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CHURNET VALLEY CONSERVATION SOCIETY

                       protecting and conserving this natural area of outstanding beauty

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News Flash: The Committee of the CVCS vows to continue to oppose the Laver Leisure holiday camp in the old Moneystone Quarry. See News page for more detail.

 

Below you will find the existing CVCS Constitution and proposed the new one. Accordingly, these proposals now need to be ratified by reference to an Extraordinary General Meeting to be held on February 7th at 7:30 pm in the Fox & Goose, Foxt, to which you are cordially invited to attend.

The main proposed changes to the constitution are required to bring it up to date to cover the circumstances now prevailing for the Society, where on occasion, numbers attending meetings do not reach the quorum level required to make necessary societal decisions. The changes also seek to clarify who may, or may not, vote on these decisions and finally how the committee is elected each year.
The committee commends the new Constitution to you.
Also below are the minutes of January's meeting and Agenda for both the EGM and February's Open Committee Meeting scheduled to directly follow on from completion of the EGM.

 

 

Existing Constitution

Proposed Constitution

 

CONSTITUTION FOR THE CHURNET VALLEY CONSERVATION SOCIETY:   20TH JUNE 2011

 


1. NAME: THE ORGANISATION WILL BE CALLED THE CHURNET VALLEY CONSERVATION SOCIETY.




2. OUR AIM: TO CONSERVE AND ENHANCE THE ATTRACTIVE NATURE OF THE CHURNET VALLEY.


3. OUR OBJECTIVES:
A) TO PROTECT AND NURTURE THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AND VISITORS.
B) TO PROTECT AND ENHANCE THE BIODIVERSITY OF THE VALLEY.
C) TO ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT A VIBRANT AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY WITH A LOCAL FOCUS.
E) TO DEVELOP IDEAS, PLANS AND MECHANISMS THAT WILL HELP US ACHIEVE OUR GOALS.
F) TO SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS WHICH ARE IN HARMONY WITH OR ENCOURAGE APPRECIATION OF OUR VISION AND AIMS FOR THE AREA.
G) TO CO-OPERATE WITH OTHER ORGANISATIONS SEEKING TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE BEAUTY OF THE CHURNET VALLEY.








4. MANAGEMENT: THE AFFAIRS OF THE SOCIETY SHALL BE MANAGED BY A COMMITEE CONSISITING OF THE CHAIRPERSON, SECRETARY, TREASURER, AND 9 OTHER COMMITEE MEMBERS. THE THREE OFFICERS ARE TO BE ELECTED AT THE AGM. IN THE EVENT OF RESIGNATIONS, THE COMMITEE HAS THE POWER TO CO-OPT REPLACEMENT MEMBERS.




5. MEMBERSHIP: SHALL BE OPEN.


6. SUBSCRIPTIONS: FREE FROM OCTOBER 2014

7. AGM: AN AGM SHALL BE HELD DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER.



8. EGM. 
A) AN EGM SHALL BE CALLED BY THE SECRETARY ON RECEIPT OF A REQUEST SIGNED BY NOT LESS THAN 12 MEMBERS.
B) THE COMMITEE HAS THE POWER TO CALL AN EGM.


9. ELECTIONS:A) OFFICERS TO RESIGN ONE ANUALLY (TO PROVIDE CONTINUITY)

B) THE REST OF THE COMMITEE TO BE RE-ELECTED ANNUALLY AT THE AGM.

10. QUORUM: AT A COMMITEE MEETING NOT LESS THAN 5 AND MUST INCLUDE THE CHAIR OR VICE CHAIR PERSON.

 

 

 







11. NOTICE OF MEETING
A) MEMBERS SHALL RECEIVE AT LEAST 7 DAYS NOICE OF AN EGM WITH AGENDA, GIVING FULL PURPOSE OF THE MEETING.
B) MEMBERS SHALL RECIEVE AT LEAST 7 DAYS NOTICE OF AN AGM.

 


12. CONSTITUTION: SUGGESTED ALTERATIONS, AND ADDITIONS MUST BE GIVEN IN WRITING AT LEAST 21 DAYS BEFORE AN AGM, OR BY REFERENCE TO AN EGM: 
TWO THIRDS MAJORITY OF THE MEMBERSHIP PRESENT IS REQUIRED TO CARRY AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSITUTION.



13. FINANCE: THE ORGANISATION 

SHALL HAVE A CURRENT ACCOUNT AT THE CO-OP.CHEQUES SHALL BE DRAWN ON THE SIGNATURES OF TWO OF THE FOLLOWING OFFICERS: CHAIRPERSON, SECRETARY OR TREASURER.

 

 

CONSTITUTION FOR THE CHURNET VALLEY CONSERVATION SOCIETY:  7th FEBRUARY 2018

 

1. NAME: THE ORGANISATION WILL BE CALLED THE CHURNET VALLEY CONSERVATION SOCIETY.

 

2. OUR AIM: TO CONSERVE AND ENHANCE THE ATTRACTIVE NATURE OF THE CHURNET VALLEY.

 

3. OUR OBJECTIVES:

A) TO PROTECT AND NURTURE THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS AND VISITORS.

B) TO PROTECT AND ENHANCE THE BIODIVERSITY OF THE VALLEY.

C) TO ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT A VIBRANT AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY WITH A LOCAL FOCUS.

E) TO DEVELOP IDEAS, PLANS AND MECHANISMS THAT WILL HELP US ACHIEVE OUR GOALS.

F) TO SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT PROPOSALS WHICH ARE IN HARMONY WITH OR ENCOURAGE APPRECIATION OF OUR VISION AND AIMS FOR THE AREA.

G) TO CO-OPERATE WITH OTHER ORGANISATIONS SEEKING TO PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE BEAUTY OF THE CHURNET VALLEY.

 

4. MANAGEMENT: THE AFFAIRS OF THE SOCIETY SHALL BE MANAGED BY A COMMITTEE CONSISTING OF THE OFFICERS THESE BEING CHAIRPERSON, SECRETARY AND TREASURER WITH OTHER COMMITEE MEMBERS TO MAKE A TOTAL OF SEVEN. IN THE EVENT OF RESIGNATIONS, THE COMMITEE HAS THE POWER TO CO-OPT REPLACEMENT MEMBERS.

 

5. MEMBERSHIP: SHALL BE OPEN.

 

6. SUBSCRIPTIONS: FREE FROM OCTOBER 2014

 

7. AGM:

AN AGM SHALL BE HELD DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER.

 

8. EGM. 

A) AN EGM SHALL BE CALLED BY THE SECRETARY ON RECEIPT OF A REQUEST SIGNED BY NOT LESS THAN 12 MEMBERS.

B) THE COMMITEE HAS THE POWER TO CALL AN EGM.

 

9. ELECTIONS:

OFFICERS AND THE OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO RESIGN ANNUALLY AT THE AGM BUT MAY STAND FOR RE-ELECTION.

 

10. MEETING ATTENDANCE AND QUORUM: MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO ALL MEETINGS. WHEN PROPOSALS REQUIRE A VOTE, THERE MUST BE A MINIMUM OF 4 COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT ONE OF WHOM MUST BE AN OFFICER. OTHER MEMBERS PRESENT MAY BE ALLOWED TO VOTE AT THE OFFICERS DISCRETION.

 

11. NOTICE OF MEETING

A) MEMBERS SHALL RECEIVE AT LEAST 7 DAYS NOICE OF AN EGM WITH AGENDA, GIVING FULL PURPOSE OF THE MEETING.

B) MEMBERS SHALL RECEIVE AT LEAST 7 DAYS NOTICE OF AN AGM.

 

12. CONSTITUTION: SUGGESTED ALTERATIONS, AND ADDITIONS MUST BE GIVEN IN WRITING AT LEAST 21 DAYS BEFORE AN AGM, OR BY REFERENCE TO AN EGM: 

A SIMPLE MAJORITY OF THE MEMBERSHIP PRESENT IS REQUIRED TO CARRY AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION.

 

13. FINANCE: THE ORGANISATION SHALL HAVE A CURRENT ACCOUNT AT THE CO-OP BANK. CHEQUES SHALL BE DRAWN ON THE SIGNATURES OF TWO OF THE FOLLOWING OFFICERS: CHAIRPERSON, SECRETARY OR TREASURER. 

 

 

 

CVCS - Extraordinary General Meeting Agenda

7:30pm, 7 Febuary 2018 - Fox & Goose, Foxt.

Present: 


1)       Apologies:


2)       Background and Purpose of EGM.


2a)     Changes to Paragraph 4 Management - and vote.

2b)     Changes to Paragraph 9 Elections - and vote.

2c)     Changes to Paragraph 10 Meeting Attendance and Quorum - and vote.

2d)     Changes to Paragraph 12 Constitution - and vote.


3)       Any other business

CVCS - Committee Meeting Minutes

7:30pm, 3 January 2018 - Fox & Goose, Foxt.

 

Present: J. Steele, D. Fowler, D. Walters, A. Stevenson, G. Smallwood, R. Mosley, G. Mason,

 J. Williams

1)     Apologies: C. Skitt

2)     Matters arising from minutes of previous meeting: The minutes of the December meeting were agreed.

3)     Treasurer's report: There continues to be no spend on the account and the balance is therefore £1569.96. All necessary forms have been filled in and signed to enable the new signatories to access the account. Forms to be posted to the Co-op Bank.

It was again agreed at this meeting that J. Steele and G. Smallwood be added as signatories to the account whilst K. Seaton and M. Pepper be removed. C. Skitt will continue to be a signatory.

4)     Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership feedback:  Not available this month.

a) Churnet Valley Historical Environmental Record Project: -

b)  Digitisation of the existing data: -

c) Froghall Plateways projects: -

d) All day conference 12th May 2018 in Uttoxeter upon Turnpike Roads and Milestones of the area: J. Steele indicated that he was interested in attending on behalf of CVCS.

e) D. Fowler to invite Ivan Kent to the next meeting to speak on the history of the area and particularly the plateways.

5)     CVCS website update: J. Steele is continuing to update the CVCS website. Also see item 9.

6)     SMDC Local Plan: SMDC’s publishing of their local plan is still awaited. Once formally accepted by the council as its policy it will be reviewed by a government inspector to ensure it is fit for purpose. At this hearing all who have made comments on the plan will be able to speak at the hearing. It should be noted that SMDC might alter parish boundaries in order to accommodate their plan’s viability.

7)     Countryside Estates Review: Of those sites within the Churnet Valley, the management of Consall is being passed to the R.S.P.B. whilst Staffordshire Wildlife will manage the smaller sites. The management of Oakamoor Picnic Area and Froghall Wharf is not known to date.

8)     SMDC Planning - Major Planning Applications:

a - i) Moneystone Quarry/Holiday Camp/Meeting with Karen Bradley MP: Karen Bradley has emailed a web link to C. Skitt for the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) should it be needed. D. Walters informed the meeting there were several stages to be gone through first with SMDC before the LGO could be involved. Ongoing

a - ii) Moneystone Quarry/Holiday Camp J. Williams to draft a letter on behalf of CVCS to send to the Leek Post newspaper for publication.

b) Alton Towers: No significant applications to consider although a new ride is pending for next year.

c)  Bolton Copperworks: No new applications.

d)  Whiston Golf Course re-profiling: No new application beyond scoping opinion application(s) for between 225,000 and 300,000 tonnes of imported material to be used for the re-profiling.

9)     CVCS Constitution review: The constitution was reviewed, and some minor changes suggested to bring the constitution up to date to represent the Societies current circumstances.

The next meeting will be an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to adopt the new constitution. Normal committee and general members business will follow on directly after the EGM.

10)   Recruiting New Members: New members have been recruited and added to the members email lists. It was suggested that to attract new members and increase the Society’s profile that more use be made of the Society’s Facebook page and to make use of Twitter too. These possibilities are to be explored by R. Mosley, G. Mason

11)  Committee Members Contact Details (in the case of late meeting cancellations): These were passed to J. Williams.

12)    A.O.B.: None raised.

13)   Date of EGM & next meeting:

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 7:30pm, Fox & Goose, Foxt, ST10 2HN

 

CVCS - Committee Meeting Agenda

8:00pm (approx.) 7 Febuary 2018 - Fox & Goose, Foxt.

 

Present:

 

1)     Apologies:

2)     Matters arising from minutes of previous meeting: Acceptance of January minutes.

3)     Treasurer's report:

            a) Change of signatories to the CVCS bank account latest position.

4)     Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership feedback:

a) Churnet Valley Historical Environmental Record Project: -

b)  Digitisation of the existing data: -

c) Froghall Plateways projects: -

d) All day conference 12th May 2018 in Uttoxeter upon Turnpike Roads and Milestones of the area: J. Steele indicated that he was interested in attending on behalf of CVCS.

e) D. Fowler to invite Ivan Kent to the next meeting to speak on the history of the area and particularly the plateways.

5)     CVCS website update:

6)     SMDC Local Plan:

7)     Countryside Estates Review:

8)     SMDC Planning - Major Planning Applications:

a - i) Moneystone Quarry/Holiday Camp: D. Walters informed the meeting there were several stages to be gone through first with SMDC before the Local Government Ombudsman could be involved. Ongoing

a - ii) Moneystone Quarry/Holiday Camp: J. Steele has sent a letter on behalf of CVCS to the Leek Post newspaper for publication.

b) Alton Towers: No significant applications to consider although a new ‘Wicker Man’ is under construction for next year.

c)  Bolton Copperworks: No new applications.

d)  Whiston Golf Course re-profiling: No new application.

9)     Recruiting New Members: To attract new members and increase the Society’s profile more use should be made of the Society’s Facebook page and to make use of Twitter too.

10)  Committee Members Contact Details (in the case of late meeting cancellations):

11)    A.O.B.: 

12)   Date of next meeting: Wednesday 7th March 2018, 7:30pm, Fox & Goose, Foxt, ST10 2HN

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Who Are We?

Churnet Valley Conservation Society dates back to the early 1980s and is a recognised stakeholder by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.  We are concerned with the whole of the Churnet Valley and wish to represent the interests of local inhabitants, human and wildlife. Join our growing membership so that our collective voice is even louder. Please help us in "keeping an eye on the valley" to protect it from undesirable development.



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Our Vision 

 The valley must be an excellent rural living environment which also attracts countryside visitors to enjoy the pleasures of the landscape and appreciate the fascination of its industrial heritage. We do not expect the valley to be frozen in time, it must evolve in line with modern living but at the same time preserve the tranquility of this unique area. Many projects and developments will be proposed on both a large and small scale, all of these must support our vision. We hope that future generations will look back at what is decided now and thank us for the care and effort involved in sustaining and evolving this part of North Staffordshire.

 

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