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March 21, 2019

Traffic lights needed at crossroad

A CALL has been made for traffic lights at a notorious blackspot to become a permanent fixture. Temporary traffic lights were installed at Freehay crossroad last year, after police suggested the measure in the wake of a series of accidents. In July last year, Staffordshire County Council announced it was considering a raft of improvements at the junction in a bid to ease fears over near-misses and crashes at the crossroad.

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March 21, 2019

Sign swap at Master Potter

A LETTER published in the Times and Echo has prompted a Cheadle pub to swap its sign. A cartoon-like sheep on the sign of the Master Potter pub in Tean Road prompted an angry letter from Cheadle resident Judith Carr-Cave. And when the letter was brought to the attention of brewer and pub company Greene King, the firm decided to take action.

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March 21, 2019

Moorlands man on television in critical condition

GARY Ross thought he had simply pulled a muscle after suffering from chest pain for three days but once seen by the life-saving staff at Royal Stoke University Hospital he was told he needed urgent surgery or faced the risk of dying. The father-of-one, who lives in Tean, was transferred to the hospital's Coronary Care Unit where life-saving scans and tests revealed his aorta, the main artery in the body, had torn. He then had urgent surgery to prevent a catastrophic rupture and any further bleeding.

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March 21, 2019

Red light for village housing development

A PROPOSED housing development for a Moorlands village has been given the red light by community leaders. The Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's Planning Committee has refused an “outline application with means of access for residential development of up to 14 dwellings” for land at Caverswall Old Road in Forsbrook. The plans, which had been recommended for refusal by an SMDC planning officer, had come under fire from councillors from both Forsbrook Parish Council and Caverswall Parish Council. The district council also received a further 33 letters of objection for the proposals, as well as 11 letters of support.

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March 21, 2019

Council tax hike for Uttoxeter residents

RESIDENTS in Uttoxeter are set to see a 3.48 per cent rise in their next council tax bill. Despite Uttoxeter Town Council deciding a slight decrease in their precept, other authorities whose precepts also make up the council tax bill, have announced increases this year resulting in an overall 3.48 per cent increase for Uttoxeter residents. East Staffordshire Borough Council, which bills residents for council tax in the area, has published the rates for the 2019/20 council tax for each of the wards.

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March 21, 2019

Four car crash at Kingsley Moor

THE occupants of four cars involved in a crash at Kingsley Moor escaped without injury. Residents in the area have slammed the lack of action on plans to reduce speed along the A522 in the wake of the crash, which closed the road for more than two hours. Now, villagers are calling for proposed measures to calm traffic on the road to be fully implemented.

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March 14, 2019

Uttoxeter coffee drinkers will be able to help third-world communities

BEAR coffee company has announced an exciting new partnership with The Dignity Project. The company, which has four coffee shops including one in Uttoxeter, announced their new partnership with the The Dignity Project on International Women's Day, Friday, March 8, a day which celebrates the strength and empowerment of women all around the world. A spokesman for BEAR said: “Behind every great woman is a young girl who was given a chance.

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March 14, 2019

Life-saving training at community venue

RESIDENTS in the Staffordshire Moorlands were invited to carry out potentially life-saving training this week. Following the relocation of the defibrillator which was situated at the currently empty Alton Castle pub in Tape Street, Cheadle and is now at the Guild Hall down the road, a defibrillator training session was held at the community venue yesterday – Tuesday, March 12. The session, which saw around 40 participants, was open to anyone who uses the Guild Hall or who lives or works nearby, and was led by representatives of the AEDdonate charity which is based in Stone and is committed to improving survival from out of hospital, cardiac arrest, supporting the placement and use of an automated external defibrillators to local communities.

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March 14, 2019

‘Grand slam’ of awards for Denstone Hall

A DENSTONE business has become the first to win both the Large Farm Shop and Restaurant of the Year titles at an industry awards ceremony. Denstone Hall Farm Shop and Cafe owners, Rupert and Emma Evans were presented with the prizes at the Farm Retail Association (FRA) Awards in Oxford last week. The couple also revealed new plans for the business in 2019 – including new dog-friendly facilities.

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March 14, 2019

Woman dies after falling from bridge

A 34-YEAR-OLD woman has died after falling from a bridge over a busy road. The fatal incident happened early evening on Monday, March 11 on the A50 near to Meir. Police are now appealing for witnesses to the incident which involved the woman being hit by a car after she had fallen from the bridge.

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March 14, 2019

Newlife shop will close

A CHARITY has confirmed that it will be closing it's popular shop in an East Staffordshire town. The announcement from Newlife comes despite shoppers campaigning to keep the much-loved shop in Uttoxeter's High Street. We reported last month that Newlife, which is a charity for disabled children based in Cannock, had been looking for alternative premises in the East Staffordshire town as their lease on the current premises, at 9 High Street, was coming to an end.

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March 14, 2019

Homelink in jeopardy

A CHARITY which provides vital services for elderly people across the Moorlands has made a public plea for clarity over funding. Moorlands Home Link, based in Cheadle, has warned a lack of foresight during the transition to a new model of care is putting its future in jeopardy. The charity has raised concerns that changes in the NHS are having an impact on the funding it receives from the North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

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