News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in late July 2014
News of…: Parish Council moves for closure of Draycott College / white posts protect verges / record prices for Draycott pastureland / no takers yet for parish clerk job / cricket summer school for youngsters…
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)
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Trying to close the college
Despite the fact that the school has broken up for the summer, Draycott Moor College is in the news.
On the one hand, it is generously throwing open its facilities to the community; but on the other hand it is in Draycott Parish Council’s black books. The parish council would like to see the college closed…
First, the good news. After years of trying to get the parish council to take responsibility for the small playing field on its site, the college has simply decided to let the community make up its own mind. It is leaving the gates to the small play-area unlocked – and thus the community can make full use of it.
One local resident in Draycott Old Road told us: “I am so pleased for the teenagers here, and for the children, that the play-area is open. But we will need to watch out; and hope no bad elements start to use it.”
The bad news is that the parish council, at its July meeting, has decided to write to the Staffordshire Education Committee to ask it to withdraw its support for the college.
The college, which is privately-run, takes referrals for troubled children. On the site, a small number of such children (fewer than twenty), who arrive from from all over the county, are educated.
Despite the fact that an open forum between residents and school staff was held only recently, the councillors are concerned about the number of anti-social incidents in and around the school.
At their meeting, a number of the councillors expressed a desire to see the school shut down. By writing to the Education Committee, they hope they are taking the first step to achieving that goal.
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Time to apply
It seems that no one wants to take up the post of Clerk to Draycott Parish Council.
Although the post pays £250 a month (working from home in your own time), there have been few applicants since the present clerk, Mary Edwards, announced her intention to retire.
So the post has been re-advertised, though applications should be in by the end of this month.
For more details, email Mary or phone her on 01782 394807
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If you’ve walked through Cresswell recently, you’ll notice that three or four properties now have white posts in their grass verges.
The posts are a response to the thorny problem of car-owners parking on verges. (See our previous article about the issue). The County Highways Department placed them there as an experiment, in response to a request from the local VVSM community action group.
If you’re interested in having such posts outside your home, or just want to know more, just email VVSM.
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Record prices for land
As we mentioned in a previous post, Newton Park Farm, which is at the top end of Cresswell Old Lane – and was the home of the late Ken Shelley – was being sold at auction.
What’s interesting is that the pastureland associated with the house – some 27 acres – went for a very high price indeed – of almost half-a-million pounds! That represents a staggering amount of almost £18,000 per acre.
The Leek Post & Times, which reported the auction, commented in an article that the price per acre is quite possibly a record high-price for this district.
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School for cricket
Finally, this wonderful weather we’re having is proving very beneficial to Blythe Cricket Club in Cresswell.
The first team are really going great guns, and are not far off a promotion place – possibly helped by the support that’s turned out in the lovely sunshine.
The club’s ‘professional’, the international bowler Upul Indrasiri, must also be enjoying the weather, as he’s decided to set up a cricket summer school for youngsters aged from 7 to 19 (both boys and girls).
The first sessions take place at the club next week, although there is a second set of sessions in August. For full details, and how to apply, see our What’s On pages)
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