Ambitious regeneration plans in Glossop move forward
Wednesday 9th August 2017 17:58 Glossop Chronicle News Posted by Adam Higgins

A £7m regeneration scheme to make Glossop a centre for creative industries and the arts has suddenly come a step closer. 

High Peak Borough Council (HPBC) had already committed £2m to restoring and converting the market hall, town hall and Municipal Buildings.

Now, we can reveal it has submitted a £4.8m bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund’s enterprise scheme to turn the ambitious dream into reality. But the dream could become a nightmare if the lottery board turns the bid down – as the scheme depends on the full cash package.

The council and community groups have been working in partnership to push for a town centre hub which would meet local demand for new leisure, community and retail space with a focus on culture and creativity.

Council leaders, Glossopdale Trust, Glossop Heritage Trust and The Bureau have all met to come up with a dream scheme to put the town on the map.

It’s a huge show of council and community co-operation that Glossopdale Trust’s Duncan Wright believes could convince the Heritage Lottery board to come up with the cash.

Later this month, he’s staging the Town Hall Sessions – which has taken over from the Bankswood Music Festival in Norfolk Square.

He said: “We (The Glossopdale Trust) have been working with HPBC on this project for a number of years, at the same time as putting on events like Bankswood Festival, to showcase the great musical talent we have in the area.

“Our vision is to see the talent presented in festivals like Bankswood, The Town Hall Sessions and Art in the Window, showcased week in week out, as part of the life in the town.

“The plans to breathe new life into the Glossop halls is a vital step in making this vision a reality.”

Council leader Cllr Tony Ashton said: “We believe bringing these important heritage buildings back into full use is the catalyst for our vision of establishing Glossop as a centre for culture and creative industries with the community at the centre.

“We know how highly valued the buildings are by local people and submitting the funding bid is a big step forward. We are looking forward to hearing from the HLF in the autumn.”

The council is inviting market and arcade traders to a meeting on August 23 to update them on progress with the project.

Cllr Ashton admitted: “I’d encourage them to come along to the meeting to find out more about the plans and how we can continue to work together to realise our exciting vision for the buildings, the town and the community.”

 

By David Jones