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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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August 29, 2019

Housing development plans approved after road safety concerns

A PLANNING application which initially brought concern to Moorlands residents has been approved by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC). A previous plan that was drawn up by developers Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy drew in several objections from members of the Cheadle community who voiced their worries over how busy Rakeway Road – the location of the proposals – can be. Objectors highlighted that the developments would be placed on a “blind bend” and that if residents parked on the road, it could cause serious safety risks to other motorists.

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August 29, 2019

Sponsored charity walk raises over £1,000

A FUNDRAISING walk for old cats and dogs that are looked after by an animal welfare charity has raised over £1,000 after participants trekked 18 miles to gather funds that will be used to support the domestic pets. The 'Pennies for Paws' walk, organised by Cheadle Animal Welfare Society, took place on Saturday, August 17, starting from the Stepping Stones in Dovedale and finished up in Brand End, the source of the River Dove, with a short 'pit-stop' at Hollinsclough Village Hall for tea and cake. A total of 15 walkers ranging from 12 to 77 years-old took on the challenge and raised approximately £1,140 for several ageing cats and dogs who are currently under the group's care.

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August 22, 2019

Cheadle and Uttoxeter on James’ campaign route

AN ENGLISH teacher will be visiting the Moorlands and East Staffordshire as part of his campaign to 'Save The NHS'. James Corbett, an English Teacher from Chester, is currently walking from Glasgow’s Royal Children’s Hospital to the Houses of Parliament in order to protest the “creeping privatisation of the NHS.” James said: “The 2012 Health and Social Care act erased the Government’s responsibility to keep the NHS as free at point of use.

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August 22, 2019

“Please don’t over feed the birds”

AN ANGLING club in the Moorlands has given advice for users of a lake it leases after a large quantity of animal feed was dumped and left by someone recently. Cheadle Angling Club leases the Hales Hall Pool on Oakamoor Road in Cheadle from the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and the lake is a place where members of the club regularly go fishing. However, a user of the lake recently left a vast amount of what is thought to be bird feed near the waterside, something that concerned club secretary Martin Gray.

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August 15, 2019

Pavements are obstructed with overgrown hedges

AN APPEAL has been made for an authority to tend to overgrown pathways in a town. The call comes from a resident of Uttoxeter, who wishes to remain anonymous, who contacted the Times & Echo with his concerns over overgrown hedges in Pinfold Street. He said: “I usually walk to St Mary's Church from 'Birdland' down the popular route of Balance Hill across the railway crossing and up Pinfold Street.

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August 15, 2019

Three house development up for approval

PROPOSALS to build a development of houses in the Moorlands is set to be decided upon tomorrow after it has been recommended by council officers for approval despite initial objections from nearby residents. Land adjacent to Rakeway Road in Cheadle is subject of a revised planning application that asks permission for three semi-detached houses to be built with off-street parking. This is an amended plan from developers Rob Duncan Planning Consultancy, who amended their plans “following concerns regarding the scale and suburban character and appearance of the scheme.”

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August 8, 2019

Cash boost for cadets thanks to RBL

A YOUTH organisation has had a cash boost thanks to a community fund-raising group. Uttoxeter Army Cadets have recently been presented with £500 by the Royal British Legion. The funds are set to help pay for new equipment at the unit. The Army Cadet Force has been part of the East Staffordshire town for more than 70 years. The national organisation has been around since 1859, and has the motto of 'Inspire to Achieve.'

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August 8, 2019

Parish calls for county action on “disgraceful” footpath

A PARISH council in the Moorlands has called on a local authority to act as overgrown hedges on a footpath on a busy road is making the walkway unpassable. Checkley Parish Council is urging it's residents to contact Staffordshire County Council about the “disgraceful state of the footpath from Tean all the way down to Fole.” A spokesperson for Checkley Parish Council said: “The verges are taking over the paths and the hedges are causing people to walk on a busy road.

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August 1, 2019

Hair raising challenge for charity

A CHARITY shop employee is shaving his head next month in aid of a cause that helps children who suffer with mental health illness.  Aaron Pointer from Uttoxeter’s Barnardo’s branch is letting his locks go as part of the charity’s fund-raising season in aid of SOLAR, the specialist service for kids with mental health difficulties.   Fellow staff members and volunteers at the charity shop are carrying out other activities to bring in further funds for the charity.

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