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CHURNET VALLEY CONSERVATION SOCIETY

                       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.

7:30pm, 4 April 2018 - Fox & Goose, Foxt.

CVCS - Committee Meeting - Minutes


Present: J. Steele, G. Mason, R. Moseley, D. Walters, J. Williams, D. Fowler, C. Skitt, L Valentine Marlow

 

1)Apologies: A. Stevenson, G. Smallwood

2)  Matters arising from minutes of previous meeting: March Committee Meeting agreed.

3)  Treasurer's report: Current balance is £1483.96. To Pay: £48 to be paid to J. Williams outstanding since Nov 2017 for the web site maintenance   costs to Base-Kit. No other expenditure is anticipated at present. 

4)  Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership feedback: No update available.

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 to attend. Others welcome.

5) Invite Ivan Kent to talk to a CVCS meeting regards valley’s history: Wednesday’s are a problem for the speaker. D.Fowler to see if another day would prove to be better for him.

6)SMDC Local Plan: C. Skitt to review template letter and send out to members for them to send their own ‘observations’ to SMDC. Letters should state that the Local Plan is unsound and not legally compliant if you against the plan, and if for it then your own words are suitable. N.B. Removal of all village boundaries will affect us all as it enables a free-for-all for developers as 30% of all developments will be in rural areas. All observationsmust be with SMDC by 5pm on 11th April 2018. Those wishing to address the Govt. Inspector must indicate this in their observation. J. Williams to forward email lists to C.Skitt.

7) Countryside Estates Review: RSPB now manage Consall. SCC are transferring the remainder in the valley to Staffordshire Wildlife to manage.

8) SMDC Planning - Major Planning Applications:

a) Moneystone Quarry/Holiday Camp -Complaint(s) to Local Govt. Ombudsman: Ben Haywood of SMDC has replied and pointed out that if we continue to be dissatisfied then we should write to SMDC under a Stage 2 Complaint within the procedure.

The meeting agreed that D. Walters/J.Steele should pursue our complaint to stage 2.

b) Alton Towers: Application put in for 102 ‘glamping’ lodges and accommodation blocks for toilets and showers etc. It was agreed that no action was necessary.

c) Bolton Copperworks: None this month.

d) Whiston Golf Course re-profiling: None this month.

9) Recruiting New Members: Carried forward

10) Data Protection Act 2018: Carried forward

11)  A. O. B.:

A) Facebook: J. Steele, C. Skitt, C. Dole are administrators. All can post via links to their own Facebook pages – providing they are “friends”

B) Potholes: Write to SCC Highways and Newspapers regard safety for all users and noise involved in accelerating and braking near potholes. C.Skitt to email members J. Williams to email C. Skitt website details for reporting deep potholes.

 

12)          Date of next meeting: Wednesday 2nd May2018, 7:30pm, Fox & Goose, Foxt, ST10 2HN

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7:30pm, 2 May 2018 - Fox & Goose, Foxt.

CVCS - Committee Meeting - Agenda

 

Present:

1) Apologies:

2) Matters arising from minutes of previous meeting: April Committee Meeting.

3) Treasurer's report:

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 to attend. Others welcome.

5)  Invite to talk to a CVCS meeting regards valley’s history:

6)  SMDC Local Plan:

7)  Countryside Estates Review:

8)   SMDC Planning - Major Planning Applications:

a) Moneystone Quarry/Holiday Camp: Complaint(s) to Local Govt:

b) Alton Towers:

c) Bolton Copperworks:

d) Whiston Golf Course re-profiling:

9)  Recruiting New Members:

10) CVCS Facebook page:

11)  Data Protection Act 2018: New requirements to be introduced 25 May 2018.

12)  Deep Potholes in Churnet Valley Roads:

13)  Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: J.Higgins reports that the new feeling is that the local authorities would be the main movers in the process, so it is important that we wait until the end of the year, when Natural England will announce their edict. We will then go about convincing SMDC (and the other two councils) that it is still a good idea, and that money would flow in, rather than out.

14)  A. O. B.:

15)  Date of next meeting: Wednesday 6th June2018, 7:30pm, Fox & Goose, Foxt, ST10 2HN

 

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