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CHURNET VALLEY CONSERVATION SOCIETY

                                     protecting and conserving this natural area of outstanding beauty

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Churnet Valley Conservation Society


 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 the local inhabitants, human and wildlife. Join our growing membership so that our collective voice is made even louder.  Please help us in "keeping an eye on the valley" to protect it from undesirable development. 


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           Churnet Valley 

      Conservation Society                        Committee 

  • Karen Seaton     Chair Person    
  • Morag Pepper    Treasurer
  • John Higgins      Conservation Expert      
  • Claire Skitt          Joint Secretaries
  • John Williams       

Our Aim

 

The Churnet Valley Conservation Society (CVC Society) aims to protect and conserve this natural area of outstanding beauty for the benefit of local residents and visitors who come from all over the country.  The area's unique landscape includes wooded hillsides, rocky outcrops and deeply incised valleys.

 

The Churnet Valley Conservation Society believes that it is vital that local people have a voice significantly large enough to influence decisions made by the District Council.  It aims to give the valley's communities the opportunity to put forward alternatives to the Masterplan.  The society has produced detailed alternative proposals for the valley following full consultation with our members, residents and other stakeholders. 

  • OUR OBJECTIVES:

     

    · protect and nurture the living environment of local residents and visitors

     

    · protect and enhance the biodiversity of the valley

     

    · encourage and support a vibrant and sustainable economy with a local focus

     

    · develop ideas, plans and mechanisms that will help us achieve our aim

     

    · support development proposals which are in harmony with or encourage appreciation of our vision and aims for the area

     

    · co-operate with other organizations seeking to protect and preserve the beauty of the Churnet Valley.

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The Churnet Valley Conservation Society have prepared a detailed and comprehensive report about the issues facing the Churnet Valley which also makes a serties of recommendations concerning the main sites in this beautiful part of the country.

 

The Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, depite some of their ambitions for development in the valley, and Staffordshire County Council both actively support our bid for recognition as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Status for the Valley

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CVC is concerned by the ambiguity shown by SMDC in promoting developments which are inconsistent with AONB status.  Moreover, current proposed developments at Moneystone Quarry, the reintroduction of a rail line to Alton, and the continued development of Alton Towers and associated traffic problems are cause for great concern.  The report challenges the inconsistency of the SMDC who wish to attract more visitors ofthe type who go to the Peak District and the notion of a Tourism Corridor built around Alton Towers and the proposed Moneystone Quarry development.

The report advocates tourism development in the valley aimed at “countrysiders” rather than “thrill seekers”. The Churnet Valley should be protected from large scale, unsuitable development and the interests of the residents of the valley should be prioritised as they are permanent whilst, by definition, tourists are temporary visitors. For example 93% of visitors to Alton Towers spend the day there and have little, or no, knowledge of, or interest in, the countryside through which they travel to get there.  

 

It is our view that there should be a clear definition of who is targeted by the proposed Tourism developments. Our recommendations are: 

  • That the Tourism developments seeks to attract visitors who respect the countryside, are interested in the countryside and want to enjoy and protect its natural beauty.

  • In addition it should aim to attract people who, as well as the above, have an interest in the biodiversity of the valley and/or the unique combination of natural beauty and industrial heritage

 

The Churnet Valley has recovered from the despoliation of the industrial age of factories and quarries; it should not be subjected to new forms of damage that industrial scale tourism brings including visual damage, damage to the wildlife, litter, noise and, most of all, traffic related pollution and other road problems. 

 

The encouragement of such large numbers of cars is most certainly not amenable to a lowering of the area’s carbon footprint.  The effects of traffic and noise are all too obvious and other pressures are now being placed upon the fragile environment of the valley.

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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.