As will no doubt be covered extensively in the press this week, last
Thursday evening's meeting of the corporate select and executive have
resulted in a decision to sell the council's current site at Chinley, and
push for improvements at both Glossop and Buxton.
Now whilst I can agree with many of the reasons outlined for making the
change, there did seem to be a missing voice from the meeting on Thursday
with the apparent absence of the councillors representing the ward with the
current Chinley offices in it, now whilst that may just have been a clash of
dates due to this been an extra meeting I do hope that their views and as
such the views of their electorate whether in favour or against have been
considered as part of the process. I say this because whilst various surveys
may highlight that the two other offices are better; locals may like their
local office as it is.
The next steps will be interesting to look at with one of the things under
consideration been where will the full council / council committee will meet
as they current meet at Chinley. Early plans are that the meetings will move
around different venues across the High Peak, which I think will be a good
move and will allow easier access for people to see what goes on.
I do hope however that all the venues under consideration will include
better public transport from all parts of the High Peak, and that
consideration will be given when or if venues or outside of the town centres
how accessible these are when the meeting are scheduled to take place.