Council service round the clock

A GROUNDBREAKING open day will show people just how easy it is to access the vital public services they need, its organisers claim.

The Octagon, in Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens, will be a hive of activity from 2pm to 7pm on Wednesday, September 21 as High Peak Borough Council turns the spotlight on more than 200 services ranging from arts promotion to waste collection.

High Peak Mayor David Lomax said: “The open day will reveal the A to Z of what we do to make the High Peak the best place it can be for people who live, work and visit here.

“We’ll highlight our efforts to support people, create jobs and prosperity, protect the environment and improve the council.

“We’ll also be explaining how our strategic alliance with Staffordshire Moorlands has saved £3m across the board so far and will save a further £3.3m over the next three years.

“The open day will give people a chance to find out more about what’s happening in the local area, what services are available and where to go to get a problem sorted out. I’m sure many people will be surprised at the range of services we offer,” he added.

Emphasis will be placed on the way in which the council uses technology so that people can get the help they need 24/7.

The public will also be able to inspect a mobile one-stop shop used by the council and neighbouring Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to take services into the heart of isolated rural communities.

Advice will be on hand for people wishing to apply for Housing and Council Tax Benefit, and for anyone wanting to know how to report suspected benefit fraud.