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Bygone Belper: The things that made the news in the town in years gone by

Memory Lane: Scouts presentation

Memory Lane: Scouts presentation

no reprieve: Windmill Lane post office was to close permanently in early March, it was announced. The Post Office confirmed the closure after delaying the decision during January. Four of the five town post offices were to close in March leaving Strutt Street and Openwoodgate - officially a rural office - servicing the town. Out of the 49 post offices in the west Derbyshire area, five were slated for closure with four of these in Belper. 
Belper MP Patrick McLoughlin said he was “extremely disappointed” with the decision to close Windmill Lane. He said the Post Office would lose customers.

Here is a look back at what was making the news in Belper during years gone by:

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Our picture with this article is of Belper Scouts.

10 years ago

February 11, 2004

no reprieve: Windmill Lane post office was to close permanently in early March, it was announced. The Post Office confirmed the closure after delaying the decision during January. Four of the five town post offices were to close in March leaving Strutt Street and Openwoodgate - officially a rural office - servicing the town. Out of the 49 post offices in the west Derbyshire area, five were slated for closure with four of these in Belper. 
Belper MP Patrick McLoughlin said he was “extremely disappointed” with the decision to close Windmill Lane. He said the Post Office would lose customers.

30 years ago

February 9, 1984

development angers holbrook residents: Possible housing development which locals feared could lead to a large scale estate angered many people at Holbrook. 
Scores of them signed a letter of objection to be sent to Amber Valley District Council. It was understood no formal application had been made to the diistrict council , but Holbrook Residents’ Association which was mounting the objection believed that a well-known developer had submitted several informal drawings involving an area between Mellors Lane and Pond Road. A spokesman for the association said one drawing seen by associate members indicated 45 houses.

50 years ago

February 14, 1964

Lorries jam road: Traffic using Ashbourne Road, Belper, was held up on a Saturday afternoon when the drivers of two car transporters found they were unable to get their vehicles underneath the arch which joins the two sections of the former English Sewing Cotton Company’s mill near the Triangle. The two-tier lorries and trailers stopped at the 13ft 9in arch and began the ticklish task of turning them round. The trailers were reversed into the mill yard and then disconnected and their wheels swung round to face the bridge. Each lorry then had to reverse past the long line of traffic that had built up to the Talbot Hotel and come back in reverse to pick-up its trailer once more.

 

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