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January 23, 2020

Plaque presented to village pub turned community hub

A PLAQUE will be installed at a village pub, recognising public funds used to save it. The plaque was presented in the same week the pub received a five-star food hygiene rating. And the group behind The Shrewsbury Arms in Kingstone is to hold its AGM tonight (Wednesday).

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January 16, 2020

Plans for 85 dwellings up for refusal

A PROPOSAL for a large residential development on land south of a Moorlands village has been recommended for refusal by planning chiefs. The application to build a proposed total of 85 residential units on a 3.15 hectare-site located between Folly Lane and Cheadle Road in Cheddleton is set to be debated and decided upon at the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) planning committee meeting tomorrow (Thursday, January 16). Previous plans to build on the same site were thrown out in October 2018 after the SMDC refused the application on the grounds of: “This is a greenfield site situated within the Green Belt.

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January 16, 2020

Plans for new restaurant in town centre

A NEW RESTAURANT could be coming to a town centre, should planning permission be granted. Applicant Christopher Ward, who was born and raised in Cheadle for 22 years, is requesting to transform a former office in the Moorlands town into a “casual dining site.”

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December 18, 2019

Major plans set for green light

A MAJOR planning application for a scenic spot in the Moorlands is up for approval. Applicant Ben Reeves has submitted the plans for Consall Hall & Gardens, near Wetley Rocks. He is seeking permission for the proposed “change of use and redevelopment of Consall Hall, private house, gardens and wedding venue to form a hospitality venue, wellbeing hotel and lodges comprising the installation of 15 holiday lodges, 10 shepherds huts, demolition of existing outbuildings and construction of new wedding venue buildings, works to the existing walled garden, installation of 21 accommodation pods to serve the wedding venue, access and parking works, demolition and replacement of existing hall to provide new restaurant/hub building (amended design) and refurbishment of the existing swimming pool and changing rooms to form new spa facilities.”

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December 18, 2019

New member co-opted onto parish council

A NEW councillor has been welcomed onto a parish council in the Moorlands this week. Peter McCready becomes the latest member to join the Forsbrook Parish Council after all councillors voted in favour of accepting him into the position on Monday (December 18) night. “I'm very pleased and quite excited about the opportunity to try to support and develop the parish,” Councillor McCready told the Times and Echo.

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December 13, 2019

Council to scrap paper separation through new ‘comingled’ recycling service

RESIDENTS in the Moorlands may no longer need to separate paper from other recyclable waste as part of new revisions to rubbish collections across the district. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) has approved a consideration to “move away from the separation of paper” and employ a “fully comingled service” where residents would be no longer required to separate and place paper in a clear plastic sack. Alliance Environmental Services (AES), which operates the council's Waste and Recycling Service since July 2018, currently collects 140 litre or 240 litre grey bins for dry recyclable items - such as cardboard, plastic bottles and tubs – as well as reusable clear bags for the collection of paper, among others.

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December 13, 2019

Top apprentice awards for JCB employees

A JCB Design Engineer is the toast of the UK today after winning a national apprentice award. Louise Meredith, aged 21, scooped the title of Higher or Degree Apprentice of the Year at the finals of the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) Awards in London recently just weeks after winning the regional final. Louise, a Design Engineer in the Loadall division at JCB World Headquarters, in Rocester, said: “I’m passionate about apprenticeships and undertaking a degree/higher apprenticeship has been a fantastic way to start my career, so to win this national award is just amazing.

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November 28, 2019

Town’s swimming pool could be made smaller

A COUNCIL is considering decreasing the size of a Moorlands town's swimming pool – after a review has been carried out focusing on it's leisure centres across the district. In a report conducted by a consultancy on behalf of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) it has been suggested to make a “smaller community pool and fitness offer” for the leisure services which the authority provides at South Moorlands Leisure Centre (SMLC) in Cheadle. The authority appointed FGM Consulting Limited in 2017 to review its leisure centre provision and sports facility needs, focusing on sports halls, swimming pools and other indoor provision.

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November 28, 2019

Festive event to help fund world challenge

TWO inspiring students are hosting a festive event this weekend, as part of their fund-raising to take part in a world challenge. Archie Whitehead and Alfie Bednall, who both attend Thomas Alleyne's Sixth Form in Uttoxeter, are currently raising money to go to Malawi in July 2020 with the World Challenge organisation. As part of their on-going fundraising to fund the rip, the duo are hosting a Christmas Gift Fair at Denstone Village Hall on Saturday, November 30 from midday until 4pm.

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November 21, 2019

Call for improved safety measures at crossroads

CONCERNS regarding an accident blackspot in East Staffordshire were recently raised at a town council meeting. Kingstone Women's Institute (WI) secretary Valerie Laflin expressed her concerns about the safety of Loxley Lane and Holly Lane crossroads amid the amount of vehicle collisions that have occurred there over a number of years at a Uttoxeter Town Council meeting last Wednesday (November 13). She asked the council for its support in Kingstone WI's ploy to implement changes to the road layout and visibility to greatly reduce the risk of further road traffic collisions.

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November 21, 2019

Five decades of salon in village

A SALON owner is celebrating five decades of offering hairdressing services to residents in a Moorlands village. The Hair Studio in Forsbrook opened it's doors in Chapel Street on November 11, 1969. Glyn and Dot Mills initially ran the salon with a partner, Jim Johnson who went on to teach at Cauldon College.

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November 15, 2019

Additional CCTV camera for town hall

EXTRA vigilance measures are set to be installed on a town hall to provide additional security of the premises. Uttoxeter Town Council are looking into installing another CCTV camera to the Uttoxeter Town Hall building and updating the system to both increase the security of the High Street building and to monitor anti-social behaviour. At a recent town council meeting, councillors were informed that it had received a quotation for updating the council's existing CCTV cameras and system to an “8-Channel POE NVR hard drive and the incorporation of one additional camera” from PC Paynes Electrical Services of £1,285.

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