• Bamford and Thornhill from Shatton Moor

  • The Green, Bamford

  • The Moot, Thornhill

  • Bamford Village Institute

  • Thornhill Trail

  • Slack Lane, Thornhill

  • Behind The Anglers Rest and Post Office

  • Ladybower Reservoir from Bamford Edge

BAMFORD PARISH MEETING 2021 

The Bamford Annual Parish Meeting took place online at 8pm on 22 March 2021 with Cllr Sue Beckett, Chair of Bamford with Thornhill Parish Council, in the chair. Parish Cllrs Armitage, Britland, Farrell (who is also a Borough Cllr), Fowler, Nordhausen Scholes, Priestley and Randall, Borough Cllr Collins and County Cllr Perkins were present, and 21 other electors. 

Chair’s report

Cllr Beckett reported that:

  • Due to Covid-19, the Annual Parish Meeting was unable to be held in 2020, so it was good to now be able to resume. The previous meeting had been in March 2019.
  • After the May 2019 Parish Council election, a survey was undertaken seeking residents’ views on what the new Parish Council should concentrate on. The three topics that were commented on most were parking, speeding and road maintenance.
  • Throughout the past two years the Parish Council has been in contact with DCC and HPBC many times about parking. Parking wardens in the Yorkshire Bridge area issued a lot of fines, but drivers appeared not to know what a clearway was, so in 2020 DCC covered up the clearway signs and put down double-yellow lines. This was done without the normal consultation, as it was deemed an emergency; it does appear to have eased the problem for Yorkshire Bridge, but has pushed the cars into other parts of the village.
  • The uneven surface of our roads is a matter for DCC Highways. The Council regularly reports any defects to them, but sometimes it takes a while for them to take any action.
  • In a 2020 survey, 88% of the 252 respondents supported a 20’s Plenty limit on some or all of the roads in both Bamford and Thornhill. The Parish Council unanimously agreed to support the 20’s Plenty campaign.
  • The Parish Council commented on the Rising Sun’s amended planning application for a new hotel. This was thought broadly acceptable, subject to several points about management of road traffic to/from the hotel. Also commented on was the proposed fish-and-chip shop at Sickleholme Garage about which there were several reservations; nevertheless it was subsequently allowed by the Peak Park planners.
  • The Parish Council has been in regular contact with Peak Park planners about the former NatWest bank site (we are still trying to find a way to deal with its unsightliness) and with DCC about Bamford Clough. The Clough is now being resurfaced, part of which was carried out in 2020, with the final stage commencing in April 2021. The surface is to be asphalt, so the Parish Council asked DCC to consider a speed limit or speed bumps, but they declined.
  • 2019 saw SmartWater anti-theft kits, jointly funded by the Hope Valley parish councils and HPBC, delivered to every household. Those who haven’t yet registered their kit are encouraged to do so, as it could save a lot of heartache after a burglary.
  • 2019 saw the closure of our only village shop, due to the ill health of the owner. Since the closure, the Parish Council invited ‘Refills on the Road’ to the Institute car park twice per month. It helps reduce plastic use, as you take your own containers.
  • The Parish Council set up, through the Police, training for a new Community SpeedWatch group. Due to Covid-19 SpeedWatch has had to be put on hold, but will resume once restrictions are lifted.
  • In 2020, we were able to place a defibrillator, kindly donated by Breedon Cement, in the centre of the village. Thanks also to the owner of the Derwent for allowing it to be located on his fencing. And the War Memorial received a makeover, with the gravel replaced and the shells sand-blasted; the cracked stone in one of the walls was also replaced.
  • The Parish Council’s handyman has kept the Green and Coronation Gardens maintained, as well as several other areas of the village.
  • The monthly volunteer litter-pick (suspended due to Covid-190 will resume as soon as restrictions are lifted. The Parish Council is also looking at starting a Repair Shop; the council would welcome any suggestions on how we as a village could do more recycling.
  • In 2020 the Parish Council started a new quarterly Newsletter, as a way of communicating better what the Council does.
  • It was with great regret that we accepted the resignation of David Ashton, who had been a Parish Councillor for 16 years; he was thanked for his long dedication.
  • As the last Village Plan was produced in 2002, it is felt that it would be good to produce a new one in 2021 - to address the social, economic and environmental themes which residents decide are important for the community’s aims and aspirations.

Points raised from the floor

  • The condition of the pavement between Yorkshire Bridge and Bamford is unacceptable, County Cllr Perkins undertook to raise the matter (again) with DCC officers.
  • DCC’s refurbishment of The Clough will make it more dangerous, so could the Parish Council erect suitable warning signs? The Parish Council will consider what should best be done.
  • Is improved drainage a part of the Clough refurbishment? Yes.
  • The 20mph speed-limit signs at school opening/closing times are not working. Will be reported to DCC.
  • What is the future of the Marquis of Granby site? Current economic conditions appear unfavourable to the developer coming to a decision.
  • The new Village Plan needs to (a) include climate-change/environment issues and (b) revisit previously-discussed ideas re traffic management . Yes.
  • Will PDNPA’s Hope Valley Explorer bus route resume this year? We have been informed that it will.
  • What more can be done to tackle speeding? County Cllr Perkins stated that DCC is reluctant to introduce 20mph limits, but that it might be possible for DCC to fit ‘black box’ speed monitors temporarily, to assess the current extent of speeding. Both Highways and Police resources are budget-constrained.
  • Too many of Bamford’s drains are often overwhelmed. Improvement will be sought from DCC.
  • Could the Parish Council usefully make more use of social media? Possibly – the council will review.
  • Could pollution monitoring be undertaken on Bamford’s roads? HPBC will be asked if it could arrange.
  • Need to prevent countryside fires. The emergency services are currently developing this year’s strategy
  • Some of the consequences of the new double-yellow lines are unwelcome. DCC will be consulting at the end of 2021 as to whether to continue with them in 2022.
  • Litter bins at the dam wall are inadequate. Will be pursued again with Severn Trent.
  • More litterbins would be helpful. HPBC are unwilling to empty any more than exist currently.
  • Some cyclists appear unaware where the cycle track around the dam finishes. Will ask for better signage.

The meeting closed at 9.40pm.                         Minutes taken by Peter Leppard, Parish Clerk

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THORNHILL PARISH MEETING 2021           

The Thornhill Annual Parish Meeting took place online at 8pm on 25 March 2021 with Cllr Sue Beckett, Chair of Bamford with Thornhill Parish Council, in the chair. Parish Cllrs (for Thornhill Ward) Stephen Brennan and Karen O’Connor were present, also Borough Cllr Charlotte Farrell. 4 other electors attended.

Apologies were received from Patricia Brennan.

Chair's report 

Cllr Beckett reported that:

  • Due to Covid-19, the Annual Parish Meeting was unable to be held in 2020, so it was good to now be able to resume. The previous meeting had been in March 2019.
  • After the May 2019 Parish Council election, a survey was undertaken seeking residents’ views on what the new Parish Council should concentrate on. The three topics that were commented on most were parking, speeding and road maintenance.
  • Throughout the past two years the Parish Council has been in contact with DCC and HPBC many times about parking. Parking wardens in the Yorkshire Bridge area issued a lot of fines, but drivers appeared not to know what a clearway was, so in 2020 DCC covered up the clearway signs and put down double-yellow lines. This was done without the normal consultation, as it was deemed an emergency; it does appear to have eased the problem for Yorkshire Bridge, but has pushed the cars into other parts Bamford and onto Carr Lane.
  • The uneven surface of our roads is a matter for DCC Highways. The Council regularly reports any defects to them, but sometimes it takes a while for them to take any action.
  • In a 2020 survey, 88% of the 252 respondents supported a 20’s Plenty limit on some or all of the roads in both Bamford and Thornhill. The Parish Council unanimously agreed to support the 20’s Plenty campaign - and brought up the subject of installing flashing speed signs with DCC, but they were unpersuaded. The Council is pursuing other ways of tackling speeding problems currently.
  • The Parish Council commented on the Rising Sun’s amended planning application for a new hotel. This was thought broadly acceptable, subject to several points about management of road traffic to/from the hotel. Also commented on was the proposed fish-and-chip shop at Sickleholme Garage about which there were several reservations; nevertheless it was subsequently allowed by the Peak Park planners.
  • 2019 saw SmartWater anti-theft kits, jointly funded by the Hope Valley parish councils and HPBC, delivered to every household. Those who haven’t yet registered their kit are encouraged to do so, as it could save a lot of heartache after a burglary.
  • 2019 saw the closure of our only village shop, due to the ill health of the owner. Since the closure, the Parish Council invited ‘Refills on the Road’ to the Bamford Institute car park twice per month. It helps reduce plastic use, as you take your own containers.
  • The Parish Council set up, through the Police, training for a new Community SpeedWatch group. Due to Covid-19 SpeedWatch has had to be put on hold, but will resume once restrictions are lifted.
  • In 2020, Bamford war memorial received a makeover, with the gravel replaced and the shells sand-blasted; the cracked stone in one of the walls was also replaced.
  • The Parish Council was successful in getting DCC to re-open the bridge across the Weir after its flood damage, and in getting the Peak Park to install new gates at each end of the footpath running uphill behind the Quakers’ house, making it harder for cyclists to use it illegally.
  • The monthly volunteer litter-pick (suspended due to Covid-190 will resume as soon as restrictions are lifted. The Parish Council is also looking at starting a Repair Shop; the council would welcome any suggestions on how we as a village could do more recycling.
  • In 2020 the Parish Council started a new quarterly Newsletter, as a way of communicating better what the Council does.
  • It was with great regret that we accepted the resignation of David Ashton, who had been a Parish Councillor for 16 years; he was thanked for his long dedication.
  • As the last Village Plan was produced in 2002, it is felt that it would be good to produce a new one in 2021 - to address the social, economic and environmental themes which residents decide are important for the community’s aims and aspirations. It is hoped that Thornhill residents will participate in this once we are allowed to resume having public meetings.

Points raised from the floor

  1. It is good to record that Thornhill was connected to fibre broadband in the past year.
  2. It is concerning that the condition of the road surface between the 2 adjoining railway bridges on Thornhill Lane continues to gradually worsen. Will be pursued with DCC (again) and with Network Rail.
  3. The deep rut in the verge just north of the above bridges has still not been rectified. Will be pursued with DCC (again).

The meeting closed at 8.55pm.                      Minutes taken by Peter Leppard, Parish Clerk