Whaley Bridge Amenity Society
Registered Charity No. 500862
Welcome to Whaley Bridge Amenity Society
The local Civic Society for Whaley Bridge and Furness Vale
We are a registered charity established during the 1960s. Our aims are:
|Thursday, 2nd March at 2pm||AGM, Mechanics' Institute|
|Saturday, 17th June||Civic Voice's ‘Civic Day’ 2023|
Next Executive Committee Meeting: To be advised
We have been concerned, for some time now, about the future of the Club Room, and we have continued to explore all available options. Following discussions with numerous community and charitable organisations, it has been reluctantly decided that our only realistic option is to offer it for sale on the open market, and to this effect the Club Room was placed in an auction on 15th March 2023, with Botham’s of Chesterfield. The monies raised from the sale will be used to fund projects which align with the charitable objects of the Society, within the Society's area of benefit, i.e. the civil parish of Whaley Bridge.
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High Peak Borough Council has embarked on a review of its Local Plan, which was adopted in 2016, to cover planning matters in the borough outside the Peak District National Park, in the period until 2031. Circumstances have changed and it has been determined that the Local Plan needs to be updated. The new Plan will cover the period to 2041, with a target date for adoption in mid-2026. The development of the Plan will take place in several stages; the current stage, Early Engagement, in which the public is invited to comment, ended on 3rd March. There will be at least two further public consultation stages: an options consultation in the third quarter of 2023 and a preferred options consultation in mid-2024.
This Grade II listed bridge crosses Buxton Road close to the town centre and the conservation area. Listed building consent for its partial reconstruction was granted to Network Rail by High Peak Borough Council on 22nd December 2022. Prior approval for the design and external appearance of the new sections of the bridge was granted on the same date.
The resulting works are somewhat controversial, requiring the closure of Buxton Road to traffic for some 11 weeks, from January to March. Information is available on the Network Rail website.
|View from the south, of the section to be retained, after painting, 11/02/2023.||View from the north, 11/02/2023. The facing section and the section behind it are to be replaced.||View from the underside, looking southwards, 11/02/2023. The section to be retained has been painted.||View from the north, 19/02/2023. The deck is being removed.||View from the north, 19/02/2023. Daylight! The inner structure is revealed, arches ("troughs") based on girders, in-filled with concrete.|
|View from the north, 21/02/2023. Lifting 4 deck sections.||View from the north, 21/02/2023. Woops!||View from the north, 21/02/2023. The debris.||View from the north, 21/02/2023. Lifting a smaller deck section.||View from the north, 22/02/2023. The third arch rib has been removed intact.|
|Buxton Road, 23/02/2023. The new steelwork has arrived.||View from the north, 23/02/2023. The first new arch rib is being lowered into place. Note the bracing (cast-iron?), freshly painted, on the retained cast-iron arch rib - probably the 1896 repair.||View from the north, 23/02/2023. The final new arch rib is about to be lowered into place.||View from the north, 25/02/2023. The deck (in 14 sections) has been installed. The painting represents the original LNWR colours.||View from the north, 28/02/2023. The parapet cladding and safety rail have been installed.|
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|View of the finished bridge from the north, 27/06/2023.||View of the finished bridge from the south, 27/06/2023.|
Construction work has begun on the new spillway for the reservoir. The associated planning application is here.
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|View from below the dam, 11/02/2023.||View from above the dam, 11/02/2023.|
The public inquiry into the site off Macclesfield Road was held in November 2022. Of the two appeals which were considered in the inquiry the first (demolition of the existing building known as “Taxal Edge” and the detached garage building and the erection of 7 no. dwellings) was dismissed (i.e. disallowed) and the second (the alteration of a building ("the classroom block")) was allowed.
This claimed right of way has been confirmed with modifications and designated as Whaley Bridge footpath No. 115. It is now indicated on Ordnance Survey maps.
The Society responded to the consultation on a new planning system for the UK.
Following the demise of The Civic Trust in 2009, we joined the new civic society movement Civic Voice in 2010, as a founder member.
We actively supported the Mersey Basin Campaign (‘legacy’ website) during the 25 year campaign (1985–2010). At the start, the Mersey and its tributaries were commonly regarded by many as the most polluted river estuary in Europe. It is now cleaner than at any time since the Industrial Revolution; its restoration is one of the UK’s biggest environmental success stories. It was internationally recognised as having pioneered effective partnership working, and in 1999 became the inaugural winner of the International Thiess Riverprize for best river system clean up.
One of our members served as Chairman of the Mersey Basin Trust — the arm of the Campaign established as a charitable trust to support voluntary groups undertaking environmental actions at local level. During Mersey Basin Weekends in October, we arranged walks, talks and litter picks. Two of our members were awarded the coveted Kingfisher Award in recognition of their contributions to the making of a weir in the River Goyt.
For many years, another of our members was Chairman of Action Etherow Goyt, one of 20 Action Partnerships, working closely with volunteers, schools, businesses, local authorities, regulators and politicians on a wide range of improvement projects. It acted as a catalyst to bring local improvements. These have included picnic tables, bat and bird boxes, repairs at the Horse Tunnel (a Grade 2 Listed Building), the resurfacing of the Peak Forest Canal Towpath (to Derbyshire County Council ‘Greenway’ standard), and two interpretation boards.
We campaign to develop, and protect the integrity of, the local Public Rights of Way (PROW) network, and have helped secure a number of new paths.
Information relating to Greenways and Rights of Way may be found at Derbyshire County Council’s website.
We have carried out dozens of litter picks over more than 40 years.
We comment as appropriate on planning applications and have contributed to planning strategy consultation documents, such as those concerning the Whaley Bridge Conservation Area (and the Whaley Bridge Conservation Area Character Assessments) and the successor High Peak Local Plan adopted in April 2016.
Here are links to our Constitution, and Chairman’s Reports for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, Vice-Chair’s Report for 2017, 2018, 2019 and Executive Committee's report for 2022
We welcome new members (annual subscription £8, unwaged £4). Please contact one of our Officers:
Mr M. L. Thomas
Whaley Bridge Community Site (supported by the town council)
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