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Places and Spaces

Update on our Neglected and Vulnerable Places Report - by Dia and Jon White

Click on the link below for the latest report. Excellent progress has been made on resolving some of the issues. Great work from Jon and Dia to keep battling away and a big thank you to HPBC, DCC, ENW and the Palace Hotel.

There is still more to do but considerable progress has been made.

Neglected and Vulnerable Places and Spaces report dated 19th September 2018

Water Street

Some suggestions on how to improve it.

Artist's Impression of how the Old Toilet site on Water Street could look.

The Old Toilet site on Water Street as it is now.

One of the areas that was identified as 'neglected' in the first Vulnerable Places and Spaces survey was the Old Toilet site on Water Street.

It is currently vacant, though it is used as an off street car park on occasions. We have offered to create a sensory garden on the site with seating and perhaps a statute or two.

We have had an encouraging response from High Peak Borough Council, though for the next few months the site will be used as storage for the building works that are taking place at the Opera House during the spring.

Lyn Noble has prepared an artists impression of how the site could look based on ideas that Diane White has had.

Before working up a detailed proposal we would be interested in ascertaining people's thoughts and ideas.

Please feel free to contact us via the contact form on our website.

Civic Day 2017

Its Time to start planning for Civic Day 2017

Every June Civic Voice organise a National Civic Day.

Civic Day is a chance to celebrate and showcase the diversity and range of activities taking place across the civic movement and unites us with a simple idea – that we can all do something, however big or small, to make our towns, villages and cities great places to live in.

Last Year we held a members evening and showcased the work that we had been doing on the Places and Spaces Project. In 2014 we held a small pop up exhibition by Turners Memorial to celebrate the work that BCA has done and is doing.

If you are interested in getting involved or have some ideas about how we can celebrate Civic Day 2017, our 50th Anniversary year, drop us a line at


Alan Roberts talks to Bill Norton about the Naming of Shepherds Cottages and the V1 attack in 1944

In the second interview with Bill Norton, Bill reminiscences about 4 Shepherds Cottage, and the V1 rocket attack on Manchester on Christmas Eve 1944. Where exactly in the Goyt Valley did one of the rockets land and explode?

PLACES AND SPACES – The Early Years of Caving in Buxton

Keith Worsencraft talks about the early years of the Eldon Potholing Club

Keith Worsencraft started caving with the Eldon Potholing club in 1957. In the first of four interviews he talks about the early years of the club, meeting the famous French speleologist, Norbert Casteret at the Nottingham Goose Fair, and taking part in a conference on Caving in France in 1959.