Local MP Andrew Bingham has this week secured a debate in Parliament, to be held next Tuesday, about the proposed closure of the court in Buxton, which serves the whole of the High Peak.
Having already spoken forcefully in the chamber of the House of Commons about the proposals, during a general debate about the UK-wide consultation, Andrew secured a debate in Westminster Hall about the specific proposal to close the only court left in the High Peak.
The debate will take place in Westminster Hall between 11am and 11:30am next Tuesday (10 November). At the end of the debate, a Government Minister will have to respond.
“I’m delighted to get another chance to tell the Minister what a shoddy piece of work the consultation document is, and outline once again the many errors and mistakes that have been included in it.
“The document is, at best, extremely inaccurate, and at worst, is downright misleading.
“I also look forward to putting the case for retaining the court, and outlining how reliant we are in the High Peak - being relatively rural - on a court in the local area, especially given the weather we get in winter months.”
Local MP Andrew Bingham welcomed a number of MPs and Lords last Friday, as they came to Edale for the annual walk of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mountaineering.
The walk gave the MPs an opportunity to reflect on the value of climbing, walking and mountaineering to the health and wellbeing of the nation, and the impact that everyday outdoor recreation can have alongside mainstream sporting activities.
The walk also allowed for discussions on how adventure activity and minority sporting activities such as climbing and hillwalking can be adequately supported in the Peak District and beyond.
Andrew was joined on the walk by a number of MPs and Peers, along with representatives from leading outdoor organisations, such as BMC president Rehan Siddiqui, BMC access officers, and colleagues from the Ramblers and the Peak District National Park. The BMC represents a growing membership of over 80,000 keen climbers, mountaineers and hill walkers.
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Mountaineering (Mountaineering APPG) is co-chaired by David Rutley MP (Macclesfield) and John Mann MP (Bassetlaw). Other parliamentarians attending the walking meeting were Andrew Bingham MP, Lord Haworth, Angela Smith MP (Penistone & Stocksbridge), Derek Twigg MP (Halton), Graham Evans MP (Weaver Vale), Nia Griffith MP (Llanelli) and Nic Dakin (Scunthorpe).
"I was absolutely delighted to welcome members of the Mountaineering APPG to the Hope Valley. I keep telling other MPs that the High Peak is the most beautiful constituency in the country, and I think they now see why.
“It was also good to talk to Rehan and others about how the Peak Park is managing the access routes, including the Pennine Way, as well as other issues in the Park.”
David Rutley said:
“It’s good to see interest in outdoor recreation increasing and the membership of the BMC growing; I think this is a sign that more people are getting outdoors and discovering the adventurous possibilities of our wonderful countryside.
"Everyday outdoor recreational activities are a positive way to tackle the challenge of physical inactivity and it is great to see more parliamentary champions promoting them.”
Dr Cath Flitcroft, BMC access & conservation policy officer said:
“A large number of MPs are now engaged with the outdoor agenda. We’re keen to highlight the importance of partnership working and explore ideas as to how National Parks can continue to deliver crucial environmental, economic and social benefits to both local communities and the nation.”
Beers from High Peak-based micro-brewery Intrepid Brewing Company can now be found on the bar in the UK Houses of Parliament.
The Hope Valley micro-brewery was recently nominated by local MP Andrew Bingham and, as a result, their beer is now featuring on bars in the home of British democracy. Over 430 pints of the brewery’s flagship beer, Intrepid Explorer, a 4% blonde ale, have now made their way down to London to be sampled by MPs and their guests during October.
Head Brewer Ben McIntyre said:
“In September we celebrated our first year of trading and it is testament to the rapid growth and success of the business to date that our pints are now being pulled in the Houses of Parliament.”
“I’m always looking for ways to promote the High Peak and help local businesses, so I’m delighted that quality beer produced in the local area is now available in the Houses of Parliament. I hope that this will be a great way to further promote the High Peak and the small businesses we have here.”
The Intrepid Brewing Company is the brainchild of Ben McIntyre, his wife, Rebecca McIntyre and their friend Paul Towers. The company began brewing beers in September 2014 and now produces around 2,000 pints of beer each week, directly supplying freehouses and off licenses in Derbyshire, Sheffield, Nottinghamshire, Cheshire and Yorkshire.
Intrepid Explorer is the brewery’s most popular beer and is a crisp, refreshing golden ale with tropical fruit aromas. The company is also hoping to export their beers in the near future and the link with the Houses of Parliament will help the brewery market their beers to overseas buyers.
Local MP Andrew Bingham has this week reacted angrily to the news that Glossop and Hadfield will lose the current Class 323 electric trains, amid fears that they could be replaced with inferior units.
The decision has come from the train leasing company Porterbrooks - who currently lease the electric trains to Northern Rail - not to offer them to the bidders for the new rail franchise, which begins next April. It is not yet clear what kind of trains they would be replaced by, but Andrew is fearful that the line will end up with inferior rolling stock, and has vowed to fight this possibility.
"I'm very concerned about this news. The decision to remove these electric trains from this line could be a real slap in the face for rail commuters across Glossopdale.
"The current trains are already some of the more modern on the network, and I really fear what commuters could end up with. I really hope that we don't end up with inferior or slower trains running on the line, as that would be a real step backwards.
"I have written a very strongly-worded letter to the train leasing company about this. I have also written to the Transport Secretary to express my anger about this decision, and I intend to speak to him face-to-face about this to see if he is able to intervene in any way.
"It is simply unacceptable that we could end up with an inferior service, and I will be fighting as hard as I can to prevent that outcome."