GlossopSpur.com

A Campaign for Better Roads

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Bypass Postponed - We Have Been Let Down Again (July 2006)

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The residents of Glossop, Hadfield, Padfield and surrounding areas
have suffered years of misery as a result of the poor road infrastructure.

Enough is Enough! We Want Action, NOT Promises.

 

*Fill in the petition

*What is this campaign trying to achieve?

*What is at stake?

*Why now?

*Enough is Enough!

*Issues and background

*How can you make a difference?

*Who are we and how do you contact us?

*Support from Tom Levitt MP

*Do you want to help with the campaign?

*Useful sources of information and addresses

*Latest news and feedback from our elected members

*Acknowledgements

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*Fill in the petition

If you want to support this campaign please fill in the petition form.

*What is this campaign trying to achieve?

1) To ensure that the Glossop Spur Road and A57/A628 Bypass are open by 2006/2007 (timetable originally promised!).

2) To obtain a commitment for the better management of road works affecting the residents of Glossop, Hadfield and Padfield.

3) To make these election issues.

*What is at stake?

1) Our quality of life and an end to the misery of traffic congestion in the area.

2) The rebuilding of the local economy.

*Why now?

The decisions on whether to approve the A57/A628 Bypass and Glossop Spur Road was made in 2003. If we do not make sure our elected members are aware of the strong feeling within the community for these roads to be built, then we will once again be let down and the project will be shelved.

*Enough is Enough!

We have to make it clear to our elected members that this is an important issue for the residents of the area and that we want to see these roads built. It is apparent that there is a feeling of resignation and apathy regarding the traffic problems in the area, however we can make things change, but we must do so as a community.

*Issues and background

How many times have you been stuck in a traffic jam in Glossop, whether in a car, bus or taxi? We have all suffered too much misery, delays and frustration as a result of poor road access to the area. Why does this happen and what are the causes?

Poor road access into Glossop
Originally a horse and cart track, Woolley Lane (A57) is the primary route into Glossop. We have all experienced the frustration as traffic from Hadfield and Glossop meet in an attempt to leave the area during the day. This bottleneck has been the source of misery for many years. This is why the Glossop Spur road is needed. A map showing the proposed route for the Glossop Spur Road is available on the Highways Agency web site.

Woolley Lane controlled by Tameside
Woolley Lane, probably the most important access road in the area, is under the control of a neighbouring council. Tameside are not accountable to the residents of Glossop, so what incentive is there for Tameside to minimise disruption when they are planning road works? It is very easy for High Peak Council and Derbyshire County Council to claim that 'Tameside are responsible' when things go wrong (and they do go wrong as we are all aware), but we don't have any voting rights in Tameside. If Woolley Lane was under High Peak Council control I wonder whether we would have seen better managed road works in the past? We need a commitment from our Council that they will take greater responsibility for managing road works in the area e.g. ensure that disruption is minimised (road works could be scheduled during school holidays and outside peak periods rather than the heart of winter!).

Increase in population
The Council has continued to grant planning permission for new houses in the area. Their argument is that 'people need houses.' This would be acceptable if it were residents of the area that were buying these houses but this is not the case. The houses being built are often too expensive for local residents, but very attractive to people in the surrounding Manchester and Cheshire areas where property prices have escalated. Glossop is becoming an attractive alternative. This has led to an increase in the local population and compounded the traffic problem.

Tourism
We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country and tourism should be a major industry yet potential visitors stay away from the area because of the traffic problems.

Stagnation of the economy
The economy of Glossop has suffered for many years because of a lack of investment. A major factor is the poor transport infrastructure in the area. As a result of this many local residents have to commute and find employment in areas such as Manchester, thus providing an additional burden to the transport system. This will not change unless road access is improved.

Safety
How many times have we seen traffic gridlock in the area? If there was an accident or major incident (Glossop has several industrial sites) that requires the transportation of a Glossop resident/worker to an emergency hospital department, or access by fire/police vehicles, how would these services be able to rapidly access the area?

Make our roads an election issue
The only way we will succeed is if we make it clear how strongly we feel about the these issues.

*How can you make a difference?
If you want something done about the traffic congestion in Glossop then you can help by doing the following:

1) Fill in the petition form. You can do this over the Internet using an online form. If you do not have access at home then use either the Library or Adult Education Centre. Paper copies of the petition form are available from local shops, look for posters advertising the campaign. Simply fill it the petition form and return it to the Glossop Chronicle Office.

2) Write to Derbyshire County Council (they are responsible for new road schemes and road works) and Tom Levitt, our local MP. When a resident recently contacted Tom Levitt about the recent road works and congestion in Glossop his response was ' To date, you are the only person who has brought these matters to my attention.' If only one person in Glossop is prepared to raise these issues then we will never get an improvement. Contact Derbyshire County Council and Tom Levitt now if you want to support the campaign for better roads in the area, the addresses to use are below. Either state your views or simply state: "I support the GlossopSpur.com Campaign for better roads. I want to see the Glossop Spur Road and A57/A628 Bypass open by 2006/2007 and a commitment for the better management of road works affecting the area."

3) Let your friends, family and neighbours know about the campaign and get them to fill in the petition form. If they do not have Internet access you can download and print them a copy of this page or just the petition form (pdf format). Please send/deliver completed paper copies of the petition form to the Glossop Chronicle Office.

4) Print out a copy of the campaign poster (available as a Word or pdf file) and distribute it so that as many of the residents of the area find out about the campaign. You might want to ask your local pubs and shops if they are willing to display it. There is also a poster which you can use in your car (pdf).

5) If you are a local business and would like to help support this campaign please contact us. We will supply you with a poster (which can be downloaded here as a pdf or Word file) and a few copies of the petition form (available here as a pdf file). We would ask you to place the poster in your shop window and to provide copies of the petition form to local residents who do not have access to the Internet. It would also be useful if you could print out a copy of this web page and display it within your shop so that residents can get the full background of the campaign. If you can help we will place an acknowledgement to your business on this web page.

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*Support from Tom Levitt MP

Tom Levitt, Labour Member for High Peak, and James Purnell, Labour Member for Stalybridge and Hyde strongly support the building of these roads, but they need our support as they campaign on our behalf. It is important that you fill in the petition form. Below is a statement from Tom Levitt MP

I moved to the High Peak in 1991, already aware that the roads situation in the north of the constituency was leading to frustration, pollution, stagnation and dissatisfaction in an area far beyond Tintwistle and the route itself, one of the most heavily used in the country. The then Conservative government had the road in its programme and I campaigned for its implementation in the 1992 general election.

I lost and they won. And what happened then? A £22Bn roads programme evaporated and in 1994 the A57/A628 bypass was cancelled.

In 1997, still committed to the road improvement, and standing alongside Derbyshire, High Peak and Tameside local authorities and the Peak National Park, I campaigned again for the road. Following the Labour victory, the road was reinstated to the longer term programme in 1999.

Building a road on this scale is not straightforward and it has to be justified every step of the way. Because of the time since the cancellation, the process has had to start again from scratch. The formal initial consultation is now over and in a letter to me in January, the Highways Agency spoke confidently of being able to announce that the next step was about to start in the near future, hopefully this spring. The money for the Glossop spur part of the project, which is almost entirely within Tameside rather than High Peak, is already earmarked.

Even if a public enquiry is required, the campaign's aim of seeing the road in place by 2006/7 should be readily achievable. Those who object to it locally are few but they are vocal; if an enquiry takes place they will be boosted by others from outside the area. We need to be prepared to argue our case.

This Government takes a very sensible view that you do not always solve problems by throwing concrete at them. New roads must be justified on environmental, social and economic grounds. I know that the Tintwistle Mottram bypass will survive the deepest scrutiny. I don't support every idea or campaign for new roads. I opposed the so-called Yellow Route for the A6 around New Mills in the mid-90s, for example. However, in this case I know that for the safety of people in Tintwistle, the economy of the whole of Glossopdale and the environment which we all share, this road is essential. I know that James Purnell, whose Stalybridge and Hyde constituency includes Mottram and Hollingworth agrees. And ministers are in no doubt of the strength of feeling of local people and their elected representatives.

*Who are we and how do you contact us?

This campaign was initiated by Dr. Tony D'Emanuele, a resident of Glossop. He can be contacted at contact@GlossopSpur.com

*Do you want to help with the campaign?

Please contact us at contact@GlossopSpur.com. If you have been involved in other campaigns for road improvements in the area, please let us know.

*Useful sources of information

The Highways Agency produce a leaflet showing details of the bypass route plus other information on the progress of the Bypass Scheme, the latest copy is available on the Internet: Highways Agency A57/A628 Mottram - Tintwistle Bypass

The campaign group for the Mottram-Tintwistle Bypass have their own web site: Campaign group for Mottram - Tintwistle Bypass

High Peak Council Web Site - http://www.highpeak.gov.uk/

Tameside Council Web Site - http://www.tameside.gov.uk/

Addresses:

Environmental Services Department
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall
Matlock
Derbyshire DE4 3AG
Web: http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/

Tom Levitt
20 Hardwick Street
Buxton
Derbyshire SK17 6DH
E-mail: tomlevittmp@parliament.uk
Web: http://www.tomlevitt.org.uk/

Glossop Library
Victoria Hall
Talbot Street
Glossop
Derbyshire SK13 7DQ
Tel: 01457 852616

Adult Education Centre
Talbot Street
Glossop
Derbyshire SK13 7DG

Glossop Chronicle
18 High St West
Glossop
Derbyshire SK13 8BH
Tel: 01457 852669

Please let us know if you have any other useful links.

*Latest news and feedback from our elected members

We will publish latest news and information relevant to the campaign on a separate web page. We will also be publishing the latest campaign statistics on this page. If you have filled in the petition and sent us your e-mail we will also send you any updates via e-mail. We also invite our elected representatives to contribute to this section. Click here for GlossopSpur.com Campaign news page.

*Acknowledgements

The GlossopSpur.com campaign has received support from a number of local individuals and businesses including:
Dr. A. D'Emanuele, The Glossop Chronicle, Glossop Carpet Centre, Riverside Inn (Woolley Lane), Bridge Stores and News, Old Glossop Residents Association.


Petition Form

We want:

1) The Glossop Spur Road and A57/A628 Bypass built by 2008.

2) A commitment for the better management of road works affecting the residents of Glossop, Hadfield and Padfield.

 

Title:

Mr Ms Miss Mrs Dr Prof Other

First name*:

Surname*:

E-mail address:

Telephone number:

House name or number*:

Address*:

Area (e.g. Glossop, Hadfield)*

Postcode*:

Are you happy with the way road works are managed in Glossop, Hadfield, Padfield and surrounding areas:

0 - No comment
1 - very happy
2 - happy
3 - neither happy nor unhappy
4 - unhappy
5 - very unhappy

Are you happy with road access into Glossop, Hadfield, Padfield and surrounding areas:

0 - No comment
1 - very happy
2 - happy
3 - neither happy nor unhappy
4 - unhappy
5 - very unhappy

Would the issue of the Glossop Spur Road and Bypass influence who you voted for in an election:

0 - No comment
1 - it would be the most important issue
2 - it would be an important issue
3 - it would be an issue
4 - it might be an issue
5 - it would not affect the way I voted

Any other comments:

 

Please complete as many sections as possible, questions marked with * must be filled in.

  

 

As well as completing this petition please make sure you contact our Member of Parliament and Derbyshire County Council. Contact details above.

 

All information collected during this campaign will only be used in conjunction with the GlossopSpur.com campaign. It may be passed onto our MP or Council.