Latest Update from Cllr Hall
When elected in 2021 I pledged to help refresh the town centre. I’ve contributed to purchase of ramps to improve access, supported the introduction of a Changing Spaces toilet at Pavilion Gardens, and worked on the successful Future High Street application. I will continue this work, serving on the stakeholder group to take plans forward.For High Peak Borough I promised to do all I could to build a culture of information sharing and community engagement with council decisions. I have learnt a lot from the casework: from individual research and intervention on issues around housing, waste disposal, street and pavement safety, air quality; from support for initiatives on protection of the built and natural environment; and from the powerful local campaign to preserve the ‘rec’ at Hogshaw from residential development.I’ve continued to work as a trustee with Serpentine Community Garden and I’m proud of project development since HPBC agreed the principles of a long-term lease. I, and Serpentine Community Garden, have worked in partnership with the Street by Street mutual aid group and other volunteers to help spread nothing but kindness as we face the challenges of coronavirus.
High Peak Borough Council uses the strap-line, ‘working for our community’. Putting this into practice means working with the community. I would like to be part of a Council that puts that idea at the heart of its service.
I worked for thirty-six years in schools and colleges in Sheffield and London before coming to Buxton four years’ ago to be closer to family.
I’m keen to represent Corbar on High Peak Borough Council. I live in Corbar Ward and I’m familiar with local issues including protecting service at the Cavendish Hospital; looking to secure the benefits of new health service provision close to the railway station; ensuring Pavilion Gardens facilities benefit Buxton and the High Peak; safeguarding green space; and securing a future for Serpentine Community Farm as a community asset.
Campaigning for Serpentine Community Farm makes it personal. Close contact with the Council has also sharpened my focus on a fundamental issue. I don’t like current administration’s default setting of defensiveness in response to local opinion: their black-box approach to decision-making.
I want to see that dynamic change, to see local people of all ages and backgrounds involved in improving community life and individual lives. Close to home, that’s about:
- good housing
- safe streets
- services for children, young people and older people
- local investment.
More widely, it’s about the environment, climate change and citizens’ rights. If elected, I will spend my time taking to local people, listening to concerns and doing all I can to enrich life in Buxton and the High Peak.