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September 12, 2019

Police warning to farmers after complaints in village

POLICE are appealing for farmers to drive carefully and with fair consideration in an East Staffordshire village. Staffordshire Police has confirmed that the force has received complaints regarding the manner in which agricultural vehicles are travelling along Radmore Lane in Abbots Bromley. Police Constable Rich Lymer said: “It has been suggested that the vehicles are travelling at speeds too great for the conditions albeit within the speed limit and are mounting up grass verges causing damage to the verges, hedgerows and also due to heavy and harsh braking causing damage to the road surface.

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September 12, 2019

MP backs Royal Oak proposal principle

A MEMBER of Parliament has said he backs the idea of making a high street building in the Moorlands into a community asset, subject to consultation. Last week the Times and Echo reported that community group “Friends of the Royal Oak” were poised to place a bid for former pub The Royal Oak, which is situated on High Street in Cheadle. The venue, which dates back to the 18th Century, has been vacant for a number of years but the group envisages to turn it into a community focal point, should their bid be accepted – something MP Bill Cash has backed in principle.

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September 12, 2019

Charity family walk for amazing Eleanor

A FAMILY are walking 11 kilometres to raise awareness of spinal cord injuries after one of their children made an inspirational recovery from a potentially life-changing back fracture. On August 8, 2018, Eleanor Bloor from Hollington suffered a severe spinal cord injury and a “T12 burst fracture.” The next day, the Abbotsholme School student was sent for emergency surgery at the University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) before being transferred to The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) in Oswestry with Eleanor only able to wiggle her toes.

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September 12, 2019

Village store sold

A VILLAGE food store has been sold by a national chain and is set to be an independently run store. The Co-op Food store in Uttoxeter Road in Blythe Bridge has been sold by Co-op and is set to become an independently owned and run Nisa store. A spokesman for Co-op confirmed that the company has sold their Blythe Bridge store to Nisa.

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September 12, 2019

Keep fats and grease out of sewage system

A WATER treatment company is appealing for customers to not put unsavoury liquids down the drain. The team at Severn Trent’s Uttoxeter Sewage Treatment Works deals with the sort of things that most people don’t want to think about. But, recently, as well as the usual waste coming into the works, they have had to deal with the triple threat of fats, oils and greases, also known as 'FOG'.

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September 12, 2019

Carnival costs £20,000 each year hence admission fee at gates

THE CHAIRMAN of an annual carnival has responded to concerns about access to the venue during the three-day event. The Cheadle Carnival Committee is granted permission to use the Tean Road Recreation Ground by Cheadle Town Council to host the event which traditionally lasts from a Friday evening through to Sunday and takes place in July. However, during a heated debate, at a town council meeting on Monday, September 2, concerns were raised about charging visitors to access the park, which is classed as a public space, during the community festival.

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September 9, 2019

Baby sensory service proposed for high street building

PLANS for a baby sensory facility to be moved into a vacant shop on a Moorlands high street have been submitted to the local planning authority. Previously a haberdashery, 13, High Street in Cheadle has been unused for approximately six months and now Catherine Potts of Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense Staffordshire Moorlands has applied for permission to transform the venue into a “Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense Wow Centre” according to the planning application form she has submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC). In this document, she said this hub would provide “sensory, development and massage, yoga, reflexology classes to babies from birth to 13 months and sensory, physical activity classes for toddlers aged from 12 months to four years 11 months.”

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September 5, 2019

New uniform donation scheme launched

A NEW scheme which donates uniforms to needy families has been set up by two members of a Moorlands community in time for the 2019/20 academic year. Ellie Smith and Beth Flashman have launched “Cheadle Staffordshire School Uniform Exchange” - an initiative that has already helped ten families and 20 children after just two weeks. Ellie told the Times and Echo: “We donate uniform to anybody who is in need.

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September 5, 2019

Town blacksmith honoured in district awards

A BLACKSMITH from the Moorlands has been recognised for his work in the community at an awards evening. Jim Plant from Cheadle has been a metalworker since 1974 and has contributed many pieces of architecture to the town over the years. He was presented with the Business Contribution to Volunteering Award in honour of his contributions at the Staffordshire Moorlands Volunteer Awards 2019 held at Westwood Golf Club in Leek, recently. The awards are hosted by Support Staffordshire.

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September 5, 2019

Mental health hospital rated as inadequate

A SPECIALIST service for adults with learning disabilities and autism in the Moorlands has been rated 'inadequate' by a senior welfare assessor. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has graded The Woodhouse Independent Hospital on Lockwood Road in Cheadle as inadequate following an inspection of the service between June 18 to June 20 this year. An investigator from the CQC said in a report that “the hospital was not adequately staffed.”

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September 5, 2019

Extension plans to provide office for parish council

A PARISH council in the Moorlands has submitted plans to extend sports changing rooms in a village – to facilitate a new office and meeting room. Forsbrook Parish Council has asked Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for permission to extend the “existing sports changing block to form a meeting room and office” that is located on Blythe Bridge Recreation Ground. Details within the planning application include that the size of the changing rooms building would increase from 120.95 square-metres to 160.65 square-metres with an addition of a tea room, a meeting room, an office, two extra toilets and an extended outside area.

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September 5, 2019

Digger stolen and attempted sheep theft

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a digger was stolen from an East Staffordshire area. The vehicle was taken from the area of Kingstone over the weekend. A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Between 7pm on August 29 and 8am on August 30 unknown persons have broken into a compound in the Kingstone area and have stolen a digger.

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