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I'm Andrew Bingham and I'm delighted to represent the High Peak in Parliament. I was born in the High Peak, and having lived here all my life it means a great deal to me to be able to stand up for our area in Parliament and make sure that local people have a strong voice in Westminster.
On this website you will find how to contact me as well as examples of some issues and campaigns I've been involved with. There are also links to local organisations and other local information which should be of use to you if you live in the constituency. If you are a constituent and would like to get in touch, I would be very happy to hear from you. I hold regular surgeries all around the constituency but if you are an organiser of a local group, a teacher at a local school, or involved in a local business which you feel would benefit from a visit please let me know.
Representatives from more than 40 local businesses and organisations attended the Tour de France roadshow hosted by High Peak MP Andrew Bingham last Friday.
Andrew organised the one and a half hour roadshow to help inform local companies of what to expect when the Tour de France passes close to Glossop later this year.
The event featured presentations from Welcome to Yorkshire – the Yorkshire tourism board which was instrumental in bringing ‘Le Tour’ to Britain this year – as well as a stand from Derbyshire County Council, detailing some of the plans for road closures and traffic management on the day itself.
“I wanted to provide some information about what people can expect and how local businesses can turn the event to their advantage. The Tour de France is the world’s largest annual sporting event, and to have it pass so close to Glossop is a massive privilege and a great opportunity too.
“I was really pleased to see so many people attend, from various businesses and organisations in the area; we even had to get more chairs out. There were some great questions asked and some very positive discussions started about what can be done to really promote Glossop while the Tour is passing by, and I’d like to thank everyone who took time out of their busy morning to attend.”
Local MP Andrew Bingham has this week welcomed the emergence of more details about the feasibility study for the Trans-Pennine routes.
After constant pressure from Andrew since he was elected, including a private meeting with the Chancellor at 11 Downing Street, the Government announced last year that there would be a feasibility study to look at problems on the Trans-Pennine routes between Manchester and Sheffield, and consider solutions.
More details of the scope of the study have now emerged, and it's good news for long-suffering Glossop motorists. As part of the Government’s Action for Roads strategy, the study will look at congestion on the roads along the Trans-Pennine route - including the A57 through Glossop and the A628 through Mottram, Hollingworth and Tintwistle - and try to identify potential solutions.
Following a question in the House of Commons from Andrew last month, the Department for Transport has now confirmed that work on the study should be completed towards the end of this year, most likely to coincide with the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.
"I've been pushing the case for a bypass ever since I was elected back in 2010, pestering Ministers about it at every opportunity. So I'm glad that they've taken on board everything I've been telling them - that there's a major problem here.
"Obviously I'd prefer an actual bypass, but we have to start somewhere. Although I and everyone in Glossop and the surrounding area knows there's an urgent need for a bypass, we have to prove that need to the powers that be, and this feasibility study is a real chance to put that case.
"I want to assure Glossop motorists that, although it might sometimes seem like nothing much is happening, I am continually pushing the case down in Westminster. I will not rest until a bypass is built, and will continue to do everything I can to make a bypass happen."
Parish Councils and Residents’ Associations had the chance to put their concerns about planning issues to the Planning Minister himself last Friday, when he came to the High Peak to meet with them, at the request of local MP Andrew Bingham.
Although individual planning issues are a matter for High Peak Borough Council and something which Andrew cannot interfere with, he has been very concerned about the number of development planning applications which have been submitted in recent months.
In response to concerns expressed to him by Parish Councils and Residents’ Associations, Andrew invited the Minister with responsibility for planning, Nick Boles MP, to the High Peak to hear their concerns directly and talk to them
The meeting with representatives from Parish Councils and Residents’ Associations took place at REMS in Chapel, with the Minister fielding questions and talking about the planning process. Following that meeting, Andrew took the Minister to Buxton to meet with the Council Leader, the Executive Member for Planning, the Chief Executive and Officers.
“I’m very aware how concerned local residents are about various planning proposals, but unfortunately with planning being the responsibility of High Peak Borough Council I’m unable to get involved in individual applications. However, I don’t like to just sit back and do nothing, indeed I have spoken on the situation on more than one occasion in the House of Commons. During one of those speeches I followed up on an invitation to the Minister to visit the High Peak.”
“I’m therefore very grateful to the Minister for accepting my invitation and coming along this afternoon; with planning currently a very contentious issue here I was pleased to be able to let the local residents groups and Parish & Town Councils who had contacted me, put their concerns directly to the Minister personally.”
The meeting was well attended and representatives from right across the constituency were able to pose questions to the Minister in an open Q&A session.
Pupils at Hague Bar Primary School were joined by High Peak MP Andrew Bingham last week, when they buried a time capsule to mark the opening of their spectacular new £440,000 building.
The time capsule burial was part of a special ‘topping out’ ceremony held at the school to celebrate the finalé of the ambitious 10 month building project, which was funded by the county council.
The new building connects to the existing 160 year old school and provides a spacious state-of-the-art classroom with disabled access, a Nurture room and a large disabled toilet with hoisting system.
The contents of the school’s time capsule record the entire 10 month construction project in detail and capture the excitement of the build among the pupils.
The capsule included dozens of photos of the project, a poem written by Year 3 and 4 pupils on the new building and newspaper style reports about the demolition work and new build by Year 5 and 6 pupils. It also included a special book celebrating the build, which was created by Year 4 pupil Luke Topham.
Derbyshire County Councillor Damien Greenhalgh and Andrew Bingham also unveiled a commemorative plaque and the children sang a collection of songs inspired by construction, before Andrew cut the ribbon to formally open the new classroom.
Sue Kennedy, Headteacher at Hague Bar Primary School, said: “We are thrilled to complete this major project and occupy our superb new building. We are an enterprising school with outstanding features and there is no doubt that this new building will bring a wealth of benefits to our pupils and really inspire their learning and development.”
Andrew Bingham said: “It was wonderful to be a part of this very special celebration for the school. The children had obviously worked very hard to come up with the unique contents of their time capsule. I was delighted to help them bury their capsule in the ground next to this fantastic new building, which will be a great asset to this school.”
The new building was designed and built by Derbyshire County Council. The architectural team was led by Andrew Woolf and the building contractors were led by Dave Taylor and Dave Fletcher.
The school has also carried out a £20,000 refurbishment on existing toilet facilities and added accessible doors throughout the building for wheelchair use.