Local MP Andrew Bingham has this week secured backing from Golf Club specialists PING for his Golf Challenge sponsored by Nestlé Waters.
On Friday 1 July 2016, Andrew will be playing nine holes of golf on each of the seven golf courses in the High Peak – a total of 63 holes in one day – with all proceeds going to the four Mountain Rescue teams in the High Peak.
For the challenge, PING have donated an auction prize worth £2000, consisting of a VIP custom golf fitting at their fitting centre in Lincolnshire, as well as a full set of PING golf clubs and golf bag.
“I’m very grateful to PING for donating what is an absolutely fantastic prize. They were very keen to support my Golf Challenge sponsored by Nestlé Waters when I told them about it, and I’m very impressed by their generosity.”
To bid for this state-of-the-art set of PING clubs and a custom golf fitting, people should email their bid to
, before 5pm on Thursday 30 June. The highest bid received will secure this fantastic golf package.
“I’ve also had fantastic support from Nestlé Waters and a wide range of local companies, who are all keen to support our local Mountain Rescue teams.
“There are also five opportunities still available for people to accompany me when playing the courses, for just £100 each. Anyone who wishes to do so should send me an email.”
The companies sponsoring Andrew’s Golf Challenge are: Nestlé Waters, Avanti Conveyors, Hope Construction, Swizzels Matlow, Hockerley Consult Ltd, Lea Manufacturing, The Old Hall Hotel Buxton, No.6 The Square Tearooms, British Spirals & Castings, High Peak Business Club, Otter Controls Ltd, Aggregate Industries, Federal Mogul, Tarmac, Glossop Business Network and The Solutions Agency.
Andrew finished by saying:
“If people would like to support me, but don’t want to bid for the PING clubs or play a round of golf with me, they can donate money via my JustGiving page, www.justgiving.com/AndrewBinghamGolf.
“All the money raised will be split between the High Peak Mountain Rescue teams, who do a fantastic job across the local area.”
Local MP Andrew Bingham has welcomed as ‘potentially transformational’ the new Northern franchise which takes over rail services in the High Peak from this Friday (1st April).
From 1st April, Arriva Rail North will take over the running of the Northern franchise from Northern Rail, having been announced as the franchise winner last December.
"When the franchise was awarded to Northern Rail in 2004, the franchise agreement that the then-government signed did not set challenging targets for growth or investment in the network. This resulted in very little incentive for the franchisee to make improvements and replace existing trains, such as the pacers.
"I am pleased to say that the new franchise agreement, which will come into effect this week, is very different. The Government has set challenging targets for investment and growth, which will see the network massively improved over the period of the franchise by the new franchise owner, Arriva Rail North."
Arriva will operate the Northern franchise from April 2016 until March 2025. They have committed to:
• the complete removal of all 'Pacer' trains within three years
• 281 brand new carriages across the network by 2020, with the remaining trains fully refurbished
• more seats and longer trains at peak times
• more than 2000 additional services across the network each week by 2019
• free wi-fi for all passengers by 2019
"I very much welcome these commitments, which amount to a total investment of £1billion over the franchise period. The Government really pushed the franchise bidders to commit to improvements and investment across the network, and this has resulted in Arriva Rail North's promise of substantial investment. Having read some of the details of the agreement, I believe that in five years’ time the network could well have been transformed from how it is today.
"I am already pushing for a meeting with Arriva Rail North, as I want to raise a number of issues with them across the High Peak. These issues include the frequency of services on the Hope Valley Line, the bad access at Chinley Station, and issues of overcrowding at New Mills and other areas.
“I don't expect things to change overnight, but I am impressed at the commitments Arriva have given for improving the service over the next four years."
On the Glossop/Hadfield line:
The current 3-car electric trains will be replaced by fully refurbished 4-car electric trains by the end of 2017. These in turn will be replaced in 2020 by brand new electric trains, also with four carriages, which will be able to carry even more passengers than the refurbished trains.
On the Buxton line:
There will be more frequent services between Manchester and New Mills Newtown by 2020 (2 trains per hour for most of the day).
There will also be faster journeys between Buxton and Manchester – with a maximum journey time of 55 minutes on the fastest trains (a saving of between 7 and 10 minutes). This will also benefit Furness Vale, Whaley Bridge, Chapel-en-le-Frith and New Mills Newtown.
High Peak MP Andrew Bingham has welcomed the introduction of superfast broadband to Chinley, and is encouraging residents to sign up for it.
The faster broadband has been implemented as part of the Digital Derbyshire programme, which is delivering broadband to those areas across Derbyshire not covered by BT, using funds allocated by the Government.
“I’ve worked closely with Digital Derbyshire over the past few years, and I have been kept informed about which areas they’ve implemented and where they are planning to make superfast broadband available.
“I’m very pleased that they have now installed cabinets in Chinley, so that residents here can now order superfast broadband from their Internet Service Provider.
“This is just one area they’ve done, out of many, and more will gain access in due course. I continue to push the case of those communities which are not currently in line to see an upgrade, and I will not rest until everywhere in the High Peak has usable internet speeds.
“In addition to this I am now talking to other MPs about creating an All Party Parliamentary Group focusing on Rural Communications, as several of us are concerned about the situation with the hard-to-reach areas.”
Robert Rowan, Programme Manager for Digital Derbyshire, said:
"I'd like to thank Andrew for helping to promote that Chinley is now able to get superfast broadband, thanks to BT and Derbyshire County Council’s Digital Derbyshire project.
"We have a schedule of work which takes us up to the end of 2018, by which time all large communities in the High Peak will be able to access superfast broadband.
"We are continuing to work with Andrew to both identify smaller areas which don't currently get fast speeds, and then to look at potential options for those communities."
Local MP Andrew Bingham brought the Transport Minister, Andrew Jones, to Glossopdale last Friday, to look at the traffic problems facing the area at first hand.
He stood with Andrew in the middle of Tintwistle to watch heavy goods vehicles thundering past, before heading down to the Gun Inn to see the traffic problems where the A57 meets the A628, and to talk to local residents, who had turned out to tell the Minister just how badly a bypass is needed.
Speaking after the visit, Andrew Bingham said:
"I was delighted that the Minister took up my invitation to visit the area to see the issues for himself. I showed him the problem of the HGVs thundering past houses in Tintwistle, before taking him down to Mottram where he met a number of local residents.
"They made clear to him the problems that the area faces and how urgent the need is, not just for the promised relief roads to be built as soon as possible, but also to extend the committed scheme to help the residents of Tintwistle. I felt he needed to understand not just the issue but also the sheer frustration felt by us all in and around Glossop with regards to the time this is taking.
"I was also pleased that Jonathan Reynolds was able to come along as well. We've worked side-by-side on this since first being elected, and sing from the same hymn sheet on the issue, so I very much appreciate him showing his support."
The visit came just a day after Andrew had spoken in a half-hour debate he'd secured in the House of Commons about the traffic problems. The text of the debate can be read here.