Council spells out strike impact

SENIOR managers at High Peak Borough Council have vowed to do all they can to keep public services running smoothly when scores of workers strike over proposed pension changes on Wednesday (November 30).

But chief executive Simon Baker warned that some disruption was inevitable as members of the Unison and GMB unions took industrial action.

He said: “Disruption to some services is inevitable, although contingency plans have been drawn to minimise the impact. For example, customers will be able to use voicemail to leave messages for service teams that will not be working on the day.

“We apologise for the inconvenience that the industrial action will undoubtedly cause.”

The council’s waste contractor, Veolia, has confirmed that rubbish will be collected as normal but that non-essential work such as missed bin collections and bin deliveries might not happen.

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

On the other hand, no burials will take place in council-managed cemeteries, although the sites themselves will remain open to visitors. The council is responsible for Buxton and Glossop Cemeteries plus Hope Cemetery and Thornsett Cemetery, New Mills.

Building control site visits are unlikely to take place. However, any member of the public noticing a structure that appears dangerous should call 0845 129 7777 and the matter will be investigated. Builders doing work requiring building regulations approval should take steps to prove that the work complies. Evidence might include photographs or proofs of purchase for goods or services. Builders are asked to contact the council on Thursday so that its records can be updated and completion certificates issued.

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