Neighbourhood Plan Newsletter No 4 & Draft Plan April 2016

The Draft Denstone Neighbourhood Development Plan has been published for a formal six-week consultation from Friday 22nd April until Monday 6th June, (in accordance with Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012). We would like to hear your views NOW, so that we can make appropriate changes and be confident that the Plan is supported by local people when it is submitted to the Borough Council in the summer.

Please visit the Neighbourhood Plan page for details and to see the latest newsletter and Draft Plan, plus maps and supporting documents.

Denstone Players News: ‘Blithe Spirit’

Blithe Spirit Poster
Following February’s highly successful pantomime ‘Cinderella’ Denstone Players are busy rehearsing for their next production ‘Blithe Spirit’- to be performed on Thursday 7th, Friday 8th and Saturday 9th July starting at 7:30 pm at Denstone Village Hall (doors open at 7pm).

Marge Stanley is directing the play which the playwright Noel Coward described as ‘an improbable farce’. She has assembled a cast of experienced and less experienced members and hopes to enthral audiences with this timelessly classic play.

Tickets cost £7 and are now available from Denstone Stores (tel. 01889 590397), by telephoning 01538 722667, or online at

Click image to see poster.

Denstone Show 2016 – Volunteers Invited!

Volunteers needed for Denstone Show

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A50 Growth Corridor update: February 2016

You can keep up to date on the A50 project at any time, and contact the team if you wish, by visiting the A50 Growth Corridor Web Page.

The following is a letter from the A50 Growth Corridor Team:

Since our last update it’s been a very busy few weeks.

Clearance of the site is progressing well, as we continue to fell trees and remove hedgerows. Ecologists survey all the areas where clearances are planned before any work starts. This fully complies with the legislation which protects nesting birds, and we will only work within the legally permitted time period before the nesting season.

This work will continue until the end of February.

Some clearance work is currently happening near The Parks Restaurant car park. We’re happy to say that all businesses are open as usual, and we have put up signs to confirm this.

Here’s a reminder of the immediate schedule:

February into March 2016

Traffic management will start on the A50. Lane one will be closed occasionally, with both day time off-peak or night time closures to allow our teams to survey the drains in safety.
Installation of site fencing is on schedule and will be complete by 23rd March.
The access road to the site compound north of the A50, is being built.

March 2016

The site compound will be installed ready for when the main contract work starts in spring.

April 2016

BT will lower existing ducts and cables adjacent to the A522. This will need temporary traffic signals which will be manually controlled at peak periods.
The main contract work is scheduled to start in Spring.

The A50 is the most important transport link between the East and West Midlands and the planned improvements will also benefit major employers and their employees between Stoke-on-Trent and Derbyshire, making journeys quicker, easier and safer.

Highways England’s investment in this key highway is part of a huge £1.8 billion investment to modernise the Midlands strategic road network. This investment will help create a safer, more accessible network and keep traffic moving, while unlocking economic growth with support for new jobs and homes. Staffordshire County Council is delivering these improvements on behalf of Highways England.

We will continue to update you as the project progresses.

The A50 Growth Corridor Team
A50 Growth corridor web page

Adult Swim Coaching at Denstone College

Professional swim coaching for adults is being offered at Denstone College on Monday evenings. The sessions are structured for a range of abilities from beginners to advanced but you need to be able to swim.

Click here to see the poster and full details (pdf file).

Police Information

The Neighbourhood Watch page is now entitled “Neighbourhood Watch and Police” and includes links to two relevant Web sites that you may find useful:
Staffordshire Police
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Staffordshire

Important News from Neighbourhood Watch

Each household in the parish should have received an information sheet with the Parish Newsletter,  explaining how to get a SmartWater kit at a low price,  provided that you are (or become)  a member of the local Neighbourhood Watch.   Please contact Bob Crompton of Neighbourhood Watch if you have any queries or didn’t get your info sheet.

Please click the links below for details of the local “Smart Water Initiative”:
Download the NHW Bulletin regarding “Smart Water” (May 2012)
Download the NHW Newsletter (Issue 1 - April 2012)