NEWS: housing change / pies! / election hot air / kids’ project

News-in-brief  from Draycott-In-The-Moors in mid March 2017
In this post we have news of…:  local social housing changes / successful fund-raising at Chandni / Draycott Pie Day / election hot air / kids’ safety project…
(NB – There are also dozens of events coming up in our locality – including an Arts & Crafts Spring Fair. Check out the Events page)
For daily updates & news about life in our district, keep checking the village Facebook page

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Get on housing list

Nowadays, many of us, but mostly our young people, find it very difficult to get a home. Decent affordable housing is in short supply.
One of the best things is of course to be on the local authority’s waiting-list, and many are.

However, the waiting-list system here in the Staffordshire Moorlands region is heading for a shake-up next month – and people needing a home may miss out if they do not make themselves aware of the change.
It’s worth registering for the new local social housing allocation scheme now, to be sure that you don’t lose out when the changes are implemented in four weeks’ time.
See details by clicking here.

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Let’s eat pies

It’s only a month now until we celebrate Draycott Pie Day.  This splendid idea was dreamt up by Brayn and Zara (see below) at The Draycott Arms, and this year is a chance for YOU to show off your baking skills too!

Draycott Arms - Brayn and Zara
Yes, there is to be a proper pie contest – open to all-comers.
Just bring along your pre-baked pie on the day (Friday 14 April) and submit it to the judges. Pies will be marked on appearance, flavour, pastry quality & the story behind the making of it. There are prizes!
Check here for the rules.

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Coppafeel cops cash

Talking of food and such, congratulations to the regulars at the Chandni Cottage Restaurant in Draycott, who have raised almost £1000 for the breast cancer charity CoppaFeel.
A few months ago they held a special auction evening and also did a sponsored walk, and the monies are now all in.

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Election hot air

As many of you will know by now, there is to be a by-election to fill the vacancy on Draycott in the Moors Council.  There are two candidates, and voting will take place on April 6th.
The by-election will cost the council £4000, a lot of money…

The whole business has seen a lot of hot air raised as people expressed dozens of opinions on what they thought of everyone else involved in the process. One of the by-products of all this was that a number of good potential candidates were persuaded not to stand and that is a shame.
The main stumbling-block seems to have been that a significant number of residents were against the idea of a ‘forced’ co-option (where the choice of the next councillor becomes a private decision for the six remaining councillors only), while on the opposite side a significant number were against the idea of a ‘forced’ election (where the electors decide, but which is a costly process).
The few good ideas to try to achieve a compromise got swept away in the torrent of noise, sadly.

However, the council must sort this out.  It is quite possible that another councillor may resign in the next couple of years; and we might have the same crazy situation all over again.
It’s time for a little leadership from the council.

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Kids project needs dosh

Finally, it’s great to see that Tatsu Dojo, the martial-arts & fitness centre on Blythe Park in Cresswell, is running a project to help the children of our community, especially the vulnerable ones, become more aware of how to keep themselves safe.

Tatsu Kai dojoThe project needs money though, so the organisers are hoping businesses will come on board and take some advertising on the centre’s premises.  As it’s for a local project, Tara and her team are only targeting local businesses so far.
If you run a local business, and think you can help, click here for details.

Want to comment on any of the items on this page?
Just use the comments box – near the bottom of this page.           (The form will ask if you wish to put in your email address.  You don’t have to – and it is always kept private anyway and never published -, but, if you don’t add your email, that means you might miss any responses to your comment)

3 responses to “NEWS: housing change / pies! / election hot air / kids’ project

  1. So much for Journalism. You should get an award for expertly missing the point.
    At the last Parish Council Cllr Mark Deaville brilliantly spoke for a huge number of parishioners when he called the By-election a ‘Scandalous waste of money’. People mostly resent the fact that this was forced upon us by Roger Leech deliberately choosing to submit 12 signatures then using the Draycott FB page to dare anybody to stand against him and so triggering an election. Why don’t you report this here?
    Furthermore, parishioner Andy Bird’s suggestion on FB would help reduce the likelihood of another By-election fiasco “It’s a pity there isn’t some sort of a clause that when someone decides to represent the people of the parish on their council or any other elected office, that should they stand down from office (without serving their full term) without a very good reason (serious illness etc), then they should bear the financial burden that their actions may incur”. This is such a good idea it is something I will pursue as a Cllr and encourage the Parish Council to adopt.
    Councillor S.Jones.

    Liked by 1 person

    • I have noticed that you talk a lot of terrible nonsense, and talk fake facts, which surely brings into disrepute the worthy institution of which you are a supposedl truthful member.
      As Mark Deaville will tell you, he did not represent the views of a huge number of residents as he was speaking having only just heard the news of the monetary problem. He had had no chance to canvass his constituents.
      Your idea of fining councillors who resign for spurious reasons may be a good one, but how would it have helped in this case? Unless you are insinuating that the councillor who resigned did it irresponsibly. Is that what you mean? Speak up.
      I agree with the writer. There has been too much hot air. Your comments here and elsewhere so far sound like you just like hearing the sound of your own voice. Please desist until you can at least be honest and open.
      Resident fed up with this council

      Liked by 1 person

    • Yess, like the idea. a good way to stop people doing things like resigning without good reason is to hit them in the pocket.
      Did the council adopt your idea? Or dodn’t they like good ideas?


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