News: of railways, Tudor homes & elections

Some more news snippets for you, including free insulation for everyone (true!), local elections, the railway line that’s coming along, and more about speed limiting…

Fancy a Tudor home?

Tudor Lodge

Tudor Lodge

Another of the district’s iconic houses is up for sale. The ‘Tudor Lodge’ in Sandon Road is being handled by the John German Estates Agency at an asking price of £450,000.  Click here for details.
It’s a lovely home, with strange hidden doors just one of the features.

Does anyone know its history? We suspect it was built in the 1930s – but we stand to be corrected. Let us know if you know – by using the comment box at the bottom of this page. Thanks!

John German is also handling the sale of Hawthorne Farm in Draycott Old Road.

Get insulated – cost-free

We are always suspicious of something being offered for free – but this offer does seem to be the real thing…
Staffordshire Moorlands Council is telling us that we can have free loft and/or cavity wall insulation fitted – for nothing.  It seems it’s all to do with the Government’s drive to get us all to be energy-efficient.
The offer applies to private homes, rented homes… whatever.
There is one catch (there always is!): you must apply for the offer BEFORE the end of 2012.
Link:  free insulation for all

Election-free zone

The national news is absorbed by the forthcoming local elections – but, of course, it’s all quiet here!
Staffordshire Moorlands has so-called ‘all-out’ elections once every four years, whereas other councils have ‘sliding’ elections, which are more frequent. Nearby Newcastle-under-Lyme and Cannock Chase, for example, are both going to the polls this May 3rd.
Our next district & parish councils elections are in 2015.

Of course, there is one major election we will all be involved in this year. In November, we all go to the polls to elect a Police & Crime Commissioner, the first time ever such a role has been contested in Staffordshire.

There is also our Draycott-in-the-Moors ‘Annual Parish Assembly’ on May 28 – the occasion when all voters (including those from Cresswell and Totmonslow) can gather to discuss and comment on the year’s work by the parish council.
It’s usually worth attending, even if just to find out what’s been going on in our name!

The railway line approaching Draycott now…

The clearing of the old railway track from Cheadle-Teanford-Huntley-Totmonslow-Cresswell is proceeding apace. When we last reported, the clearing operation (particularly of undergrowth, and pulling up of the old track) was only at Huntley, but it is now past Totmonslow and approaching Cresswell.
We rather liked the lovely silver birches that stood along the line, but they are being chopped like nobody’s business.
But – we are still puzzled. Why the rush? What is supposed to happen next?
(If you know, do add a comment – see the box down below).

Bumps flattened

The stretch of road at the southern end of Sandon Road, between The Hunter pub and The Bird In Hand pub (on the way to Hilderstone), has now been completely re-dressed.  There’s a temporary 20mph limit on the stretch because of the loose grit.

The speed-bumps that used to line the road on the approach to The Bird In Hand pub (now demolished) have also been flattened.
The bumps were irritating, but did slow one down before the tricky bend into Sharpley Heath.
This is an interesting action from Staffordshire Highways – bearing in mind that the latest Local Newsletter from the police stresses concerns about speed.

Link:  April News Snippets (1)

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