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November 7, 2019

Lions ride to the rescue

A COMMUNITY organisation came to the rescue recently after a riding school for the disabled became afloat after torrential downpours of rain. On Friday, October 25, and Saturday October 26, our area had its worst flooding for many years and Scropton Riding School for the Disabled was one of the organisations affected. All their paddocks were under water and road access was cut off. Fortunately the stables were on higher ground so the 28 horses and ponies were safe, but the school lost valuable revenue over the weekend.

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November 7, 2019

CALL FOR FOOTPATH FOR SAFER ROUTE TO SCHOOL

COMMUNITY leaders are calling upon a school to rethink designs for fencing around its premises – to “enable a safer environment access.” Members of Cheadle Town Council recently debated the planning application which has recently been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council by Cheadle Academy for “proposed safeguarding project, installation of new boundary and site fencing, gates with new two metre and 2.4 metre high paladin mesh vertical bar fencing and gates.” The debate saw councillors air concerns about future prospects of creating a pathway by the school for a “safer environment to access the schools in the future.”

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November 1, 2019

Do you have a site for Lidl?

A DISCOUNT supermarket chain has confirmed that it is looking for a site in Cheadle. Lidl is currently looking at continuing its “phenomenal growth” by opening new stores across the country. In a 'Site Requirements' brochure which has been produced by Lidl this autumn, it sets out the areas that the company are looking at gaining sites, including in Cheadle, as well as other areas in Staffordshire.

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November 1, 2019

Parish council given opportunity to run public toilets

A PARISH council has been given the opportunity to take over the running of a village's public toilets – an asset that previously drew complaints from residents due to opening hours. It was revealed at Forsbrook Parish Council's recent monthly meeting that the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) has given the parish council two choices in regards to taking over the running of the public toilets which are located on Cheadle Road in Blythe Bridge. Parish councillor Tony Holmes said: “There are a couple of options we've been given. One is that we take on the toilets and the district council stay as site owner.

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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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