NEWS: burglary / planning policy / pic puzzle / evening classes

News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in early April 2014 
We have news of…:  unsolved burglary in Cresswell / latest Moorlands planning strategy / puzzle at Mango Tree / evening classes to come? / new gardening blog…
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)

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Spring has sprung

It looks like Spring is busting out all over!  The daffodils are in full bloom; and the primroses, croci and the like are giving a very colourful show.
The rains of January/February seem a long long way away.

Daffodils at Grange Farm

Daffodil bank at Grange Farm – on the Cheadle Road

By the way, if you happen to be interested in gardening and plants, it’s good to see that Draycott Plant Nurseries have now entered the blogging world. On their blog, they comment on the latest shrubs and flowers coming through at their place – some of which are surprisingly unexpected, even to them!

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Who stole it?

Police don’t seem to any closer to finding out who committed the burglary in Cresswell last month. You may remember that £10,000 worth of electronic equipment was stolen.

If you think you can help – perhaps you saw somebody suspicious hanging about? – You can easily report it these days, anonymously if you want to.
See: how to report something to Staffordshire Police.

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A little light reading

The latest Staffordshire Moorlands Core Strategy has now been adopted, and is available to be seen. You can either nip over to Blythe Bridge Library to read it, or peruse it online.

It’s a lengthy document (over 200 pages); and it barely mentions Draycott-in-the-Moors, which might be (actually) quite a good thing!
Draycott is identified in the Core Strategy as a ‘smaller village’ where only limited infill development will be allowed (see Policy SS6b, on page 95).
Also – the previous reference (from two years ago, which was in the ‘draft strategy’) supporting expansion of Blythe Business Park (which was in policy SS6c) has been removed – as recommended by the District Inspector.

As for that District Inspector’s Report, which was published in January this year, it was quite specific – and mentioned Blythe Business Park (in Cresswell) in particular.
This is the Inspector’s recommendation:
“The support for the expansion of the Blythe Business Park is not justified in the supporting text. The evidence indicates 70ha of employment land available in rural areas (over 56ha with planning permission) [doc MC(5)], and the location of the site is within a Special Landscape Area (Local Plan, Policy N8). There is no evidence before this Examination to indicate that account has been taken of the proximity and potential impact on the neighbouring settlement of Cresswell, or that questions regarding the possibility of contamination by industrial waste have been answered satisfactorily as part of the process of determining whether the principle of expansion is feasible or desirable. “ (Page 16)
And that simple statement makes the recent proposal to expand Blythe Business Park all the odder. The proposals to build 200 new homes here seem to fly in the face of the Inspector’s report…

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Puzzling pic

The Mango Tree Indian Restaurant gained a new management as of the end of last year, and it has been settling in.

Mango Tree poster

Mango Tree poster

Part of the new approach was a publicity campaign using a new logo (pictured right), in the midst of the colours of the Indian flag – orange, white and green.
But one thing completely puzzled us: what is the graphic supposed to be showing?
We mulled it over.
Could it be: strangely-shaped mangoes in a strangely shaped tree…(?)  Or perhaps a fish leaping into a pool…(?)

Anyway, it turns out that we couldn’t see for looking.
The graphic is – of course! – of a young lady with her hands in the folded prayer (or ‘namaste’) position – a gesture which means ‘welcome’ in South Asia. The lady also has a red dot (‘bindi’) on her forehead.
It’s simple when you know.

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Evening classes

One annoying thing about living here in Draycott is that the nearest evening classes are in Meir.   So it’s good to hear that William Amory Primary in Blythe Bridge – which is where many of our infants and juniors go to school – is thinking of hosting some.

On their latest newsletter, they say they are considering putting on classes in basic computing, languages, and crafts.
If you have views, they are asking you to let them know them – just email them.

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