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                       protecting and conserving this natural area of outstanding beauty

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News Flash: The consultation phase of the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's Local Plan to 2031 closed on the 11th April 2018.

Thank you to all our members and readers who responded to the consultation with comments and objections. All repondants will have an opportunity to participate in the eventual Public Enquiry. See our News Page for more information.

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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.

We will be having our Annual General Meeting on 3 October 2018 in the Fox nad Goose, Foxt at 7:30pm followed by the Society's monthly meeting. Both are open to members of the public to attend. Please come along and make your views known. The agenda for both are below.
CVCS – 2018 A.G.M. Agenda
Fox and Goose, Foxt - 7:30pm 3 October 2018
1              Introduction and Review of CVCS Activity – 1 November 2017 to 2 October 2018
0220 Moneystone Solar:
0682 Moneystone Quarry Access – Appeal Court Case:
Moneystone Quarry Access – Granted & 0388 Moneystone Access No Right turn – Refused:
Moneystone Quarry – Reserved Matters (the future):
Former Bolton Copperworks Site:
Whiston Golf Course:
SMDC Local Plan and Public Inquiry:
2            Treasurer’s Report:
3            Nomination and Election of Officers:
3.1         Nominations for Chair                    
3.1.1           Election of Chair          
3.2          Nominations for Secretary (2 positions)                                                 
3.2.1      Election of Secretary (Administration & Minutes)              
3.2.2      Election of Secretary (Campaigns)                                            
3.3          Nominations for Treasurer           
3.3.1      Election of Treasurer      
              3.4          Nomination of Committee Members (3 positions)             
                             3.4.1      Election of Committee Members                              
3.5          Nominations for CVLLP attendees (2)      
3.5.1      Election of CVLLP attendees (2) 
4              Future Aims and Form of the Society and current activity:
              4.1          In what form should CVCS continue to operate?
              4.2          Is the Society’s Constitution still current?
4.3          Recruiting new members?
5            A.O.B.
6            AGM Closure, and Short Interval before Monthly Open Meeting commencement
7:30pm, Wednesday 5 September 2018 - Fox & Goose, Foxt.
CVCS - Open Meeting - Agenda
 1)            Apologies:
2)            Matters arising from minutes of previous meeting:

3)            Treasurer's report:

                3.1) Banking Issues:

                3.2) Future Financing of the Society:

4)            Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership feedback:

 a) Proposed River Dove weirs and visitor footpath.

 b) Churnet Valley Way: Proposed footpath/cycleway being planned/prepared in Oakamoor (Churnet Valley Riders interest):

c) Turnpike Roads and Milestones conference 12th May 2018 – J.Steele:

d) C.Skitt to speak to John Higgins to check on his CVLLP issues:

5)            Invite to talk to a CVCS meeting regards valley’s history - D.Fowler:

6)            SMDC Local Plan: The Inquiry held in the Churnet Room in SMDC’s offices in Stockwell Street, Leek under Mark Dakeyne, H.M. Inspector. It is scheduled to start Tuesday 9th October & run till Tuesday 23rd October (Mondays excepted). Cut and paste the following link into your browser: -

7)            Countryside Estates Review:

8)            SMDC Planning - Major Planning Applications:

a) Moneystone Quarry/Holiday Camp:

b) Alton Towers:

c) Bolton Copperworks:

d) Whiston Golf Course re-profiling:

9)            Recruiting New Members:

10)          CVCS Facebook page:

a) Comments:

b) New developments:

11)          General Data Protection Record: Society's agreed statement to be posted on the CVCS website - J.Steele:

12)          Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: Govt. statement. Letter to M.Gove - J.Williams.

13)          Blocked footpath adjacent to Riverside, Oakamoor - J.Steele to monitor and write to SCC:

                a) Bridleway Link suggestion.

14)          Preparation for forthcoming October AGM & Officer Nominations:

15)          A.O.B.:

16)          Date of next open meeting:


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