad the Committee appears to have recognised the serious impact that these plans would have on Whaley Bridge.
Councillors now have the opportunity to consider properly and fully all the arguments put forward by and on behalf of the community.”

Canal Basin Volunteer Clean Up

Uncover the past Feb 2015 Copy_Page_1Quick reminder that it’s our monthly canal basin clean up this Sunday, February nearly caught us out as it’s March next weekend.

Turn up anytime between noon and 2-30pm.   All equipment provided, as well as a soft drinks and treats but we will accept donations of tools etc.  If you can’t make it this time we meet at the same time on the last Sunday of the month, at the doors to the garage on the Transshipment Shed.

Also, don’t forget that it’s the W3 AGM on Monday, feel free to bring a friend.   Starts at 7-30pm.  There will be wine available for a donation to canal group funds.
Phone Nev Clarke on 01663  735284 or email clarkenev@gmail.com for details.

Memorial Park Photography Competition

Poster - Photo Competition

Memorial Park website

Terms & conditions here

Whaley Bridge WW1 Commemoration Exhibition.

Many of Whaley Bridge’s Organisations and Groups put together a 2 day exhibition at the end of November in the Uniting Church to Commemorate WW1 and its impact on families and social life in and around Whaley Bridge (supported by a £500 grant from HPBC, and a £150 grant from Whaley4Wards via the Town Councils regeneration budget).


A constant stream of visitors all day

An enormous amount of  research and background work had been undertaken by the groups and individuals who showcased their displays for all the community to enjoy and more than 500 people visited the exhibition. Chris Simpson created a photo display of over 75 photos capturing local life and local images of the war, accompanied by accounts of individual stories, and other historical detail. Julian Thompson presented an audiovisual display detailing various local WW1 soldiers, and based around detail from his website www.whaleybridgefirstwar.co.uk  (currently temporarily hosted at http://www.peterthomp.co.uk/blank_web/index.htm ) .


A hall full of different exhibits.

The Royal British Legion and Whaley Bridge and Furness Vale History Societies showed Continue Reading »

Campaign forces new vote on greenfield houses plan

The campaign against controversial plans to build over 100 houses on a greenfield site near the boundary of the Peak District national park in Whaley Bridge has forced a new vote from High Peak borough councillors.

Whaley Bridge Matters (WBM), now into its second year in the fight against developer Gladman’s plan for 107 homes on the site between Macclesfield Road and Linglongs Road, is taking legal advice in advance of a meeting of the Development Control Committee on Monday 16 February.

The committee has been forced to hold a new vote on the plan after a legal challenge to their decision last autumn. WBM representatives are expected to be given a short time to make their views known at the February meeting.

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Whaley Bridge campaigners against building plan at a key meeting last summer

Francesca Read, a member of the campaign, said: “We have succeeded in getting the committee to rethink their earlier vote, which we always argued was unsound. We have been shown the draft of their new report, which still recommends approval, but believe that this report is also open to significant challenge and are consulting with our legal team.”

WBM was set up in January 2014 after the building plans became public just before Christmas, 2013. Members and supporters have been donating to a new fighting fund to obtain expert advice, including a detailed legal assessment of the latest HPBC report.

Francesca said: “People have been incredibly generous. This is a campaign which caught public imagination in Whaley Bridge. Since then we have appeared in the local media and national and regional newspapers and TV.

“We hope that, given a second chance to consider this application, the committee make the right decision for the future of Whaley Bridge by protecting this beautiful site from development”.

For further information, visit http://whaleybridgematters.squarespace.com

Café Church is coming to Whaley Bridge

The parish of Whaley Bridge is bringing a new dimension to Sunday: Café Church. Starting from next Sunday (8 February) in Holy Trinity on Buxton Road, Café Church is for ‘people who don’t regularly attend church’.

The Rev Margaret Jones, priest in charge of the parish which also includes St James’, Taxal, said: “Café Church will allow people to experience church in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, over a cuppa and cake. We will discuss topics important to life today, and there will be things for the children to do.”

Holy Trinity, which has chairs instead of pews, is easily adaptable to a ‘café setting’, as happened at the recent Christmas Tree Festival.

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Holy Trinity at the Christmas tree festival, now to host Café Church

Café Church will be on a Sunday afternoon, alternating with Messy Church, a family session of fun and worship, which is now in its third year.

New Whaley Babies Group