News-in-brief of Draycott-In-The-Moors in late-November 2013
We have news…: Network Rail put CCTV in Cresswell; incidents at Draycott Moor College; petition to tidy up the Izaak; Pointon brothers make Christmas presents; Highways chief to visit Draycott.
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)
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You are being watched
Have you seen the cables lying across Cresswell Lane? They have only just been installed, this month, and there a pair either side of the railway level-crossing in the village.
Well, they are traffic monitoring cables of course; and they seem to be something to do with the CCTV camera that has been erected on the south side of the crossing.
However, there is no explanation as to why the set-up has been placed here.
The best guess seems to be that: Network Rail wants to check driver behaviour and traffic density around all its ‘half-barrier’ crossings, such as the one in Cresswell.
However, don’t be surprised if prosecutions arise from this camera monitoring. In the past, evidence from similar cameras has been used against both motorists and pedestrians who have illegally whizzed around the barriers when they are down.
(If you think no-one would be daft enough to run round a level crossing barrier – just have a look at this official video on YouTube).
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College bad news
Although there has been a huge improvement in relations between the residents of Draycott Old Road and Draycott Moor College over the last two years, it’s a shame to report that a couple of recent incidents have spoiled that calm.
In the first incident, a woman resident of the road was sworn at and abused as a child from the school was being led to a car. Stone-throwing took place too. The woman was extremely shook up and disturbed.
There was also another alleged incident last month.
The college cares for and educates troubled children, and children who seem unable to attend regular school.
Both the headmaster at the college, Roger Flint, and the College & Residents Liaison Committee would like to hear from anyone who has any other incidents to report.
It is even possible an open-meeting might be held if there is enough need for it.
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Tidy Our Izaak
At the other end of Draycott, another residents’ group is also worried about a local facility.
The VVSM Cresswell Community Group have been concerned over what they call the growing deterioration of the Izaak Walton Pub.
The nineteenth century inn has been closed for nearly a year, and there seems little sign that the chain that owns it wants to maintain it – at least, not the exterior. There is fly-tipping in the car-park; broken panels have been boarded-over; and the garden walls are collapsing.
Now VVSM has started a petition which they are hoping all of Draycott will sign. It reads: “Please stop our local pub from running into disrepair. We want the owners to look after it because it is a key feature in the village and because the over grown hedges and the fly tipping are a health hazard”
Copies of the petition can be found in the Cresswell Information Kiosk, in the Cresswell lay-by on Sandon Road. The kiosk is open 9am-4pm.
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Draycott-made Christmas presents
Now to happier matters!
If you have been wondering what to give as Christmas presents this year, look no further than the creations of the two talented Pointon brothers. Both Mathew and Rob grew up in Draycott, and are well-known here.
Matthew Pointons is both a local historian and a writer. He wrote the book on the History of Draycott – which has been selling very well ever since the Draycott Arms pub started to stock it. In fact, it has sold so well, that they have had to request extra copies!
We also understand that the present stock of the book may well be the last – and no-one knows if it will be re-printed – so it may be worth getting your copy now before they are gone forever.
You can buy the book, which is two hundred pages long, for just £10 at the Draycott Arms.
The other talented brother, Rob Pointon, is a painter of course. You may well have seen his pictures; even now there are exhibitions in Leek which feature his work.
Rob has now produced a 2014 Calendar with twelve reproductions of his paintings of canal-scenes. The pictures were created in a project with the Canal & River Trust.
The calendar, (which costs £10, plus any p&p) can be obtained by simply emailing Rob’s company for details.
(If you are passing Aston Marina in Stone, they are also available in the farm shop there).
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One of the issues that constantly comes up before the parish council is the state of our local roads – from traffic numbers to potholes to speed limits, and more!
To respond to this community’s concerns, Councillor Simon Tagg – the ‘Staffordshire County Council Cabinet Support Member for Transport & Connected County’ – will be attending the Draycott Parish Council meeting in January. Basically, he is the big chief in Staffordshire when it comes to highways.
If you have thoughts or questions about the district’s roads or traffic, you’ll want to be there.
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