Glossopdale urged to make voice heard
PEOPLE with a passion for Glossopdale have been urged to take part in a new kind of consultation that aims to make the area the best place it can be for residents, visitors and businesses alike.
The invitation was extended this week by High Peak Borough Council, which is hosting the first Community Voice Glossopdale meeting on Wednesday (April 18).
Council leader Caitlin Bisknell has written a draft agenda for the conversation in Bradbury House, Glossop from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. However, she wants residents’ groups and community organisations to dictate what happens, with the council just facilitating.
Cllr Bisknell explained: “The aim of Community Voice Glossopdale is to bring people together to discuss shared ambitions and concerns for their neighbourhoods. We want to encourage dialogue and consultation between community organisations, and get people working co-operatively to avoid duplication of effort.
“As a council, we will help wherever we can but the intention here is not to call the shots. Our involvement is in line with my ambition to develop the local authority as a community council that is in touch with local issues and works with partners to back the efforts of local people.
“I know that community groups already play an important role in Glossopdale, improving residents’ lives and finding ways to bring people together in a common cause or interest. These groups are the glue that binds communities together.
“Now, I want to bring these groups and organisations together to share their views, learn from each other’s successes and help each other.
“At the meeting, I’m hoping we can talk about key initiatives and opportunities for Glossopdale, and provide a chance for community activists to meet each other. We’re envisaging that Community Voice consultations will happen twice a year, providing the impetus for lots of community work between meetings”, she added.
For more information, call the council’s communities team on 0845 129 7777 or e-mail email@example.com.
A similar consultation in Buxton recently was attended by more than 50 people representing a dozen or more organisations. The innovative approach to consultation was much appreciated, and came up with several ideas that will now be taken forward by the groups involved. Elsewhere in the High Peak, the council is working closely with parish councils. Buxton and Glossop do not have parish councils.
Last updated: 23rd January 2013