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                       protecting and conserving this natural area of outstanding beauty  


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1) The notice of our AGM appears below. Please come along and join us at the Fox & Goose in Foxt on Wednesday 6th November.


2) The Local Plan process contniues on its path to eventual adoption by our District Council. It is now nearing the end of a further public consultation phase which should be viewed on the SMDC website under the Local Plan link:

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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.

CVCS – 2018 A.G.M. Agenda

Fox and Goose, Foxt - 7:30pm 6 November 2019



1              Introduction and Review of CVCS Activity – 2nd October 2018 to 6th November 2019

Moneystone Quarry Access & Reserved Matters (the future):

Whiston Hall Golf Course Reprofiling:

Former Bolton Copperworks Site:

SMDC Local Plan and Public Inquiry:

Ox Pasture Cheddleton:


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?

5              A.O.B.

6              AGM Closure

Interval before Monthly Open Meeting commencement

CVCS – Open Committee Meeting - Agenda

7:30pm, Wednesday, 6th November 2019 - Fox & Goose, Foxt.

Present: -

1              Apologies: -


2              Matters arising from minutes of previous meeting: - No matters arising from previous minutes.


3              Treasurer's report: - The current balance is: -


4              Whiston Action Group Meeting (WAG) Report: -


5              Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty application (AONB): -


5.1          Possibility of National Park extension: -

5.2          CVCS to request continuing support for AONB designation for the Churnet Valley by sending letters to the SMDC Leader Cybil Ralphs and Karen Bradley

                M.P. urging their continued support. –


6              Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership (CVLLP) feedback: -

6.1          Churnet Valley Way and gap in the footpath adjacent to Riverside, Oakamoor: - CVLLP are continuing to look at various options to bridge that gap. –

6.2          CVLLP programme to identify all Architectural and Industrial Heritage in the Churnet Valley Photos: -If  anyone has any such photos from within the area please forward them to CVLLP via their website:        


7              SMDC Local Plan – Latest position regard Govt. Inquiry: -


The full inquiry’s documentation is available via: -


8              Countryside Estates Review: -


9              SMDC Planning - Major Planning Applications: -

9.1          Moneystone Quarry/Holiday Camp: -

a) SCC notified of a scrap yard operating on site that appears to be dismantling non quarry facilities.

b) Archaeological assets joint site visit by CVCS and Leek Historical Society – feedback


9.2          Alton Towers: -

9.3          Bolton Copperworks: -

9.4          Whiston Golf Course re-profiling. Application with SCC (ref: SM.19/07/1141 W): -

9.5          SMD/2019/0057 Major Full Planning applied for at Consall Hall Gardens:(SMD/2019/0412 Screening Opinion EIA not reqd): - Decision awaited

9.6          SMD/2019/0143 Land adj. Ox Pastures, Cheddleton: - Refused by SMDC.

9.7          SMD/2019/0318 8 camping pods Sutherland Rd., Cheddleton: -  Decision awaited


10           CVCS Social Media: -

10.1       Website: -

10.2        Facebook: -


11           CVCS Development Ideas: -

11.1       Walks/Litter picking: -

11.2       Organising Events/Talks e.g. Recycling chat from invited speaker: -

11.3        Brain storming session next month for other ideas to promote CVCS: -

11.4        Contact with National Trust, Oakamoor: -

11.5        Contact Councils regard the possibility of switching of switching off street lighting where appropriate: -


12           Recruiting New Members: -

               12.1       CVCS Rocks: -


13           Air Pollution Monitoring: -


14           A.O.B.: -


15           Date of next meeting: -