MEMORY LANE: What made the news in High Peak 25, 50 and 100 years ago

The former Shell garage at Newtown in 1990. Note the price of unleaded, which stood at 38.3p a litre.
The former Shell garage at Newtown in 1990. Note the price of unleaded, which stood at 38.3p a litre.

Here’s a look back at the stories making the headlines 25, 50 and 100 years ago in the Buxton Advertiser & Herald.

25 years ago

Derbyshire County Council is spending £69 million more than the government says they should - that’s £97 on each bill.

George Bingham, High Peak Council Leader

High Peak Council voted for the poll tax to be scrapped last week - after rubber-stamping a standard charge of £388.30.

In a recorded ballot, many Liberal Democrats forsook their coalition with the Conservatives as they sided with Labour and Independent councillors to send a hard-hitting message to the government.

It read: “This council, concerned about the unpopularity, the unfairness, the difficulties and the costs of collecting the community charge, urge the government to urgently seek alternative methods of financing local government.”

The motion was proposed by Labour leader Frank Stubbs and carried by 20 votes to 18.

But council leader George Bingham said: “It is important the people know where most of the blame lies, Derbyshire County Council is spending £69 million more than the government says they should - that’s £97 on each bill.”

• Buxton councillors fear there will be a serious accident unless lorries are prevented from using a short cut through the town.

They are worried by the number of HGVs they say are dodging the Dale Road traffic lights. More than 200 heavy lorries heading for the Ashbourne road could be turning left off Dale Road, up Heath Park Road, into Kents Bank Road, right onto Heath Grove and then London Road, it is revealed.

• British Telecom are up the pole with plans for overhead cables in the Peak Park. BT are proposing to replace underground wires with overhead phone lines at Barrowmoor near Longnor and Wildboarclough.

50 years ago

The plug was pulled on Buxton’s swimming pool last Wednesday.

The reason, as one alderman put it, was that if the borough council had gone ahead with their plans, every time a child put down 1/- to get in, the ratepayer would have to put down 2/6d.

Members lost no time in pointing out that the modern ‘super-pool’ at the Pavilion Gardens would probably mean an annual deficit of £40,000.

Serious consideration would be given, however, for a much smaller pool that would cost very much less.

100 years ago

Construction work has started on a new cinema in Victoria Arcade, Spring Gardens.

It is due to be completed in June, at a cost of £10,000.

The building, run by The Buxton Picture House Co. Ltd, will accommodate 700 people and be one of the most up-to-date of its kind in the Midlands.

• Norman Mycock, the one-arm golfer, of Ashwood Road, Fairfield, has had marked success in the many matches which he has played. He is well-known in the High Peak, and during the last season lost only one match.

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