Homes campaign accuses HPBC: ‘Mockery of democracy’

Campaigners against a controversial housing estate on a greenfield site in Whaley Bridge have expressed dismay that High Peak Borough Council chose to announce approval of the plan on its website on 7 May, Election Day.

The battle against the estate; on idyllic fields leading into the Goyt Valley has been raging for nearly 18 months. Whaley Bridge Matters, a group that has been fighting the plan for up to 107 houses on the site between Linglongs Road and Macclesfield Road, representing hundreds of concerned residents and objectors, has called the council’s decision ‘a mockery of democracy’.

Jean Dusgate, speaking on behalf of the group’s Executive, added: “We have been disgusted at the way the council has dealt with this application from the outset. Its latest action in forcing the approval through to a deadline agreed with the developer smacks of a whitewash.

“We still believe that many aspects of our objections have not been fully or properly considered, and that the council ignored its own resolution to bring our latest concerns before the planning committee in public.

“For the council’s decision to be made by outgoing councillors behind closed doors, and announced on Election Day, makes a mockery of democracy. Our seriously-considered objections have been simply brushed aside. We are now seeking legal advice.”

Details of planning application number HPK/2014/0119 made by Gladman Developments of Congleton, together with the council planners’ reasons for their decision, can be found HERE on the council website.

Meeting of Derbyshire CC Area Committee


Memorial Park Opening Celebration Event 4th July 1pm – 5pm


A Walk in The Park


Whaley Bridge Town Council Official Notice


Chapel Golf Club Open day – 16th May

Our local golf course – Chapel en-le-Frith Golf Club, is having an open day on the 16th May. It’s your chance for an introduction to the sport, some free golf lessons, refreshments and a golf voucher. You could also win a years free membership !

Tip – click on the image below to see it in high resolution.


Whaley Bridge Burkina Faso Project – Sponsored Walk Monday 4 May 2015

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries on earth. In recent years, communities have been blighted by devastating flooding followed by relentless drought. Many people hand animals have died and thousands are desperately poor.

Whaley Bridge can do something to improve life for many people.

If we raise money, women will be given goats, which will breed, providing meat and kid goats to sell at market. These families will be able to eat better and create some income to send children to school. They will also undertake to give some goats to their neighbours and liberate more families from poverty.

Also, farmers who have watched their crops shrivel away under the blazing sun, can now be shown how to use family waste to retain moisture in the soil, and how to sow vegetable seeds in horse-shoe shaped troughs which conserve water in harsh conditions.

But it is even better than this…

The UK charity Christian Aid has won a bid for match-funding from the European Aid Fund. We have pledged to raise £5,000 and the EU will match-fund by four times!

£25,000 goes a very long way in Africa…

Please join us for a Sponsored Walk

Raising money for Burkina Faso should be a walk in the park. How many laps can you do?

May Bank Holiday Monday May 4th in the Memorial Park, Whaley Bridge, 9am to 12 noon

Starting from Wheatsheaf Road access bridge (Under 14’s must be accompanied by an adult)

Sponsor forms available from ‘Bella’s Coffee Shop’ and The Church Shop ‘Over the Road’

Bored…start with this Canoeing and KAYAK Course… £50 for 6.5 hours of sheer fun.

Your chance to get very,very wet under expert tuition in one of the most wonderful and scenic locations in the High Peak.

Choose May23rd or May 30th.

Start with this here in Whaley Bridge. If you like it, why not go on for White Water canoeing  on our nearby rivers …or  learn how to sail and perhaps go on to become an extreme sailor . It’s all up to you – get your initial grounding here and then just go for it..

Peak Paddlers are running 2 one day BCU 1 * courses at Toddbrook Sailing Club.
• expert tuition – qualified and experienced coaches
• learn skills
• try out different sorts of canoe and kayak.
• advice on what sort to chose
• buoyancy aids will be provided and wet suits are available to borrow should you wish.
Included in the bargain £50 price is a season’s associate membership of TSC for canoeing and sailing – so you can paddle your own canoe on Toddbrook, enjoy a sailing taster session or join in any of the sailing activities using the club’s sailing boats.
Associate membership of TSC is normally £30 and is required by any person canoeing or kayaking on Toddbrook reservoir.
First course: Saturday May 23rd 10.00am – 4.30pm
Second course: Saturday May 30th 10.00am – 4.30 pm
Places are limited. £20 deposit. Apply to:
0161 427 1721
NB These courses are for adults and older teenagers. Further courses may be run for children subject to interest.

Publication of the Names of the Candidates for the Elections on 7th May

High Peak Borough Council has today published the names of the candidates which have been nominated to stand for election in the General Election to Parliament and in the Borough Council Elections which take place on 7th May 2015.

The list of candidates for the Westminster Parliamentary elections is: here

The list of candidates for the Whaley Bridge Ward of High Peak Borough Council is here

Meanwhile no vote will be held for the Town Council as none of the seats were contested. The existing councillors were re-elected unopposed, with the addition of Zara Clarke (Labour Party) who has been elected unopposed for Fernilee Ward, in a previously vacant seat, formerly held by Linda Leather. The official notice is here.

The last date for registration if you wish to vote is 20th April. You can register here, but you will need your National Insurance number to do this.


Annual Town Meeting 15th April 7.30 pm

Each year, in April or May, Whaley Bridge Town Council holds the Annual Town meeting, in addition to the normal town council meeting. The meeting is held downstairs in the Mechanics Institute and the public are very much encouraged to attend.  The meeting summarizes developments and progress over the past twelve months, and provides an opportunity for the public to ask questions and comment.

There are progress reports from the Town Council Chair, the Police Safety Neighbourhood Team, the County Councillor and the HPBC Councillors.

The Agenda for the meeting to be held at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 15th April is here, and attached are the minutes of last year’s meeting.