New High Peak MP, Andrew Bingham has expressed disappointment at United Utilities following the news that the plans for a second bridge in Whaley Bridge have been brought crashing down by news that United Utilities are now asking for a huge capital sum for their piece of land needed to make the bridge a reality.

Andrew said, “this is a devastating blow to everyone; the residents of Whaley Bridge, the Town Council and High Peak Borough Council, all of whom have worked incredibly hard over many years to try and deliver the much needed bridge. United Utilities had for some time intimated that they would gift the land and this helped to bring the external funding needed to build the bridge. Now they have turned round and said they want in the region of £1 million it has destroyed the whole package that had been put in place. Not only does it make the funding short, but it means that due to certain rules regarding public money, the existing funding agreed will be jeopardised as the whole project may not now qualify even for that. It is a real double hammer blow to us all !”

Andrew added, “this seems to be a current theme with United Utilities. Problems with the Malandra refuse site in Glossop and issues in Tintwistle all have United Utilities at the heart of them and in each case they do not seem to be giving much thought to local residents. I intend to write to the Chief Executive of United Utilities and ask for an urgent meeting to discuss all three issues. I will not stand by and let them ride rough shod over the people of the High Peak !”

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham and Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds have vowed to work together to highlight the need for a solution to the traffic problems in Longdendale and Glossop.
The A57 – running between Glossop and the end of the M67 motorway in Mottram – is one of the busiest ‘A’ roads in the country.
But the road was not built or intended to cope with this volume of traffic. And, as a result, motorists and residents can be plagued by lengthy tailbacks.
Residents in the neighbouring constituencies of High Peak and Stalybridge and Hyde have been promised a solution for more than 30 years. And now Conservative MP Andrew Bingham (High Peak) and Labour MP Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde) have agreed to join forces to find a solution to the problem.
Mr Bingham said: “Everyone knows that there is little money available at the moment, but what Jonathan and I have agreed is that we will try and lift the issue up the agenda so that when money does become available it is at or near the front of the queue of priorities. My constituents in Glossop and Tintwistle suffer greatly from the traffic problems and I believe it is also hampering the local economy in the town too.”
Mr Reynolds - who has invited Secretary of State for Transport Philip Hammond to see the traffic congestion in the area - said: “This road was not built to cope with so much traffic – and as a result the area is heavily congested. The excessive traffic means residents who live alongside it have to put up with poor air quality, noise and dust. “Residents and motorists have been promised an answer to this problem for years. And I hope that by working together Andrew and I will be able to ensure the residents in both our constituencies finally benefit from a solution to this unacceptable problem.”

Andrew Bingham MP heard first-hand from a local ovarian cancer patient Eilish Colclough at Target Ovarian Cancer’s launch at the House of Commons of its ‘Six Simple Steps’ campaign to raise awareness among MPs of the little-known disease which kills thousands of women in the UK each year.

Ms Colclough, 42, of Buxton met Mr Bingham to share her experience of being diagnosed and treated for ovarian cancer in the UK.

She said: “Too many women’s lives are lost in the UK to ovarian cancer. Target Ovarian Cancer organised this parliamentary reception at the House of Commons so that I could meet my MP to make sure he knows what it’s like to have ovarian cancer in the UK. There’s much that can be improved now and the chance to tell our MPs what we’d like them to do is vital.”

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The new Member of Parliament for High Peak, Andrew Bingham MP, has this week made his maiden speech in the House of Commons.

Speaking before making the speech, Andrew said, "I was hoping to make my maiden speech last week, however protocol dictates that you have to wait to be called by the Speaker. With so many new MP’s eager to make their own maiden speech, the Speaker has a difficult task accommodating everyone."

Andrew finally got his chance on Tuesday this week, being called by the Deputy Speaker during the 'Economic Affairs and Work and Pensions' section of the Queen's Speech debate.

In his speech, Andrew first paid tribute to his predecessor, as is customary; and recommended that other MPs should visit High Peak, while noting that all the other new MPs who claimed to live in the most beautiful constituency were actually fighting for second place.
He mentioned Buxton, Glossop, New Mills and Chapel-en-le-Frith, as well as numerous villages; also mentioning Castleton for it's Blue John caves; and Hadfield for being the setting for the TV series, The League of Gentlemen.
Andrew also noted that the alliance between HPBC and Staffordshire Moorlands has saved over £1m while maintaining services, showing that savings can be made.
He stated in his speech that he would stand up for the farming community; seek to get a bypass for Tintwistle, and continue to make efforts to help members of the T&N Pensions scheme.

Following his success in last week’s General Election, new High Peak MP Andrew Bingham has got straight to work.

Andrew said, "I know what a responsibility I have to the people of the High Peak and I want to get cracking. I have written to my predecessor, Tom Levitt asking for a swift handover of any pending casework that he has been working on. This means I can bring myself up to speed and start working on these issues straight away."

Andrew has also used his new position to ask for an urgent meeting on the Turner and Newall (Ferodo) pension scheme.

He said, "I was told the day before the election that a letter had been received by many members of the scheme updating them of progress with the T&N scheme. Previously as the Parliamentary Candidate I had been in contact with the Independent Trustee, but now as the Member of Parliament I have asked for an urgent meeting with him to get the up to date situation and what the implications are of the recent letter sent out."

Andrew has also laid out his plans for his Council seat following his recent success in the General Election.

Andrew said, "I have been asked what I intend to do about being a Councillor and a Member of Parliament and are the roles compatible. I acknowledge that to remain on the Executive of High Peak Borough Council and fulfil the role of the MP isn’t possible so I will not be seeking to continue in my role on the Executive. However I do intend to remain as the Councillor for Chapel West until the next Council elections in less than a year’s time. Many Councillors work full time as well as being excellent Councillors. The next local elections are less than a year away and a by-election would cost the Council tax payers several thousand pounds which I don’t think is right. I have also decided that I will stop accepting the Councillors Allowance. I have never claimed any expenses as a Councillor so this will not change"

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