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October 10, 2019

Former town mayor and wife celebrate 65 years of marriage

A FORMER mayor of a town in the Moorlands and his wife celebrate their blue sapphire wedding anniversary today as the couple mark 65 years of marriage. Ray James, who was the mayor of Cheadle between 1976 and 1977, and his wife Vera married at Cheadle Church in 1954, two years after their first date in the town. Speaking to the Times and Echo, Vera reminisced how Ray had proposed to her.

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October 10, 2019

Bus shelter commemorative mural “cheers village up”

A PARISH council has painted a mural on a bus shelter in memory of a “very popular” village resident – something that has “cheered the village up,” according to a close friend. Denstone Parish Council commissioned the design of a barn-themed mural on a bus shelter initially as part of their annual Best Kept Village Competition bid before later forming it into a commemoration to Rose Edge, a much-loved pillar of the community. As part of the village’s 2019 submission for the competition, it was mooted in a parish council meeting that the structure should be painted.

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October 10, 2019

Parish council donate thousands to community project

A PARISH council has given thousands of pounds to a project team to help towards the regeneration of a recreation field. Kingsley Parish Council have confirmed that they have donated £10,000 to Kingsley Venture Valley Project Team for their plans to improve Kingsley Recreation Ground.

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October 10, 2019

Road now set to stay partially open during developments

A BUSY road in the Moorlands that was due to be sanctioned with a full closure so that development works could be carried out will now only be partially closed. The Times and Echo recently reported that the A521 dual carriageway, which leads onto a roundabout that joins onto the A50, was initially going to be shut both ways for approximately ten weeks so housing developers St Modwen could carry out access construction after being granted permission to build 120 new homes on land adjacent to the road in Blythe Bridge. However, Staffordshire County Council released a statement on Sunday, October 6 that said one lane would now be kept open “where possible”, although the works will now take “around 19 or 20 weeks” to complete. Work started on the constructions on Monday (October 7).

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October 10, 2019

Improvement options for town centre are being considered

OPTIONS for the improvement of Uttoxeter town centre are “being considered.” East Staffordshire Borough Council (ESBC) has approved plans for capital investment to be made on two projects designed to future-proof and enhance Burton Town Centre, while options are being considered for Uttoxeter – as part of the authority's share of Local Growth Funding. The regeneration of the pedestrianised area of Station Street in Burton, and the enhancements to the Washlands, again in Burton, were both being approved at an Extra-ordinary Full ESBC Council meeting held on Monday, September 16.

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October 10, 2019

Calls for park attendant due to safety concerns

A PARK attendant could be employed to oversee the safety of people using a recreation field in the Moorlands after a town councillor mooted the idea at a council meeting this week. During Cheadle Town Council's meeting on Monday (October 7), councillor Ian Whitehouse put forward the suggestion that both Tean Road and Churchill Road recreations grounds could be assigned a park attendant who park users can go to if they have a problem or query. He said: “I think we should look at the idea of having a park attendant on Tean Road rec and at Churchill Road rec too.

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October 3, 2019

Police name woman who died in road traffic collision

POLICE have named a woman who died in a road traffic collision near Uttoxeter on Sunday. Catherine Smith, aged 57 of Stafford, died when the car she was travelling in was in collision with another at around 2pm on Sunday, September 29 in Loxley, near Uttoxeter. Sadly, Catherine was pronounced dead at the scene. A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Catherine's family members are being supported by specially-trained officers and have asked for their privacy to be respected at this time.”

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October 3, 2019

Popular baby sessions return to library

AN INFANT group in the Moorlands that had previously proved a hit with parents has recently returned to a town library. Baby Bounce and Rhyme sessions, led by Hilary Yates, are now available for parents and grandparents to attend at Cheadle Library on High Street, on Tuesday mornings, taking place between 9.30am and 10am. These term-time only mornings are focused around a 30-minute singing and story time session.

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October 3, 2019

Concerns raised about dog foul around town

A TOWN councillor from the Moorlands has stated he intends to come up with plans that will help reduce the amount of dog foul on the community’s streets after being disgusted with how often dog owners do not pick up their pets’ faeces. Cheadle town councillor Jamie Evans proposed to his colleagues at a recent town council meeting that the council could provide dog poo bags around town, encouraging dog owners to pick up their canine’s excrement and thus not leaving it on the street. Mr Evans told fellow councillors: “It’s a mess around town with dog poo.

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October 3, 2019

Date has been set for road closure

HIGHWAYS crews are to work six days a week to deliver a major new housing scheme in Blythe Bridge “as quickly as possible.” St Modwen has been granted planning permission to build almost 120 new homes within the Moorlands village and states that it needs to construct a site entrance, change the existing road lay out and install utilities as part of the scheme. A new pedestrian crossing, which is set to help people cross the road safely, will also be included in the works, along with new pavements on both sides of the road.

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October 3, 2019

Circus defends use of wild animals

A CIRCUS owner has defended his right to use wild animals in his production's performances after a global animal welfare group publicly called for residents to boycott the spectacle. Peter Jolly's Circus is set to perform every evening between Thursday, October 3 to Sunday, October 6 in Crakemarsh, near Uttoxeter but Animal Defenders International (ADI) are “urging” members of the community to “shun” the show due to its use of wild animals. Owner Peter Jolly told the Times and Echo: “I am licensed by the Secretary of State and have three inspections a year; two announced, one unannounced.

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October 3, 2019

Police disrupt drug crime with arrests

POLICE have arrested a Uttoxeter man as part of a proactive policing operation to crackdown on drug crime. The arrest was part of the force's county-wide Operation Disrupt, an initiative which is currently seeing many arrests being made in connection with “serious and violent crimes and drugs.” A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “At around 10.40am on Tuesday, September 24 officers from our Disruptions Team stopped a grey Audi in Uttoxeter High Street.

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