News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors in early November 2016
News of…: An expensive bus-shelter / WW1 Draycott man remembered / speed demons back in the village / Paynsley remains “at risk” …
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Paying for a bus shelter with no buses
What do you do with a bus shelter when no buses come to it any more? That is the dilemma that Draycott local council finds itself in.
The bus-shelter next to the Draycott Arms – which was built and is owned by Draycott Council – was crumbling and decaying, but then again, no buses have stopped there for two years (since the Uttoxeter express bus was cancelled) – and it’s pretty unlikely we’ll ever get a bus along that route again.
So – should anyone bother doing anything about it at all?
Well, Draycott Council felt they should repair it, and so they put £500 into renovating the whole roof at the end of the summer, plus a further sum into repairing the perspex glazing for the noticeboard inside. Now it turns out that they may well have to put in a further £100 in, because now the structure is swaying in high winds and needs bracing…
(To add insult to injury, someone has taken to dumping piles of old wood at the back of it as well).
This is all taxpayers’ money of course, so all of us should be thinking about what the solution could be to this particular headache.
If you have a thought, why not present it at the next council meeting, on Monday November 21st?
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We are almost exactly in the middle of the four years of the 100-year anniversary of World War One, which lasted from 1914 to 1918.
This year there is a special commemoration at Stoke Railway Station to remember the men of the North Staffordshire Railway who died in World War 1. Of those who went to the battlefields, one in ten NSR men never came back. One of them was a Draycott man.
Stoke Railway Station war memorial
Sergeant Philip Hawley Bagnall, who joined up in 1914 and was killed just one year later, lived in Draycott before the war. He is remembered on the Draycott Church war memorial, as well as on the Stoke Railway Station war memorial.
Lev Wood, of our local history society, researched his story, which you can read for yourself by clicking here.
On this year’s Armistice Day, Friday 11 November, the event at Stoke station will see the names of all those NSR men who died being read out to passengers and public on the platform. The reading will take five hours, with one name being announced every two minutes. A two-minute silence will follow at 11am.
If you can’t get to Stoke Railway Station, a parade & silence is being held in Blythe Bridge on Remembrance Sunday (the 13th).
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Speedsters are back
The community speedwatch team in Cresswell has been hit by a couple of resignations, so it no longer has the personnel to get out regularly with a radar-gun and do the useful work they were doing.
The planned Draycott Level speed-watch project seemed never to have got off the ground.
The official speed-camera vans, which for a while were seen pretty regularly round here, also seem not to be putting in so many appearances.
And that is all a shame, because the threat of speed-cameras does deter offenders… and now the biggest idiots seem to be back, seen bombing up and down the local roads once again. We observed one moron doing what must have been eighty, in a car with a souped-up engine, along Cresswell Lane one Saturday evening a couple of weeks ago; while the forty miles an hour limit on Draycott level is hardly ever kept to at all, is it?
Dead badger on Cheadle Road
The speed disease seems to be spreading to Cheadle Road (the really narrow, bending road up to Draycott Cross). The road-kill there is not just badgers either.
By the way, if you see a dead badger, you are supposed to report the sighting – click here to check what to do.
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Paynsley … continuing to decay
Once again the annual report from English Heritage about UK listed buildings has put the Paynsley Hall ruins on the ‘at-risk’ register. Sadly, this notice about Paynsley seems to happen year after year: the remains of the medieval moat keep decaying, but no one seems to want to do that much about it.
Paynsley Hall was an ancient mansion on farmland in Cresswell (just behind what is now Blthe Park) . It was even the site of a small skirmish in the English Civil War in the 1600s when the Parliamentarians ransacked the place.
It was substantially demolished in the 1960s, though very small bits of it remain. The remains are, as we say, in very poor condition, though actually it is hard to know just how poor, as the remains can only be approached by permission of the land-owner, which is rarely given.
Two years ago, Draycott Council promised to make enquiries, but nothing seems to have transpired.
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