News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in early September 2014
News of…: anti-social behaviour stats / another decline in bus services / fun night at Draycott Sports Centre / planning appeal for turbine …
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)
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Many of us have been puzzled by the spate of petty vandalism and anti-social behaviour which seems to have affected the local area over the last year.
It came to a head at the end of last month when a car window was smashed in Draycott Old Road and the car taken – the car was later stopped by police and four people arrested.
The local MP, Bill Cash, said in his weekly column for the Leek Post that Checkley Ward (the ward that Draycott is in) shows above-average anti-social behaviour incidents for the Moorlands as a whole. (However, it is true that most of those are likely to be in the denser population area of Tean).
It could be just a blip – but, still, it’s a puzzle.
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Buses? What buses?
It’s strange to think that only eighteen months ago, we had four bus services running through Draycott, including an hourly service to Hanley.
Now, we have just the two, very infrequent services, the 4 and the 182; and one of them (the 182) is, in reality, a school bus run!
It seems a pretty sad state of affairs.
Draycott Parish Council discussed the issue at the beginning of the summer; one councillor remarked that there was little or nothing to be done about the situation.
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Planning news – solar farm and wind turbine
As everyone expected, the proposed solar farm at Newton (see main article) did get planning approval, and will probably be up and running by the Spring of 2015.
Interestingly enough, the planning application for a wind turbine in fields near Draycott Cross has still not been resolved.
It was something of a surprise when it was turned down last March, and, not surprisingly, the farmer involved put in a pretty quick appeal.
It’s not a giant turbine, and in a remote place, so one suspects its chances at appeal may be good.
Interestingly enough, the Moorlands pundit, Gary Shenton, who writes a weekly opinion column for the Leek Post, penned an article saying that local people may do well not to automatically oppose the smaller wind turbines. He thinks that the environmental issue is now so strong, we may need more turbines to help our futures.
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Motown and doubles!
There are a couple of big events coming up at the Draycott Sports Centre,
On Sunday 21st September, the ‘Greg Bradshaw Memorial Cup’ event take place, This doubles tennis tournament is a tribute to Greg, a keen tennis player at the club, who died last year after being hit by a car. All proceeds from entry fees go to the Midlands Air Ambulance.
If you want to go along to watch, you have not been forgotten, as there will be a major raffle, and refreshments on site during the play.
Just a few weeks later at the centre, there is to be what looks like a real fun night. The club is hosting a Motown Soul Night on Saturday 11th October from 7:30pm till late….. Everybody is elcome, and there is a bar of course. Tickets are £5 adult, £2:50 per child.
Spread the word!
(Also: don’t forget there is a new adult pay-and-play racketball opportunity starting on Tuesday 16th September at the centre).
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