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June 20, 2019

Academy celebrates ‘good’ Ofsted rating

A 'RELENTLESS' drive to become a 'beacon of excellence' has been recognised by school inspectors. The Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) has graded The Cheadle Academy 'good' in all aspects following a recent inspection. Staff and pupils are celebrating the news, which follows the school's best ever results which were reflected in recent league tables placing the academy in the top 25 per cent of schools in the county.

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June 20, 2019

Fraud court case adjourned

THE COURT case of a former councillor who has been charged with fraud has been adjourned. Julie Bull, aged 55 of Holt Lane in Kingsley, appeared before Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on Friday, June 14, after being deferred to the crown court by North Staffordshire Magistrates Court on Tuesday, May 14. Her appearance at magistrates came after being charged by Staffordshire Police on Tuesday, April 23 following an investigation into alleged fraud.

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June 20, 2019

Magic Max lightens life for Liz

A SPECIAL bond has formed between a retired teacher and an abandoned dog thanks to volunteers at a Cheadle animal charity. Liz Bailey, 74, from Denstone, was devastated after the loss of her canine companion, Jessie, last month. But after reading about the work of Cheadle and District Animal Welfare Society (CAWS) in the Times and Echo, Liz got in touch with the charity and found solace in Max – a 14 year old collie cross.

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June 20, 2019

Funds raised for air ambulance at memorial garden party

A GARDEN party held in memory of two women has helped raise £600 for charity. The memorial garden party was held in Blythe Bridge on Saturday, June 15 in memory of Anne Ellis and Eirlys Jones who both died in 2016, leaving behind their life partners, father and son Robert and Jason Ellis. Bob Ellis, from Blythe Bridge, was devastated when his wife, Anne, died in June 2016 aged 72.

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June 20, 2019

Emergency services free two people from crashes

TWO people have had to be cut free from vehicles following two road traffic collisions in the Uttoxeter area over the past week. In the first incident, a female driver had to be cut free from her car after being involved in a road traffic collision at around 8.20am on Wednesday, June 12, in Croxden. The female driver was cut free from her vehicle by emergency services after the car had ended up in a ditch. After being freed the driver was treated at the scene by paramedics and then taken by ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

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June 20, 2019

TOWN COUNCIL DIVIDED OVER HOMES PLAN

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 300 new homes on land off Froghall Road have divided the new Cheadle Town Council. At a meeting on Monday, new members pushed for a fresh vote on a hybrid application by Persimmon Homes for 300 homes and a new school. Cheadle Town Council had lodged objections to the proposals in May after a debate on the application, but the plans returned for further consideration following the inclusion of a new report on accessible housing.

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June 13, 2019

New cocktail bar plans for former newsagents

A FORMER newsagents is set to be turned into a cocktail bar – if planning permission for a change of use for the property is granted. East Staffordshire Borough Council has received a planning application for the change of use of the former JS News at 3A High Street in Uttoxeter from a newsagents to a licensed bar. In the Design and Access Statement, which accompanies the planning application, a representative of the applicant said: “The building that is the subject of this application was until April (2019) a long-established traditional newsagent.

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June 13, 2019

Councillors plan to tackle town issues

A RAFT of measures are to be considered to tackle a catalogue of problems in Cheadle. Cheadle Town Council are sending a list of issues to district and county authorities in a bid to see improvements in the appearance of the town. And, members of the town council are looking at new ways of dealing with perennial problems such as dog mess, verges and the town centre.

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June 13, 2019

Litter-busting trio start anti-rubbish campaign

THREE primary school pupils have started a litter-busting campaign. The trio of Year Six pupils from Great Wood Primary School in Tean have been spending hours over the past few months clearing litter from their communities. They are 11-year-olds Corey Erdley and Grace Ansell, and ten-year-old Jacob Corns.

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June 13, 2019

River rubbish cleared thanks to residents

RESIDENTS have taken it upon themselves to clear rubbish from a river. We reported in April about rubbish which had been dumped in the River Blithe, near to the A50 road bridge in Blythe Bridge. Concerns were raised to Forsbrook Parish Council about the issue and we contacted the Environment Agency who told us that, even though they were “appalled” by the rubbish which had been dumped in the river, they could not take any action to remove the rubbish themselves.

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June 13, 2019

Fox’s distribution centre up for sale

A MAJOR Uttoxeter employer's distribution centre in the East Staffordshire town is up for sale. Lambert Smith and Hampton commercial estate agents are currently marketing the Fox's Biscuits distribution centre building and accompanying land at Dovefields Industrial Estate. Within the marketing particulars available online, a representative of Lambert Smith and Hampton said: “The property comprises a detached industrial warehouse unit of steel portal frame construction with sprinklers, warehouse lighting, two-storey offices, loading yard with canopy, car park, and potential expansion land (subject to planning permission).

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June 13, 2019

Gas fire on railway track

A PASSENGER train at a heritage railway had to be reversed back to a station after a fire on the track was discovered. The incident happened along the Churnet Valley Railway track, three quarters of a mile away from it's Froghall Station, at around 2.30pm on Wednesday, June 5. A gas main pipe had ruptured under the track and gas had risen to the surface which was ignited by a spark from a train passing over it – state Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service.

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