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Your July 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 July 15 and are due to meet again (virtually) on August 20.  U[dates 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 :
Slopes Around Town; Buxton footfall count; Buxton Transport Plan; Fairfield roundabout; bird and bat boxes in Ashwood Park; BTT website; Ash die-back hits Buxton; Buxton in Bloom 2020.
Slopes around Town
Following an extended break the team is back - and has already started work again.

Thursdays: meet at 6.30pm by Turner's Memorial. Finish 8.30. 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.

 
July & August dates:
Thursday 30 July; Saturday 1 August; 
Thursday 6 August; Saturday 15 August; 
Thursday 20 August; Saturday 29 August.

Please remember to respect social distancing at all times.




Buxton Footfall Count
Buxton Town Team has joined forces with Buxton Street By Street to help High Peak Borough Council to count footfall in Spring Gardens and the Market Place.
It is part of a national survey organised by the High Streets Task Force who will analyse and cross reference Buxton's data with other towns. 
The results will also feed into the Borough Council's high street plans, including its Future High Street Fund bid for Buxton. 

The first count took place over three days in July and will be repeated again, on the same days and at the same, times in early August.  Thanks to everyone who volunteered to help with the counting.
Buxton Sustainable Travel Plan and 

The Big Buxton Experiment


The draft Buxton Sustainable Travel Plan is nearing completion and will be circulated soon for preliminary feedback, before going out to public consultation.  Once approved, it is intended that it will become part of the Buxton Neighbourhood Plan.
However, before the Travel Pan consultation is launched there are plans to launch The Big Buxton Experiment
This is a proposed trial of key routes on the wider Safer Walk & Ride Network which will take people safely from home to work, school or town avoiding roads. 
The experiment would run for six months to cover summer and winter conditions (although when in the year either might occur is not certain!).  
Preliminary work is being done by BTT, with support from other organisations and businesses, and includes surveying the routes, mapping them, drafting and designing signage. Moves are also afoot to ask Derbyshire County Council to suspend footpath only designations to allow cycling too.  

Fairfield Roundabout
As you may have seen already, the application from HPBC to DCC was unanimously approved.  The representation submitted by Buxton Town \team and others representation, however, was not time wasted as it made it very clear to councilors that Buxton is focused on encouraging sustainable travel. 
The planning officer also commented that due regard would be given to walkers and cyclists in future development.

Ashwood Park 

Project leader Richard Lower has just taken delivery of the bird and bat boxes which will be put up in Ashwood Park this autumn so they are acclimatised for use next spring.
The boxes have been bought with a grant from the Postcode Lottery and will
 support efforts to increase biodiversity and to encourage more wildlife in the park. 
If you are interested in volunteering to help put these up, please contact Richard: richard.lower2@gmail.com 

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 .
Ash Dieback disease

Ash Dieback disease is now quite prevalent in the High Peak Area.  
 
This disease effects our native ash tree in a high percentage of cases  will lead to the  death of the tree.
 
Ash is a common tree in the  area and  High Peak Borough Council Arboricultural Officer, Monica Gillespie, is collating information about the location and condition of ash trees on HPBC land.  The Council has well over 1000 trees  recorded so far.
You can report any trees about which you have concerns on the council's website:  
https://www.highpeak.gov.uk/article/4993/Ash-Dieback
 
Or you can  email ashtrees@highpeak.gov.uk  to report any trees  with the disease
 
 
 Buxton in Bloom 2020 

Like many other events this years Buxton in Bloom 2020, has 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.

Full details of the competition on the posters above and below.
 
The Covid-19 shut down - helped by the (sometimes) lovely weather has given us all a chance to get out and tidy up our gardens - now's your chance to share the fruits of your labours!  


Please message or email Gary with a picture to go into one of the four categories. You can submit entries in more than than one category).

So get your camera out and get posting your photos now - and remember to like and share the Facebook page too.


You can contact Gary and him team by email: buxtoninbloom2020@yahoo.com
 
Or via Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Buxton-In-Bloom-2020
 
 
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
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diary@buxtontownteam.org

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