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Shadow Secretary of State for Culture and Deputy Leader of the Labour party, Harriet Harman, was invited to visit The Crescent by the Labour Leaders of High Peak Borough and Derbyshire County councils - Cllr Caitlin Bisknell and Cllr Anne Western.

 

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Outside the The Crescent: Left to right: Roddie MacLean, Cllr Caitlin Bisknell, Prof Rod Dubrow-Marshall, Cllr Joan Dixon, Adrian Brown, Harriet Harman MP, Trevor Osborne, Cllr Lynn Stone.

 

Speaking during a visit to Buxton Ms Harman said she wanted to sign up to be one of the partners for the project, alongside the borough and county councils, the university and the developer.

“This is a project of national and European significance which will regenerate the town and the whole county.  It is a chance in a generation to rebuild this fantastic architectural gem and to get apprenticeships in stone work and renovation.

“These plans, that have been developed by the two councils  developers and the University all working together with local people have now got to be put into practice - and I will be backing it all the way.”

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Inside the baths: left to right: Harriet Harman MP, Cllr Caitlin Bisknell, Trevor Osborne, Prof Rod Dubrow-Marshall, Adrian Brown and Roddie Maclean.

 

Caitlin said although planned some months ago, the visit could not come at a more important time for The Crescent project with the funding package due to be finalised in the next few weeks to allow works to start again in the New Year.

“I am absolutely delighted that we have got Harriet’s backing for this scheme – it’s a huge boost of confidence for the scheme and can only strengthen our funding case with the Heritage Lottery Fund and the local enterprise partnership, D2N2.”

 

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Trevor Osborne explains the restoration scheme 

Cllr Lynn Stone explained that the building was part of the DNA for Buxtonians, many of whom had learned to swim in the baths, went to the library in the ballroom and teenage parties in the former St Anns Hotel.

The final plans for the re-development of The Crescent were submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund on October 13, ahead of its meeting in November.

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Harriet Harman MP and Cllr Caitlin Bisknell discuss the restoration plans

During her visit Ms Harman met Derbyshire County councillors Joan Dixon and Ellie Wilcox; developer, Trevor Osborne; Chair of Vision, Buxton Adrian Brown; Chair of Buxton Town Team, Roddie MacLean and the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Derby, Prof Rod Dubrow-Marshall.

Her tour around both the Baths and The Crescent was led by High Peak Borough Council’s Conservation Officer, Richard Tuffrey who has worked on the project for many years.

 

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Labour’s parliamentary candidate for High Peak, Caitlin Bisknell, has repeated Labour’s pledge to abolish the bedroom tax.

Speaking in a debate during Derbyshire County Council’s recent council meeting, Caitlin welcomed moves to exempt some people who could not be found a smaller home from the Bedroom tax, as well as disabled people who need a spare bedroom or who have adapted homes.

“I have no problem supporting those aims, unlike the current Tory MP for High Peak - though judging by the response I am getting on doorsteps across High Peak his days are numbered - but it really does not go far enough.

“The consequences of the Bedroom Tax were plain for all to see as soon as the original Bill was published. Hardworking families - voluntary, community and third sector groups did not need two years  and countless heartbreaking stories in Press the to understand  the iniquitous  consequences of the Bedroom Tax.

“96% of those affected are actually trapped in their larger homes because there are no smaller properties available for them to move into. Even the National Housing Federation says it isn't working and hasn't saved money.

“What we really need to do - and what the next Labour Government will do - is to abolish the pernicious Bedroom Tax altogether.

“It really is a bit late in the day to have second thoughts; but better late than never I suppose. Perhaps the LibDems have finally seen the cold light of day, the dawn fast approaching and have realised that they don't like the party whose bed they have been sharing for the past four years.

“Fortunately for my residents, hardworking families who are paying the price of this ill thought out mean minded tax,   It's a bedroom they won't have to share much longer  - as they and their Tory cronies will soon be seeking new accommodation of their own - complete with a Mansion Tax on their new bedrooms!”

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