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 8 March 2012


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Brierley Hall – the former council building – will be converted into three homes and 29 new houses will be developed on the land off Church Street. The grade two listed building has stood empty since the council closed the depot there a few years ago.

Mr Jack Saul was given permission this week for the development which, originally, was thought to include a new community centre to be managed by Brierley Town Council.

A planning spokesman said: “Officers have met with the Town Council following the changed financial climate…which has meant that the provision of a new on site community centre building would no longer be the preferred option due to the lack of funding prospects to fund the future on-going maintenance of the building.”

Instead the developer will pay £100,000 to pay for new community facilities in the area and £20,000 towards improving public open spaces nearby.

Brierley Mast Plan Gets Go-Ahead

A 50 METRE high mast which collects weather data is being installed in Brierley.

    Empirical Investments was given permission to build the meteorological mast at Ringstone Hill Farm, South moor Road. It will stay in place for one year. The mast will gather information on wind speed and direction and the data will be used to consider the feasibility of a wind turbine at the site.

   Burntwood Court Hotel and Burntwood Sports Ltd objected to the plan as they were extremely concerned about any potential noise pollution generated by a turbine. It also said that – due to being a wedding venue – the potential turbine would affect the visual impact as it would appear of people’s wedding photographs.

   The council said: “A decision on the mast does not imply a similar decision would be made on any subsequent application for a wind turbine. Each application should be assessed on its merits.”

Planning permission for the mast was granted on 6 March.

Quiz with the Wiz

The top four places in this weeks quiz with the wiz went to Rachel Ward, Steve Haigh, Terri Green and Jamie Norbury. The top ten positions after six weeks are Steve Haigh, Terrie Green, Jodie Taylor, Rachel Ward, Jamie Norbury, Jon McCauley, Malcolm Milburn, Tony Glew, Davina Mcloud, and Ashley Jones. The competition is run over 10 weeks every Tuesday at 8pm and it is hoped to have a local charity presentation night in the Three Horse Shoes once the 10 weeks is completed. The prizes have been donated by Graham’s taxi and SL Trophies. For further details contact the quizmaster Gary Hotchins on 01226 712096


Methodist Church

There will be a service on Sunday at 10.15am that will be taken by Mrs J Steele. The welcoming steward will be Jean Rowley and Bob Jackie and John Middleton will provide the flowers. On Thursday there will be a Kleeneze cookery demonstration at 10am and the proceeds will be for the Building fund. There is a karate club on Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm. The Cheerleaders meet on a Tuesday from 5pm till 7. A bible study class is held on a Thursday at 7pm in the medical centre on Church Drive.


Pop in

The next meeting of the pop in club will be on Thursday at 9.30am where residents are invited to pop in for refreshments and a chat. The hostess this week will be Jean Rowley.


Slimming World

Members of the Slimming World meet every Monday at 5.30pm and 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall: Half stone award went to Susan Bailey and one and a half stone award to Lesley Sullivan who also received her club 10 award along with Angela Connolly. Slimmer of the week was Janet Whyman and slimmer of the month was Ken Whyman. The group lost a total of 59lbs.


Spiritualist Church

There will be healing in the sanctuary tomorrow (Friday)  from 6pm till 6.45pm followed by an open circle. There will be a f demonstration of mediumship on Sunday at 6pm that will be taken by Julie Knight from Sheffield.  Refreshments will be served after both services.


Burntwood Care Home

On Tuesday at 2pm there will be a special treats day with craft cards, bath bomb salts and much more. To celebrate mother’s day on 18 March Paul Somers will entertain the residents. There is a coffee morning every Wednesday from 10.30am till 12 noon where everyone is invited to play bingo and enjoy craft making. Birthday greetings go out this month to Alice Stacey, Doug Rowe, Flo Cook and Doreen Rudkin.


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