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Chairman's report for 2015-2016

“My 10th year as Chair has again gone very quickly. We have had 9 meetings, a talk by Liz Mackenzie about the Crescent Development and a presentation by Trevor on potential water features, to which we invited representatives of various other groups in Buxton. We have marked 25 years of The Buxton Group with a celebratory evening at The Old Hall. Pure Buxton and The Advertiser have also acknowledged our milestone. It is very appropriate that in our 25th year, we can celebrate work being started on the Crescent. Indeed, this is why the group was initially formed. We have had a new Buxton Group information and application form printed and I would like to thank Trevor, Janet and David for their help with this. Very sadly, we lost a committee member of 7 years and dear friend Pat Hobby this year. Pat is very much missed.
I would sincerely like to thank the Committee for your help, support and valuable contribution. Thank you to our President Trevor, Secretary Janet and Treasurer and Membership Secretary, David for their hard work. Thank you to Phil, who has written many excellent letters on the group’s behalf and to David for forwarding e-mail correspondence to members.
Although we wrote in favour of keeping the Magistrates Court at Buxton, it closed and cases moved to Stockport or Chesterfield. Phil noticed that on the closure sign on the door, it just said Chesterfield and has written to Andrew Bingham, who was given time to question this in Justice question time. Oliver Heald MP has now taken up the case.
The High Path, Ashwood Dale is still deteriorating and auctioning of the land failed to secure a buyer. No one wants to take ownership of the severe problems with the wall, trees and pathway due to cost of repairs and maintenance.
We wrote to various people regarding the siting of the new BT box in front of the Grade 2 station fan window and our concerns that digging around the walls foundations could cause the wall to crack. As a result of the later digging, the walls frustratingly did crack as we has forewarned.
Alan has met to discuss the poor condition of houses on Fairfield Road with landlords, councillors and council officers.
Joanne wrote to ask if the tarmac could be replaced with flagstones along Spring Gardens from Westons shoe shop to the Halifax. The council agreed to replace them and now looks much more appealing.
Alan and Mike have met with Nestle on several occasions regarding possible future uses of the old site. Alan, David and Pat had a tour around the new Nestle site.
Mike, Alan and Phil met to discuss medical services in Buxton and suggestions were made of a new build multi-purpose facility on the old Nestle site.
Joanne attended the Transport and Parking Conference at the Dome. Martin Cassini presented his idea of shared space.
David has written to try to get the water back to Turner’s Memorial and the Taylor/ Children’s well. Lack of funds is the reason why no work can be done.
Phil has continues to write with our ongoing concerns for the poor condition and decorating of the Pavilion Gardens buildings and is continuing to monitor deterioration.
Phil has also written to High Peak Borough Council to push for repairs to the waterfall in the Serpentine, but it could be months before work can be started. Diane White has also written to the Advertiser.
Joanne has reported the subsided pavement outside the old Penny Post shop and Terry Peel’s shop and also the poor pavement on Fountain Street. The subsided areas have been fenced off pending work.
We were delighted when Premier Inn opened and the regenerated Market was launched. Our Museum is also currently closed for major refurbishment. Mellor and Smith funeral directors have moved to the old Prince of Wales pub and has been renovated to a very high standard. The toddler play area has been refurbished and Janet, David and Trevor were at a presentation to receive a donation towards work from Waitrose. Joanne went to all the open gardens in June and had a very enjoyable weekend.
The High Peak Local Plan is now in place until 2031, with a quota to build 360 homes a year. Some planning applications we have discussed are solar panels on the Methodist Church roof and the extra care housing at Brown Edge Road. We also looked at plans to extend the freight railway sidings at Hogshaw and plans to extend Ashwood Dale Quarry, but we wrote to express concerns with noise and loss of housing land. We have objected for many reasons for plans to demolish The Buckingham Hotel and replace with a much larger and taller hotel with underground parking. We also objected for many reasons to 120 homes bounded by the Leek Road, Cat and Fiddle and Carr Road Estate.
Thank you to everyone for their contribution to another busy year. All members are very welcome to attend any meeting and to bring a guest. The Committee will continue to monitor and respond to planning applications, strive to encourage changes for the better and support positive changes for Buxton.

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