News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in late December 2014
News of…: Cresswell to host travellers’ site? / ‘Death Of Nelson’ fund-raising event / Uttoxeter Road petition collects 350+ signatures / get together for Mary Edwards …
(NB – There are also dozens of events in the area. Check out the Events page!)
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Travellers’ site for Cresswell?
This week’s edition of the Cheadle Post has something of an exclusive for the paper. It reveals that it has managed to obtain some previously confidential documents of Moorlands District Council meetings.
These documents reveal which places across the district are being considered for future traveller/gypsy sites: as well as two in Blythe Bridge and one in Forsbrook, a parcel of land in Cresswell is also on the list.
According to The Post, the ‘former site of Cresswell Railway Station’ is being considered, a description which could mean the overspill car-park by the level crossing, which is near where the old signal box stood, or it could mean further along the line, near Railway Cottages. It’s not clear.
The Moorlands District Council is in a quandary, as it does have an obligation to provide traveller sites – but it faces objections to most of its preferred choices.
The council seems to be opting for smaller locations though – ones holding perhaps only three or four caravans – which might be why the one here in our locality looks attractive to them.
It’ll be interesting to see what the reaction is.
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Give us an island
Last week’s Draycott Parish Council meeting heard that the petition asking for a pedestrian island somewhere in the middle of Uttoxeter Road (probably near Stuart Avenue) collected nearly 400 signatures, nearly all of which came from Draycott residents themselves.
It is of course a very busy, wide and open road there; and, despite there being a speed limit of 40mph right up until the A50, the fact is that traffic really does bomb along there. During rush hours, crossing the road can be quite hazardous.
The same report indicated that well over a thousand vehicles an hour pass along that stretch.
The petition will eventually be handed on to our district councillor, Mark Deaville, with the hope that he will take it along to the county council highways people.
(As we’ve already reported, Councillor Deaville is also working on the speed limit on the stretch past The Draycott Arms (from Cresswell Old Lane to St Mary’s Court), reduced from 40mph to 30mph.)
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Nelson tribute goes down well
The Wednesday night pub quiz at the Izaak Walton Inn raises money both for the local First Responders and for a fund to install a public-access defibrillator in the village.
It’s proving very successful in doing both – the defibrillator fund, organised by the VVSM community group, now stands at over £600, which is more than halfway toward the target.
The defibrillator fund was boosted this week by a sum over £60, collected in response to a very special event. As a one-off, the forty people in the pub were all treated, at the quiz interval, to a rendition of the poem ‘The Death Of Nelson’.
Whether Nelson himself would have approved of this particular poem, we doubt, as you can judge from this couplet:
The bullet pierced his heart, and Nelson fell down with a shout.
“Kiss me Hardy!” he whispered aloud (because there was no one nicer about).
Thanks very much to the reciter, a well-known member of the Cresswell Speed Watch team, whom we shall always think of from now on as … ‘jolly Roger’!
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As we now all know, Mary Edwards has handed over the reins, as parish council clerk, to Kate Bradshaw.
Mary had been in post for nearly forty years – and has seen the transition from typewriter & tippex to computer & internet. She has also observed the huge changes in the way that parish councils are being asked to work… so it really was the end of an era when she decided to step down.
However, decades of service like that should not go unrewarded, so it’s good to hear that there will be a special event in her honour, and a presentation, in early January.
She deserves it.
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