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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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...