MP puts case for Buxton’s Crescent

THE importance of The Crescent project was highlighted in the House of Commons last week by High Peak MP Andrew Bingham.

He took the opportunity to ask the Minister of State for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what support he could offer.

The loss of funding following the axing of emda, the East Midlands Development Agency, means that there is up to a £5 million pound shortfall in the £32 million project.

A bid to the Regional Development Fund earlier this year failed, although a further bid is to be made in the second round.

Minister of State, Mark Prisk MP, said that it was an important bid, and he encouraged the applicants to work with the MP in talking to the RGF to improve the bid further.

“I can say that it sounds like an important bid. It also sounds as if improvements were needed for the second round, and I encourage the applicants – perhaps accompanied by my Hon Friend – to talk to the RGF team so that they can hone their bid and the spa can be successful in the future.”

Mr Bingham said he would be following up on the Minister’s suggestion of speaking to the RGF: “I’ve already spoken to ministerial colleagues in various departments about what is a vital project for Buxton, and I’m determined to keep doing everything I can to help make the application successful in the second round of bidding.”

• High Peak Council Leader Caitlin Bisknell revealed this week at a meeting in Whaley Bridge how tough the second round would be after just three bids across the region succeeded in gaining funding in round one.

However, she said other options for funding were being actively explored and it could be the costs would be lower than previously thought.

“I know in other big heritage projects they have come in substantially under tender which could be enough to make good the shortfall,” said Cllr Bisknell