Hope Valley Climate Action

At the Parish Council meeting on 9 May, Steve Platt presented the recent analysis undertaken by the Hope Valley Climate Action group on the future needs of the Hope Valley for increased electricity supplies as we move into a low carbon environment, and how these can be met.   The HVCA has recently written to Robert Largan MP outlining changes in legislation and in government policy which will be needed to enable this transition.   The Parish Council welcomed the analysis undertaken by the HVCA and will be writing to Robert Largan to add its voice supporting the HVCA's recommendations.
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Important news on the Derwent Valley

Severn Trent and Yorkshire Water have indicated that they are in the early stages of considering a substantial escalation of the reservoir system in the Derwent Valley.  Options being considered include raising the existing dams, constructing a new dam immediately downstream from the existing dams, or development of a fourth reservoir above Howden.  As we understand it, these options are among many which are being considered as strategic responses to the risk of water shortage in the UK as a whole.  There is an extensive process of planning and consultation ahead;  we will keep you informed as it develops.   For more information at this point, see https://www.yorkshirewater.com/media/bcgco3hv/upper-derwent-valley-reservoir-expansion-business-case-udvre-final-8_12_21.pdf
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A Code for Hope

The Parish Council has discussed the possibility of developing a Code for Hope, on the lines of the guidance issued by some other villages in the Hope Valley (see for example Castleton's, at https://castletonvillage.co.uk/castleton-code/).    If anyone would like to be involved in developing such a code, please let us know by contacting the Parish Clerk.
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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Events in Hope will include the lighting of a beacon on the fields of the Hope Sports Club at 9.45 pm on 2nd June. If anyone wishes to organize a street party or equivalent event, these are generally expected to take place during the middle of the day on Sunday June 5th.
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Daffodils

Along with the usual splendid display of daffodils in the churchyard, we can this year look forward to an equivalent display of daffodils at Jubilee Corner, thanks to the efforts of Gordon Hopewell and the many volunteers who contributed to planting the site back in October 2021.
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Footpath 1

Footpath 1 is the path which runs from near the zebra crossing in the village centre up to Losehill Farm, connecting with the onwards paths up Lose Hill, and with the path to Castleton via Losehill Hall. As such it is a key route both for residents and for visitors to the village. With winter storms and spring rain it is prone to getting extremely muddy. As residents will have noticed, we have undertaken extensive work on Footpath 1 since last summer to address the worst areas of mud and puddles. Many thanks to all those councillors and other volunteers whose work contributed to these efforts. We will be continuing to work to render footpaths useable in the coming months.
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Traffic and Parking on Edale Road

The Council continues to be much concerned about issues arising on Edale Road, both with heavy demand for parking, and with problems arising from HGVs and other large vehicles which are unable to navigate the road successfully and end up having to reverse with significant risks to people and property, including repeated episodes of damage to Townhead Bridge. The Highways Agency has recently put up more signs intended to discourage the second issue in response to our requests; it remains to be seen how much these signs will discourage HGV traffic on the road. They have also agreed to an increase in the extent of double yellow lines on Edale Road. We appreciate that any change in parking rules has the potential to shift parking problems elsewhere, and will continue…
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Breedon ARM Consultation

The long-running Breedon consultation about importation of Alternative Raw Materials (ARM) to support the future operation of the site is reaching a key point in the planning process. If you wish to comment on Breedon’s plans, the most recent version of those proposals is now available at the Peak District National Park planning applications listing, application NP/HPK/1020/0929.
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Tree Planting

Mark Chapman of the Happy Tree Company attended the most recent Parish Council meeting to make us aware of tree management issues arising within the grounds of the Breedon quarry and cement works. In particular, there is an impending issue around the need for tree removals arising from ash dieback. Breedon are developing a plan for substantial replanting and regeneration which will be open for consultation in due course. Tree removals will require some temporary closures of footpaths and bridleways; watch this space for more information as this becomes available.
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