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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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January 17, 2019

Gang of teens arrested after town robbery

SEVEN teenagers from Uttoxeter have been arrested after a late night robbery. A man was injured in the incident which is being investigated by Staffordshire Police. Officers from the force executed a number of warrants in the Uttoxeter area, resulting in arrests. Seven teenage boys have been bailed until Wednesday, February 6.

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January 17, 2019

Biker killed in tragic crash

A MOTORCYCLIST has sadly passed away after being involved in a road traffic collision in the Moorlands. Martin Baxter, aged 50 from Stoke-on-Trent, died on the morning of Saturday, January 12 at Royal Stoke University Hospital after he and his motorbike were involved in a road traffic collision in Draycott, near Blythe Bridge, the previous evening.

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January 17, 2019

Major drive for on-call firefighters

A MAJOR recruitment drive has been launched for on-call firefighters across the county. The Moorlands is a particular priority with Cheadle, Ipstones and Leek named among stations which need more crew members. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has 33 fire stations across the county, including 23 that are staffed by on-call firefighters who live or work within five minutes of their local fire station, responding to emergencies when needed.

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January 10, 2019

Swimmer Steve battles on with support from Olympian Adam

A POOLSIDE tribute to Olympic champion Adam Peaty has inspired a Uttoxeter man to keep fit while battling advanced prostate cancer. Steve Derry, 58, took up swimming on the advice of medics in a bid to get a fit as possible before gruelling chemotherapy. And after hearing of his plight, gold medallist Adam paid a visit to Steve's home during the festive season.

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January 10, 2019

Plan to put brakes on speeding drivers

COMMUNITY leaders and the police are appealing for volunteers to help crack down on speeding in a town. Uttoxeter Town Council has been contacted by Staffordshire Police with regards to appealing for volunteers to help set up a Community Speedwatch in the East Staffordshire town. Community Speed Watch schemes aim to: Help local people address speeding problems in their own area; Increase driver and public awareness of the dangers of speeding and; Improve community safety.

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January 10, 2019

No go for new roof at Guild Hall

A PLANNING application for permission to renovate a roof on a community building has been refused. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has, through delegated decision, refused permission of an application for the “removal of existing roof tiles and replacing with single ply membrane” on the roof of The Guild Hall in Cheadle. Those who run the community building say that the planning permission refusal will “probably result in increased project costs and an unwelcome delay” in their bid to give the hall's roof a much-needed makeover.

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January 10, 2019

Housing plan under fire

A HOUSING plan for a Moorlands village has come under fire from community leaders and residents. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has received an “outline application with means of access for residential development of up to 14 dwellings” on land at Caverswall Old Road in Forsbrook.

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