Blackbrook candidate Penny Took’s profile

I have lived and worked in Chinley for 8 years. I am a teacher and now work part-time in the local special school. My husband and I have an allotment in Chinley and are both keen gardeners. Together we have four children, three of whom live and work in the area and a grandchild who attends school in Chapel. We moved to this village from Chapel en le Frith because of the transport links and the positive community with all that it offers.

I am involved in various local groups in Chinley, specifically Friends of Chinley Park looking after and encouraging diversity in the memorial park, and the Transport Group working to maintain and improve the train and bus links for the village. Through the dedicated people who run these groups I have been made aware of some of the issues central to Chinley
resident’s concerns. Access to Chinley Station for the less able is a major
concern, and I am disappointed that the Access for All bid to provide improved access has been turned down by the government. However, I will continue to support the campaign to resolve this issue. If elected I will work to help local residents with issues both small and large and encourage development of community infrastructure.

My pledges to you For Blackbrook, I will:

• Engage with residents in all communities across the Ward to identify and try to resolve their issues and concerns

• Seek to improve the transport infrastructure, with improved bus services, access to the station and car parking

• Protect our countryside from inappropriate development

• Campaign for youth facilities

• Lobby for speedy repairs to road and pavement surfaces to make our streets safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians alike

For High Peak, I will:

• Support High Peak Local Plan to avoid further development into the countryside and campaign to have brownfield sites used first

• Fight the huge cuts being imposed on Derbyshire health services and voluntary groups