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October 24, 2019

New attractions to focus on Walliams’ characters

A THEME park in the Moorlands has teamed up with a best-selling author and television comedian to start on a project that will see his book characters come to life across the park in Spring 2020. Alton Towers Resort has announced it has partnered up with children's writer David Walliams to incorporate the themes of many of the stories he has written for youngsters over the past few years. The company revealed that the project would be around the Cloud Cuckoo Land area of the theme park but is keeping it's cards close to it's chest on any further information.

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October 24, 2019

Festivities are just around the corner

PLANS are in motion for a special event which will see the Christmas festivities in a Moorlands town begin. The festive season is set to officially start in Cheadle on Saturday November 16, when the Christmas lights will be switched on during the annual event organised by Team Cheadle. This year the theme is Victorian Christmas, and everyone attending is invited to dress up to help invoke a traditional Christmas feel.

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October 18, 2019

Former high street bank could turn into a bar

A FORMER bank could be transformed into a bar under new proposals. Planning permissions have been submitted to East Staffordshire Borough Council (ESBC) to change 2 High Street in Uttoxeter into a cafe-come-bar after the owner failed to find an occupant for its proposed retail use - plans that were approved back in May. The three-storey building was last occupied by the Royal Bank of Scotland but the premises has been vacant since it's closure in August 2018.

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October 18, 2019

School fence sparks objections

NEIGHBOURS have lodged a slew of objections to planned new fencing at a Cheadle school. The Cheadle Academy in Station Road has submitted a planning application to install new 2.4 metre mesh fences as part of a 'safeguarding' project. Anti-social behaviour at the site outside of school hours has prompted the move.

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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 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

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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September 26, 2019

Target to make town first “plastic-free” community in Moorlands

A COMMUNITY leader is vying to launch a new scheme that he hopes will limit the amount of plastic that is used in a Moorlands town. Cheadle town councillor Jamie Evans is proposing to try and push Cheadle to become the “first town in the Moorlands to go ‘plastic-free’” by cutting down on the amount of the material that businesses and schools within the area use. At a recent council meeting, he successfully asked for the support of the town council in regards to backing the scheme with a view that a more expansive and detailed plan will be drawn up.

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September 26, 2019

“It’s wonderful to see all their achievements”

A NEW campaign has been launched in search of new foster families in Staffordshire. ‘No Myths, No Ifs, No Buts…’ is the latest campaign by Staffordshire County Council to help find foster families for some of the county’s most vulnerable children. The campaign is being focused on helping to bust some of the commonly held myths which often put people off from fostering.

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September 19, 2019

Cannabis plant found in garden

POLICE have been handing out gardening tips to a Moorlands resident after they discovered a cannabis plant. The plant, which is classed as illegal to grow in this country, was found in a garden at a property near to Cheadle town centre earlier this month. A representative for Staffordshire Police had initially posted about the find on their Twitter page. They said: “Local officers in Cheadle have had to give out some gardening tips this afternoon.

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