News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in early May 2016
News of…: potholes and collapsing road drain covers / a return to Blythe Colours for yoga / trolls in Draycott / eggs galore!…
(NB – There are also dozens of events in our locality – including the WI birthday party … Check out the Events page)
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Drive (extra) carefully
Well, despite all the spin and soft words from the county council, Draycott’s roads seem to still have big issues. It’s not just the potholes, though the one on the central junction is positively dangerous now, it seems to be drain covers – which are slowly collapsing.
The stretch out to the dual carriageway has three collapsing drain covers (see above for one), while the drain-cover on Cresswell Lane is getting deeper each day. The trouble is that our car can’t avoid it, because the lane is so narrow there, you have to go over it whenever passing another vehicle. The clunk is getting to be quite a familiar sound! (And, yes, it has been reported!)
Cresswell Lane suffers too from excess litter. We counted over fifty bits of rubbish on the sides of the 100-yard stretch around the A50 bridge. Parish councilor Roger Holdcroft has done a bit of research on this, and he is pretty sure that it’s anti-social motorists chucking their take-away wrappers and so on out of their cars as they pass.
Why the litter-bugs pick this section to do their dirty deeds is hard to know – or does the wind sweep all the paper and card into this area?
At one time, the Cresswell Residents Group used to go out and do community litter-picks – but the group folded a couple of years ago.
In fact, the matter of establishing a local community volunteer team was going to be raised at the recent Draycott Annual Assembly – but the meeting was stopped before anyone was allowed to raise any points other than those relating to planning. Shame.
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Stretch those limbs!
Nice to see that the Tatsu Fitness Centre on Blythe Park goes from strength to strength. As well as martial arts, which Tara and the team do so brilliantly, there is now a regular yoga class there.
Jayne Gregory, who got the class under way this week, is a local lass. She told us that the room she and her learners will be using is the former Blythe Colour Works directors dining room which had been sitting vacant for many years. Jayne added that when she first went along to see the Tatsu Centre she went with her mum, who became quite emotional.
Jayne’s mother had worked at Blythe Colours for many years – and it was a mixture of nostalgia for what once was, sadness for the shame that it all had to close down, and happiness for what was to become of it, that left her feeling teary.
A lovely story.
You can find out more about Jayne’s yoga classes by clicking here.
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One thing you won’t go short of Draycott area is a nice dish of scrambled eggs…
Now that Spring is here at last, the chickens have started laying again, and some owners are allowing any extra eggs to be sold off.
Some enterprising householders even have a stall outside their homes!
We had a delicious goose-egg from the house on Draycott Old Road. It was ginormous, and made a brilliant breakfast.
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You wouldn’t think that you would get ‘trolls’ in a little village like Draycott, but they must be everywhere.
‘Trolls’ are people, usually anonymous, who like to write spiteful or offensive messages to public figures, usually on the internet.
However, the Draycott Neighbourhood Plan questionnaires, that were posted though residents’ letterboxes last month, have attracted a few trolls too.
We had this letter from Draycott parish councillor, Roger Holdcroft:
“…Dear Parishioners, I write to ask, “Why do we bother?”
I refer to the not inconsiderable amount of time given up by members of the Parish Council to attend meetings, read communications and make considered judgements about the future of our Parish. They give of their time willingly and gladly, believing in what they do.
One can only question this commitment when one reads comments placed on our recent questionnaire about a possible Neighbourhood Plan.
One resident remarked that Parish Councillors were not “sufficiently intelligent” to make considered judgements on planning issues. I find this assertion to be insulting, considering the background of some members of the Council and the wealth of experience of others.
The same resident recorded that they wished for plans for the Parish to include “the building of gas chambers for Councillors”.
I find this comment grossly offensive and totally inappropriate on such a document. My feelings reach out for the Parish Clerk who received this return and was the first to read it.
As I said above, the Parish Councillors believe in what they do and are committed to it.
Fortunately, other returned questionnaires were much more appropriate and the comments included will be given due consideration.
Equally the attendance at the Annual Parish Assembly and the manner in which residents raised issues reassured me of the importance of continuing with our efforts and convinced me of the good reasons for ‘Why we bother’.
Cllr Roger Holdcroft…”
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