News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in early April 2017
In this post we have news of…: new councillor for Draycott / Church Lane project stumped / disappearing traffic lights / a shop for Draycott?…
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Congratulations to the newest member of Draycott Council.
Patricia McLaughlin (see photo, right), a chartered surveyor who lives at the Blythe end of Draycott Level, was voted in by a landslide on Thursday (6th) evening in the local council by-election. She was voted in with 98 votes, compared to her opponent’s 52 votes. She becomes one of Draycott Council’s seven members.
Our commiserations to the gallant loser, Roger Leach.
Pat said in her manifesto that she will aim to unite the different parts of the district, which, as she observes, have become “disjointed”. We wish her the best of luck.
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Shopping to return to Draycott?
There hasn’t been a shop in Draycott for many years now: though there are still fond memories of Evelyn Robinson and how she ran the old post office (see picture, right – it was adjacent the Draycott Arms), not to mention the general shop at the Blythe Bridge end of Uttoxeter Road (near what is now The Golden Keg Restaurant & Pub).
However, Zara & Brayn at the Draycott Arms pub are nothing if not enterprising, and they want to establish a shop-area in what used to be the public-bar room at the pub. The room is under reconstruction at the moment, but it should be all done and dusted sometime in the summer.
Zara is now looking round for a second-hand refrigerated unit to hold the perishable goods (if you know of one, she’ll be happy to hear from you).
In the meantime, a questionnaire has gone out to most local households asking residents what they think of the idea. If you haven’t had one, or just lost yours, just click here to see the form, print it out, fill it in… then just take it round to the pub…
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Cul-de-sac for Church Lane project?
Over the past three months there has been a deal of discussion (see more…) about what to do about the awful condition of the road surface on Church Lane. The lane is really more of a track than a road and is full of nasty potholes.
However, it’s an important thoroughfare, as it leads up to St Margaret’s Church & graveyard and to the community hall too.
At the last Draycott Council meeting however, our local councillors admitted defeat. The project is too expensive and too-consuming for them to get involved with, it seems, and the local county-councillor, Mark Deaville, is taking on the issue instead. Mark is applying to Staffordshire County Highways to have the lane ‘adopted’. However, he admits it’s a pretty long shot.
So what do the church authorities and the dozen-or-so residents of the lane do next? We met one resident, Mark, who was doing a manful job patching up the potholes this week. His patches are just exactly that though, and he admits his work may not last for very long.
It’s a difficult issue. We suggest the wardens at St Margaret’s start a crowd-funding page to try to raise the cash for proper repairs.
Well… Anybody got a better idea?
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The case of the disappearing lights
Talking of works not getting done, does anyone know what the sudden appearance and then disappearance of some temporary traffic lights at the Uttoxeter Road-Cresswell Lane junction was all about?We were told it was going to be some preliminary work on the giant new roundabout which is going to be built there as a part of the re-development of Cresswell (see: the Roundabout Design diagram).
Maybe the developers changed their minds…? Hmm. Unlikely…
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