Blow for wind farm plan

The response from the Department of Local Communities and Government requires that any application for such a development would require a full environmental impact assessment. In making this decision, the proximity of the heronry at Goat’s Lodge was a contributory factor.

This decision is considered good news by those who consider the site unsuitable for a wind farm. This is because it increases the level of scrutiny of any application and helps in ensuring that all environmental matters are fully addressed.

The first proposals for wind farm development on the site were discussed as long ago as 2001 and a series of potential developers have been involved in the ensuing period. An application for nine turbines was refused by the local planning authority earlier in 2011.

Planned closure of Glass Lane from 3rd January 2012

Staffordshire County Council is currently planning to replace the highway bridge over Ash Brook on Glass Lane / Orange Lane in Bromley Hurst as the existing masonry arch bridge is now in a very poor condition.

The works are now provisionally programmed to commence on the 3rd January 2012 until 24th March 2012. A road closure to vehicles is necessary on Glass Lane, at the bridge, to enable the construction works to take place. This road closure is anticipated to last for 12 weeks, the first 4 weeks of which is programmed for South Staffordshire Water to replace a length of water main in order for our works to progress.

It is understand that this will cause some local disruption and inconvenience, but it is unfortunately unavoidable. The duration will be kept as short as possible. A signed vehicle diversion route, for traffic to follow, will be in place during the road closure.

Get out and about with Ridware YFC

December proved to be a busy time for Ridware YFC with the programme kicking off with County Mixed Volleyball competition. This was followed by a General Meeting and a sale of reduced priced Joules clothing – so if you were looking for an early start to your Christmas shopping this was the place to be. Next on the agenda was a trip to Marston’s brewery, which included a few free samples – no wonder this was a popular event! To celebrate Christmas a traditional Christmas Meal was held at the Three Horseshoes at Tatenhill. Rounding off the festivities was a County ‘Christmas Down Under’ Disco where members were invited to wear their shorts!!

On behalf of all our members we would like to wish future members a very happy Christmas and hope to see you in 2012!

January 2012 programme
Wed 4th – Ten Pin Bowling @Uttoxeter, 8pm (to practice in readiness for the County Competition on 12th Jan)
Wed 11th – General Meeting & Social @ The Meynell 8pm
Thurs 12th – Ten pin bowling competition @ Tenpin Stafford,
Sat 14th – New Year Ball “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” £15 members £18 non members
Wed 18th – Film night, Smokey and the Bandit @ New Inn (Five Lane Ends) 8pm
Wed 25th – Watch “Lambing Live” @ Tom Taberner’s (Bell House Lane, Anslow) 8pm

You don’t need to be a farmer, live on a farm, or even own a pair of wellies to join our Club. There are opportunities to travel the world, learn new skills, build your confidence, work as part of a team and most importantly, make new friends and have lots of fun.

If you are fed up of staying in during the dark winter nights then contact Secretary Sam Teece on 07799126976 or Chairman Tom Taberner on 07762586916 for more information on how to join Ridware YFC.

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