Locals urged to pledge support through petition

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PEOPLE in the High Peak are being urged to sign a petition and show their opposition to plans to close Corbar Birth Centre.

The Save Corbar Birth Centre group (SCBC), backed by the National Childbirth Trust and High Peak MP Andrew Bingham, is urging local residents, businesses and public service providers to sign the petition, which calls on NHS Derbyshire County to maintain services at Corbar.

Fiona Lichfield, spokesperson for SCBC, said: “If we want women in the High Peak to have the choice of delivering their babies at a local midwifery-led unit in the county, then we need to make sure our voices are heard.

“Since our campaign began our Facebook group has grown by the hundreds, and our Action Day earlier this month saw more than 1,700 pledges yet the battle to save Corbar has only just begun.

“We now need local residents and businesses to help us spread the word and collect signatures. Ultimately our aim is to have the petition available to sign in post offices and leisure centres as well as in offices and shops across the High Peak so that everyone has the opportunity to pledge their support.”

SCBC’s petition will be presented to the PCT in August during the formal engagement period, which runs until October.

A final decision about Corbar is expected in November.

Copies of the petition to save Corbar Birth Centre are currently available to sign at: the Buxton Advertiser office, Buxton; Little Rascals, Buxton; Hairs and Graces, Buxton; Sidebothams Jewellers, Buxton; Nought to Five, Buxton; and The Wild Carrot, Buxton.

Copies of the petition are available for individuals, businesses as well as community groups by emailing savecorbarbirthcentre@yahoo.co.uk or calling Fiona Lichfield on 07795 431 627.