A new chairman has taken the reigns at Buxton Civic Association, and he promises that “exciting times” await the town.
Michael Monaghan took over the role after former chairman Paul Dinsdale stepped down at the end of December, following 15 years of loyal service.
Now Michael – who spent the last ten years of his working life as an environmental director for P&O – is wanting to make his mark on the town.
“As council budgets get cut further and further, it is my aim to work closer with other charities, organisations and businesses in Buxton to give the town a stronger campaigning voice,” said Michael, who has lived on Lansdowne Road, in Buxton, with his wife Mary for the past 13 years.
He added: “Buxton Civic Association is one of the best kept secrets of the town – you would be surprised how many people have never heard of us before.
“It’s an exciting time for the association at the moment, and there are more exciting times to come.
“We’ve had quite a few new members that have brought with them a lot of new experience.
“And given that we have a relatively stable financial situation at the moment, this should release funds for us to carry out more improvements in the surrounding woodland, as well as to the architecture in the town.
Michael says he has a very keen interest in woodland, and is keen to make the woods around Buxton more accessible to people.
Arguably the jewel in Buxton Civic Association’s crown is Poole’s Cavern.
Attracting more than 45,000 visitors a year, the tourism honey pot brings a lot of money in for the civic association to carry out its good work.
Michael said: “We may look into expanding the visitor centre at Poole’s Cavern too.”
There will be a celebration on February 9, between 6pm and 7pm at Poole’s Cavern Visitor Centre, to wish Paul and his wife Christine a happy retirement at their home in France and to officially welcome new chairman Michael.
Members, well-wishers, and members of the public are all invited to attend.