Update from Robin Greenwood
Dec 22, 2018 —
I have recently been visited by Stephen Chaytow, an experienced financial director and project manager, who is really committed to seeing the Matlock to Buxton/Chinley line re-opened and who has an enthusiasm and energy for it that clearly gets things done!
I have personally visited Stephen Spencer, deputy leader of Derbyshire County Council and lead councillor for transport matters in the county and discussed re-opening the line with him.
This followed Barney's and my meeting with Paul Tomlinson and Martin Gadsby of Peak Rail.
I am personally beginning to get a sense of what it will take to have the line re-opened. My next approach will be to Robert Shields, the owner of Longcliffe Quarries, to get a sense of where the quarry owners sit in all of this, a group of companies which, in the view of most, will be critical to re-opening of the line.
So, Stephen and I would very much like us all to meet again to put in place a plan for moving towards the re-opening of the line, not that we will necessarily be prime movers, but that we could play a significant
role in formulating the case for re-opening the line and in catalysing connections that might help the "jigsaw puzzle" fall into place.
To this end, we would like to invite you to a meeting at Humanity House in Matlock on Wednesday 16th January (East Wing, The Old Sunday School, New St, Matlock, DE4 3FH 078 1260 1256) at 7.30pm. We could meet on that day at any time from 3.15pm onwards if people prefer a daytime meeting.
Please communicate if you have a preference.
Our agenda on that evening might look like:
1. Reports from meetings held.
2. Route to short-term small funding to print leaflets, publicity,
website etc - when we are ready.
3.Route to a draft scoping document (first draft) from the project:
- the strategic backdrop of economic possibility for Derbyshire, linked to HS2 and Northern Powerhouse plus
- a lift of the best bits from the outdated 2004 study (use the best of their options)
4. List of organisations to whom this could be presented, to get them onside
- council (county and others)
- Peak Rail
- Rail organisations - bodies like Railfuture and ERTA
- CRP bodies
5. Quarry management - Once the draft is refined through the above presentations, we should seek introductions and present the output of various iterations - with business benefits for (any of) the quarries that buy in.
6. Line walk - this needs some careful thought. Perhaps two of the - project team to do it first. The public event can be planned for when we have a story to tell and a real project. That will get people excited and help us with momentum, resource, maybe even cash.
7. Name for our group.
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