Monday, 9 August 2010

The Claypits

A further project recently commenced is the clearance of an area approximately 1 acre and known locally as The Claypits which is located on the corner near to Mountain Chapel and which runs east alongside of the A477. Its historical significance is that in bygone days the people of the parish were allowed to remove stones for road repairs and also clay which was used fordomestic fires (being mixed with coal dust to make balls which kept the fire alightovernight). Both activities ceased many years ago and the area has become virtually inaccessible.
The first objective is to clear the excess growth and ultimately make it an attractive and accessible community area where its historical contribution can be reflected upon and the natural surroundings and wild-life appreciated and enjoyed by all.
A lot of work remains to be done, not only clearance but also to level the ground with suitable material such as sub and top soil—which people in the community may wish to donate in due course. We are not at that stage yet but further information will be published when this material is required. Suggestions to enhance this community area would be most welcome.

May 2007
This is an overgrown strip of public land opposite the entrance to Crofty Nursery. It is proposed that it be cleared for use by the village - but first a site inspection is required to ascertain whether there are any building remains or graves from the old chapel that once stood in the vicinity (this was from around the early 1900s to 1889 when the then Mountain Chapel was built).
This task is being co-ordinated by members of the Community Association and will involve both an archaeological and environmental study with the aid of PLANED.

Some photographs taken March 2008 of the jungle that was The Claypits.

Work is underway to clear the undergrowth - end March 2008.

Some activity at The Claypits September 2008 - as I spotted this orange fence  -
looks like an entrance being made there - or access for equipment.

July 2009 - Just passed last night and saw what a fantastic job the Community Association
have been doing of levelling off the first section of the old Claypits.
As you can see from the first set of pictures it really is a transformation.
When all the work is eventually finished it will be a great community area.

The above three shots are from May 2010 - what a difference to the earlier pictures!