News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in early November 2014
News of…: public opposition to development plans / Burger man’s other life as Zulu expert / new sound loop at St Mary’s / Bird Grove Farm up for auction …
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)
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Spirit of Opposition
Two public meetings have now taken place to discuss the new planning application for Cresswell, which could see nearly 170 extra homes come to the hamlet and a virtual doubling of the present industrial park.
Both meetings saw a virtually unanimous spirit of opposition to the proposals.
Friday’s meeting (organised by the local VVSM community group) attracted a big name – Bill Cash, our local MP. Bill was happy to turn up, and he voiced his support for the group.
Hundreds of pounds were also raised by the group, which will go into a fighting fund.
(If you want to join in a public online forum to make suggestions for the fighting fund, both Jacquie and Shelagh, the VVSM organisers, are both also members of the Draycott Facebook group. Anyone can be a member of the Facebook group, and can ask whatever they want of any other member.)
Meanwhile, the Parish Council also convened a public meeting, ably chaired by district councillor Mark Deaville.
Judging by what was said, the main points of opposition to the proposals will be centred on traffic issues and concerns about areas of contaminated land.
The Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Planning Applications Committee is likely to make the crucial decision at their meeting in mid-December.
Expect a flurry of activity up until then!
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Churches in action
It’s worth remembering that it is Remembrance Sunday this weekend. Both our local churches will have specific services (see What’s On page for details) if you want to remember our war dead with them.
Talking of St Mary’s – the Catholic church in Cresswell -, it’s time for congratulations to them. The congregation has raised over £2000 so far to pay for a new sound loop recently installed in the church. That’s only half of what is needed – but everyone at the church is confident the total will be raised.
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Local man’s Zulu Wars knowledge
Many of us know local lad Ian Barlow very well. You may well have spotted him and his mobile catering van at the Cloggerfest free-music event in Cresswell over the summer.
Ian has a permanent pitch on the Blythe Park base (where he is now to be found right next to the bowling green) – his catering business looks after employees’ food needs by selling burgers and breakfasts every morning seven days a week, as well as lunchtimes in the week.
What you may not have realised is that Ian is a Zulu War expert! The Zulu Wars were fought by the British and native tribes in South Africa towards the end of the nineteenth century.
Ian gives talks on the subject to discussion groups and history clubs – and even brings along historic memorabilia with him…
Who’d have thought??
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Fancy a farm?
If you’ve ever sought a large isolated property, now’s your chance. The road down to Hilderstone has very few houses along it between Cresswell and the old Bird In Hand pub, but one of them is now coming up for auction.
‘Bird Grove Farm‘ is a 3 bedroom detached house, which goes under the hammer on November 12 (unless sold by private treaty first of course). The sale is being handled by Graham Watkins Agents.
If you like a quiet life, this may be the place for you…
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