Glossop has missed out again on a £20m investment plan that would have seen a new leisure and wellbeing centre in Glossop and improvements to Victoria Hall, the community arts venue after it was rejected by the Conservative government.
Jon Pearce, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for High Peak, said:
“Yet again Glossop has been overlooked by this Government when areas all around us are getting much-needed levelling-up funding.”
“We pay our taxes. We deserve our fair share. But we are not getting it with this Government.”
“Had the Government supported the bid; it would have provided a massive boost for the local economy at a time when we are facing the largest fall in living standards on record and the stagnation of our economy.”
“The wellbeing hub would also have increased access to healthcare services. This is desperately needed with so many people contacting me about the perilous state of the NHS locally.”
This comes on the back of Glossop not getting any of the money that was doled out to 55 other “priority” towns across the country”.
“This Conservative government has deliberately created a system of winners and losers – today the people of Glossop and surrounding communities are the losers.”
“In stark contrast – the next Labour government will give local leaders powers to drive growth and deliver prosperity in all our towns and communities.”
Cllr Damien Greenhalgh, Deputy Leader of Labour-run High Peak Borough Council and Glossop councillor said:
“As a born and bred Glossopian I am deeply disappointed by the government’s decision to snub Glossop. There are clear questions to be answered over how this funding has been allocated across the country.
“The local Conservative MP has failed to deliver on his promises for High Peak. He was happy to try and take the credit when he thought the bid would be successful but is now trying to pass the buck, once again.”
“When bids in other areas were rejected in Round 2 of the competitive bidding process, other MPs, both Conservative and Labour, worked with their Councils and Government Ministers to secure the funding this time. You only need look at what Andrew Gwynne MP has achieved nearby for Denton.
“Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, who share the same council officers and bid writing team with High Peak Borough Council, were successful in their £17million bid for Leek. The difference? Their Conservative MP was in lockstep with councillors and council officers, making a forceful and successful case to Tory Ministers in Westminster.”
“I have always been – and always will be – unashamedly ambitious for Glossop and our community’s future. This is a real kick in the teeth for everyone who believes in our town, its heritage and its future. But we will continue to do it ourselves, as we always have.”