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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

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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June 6, 2019

Detached plan for extension of hotel

A REVISED planning application has been submitted for an extension of a town's hotel. East Staffordshire Borough Council has received a revised planning application from Whitbread PLC for the “extension to the existing hotel to provide additional bedrooms, a new access, and associated alterations to car-parking and landscaping” of the existing Uttoxeter Premier Inn hotel which is situated off the A50 at the junction with Derby Road. The hotel was last extended following planning permission being granted in 2009 for the expansion from a 41 bedroomed facility to 75 bedrooms.

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June 6, 2019

£270k CHARITY FRAUDSTER JAILED

A CHEADLE man has been jailed after abusing his position at a charity to fund luxury holidays and cruises. Dale Hicks, 35, of Tape Street, Cheadle, attempted to steal more than £330,000 in a Gift Aid repayment fraud. The former charity treasurer managed to claim £270,000 before coming under suspicion.

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May 30, 2019

“Houses are towering above our properties”

RESIDENTS have raised concern about a new housing development which they claim is being built higher than what was set out in the original plans. The concern surrounds the St Modwen Homes' Bramshall Meadows development in Uttoxeter – a planning application which was previously passed by East Staffordshire Borough Council. A number of residents from the area around the new development recently attended a Uttoxeter Town Council meeting to try and drum up support from newly-elected councillors.

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May 30, 2019

Garden sheds and toilet block damaged by ‘mindless vandalism’

GARDEN sheds, fencing and a public toilet block have been damaged after 'mindless vandalism' caused a fire by a town's recreation grounds. The incident happened at around 7pm last Wednesday (May 22) at the back of the recreation grounds in Tean Road, Cheadle. Staffordshire Police have confirmed that they were called to a report of a shed fire on Mill Road, Cheadle at around 7.30pm on May 22.

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May 24, 2019

Town centre ban following arrest

A NUMBER of arrests have been made following a number of different incidents in Uttoxeter town centre. Two people were arrested by Staffordshire Police on Thursday, May 16 following a spate of shoplifting and burglaries within the East Staffordshire town centre; while the following day, on Friday, May 17, a woman was arrested by officers after a “targeted attack” on a business premises. A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Two people were arrested on Thursday, May 16 in connection with a number of incidents in Uttoxeter of shoplifting and a burglary.

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May 24, 2019

New plans in pipeline for Freehay crossroad

SPEED limits could be reduced at a notorious crossroad as part of a bid to improve road safety at the junction. But the plans for Freehay crossroad have been met with scepticism from Cheadle Town Council. Staffordshire County Council is inviting people to have their say on the proposals to reduce speed limits to 30mph on all approaches and potentially change the priority of the traffic.

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May 16, 2019

Uttoxeter councillor set to be leader of borough council

A UTTOXETER councillor is set to become the leader of a borough council – if the vote goes in his favour at a meeting of the authority this week. The likelihood of councillor Duncan Goodfellow becoming the new leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council comes after he was voted as the new leader of the borough's Conservative Group at the group's recent Annual General Meeting. Mr Goodfellow told the Uttoxeter Echo: “If it manifests that I am voted as leader of ESBC on Friday, then I am looking forward to delivering our manifesto which we have recently been elected upon.

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May 16, 2019

Councillor pleads ‘not guilty’ to fraud

A CHEADLE councillor has pleaded 'not guilty' to fraud. Julie Bull, aged 55 of Holt Lane in Kingsley, appeared before the North Staffordshire Magistrates Court yesterday – Tuesday, May 14 - after being charged by Staffordshire Police on Tuesday, April 23 following an investigation into alleged fraud. The charges relate to a failure to disclose information at a meeting of the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's planning applications committee in May 2016 of a pecuniary interest in land in Cheadle. Bull had, at that time, been a district councillor and a member of the planning committee.

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