NEWS: Speedwatch week / garages? / Xmas trees / Gandhi

News-in-brief of Draycott-In-The-Moors in end-November 2013
We have news…:  the new Gandhi restaurant / Christmas comes to Draycott Nurseries / Cresswell garages problems / local Road Safety Week reports / SMDC move planning pages.
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)

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Keeping roads safe

Congratulations to the Cresswell Community Speedwatch group who turned out recently for five days in a row to mark National Road Safety Week.

Cresswell Community Speedwatch

The speedwatch group use a machine that records speed

The stats that they report are amazing.
For example, anyone who thinks Sandon Road (the main one through Cresswell) is a quiet one will be surprised to learn that the group recorded 120 cars passing along it in just one 20-minute period.
As for motorists exceeding the speed limit (and they should know better – the group is out checking vehicles around once a week), the members noted eight in one hour one day!   The number-plates are automatically forwarded to the police.

The district-council councillor for this area, Mark Deaville, has taken the reports so seriously that he has promised that more speed-detector van slots will be allocated to both Sandon Road and Uttoxeter Road in the near future.

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Neglected spot

Talking of Cresswell, it’s hard to know exactly what the future will be for the garages at the end of Rookery Crescent, or even the site that they’re on.

The six garages, which belong to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, are no longer for rent to local residents – and will not be in the future either.
So … what is to happen to the site?

Cresswell garages

Empty cans of lager and fast-food wrappers litter the forecourt to the garages

In the meantime, the place seems to be a popular drinking-spot, if the evidence of the cans left lying about them is anything to go on.

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Stop mucking about, SMDC…

One thing that we personally got upset about this week is the way that Staffs Moorlands District Council keeps altering the URLs of its webpages.

We spent fifteen minutes trying to find the webpage for planning applications that are up for decision currently.  This is because SMDC had dumped the usual webpage they were using, and have built a completely new page.
Unfortunately, they did not bother to inform the public – or to do a re-direct from the old webpage.
Grrr!!

Anyway, here is the new planning applications webpage.  Don’t forget to click ‘Draycott’ in the parish drop-down field.

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Have a green Christmas

Happier news is that Christmas trees have now arrived at Draycott Plant Nurseries and are for sale.  You can pick them up and take them away now, or reserve them and collect them later.
The nursery has both quality cut-trees and pot-grown ones available, including Norway Spruce, Nordman Fir, Blue Spruce, Fraser Fir and Omorika …

Christmas trees

Draycott Nurseries – in the Christmas spirit

The shop area, which is in the top greenhouse, also has a range of gifts for gardeners – and also some bespoke Christmas wreaths for sale.

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Goodbye Zest.  Hello Gandhi

Finally, have you noticed that the Zest Indian Restaurant at the southern end of Cresswell (behind The Hunter Pub) has now changed its name?  It’s now to be known as The Gandhi Indian Restaurant.

Gandhi Restaurant sign

The Gandhi is open seven days a week, for sit-down, and takeaway too

What seems to have changed, basically, is that – as well as the sit-down restaurant – it now has a fully automated online system for its takeaway service.  Just fill in the form on the website, and then sit back and wait for the knock on your door…
You need never struggle with difficult Hindi or Urdu pronunciations again!

Of course, you can still use the phone – but online ordering is obviously the way that restaurants will manage their takeaway services in the future.

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