Blythe Cricket Club’s planning hopes

Members of Blythe Cricket Club (whose ground is in Cresswell, near The Izaak Walton) are having an anxious few weeks this month.

The fact is that their plans for a new, community-style pavilion (to replace the present one) are shortly due to go before the planning committee of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.
They could do with your help…

Blythe Cricket Club pavilion

Blythe Cricket Club’s pavilion is showing its age

The plans – which you can find out about by clicking here – propose a slightly bigger building than the present one, with a new terrace/viewing area.  However, the most important aspect is that the building will be properly insulated, which mean it can be used all year round.  The present pavilion (built over eighty years ago, in 1926) gets too cold for winter use.

You can add your comments on the plans on the official comments form.

Community use

But, you might wonder why a cricket club needs an all-year round pavilion!
Well, Colin Dawson, the club’s president, told us that’s because Blythe CC is a very ambitious club which also wants to be more rooted in the community, so a building that is used as much by the community as the club can only advance that ambition.
Local grassroots groups could hire it at a reasonable rate for their own functions.
The Parish Council is supporting the planning application.

Questionnaire

To gauge local opinion, the cricket club is also asking all of us who live locally to fill in a short questionnaire.  The questionnaire has been delivered to quite a few homes in the vicinity, but if you haven’t received one, you can do it online – just click here.
It’s a pretty easy, quick form, and it would really help everyone in Draycott in the Moors – not just the club – if you spared the time to fill it in.

We’ll keep you up to date on what happens with the planning application…
In the meantime, the club is having an Open Morning on Saturday October 6th to discuss the plans.

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