Strike ‘won’t hit services’

HIGH PEAK residents are being reassured that services will continue to run smoothly ahead of next Wednesday’s strike by public sector workers over proposed pension changes.

Both High Peak Borough Council and NHS Derbyshire County have said they will do all they can to prepare for the strike on November 30 and keep disruption at a minimum.

The council’s waste contractor, Veolia, will collect rubbish as normal but non-essential work such as missed bin collections and bin deliveries may not happen.

Street cleaning and removal of graffiti are likely to be unaffected while Buxton Town Hall and Glossop Municipal Buildings will open as usual along with Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens and the council’s depots in New Mills; Waterswallows, Buxton; and Surrey Street, Glossop.

However, no burials will take place in council-managed cemeteries, although the sites themselves will remain open to visitors.

Public toilets are unlikely to open while High Peak Community Housing will not be holding routine surgeries in Buxton Town Hall or Glossop Municipal Buildings.

NHS Derbyshire County have plans in place to ensure services run as normal as possible. However, people should bear in mind that services are likely to be under extra pressure on the day. Those with planned appointments will be notified on an individual basis if these have to be cancelled.

Gail Walder, local urgent care network manager, said: “While we don’t know the exact numbers of NHS staff who might strike, all our patients can be assured that every possible action will be taken to ensure NHS services run as normal as possible in all areas, and emergency and essential services are maintained during this planned day of industrial action.

“Members of the public and those visiting NHS sites should be aware that peaceful pickets may be taking place outside hospital and other premises on November 30, but that these will not prevent them from accessing services.”