News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in mid April 2016
News of…: travellers’ site by Draycott / Draycott College ‘on the mend’? / crazy driving in our lanes / collapsed (and collapsing) structures…
(NB – There are also dozens of events in our locality – including the annual village assembly… Check out the Events page)
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Well, it has been a confusing few weeks and no mistake. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council could not have handled matters worse!
Issues like where new housing is to go and where a new travellers’ site is to go have to be sorted – of course – but these are sensitive situations.
All the leaks to the press, all the councillors wringing their hands with dismay (but still voting for the proposals to be pushed ahead) and the way that information has been released slowly then quickly really do make SMDC look amateurish and, worse, uncaring.
Anyway… it looks like the district council has now settled on one of two spots for the area’s travellers’ site – on fields behind the petrol station in Blythe Bridge or a site opposite Chandni Cottage restaurant (known as site TR002). Both sites are on the very edge of Draycott.
Some keen-eyed folk have already pointed out that the former is currently Green Belt land, so it will take a while for permission to be granted for that – if it ever is.
The Blythe Bridge website already has a petition up and running.
This will be mixed news for the folks of Draycott Old Road, as they are just a skip away (across fields) from the proposed two sites. However, some of the other possible proposed sites (especially the one near Draycott College) were probably not their first choice either…
Taking of Draycott Moor College, there was a good meeting last week held by Draycott-in-the-Moors Parish Council to discuss the ongoing issues of bad behaviour by pupils there. The new head turned up for the meeting and was quite convincing; and the college has said it will clear up problems “not in months, but in weeks…”
However, we have heard much of this before. The proof will be in the pudding as they say… And some people were definitely not convinced by the college’s attitudes – see our Comments section.
If you feel you have not had a chance to put your point of view about local matters yet, you still have a chance, at not just one – but three open meetings!
The first one (our annual Draycott Village Assembly) takes place this coming Monday; the local community action group have theirs in ten days; and people worried about the travellers’ site have yet another one they can go to (on May 3rd).
Check our What’s On page for details of all these get-togethers.
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A lot of people have now reported the perimeter wall, by the Cresswell garages, that collapsed ten days ago (see pic below).
It seems like it was simply cement-fatigue – as the wall, more or less, seems to have collapsed as one item, before breaking up on impact. It’s just fortunate that nobody was ‘on the wrong side’ of it as it fell…
It would take an expert to work out if it was deliberately pushed over.
However, it’s certainly now a hazard; so let’s hope that the council gets someone out to sort it quickly. The garages there are no longer for rent, so it won’t affect any householders.
Oddly, a similar issue has come up, at much the same time, warning parishioners at St Mary’s Church in Cresswell about the state of some of the old gravestones there – which are leaning over a bit too much.
This is not the first time that Cresswell Churchyard has had discussions about the gravestones. Older parishioners will remember that, in the 1960s, the late Father Meagher (an Irish parish priest of the ‘old school’, who took no nonsense!) wanted the gravestones in the ‘old’ part of the cemetery removed and re-situated. He wanted them placed up against the walls of the cemetery (as they are at so many churchyards now), leaving most of it as just lawn – also making it easier to maintain…
However, for once he did not get his way, and after fierce objections, fewer than half-dozen headstones were eventually taken up.
We shall wait & see if Father Meagher (looking down from above) gets his way this time!
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It would be nice to finish this post with good news, but sadly, no.
You may have read on the village Facebook page about Shelagh Wood, who was incredibly lucky not to be injured by a crazy driver tearing down Draycott Old Road. If you don’t know the lane, it’s barely wide enough to fit two cars, so it’s best to be slow along there.
However, at the weekend, early in the morning, someone came down there so fast, he scratched all along the side of Shelagh’s car as they passed each other, ripping her wing-mirror back and peeling back paint on the car’s side and twisting her door edge. Presumably, his car looked as bad as hers afterward… so – if you see a silver saloon car (with a Y in the numberplate) suddenly looking the worse for wear on its passenger side, ring the Police on 101.
There has been a spate of these minor (fortunately) accidents recently on our narrow lanes – there have been a couple of incidents on Cheadle Road, near Brookside, too.
Why are so many people in such a rush?
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