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February 21, 2019

Community leaders debate future of town centre

THE FUTURE of a Cheadle town centre has been debated at length by representatives from two councils. Cheadle Town Council's meeting on Monday (February 18) included a presentation by the leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Councillor Sybil Ralphs regarding SMDC's Growth Strategy for Cheadle, as well as the district council's bid to the Government for a share of the £675 million Future High Street Fund.

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February 21, 2019

Advice service to end in town

UTTOXETER is set to lose a much-valued advice service – as the area's Citizen Advice charity is to close. After 26 years of providing vital help to residents, Citizens Advice Mid Staffordshire will be closing its doors on March 31 – due to acute funding pressures. With its main advice centres in Burton and Tamworth, the charity has also been offering outreach sessions to Uttoxeter residents from the town's library every Wednesday.

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February 14, 2019

Police desks close to public

POLICE reception desks in Cheadle and Uttoxeter are to be officially closed to the public. The move – revealed yesterday (Tuesday) – has come under fire from community leaders in both towns. Staffordshire Police confirmed only three front office counters will remain open to the public - at Burton, Cannock and Longton. Cheadle and Uttoxeter Police Station front office counters will be officially closed, along with 13 others in Burslem, Leek, Hanley, Lichfield, Stafford, Newcastle, Tamworth, Biddulph, Wombourne, Watling, Stone, Rugeley, and Kidsgrove.

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February 14, 2019

Demand for crossing in Uttoxeter

ALMOST 200 people have signed a petition demanding a pedestrian crossing on a busy road in Uttoxeter. We reported in December that Chamberlain Close resident Jeff Bate had started a petition calling for a pedestrian crossing, and traffic calming measures, in Bridge Street because of his concerns about the safety of people crossing Bridge Street due to “the increased level of traffic and poor visibility along the road.” Mr Bate has now gained support from a further 179 residents in his bid to encourage Staffordshire County Council to listen to his concerns.

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February 7, 2019

Investment in high street on the cards?

GOVERNMENT funding aimed at boosting high streets could be channelled into Cheadle, after it was revealed almost 20 per cent of shops in the town are unused. Cabinet members at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) will discuss a report on the Town Centre Regeneration and Investment Programme at a meeting next week. The report recommends SMDC apply for cash from the government's £675million Future High Street Fund to invest in Cheadle.

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February 7, 2019

Funds raised to save pub

A CAMPAIGN to raise funds to save a village pub for the community has been reached. The Kingstone Community Society, which has the vision of establishing a Community Hub in the village, has reached its £100,000 target of selling shares to try and save The Shrewsbury Arms which closed last summer. The Kingstone pub, locally known as the Shrew, closed its doors in May last year, and following two open meetings which were held in the village hall in October, where the community voted overwhelmingly to support the purchase of the pub, to be owned and run as a community asset and community hub; the Kingtsone Community Society was formed.

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January 31, 2019

Trio of 12-year-olds interviewed after toilet damage

THREE children have been interviewed by police after damage to public toilets in Cheadle. The trio of 12-year-old boys will be referred to Staffordshire Police force's Youth Offending Team. Officers were investigating criminal damage at Tean Road recreation ground after an incident there last week.

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January 31, 2019

For Sale: Blythe Bridge police station

BLYTHE Bridge's police station is one of eight across the county to be sold off. A drive to invest in technology and improve officer visibility has seen police buildings used less. Now, Blythe Bridge police station in Uttoxeter Road has been deemed 'surplus to requirement' and will be sold.

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January 31, 2019

Green light given to controversial plans

A CONTROVERSIAL planning application has been approved by community leaders – despite heavy objection to the proposals. The plans for “outline permission with details of access for residential development of up to 55 dwellings including creation of a new access, car parking and ancillary landscaping” for land adjacent to Daisy Bank Farm in Uttoxeter Road, Upper Tean were approved by the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's planning committee at their meeting on Thursday, January 24.

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January 31, 2019

A new plan for Lightwood site

A FORMER care home site in Cheadle, which has been empty for around 10 years, is finally set to be redeveloped into housing. Your Housing Group is aiming to develop the former Lightwood Care Home site in Well Street into 21 homes. In their report to SMDC's Community Overview and Scrutiny Panel, Your Housing Group's Property Manager Sharon Wheeler, said: “The development team are currently looking at developing two sites in the Staffordshire Moorlands area.

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January 24, 2019

Plans for ‘pay to park’ on streets

A LOCAL authority is considering possible on street parking charges in both Uttoxeter and Cheadle. The proposals are part of the Staffordshire County Council's On-Street Parking Strategy and Forward Programme of Pay & Display Parking. In a report to the Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee, it was proposed that a rolling programme of on-street charging reviews on a number of streets across Staffordshire takes place over the next few years.

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January 24, 2019

U-turn on lollipops

SCHOOL crossing patrols have been saved from the axe, after Staffordshire County Council revised its budget proposals before making a final decision next month. The authority will allocate the £1.4million funding required to provide crossing wardens at key points across the county. The council was considering moving to a community funded service as part of measures needed to close a £35m budget shortfall in 2019/20.

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