News-in-brief from Draycott-In-The-Moors & District in early May 2022
In this post we have news of…: annual village meeting this month / our new leader / Hunter pub re-opens / roadside railings knocked over – again…
There are also lots of events in our area this next few weeks! For news of a fund-raising event in Cresswell and some Queen’s Jubilee dances and many more, please go to our What’s On page
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Getting your voice heard
One of the real bugbears in any council meeting is that the public has to stay silent, and do nothing but listen to the councillors talking. However, the opposite will be true at the Draycott-in-the-Moors Annual Village Assembly, which this year takes place on Monday May 23rd at 7.30, at the Church Hall. This is the chance for the people of Draycott & Cresswell & Totmonslow to do the talking for a change.
The procedure is pretty straightforward. A chairperson is appointed (to keep things fair, and make it all official), and then there are usually a couple of very short talks. But then it’s straight into the subjects for discussion (these have been suggested for the agenda by members of the public).
Each discussion takes around ten minutes, a resolution is made, and then it’s on to the next subject. Anyone can have a say; and the whole village is welcome to attend and speak.
We understand that some villagers have already put forward subjects for debate, including a motion to create a heritage committee for the village, and better speeding signage, among other matters.
But what’s the point? Good question! Well, the resolutions are registered, and then passed on to our political representatives, who are legally bound to debate them and consider acting on them. (See: What’s An Annual Assembly?)
So… now it’s time to get your suggestions in. What matter would you like discussed? Try to be specific: better than saying “a tidier village”, you might be best saying “a tidier village, with permanent signage up to ask people to take litter home” etc.
You need to email your suggestions to Denise Wheat, the clerk and minutes-taker, and she will add them to the official agenda. Try to get suggestions in by May 16th.
New Tory leader (no… not that one…!)
You may not have realised it but we have a ‘Leader’ in this Staffordshire Moorlands area of ours. The majority political group on our Moorlands Council, which has been the Tories for many years, choose the Leader; so, for fifteen years, their choice, Cllr Sybil Ralphs, has been our Leader.
Well, now the Conservative group has rebelled, and chucked her out. Instead they’ve elected Paul Roberts, who serves as a councillor in Caverswall, to be our new Leader.
The big question (for us) is: will our local lad, Totmonslow man Councillor Mark Deaville (see pic right), be chosen by Mr Roberts to be Deputy Leader of the Staffordshire Moorlands?
The Hunter returns
Welcome back to the Hunter Pub! This Cresswell local closed down last autumn and we thought it had gone forever, like so many country pubs – but it re-opened a few weeks ago.
Many of us will know Daz, who has worked in many pubs, including The Greyhound at Saverley Green (which shut earlier this year sadly) – he’s the guy behind its revival. He’s promising the pub will be open every day (from 4pm on weekdays, from noon on weekends).
Daz also has ambitions for the pub: there will be a real commitment to guest beers (the one on when we went in was Admiral Gardner First Lord by the Uttoxeter Brewing Company) and he says he’s building a proper beer garden at the back. Keep checking the pub’s twitter account for which guest beers are on tap.
In an era of pub closures, it’s great to see an unashamedly old-fashioned local like The Hunter open again.
One feature of a recent village council meeting was to see the look of complete disbelief on Councillor Roger Holdcroft’s face when he reported that the railings opposite the Draycott Arms on Cheadle Road had been bashed in… again!
For five years, Roger has been repeatedly asking for the railings to be repaired after they’d been previously knocked down (by an unknown vehicle). Finally, at last, they were repaired, but – within weeks! – banged into again, and knocked over, by an unknown vehicle.
This matters, because the railings guard the only pavement on that stretch, as well as (supposedly) stopping vehicles accidentally tipping into the ditch on the other side of it.
But then, Cheadle Road itself is a problem anyway. It’s really a rural back-road nowadays (though often used as a rat-run), and it is no fun to negotiate, with a couple of really narrow, winding stretches and blind turns. Crazy motorists like to make up time by speeding along the open stretches.
However, since sat-navs started to direct heavy goods vehicles up there, it’s gotten even more problematic… and that’s why railings get knocked down.
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