News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in early August 2015
News of…: confusion over consultation process, raffle winners, solar farm news, upset at footpath …
(NB – There are also dozens of events in our locality – including a fund-raising barbecue. Check out the Events page)
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The consultation over Staffordshire Moorlands Council’s Local Plan (the allocation of sites for housing across the district) is now well under way. As we all know, Draycott must find sites for 25 new homes before 2031.
What’s more, the organisers of this Plan are also asking us to suggest more possible places for future gypsy sites and open-space/play areas… with the old Cresswell Station car-park already being looked at as a possible site for travellers.
To be honest, we have found the documents very confusing, and we just don’t understand some of the jargon in them! So we went along to the ‘consultation session’ last week in Blythe Bridge, but, really, it was all a bit chaotic. The experts on hand were a bit overwhelmed, and it was hard to get to them to ask questions.
So… we are publicly asking Draycott Parish Council for a bit of leadership on this one. Would some member of the council mind stepping forward and sending this website a letter or email spelling out what it all means for Draycott, and what they think are the options? The council doesn’t actually meet again now until a date that is well after the end of the SMDC consultation process, so we can’t just wait for that meeting.
How about it, Draycott PC?
In the meantime, if you are one of the fortunate ones who actually understand the documents (well done to you!!), you need to get your feedback in to SMDC by September 14th. To do that, click on the SMDC Site Allocations page and then go right to the bottom of that webpage, and click on ‘Site Options Consultation-Response Form’.
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Talking of Draycott Parish Council, it’s a bit unnerving to read in the council’s latest reports (go to PC Reports, and click on ‘June’) that there was a bit of an altercation on a public footpath near Painsley Hall Farm in Cresswell, when two ladies were shouted at.
It seems someone thought they were trespassing (the ladies say they were definitely on the footpath).
The trouble round that particular area is that some vandals tore down the footpath signs some years ago, so the footpath route is not clear to everybody. The message is, as usual, to all sides: be tolerant, and try to get your facts straight.
If you have had issues about local footpaths, the parish council is responsible for monitoring them, so please contact the council if you too have had problems. Or list them on the Draycott Facebook page!
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There have been some pretty aggressive horseflies this year, and lots of horse owners have had to provide their animals with protective coats, even masks.
Not only horses get bitten either. A horsefly bite can cause a nasty swelling on a child’s arm…
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Many of us will know Andy Bird, who lives not far from Draycott Church. Andy is a leading member of the Fenton & District Angling Club, which operates some the nearest fishing pools to Draycott (you may have seen Andy and mates at their stall at the Draycott Fayre).
Well, Andy asked us to mention that the club is having open days this Saturday and Sunday (August 8th & 9th) at its pools at Dilhorne, when angling spots will be free of charge to all-comers. Youngsters are particularly welcome, and free coaching sessions will be taking place. Click here for details.
It’s not clear if the Creda Redhouse Angling Club (which runs the pool by the Bird In Hand at the other end of Cresswell) is also taking part in this initiative. We couldn’t see anything on their Facebook page.
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Solar Farm tour
We’ve heard now from quite a few people who attended the Open Day tours a week ago at the Lower Newton Solar Farm in Totmonslow – and they all said what an eye-opener it was.
The project is managed at the moment by Novus Energy, and it was the Novus boss, Ed Jessamine, who conducted folk around the site personally. He was happy to answer any question thrown at him, and some were very, very pointed! So, it’s good to see he could be so open.
Pretty much, he satisfied nearly all of us that solar energy was a good thing, and the way forward, if this planet is to overcome the worst effects of climate change.
However, he did say that Novus, having set up the whole thing and got it running (the site has been operational now for six months) are now looking for a buyer for the complex. (Novus’s expertise is in start-up, not long-term management). Ed said a new owner should be in place by October.
He added that any new owner would have to commit to providing a ‘community fund’, which makes cash available for local projects in this parish.
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Are you a winner?
Finally, thanks to Nola Ward, who organised the raffle at Draycott Fayre, and who recently published the results of it.
There were nearly thirty pretty outstanding prizes on offer; and it’s great to see that many of these were offered by local businesses, including Huntley Wood, Draycott Nurseries, the Sultan Restaurant, the Draycott Arms, and Draycott Sports Centre too. Click here to see the list of winners (opens as a WORD document).
The first-prize winner was Alan Harper, who won the ‘wilderness tour’. Hmm. Let’s hope he makes it back from that!
The other significant prize of the day was the chainsaw carving of an owl, made by by artist Anthony Hammond on the day itself. It was won by Finley Edwards, a local boy. Apparently he is “chuffed to bits” and wants to keep it in his bedroom!
It’s also good to see that another photo-gallery reflecting the day of the fayre has been published. Click here to see the photos.
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