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September 2020 Newsletter

COVID-19

As restrictions ease Buxton Town Team members have been keen to get back to work on projects around the town. 

 
Directors met (virtually) on  August 20.  Updates from the meeting and from projects are covered below.

This year's General Meeting is still on hold, a date will be agreed and advertised once restrictions on meetings are lifted. 

BTT's longstanding Treasurer, Philip Barton, has announced his intention to stand down. If anyone is interested please get in touch - Philip will be happy to explain what is involved.  

Updates :
  • Buxton Safer Walk and Ride Network
  • Slopes Around Town
  • BTT website
  • Buxton in Bloom 2020
  • Light repairs
Safer Walk & Ride Network
Plans for the Town Team’s safer ride and walk network around Buxton have continued, despite Covid restrictions. 
The Big Buxton Experiment is being planned which provides for five key walking and cycling routes to take Buxtonians from home to work, school, college or the town safely – away from main roads.  The aim of the experiment is to trial the viability of the routes – many of the surfaces are poor particularly in wet weather and some sections are narrow but we need to know if people would find them useful if properly surfaced.  The plan is to encourage feedback – both online and on paper - to gather as many views as possible on users and usefulness.
 
Councillors are taking a keen interest in the project which provides not just for safety but also environmental awareness and health and wellbeing.
 
Members of our APTT (Access, Parking, Traffic & Transport) group met Robert Largan, MP, who sits on the Transport Select Committee, at the end of July to brief him on the Buxton Sustainable Travel Plan.  The difficulties which smaller towns face in accommodating both walkers and cyclists safely on narrow streets, were also raised. The MP forwarded a paper from the group detailing these concerns to the Department for Transport, Department for the Environment and the Department of Health.  
 
Members met, too, with Marc Briand, Regeneration at HPBC and a member of APTT.  The Council has set up a small team of officers to investigate the routes.
 
DCC is also broadly supportive of the six month trial, which includes lifting footpath restrictions to include cyclists.  DCC support the project as it sees it as a blue print to be rolled out to other towns in the county.  There also a recognition that, when the substantial government funding programme comes on stream in early 2021, Buxton will be ‘shovel ready’ for infrastructure investment.
 
Please look out for the launch of The Big Buxton Experiment on the Safer Walk & Ride Network, we will need your help in a variety of ways!
 
Slopes around Town
Following an extended break the team is back - and has already started work again.

Thursdays: meet at 6pm by Turner's Memorial. Finish 8pm. Please look out for folks in light blue hi viz jackets. 
The area to be covered is decided on a week to week basis, but everyone is free to go and do whatever they wish. If you have hand fork, bucket or trug, then please bring any of those. If not don't worry, but you definitely need your own gloves. Try and avoid sharing tools.  Litter pickers can be provided if anyone wants to litter pick.

Saturdays:  meet at 10am on the car park at the top of The Slopes in front of the town hall. Finish 12 noon.

 
Just pop along any Saturday or Thursday -  updates each week are sent out via a WhatsApp group - please to ask to be added to the group!

Please remember to respect social distancing at all times.




 
Coming soon... new,  refreshed BTT website
The new Buxton Town Team website nearly finished and will be launched soon - watch this space for details!
The Communications Group, and especially Pure Peak magazine production editor Lesley Draper, made the most of lockdown to review and to refresh the website, making it easier to use and reference documents more easy to access.
Expect the launch in a few weeks’ time and look out for the announcement on social media .
 Buxton in Bloom 2020 

Like many other events this years Buxton in Bloom 2020, moved online with Gary Nadin and his team of volunteers setting up a Facebook page for people to post photos of their gardens according to competition category.

The judging has now been completed - check the Facebook page for details of the winner and to see photos in all the gardens that were entered:  https://www.facebook.com/Buxton-In-Bloom-2020

For more information contact Gary and him team by email: buxtoninbloom2020@yahoo.com
Getting ready for darker nights
As the nights have started drawing in Andrea and Dave Lewis got out their ladder to do some repairs to the lights on The Slopes... before it got too dark!
Visit the calendar
If you are planning a Town Team event later in year, that you want to add to the diary, please email me at diary@buxtontownteam.org

If you would like to give feedback on your monthly newsletter we'd love to hear from you, just use the e-mail address above; all feedback is appreciated!

Hope to see you soon,
Andy, Lesley, Caitlin, Tina, Emma. 
Your Town Team Communications Team
Our mailing address is:
diary@buxtontownteam.org

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