News-in-brief of Draycott-In-The-Moors in early January 2013
We have news of: yet another new bench; the mini-museum on the way; a millionaire property for sale; a chance to influence planning issues for the new generation – and more.
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)
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Time definitely doesn’t stand still in Draycott… projects have been moving along smartly in the last few weeks.
For instance, in the past couple of months, the number of public benches in the area has doubled.
First there was the Jubilee Bench, which is now installed outside the St Margaret’s Churchyard; and now there is a new one (part of a project to improve Cresswell by the VVSM Residents’ Group) in the Cresswell lay-by.
VVSM’s key person in installing the new bench was John Beardmore, who’s very well-known around here (he compered the Draycott Summer Fayre). It was John who supplied the tools, knowledge, hard work and key contacts to make the mission possible.
Support for John came from his wife Marguerite and son Chris, but also from Scott Phillips and Paul Ford, who helped with the welding, and Roger Leach, who got stuck in with the digging and organising.
The VVSM coordinators, Jacquie Leach and Shelagh Wood, also got their hands dirty too, so we can report that it was a proper group effort!
Now… where’s that champagne?
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It has definitely been a busy month for VVSM, who also have seen another of their projects maturing.
The old telephone kiosk in Cresswell was just decaying when VVSM suggested that the Parish Council should take up a British Telecom ‘special offer’. BT has been selling these old telephone boxes for just £1 to local authority organisations.
The Parish Council agreed to sponsor the effort, and we can report that the formal hand-over by BT has now taken place.
Though the PC formally own the kiosk and will pay the basic costs (such as insurance), it is VVSM who will pay the maintenance and running of the kiosk.
It is to be used as a tiny museum and notice-board for Cresswell – which sounds like a very strange idea, but similar such ideas have worked elsewhere.
VVSM tell us that they are all ready to start working on it.
The members say have attracted a grant of £1,000 to help with the transformation – but that they will still need funds to keep it going. They are suggesting that local people and businesses might step in; and sponsor one of the kiosk’s panes of glass for £10 a year.
If you have any ideas about what should go into the ‘museum’, or how to raise funds, just leave a comment in the comments box further down this page.
We’ll keep you informed on progress.
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Want to buy a lake?
As we move into the New Year, even more properties in the area are going up for sale.
If you have just under a million pounds in your piggy-bank, you might like to consider buying The Grange, a country house in Cheadle Road (just up from The Draycott Arms).
Someone who’s into swimming, or boating, might enjoy it, as it has a large natural lake in the grounds.
Bagshaws of Uttoxeter are the estate agents – click here for details.
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Core Strategy hearing underway soon
Meanwhile, the planning event of the year for us gets underway on February 5th.
The hearing into Staffordshire Moorlands Council’s ‘Core Strategy’ – which will set all the planning conditions locally for the next few years – gets underway then.
To be frank, Draycott doesn’t really figure much in the Strategy, as it’s extremely unlikely any housing will be allocated in this district.
However a lot of local community-minded people – including the Cheadle Unite group – will be attending in Leek on the days that the hearing is due to take place, just to make sure that the Strategy is properly scrutinised.
If you are someone who wants to go along, you’d be best emailing the Programme Officer, Pippa Home (or, if you want to phone, try 0845 129 7777 ext 3705 on Wednesday mornings, Thursdays and Fridays.)
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