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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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September 19, 2019

Busy road closure halted amid public backlash

PLANS to close a busy road in a Moorlands town for ten weeks have been put on hold after the scheduling provoked uproar with residents, community leaders and commuters. The A521 highway which runs from Froghall to Blythe Bridge before joining up to the A50 is a road that is used daily by thousands of commuters every day and plans were put in place to completely shut the dual carriageway both ways for several months so housing development works could be carried out. However, following a backlash from members of the community and councillors, the works have been suspended with no confirmation as to when they will officially commence.

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September 12, 2019

Charity family walk for amazing Eleanor

A FAMILY are walking 11 kilometres to raise awareness of spinal cord injuries after one of their children made an inspirational recovery from a potentially life-changing back fracture. On August 8, 2018, Eleanor Bloor from Hollington suffered a severe spinal cord injury and a “T12 burst fracture.” The next day, the Abbotsholme School student was sent for emergency surgery at the University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) before being transferred to The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) in Oswestry with Eleanor only able to wiggle her toes.

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September 12, 2019

Village store sold

A VILLAGE food store has been sold by a national chain and is set to be an independently run store. The Co-op Food store in Uttoxeter Road in Blythe Bridge has been sold by Co-op and is set to become an independently owned and run Nisa store. A spokesman for Co-op confirmed that the company has sold their Blythe Bridge store to Nisa.

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September 5, 2019

Mental health hospital rated as inadequate

A SPECIALIST service for adults with learning disabilities and autism in the Moorlands has been rated 'inadequate' by a senior welfare assessor. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has graded The Woodhouse Independent Hospital on Lockwood Road in Cheadle as inadequate following an inspection of the service between June 18 to June 20 this year. An investigator from the CQC said in a report that “the hospital was not adequately staffed.”

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September 5, 2019

Extension plans to provide office for parish council

A PARISH council in the Moorlands has submitted plans to extend sports changing rooms in a village – to facilitate a new office and meeting room. Forsbrook Parish Council has asked Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for permission to extend the “existing sports changing block to form a meeting room and office” that is located on Blythe Bridge Recreation Ground. Details within the planning application include that the size of the changing rooms building would increase from 120.95 square-metres to 160.65 square-metres with an addition of a tea room, a meeting room, an office, two extra toilets and an extended outside area.

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August 29, 2019

Award-winning employee retires

AN AWARD-WINNING employee at a Staffordshire business has retired after more than three decades. JCB has paid tribute to Roy Bamford who has retired after 32 years with the company. Roy, aged 58 of Cheadle, has stepped down as Group Purchasing Manager at JCB World Headquarters, in Rocester.

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August 29, 2019

Council apologises for public toilets closure

A LOCAL authority has apologised to residents in the Moorlands after public toilets frequently remained closed when they were due to be open. Public toilets that are located on Cheadle Road in Blythe Bridge, which are supposed to be open from 8am to 6pm every day, have been shut for lengthy periods of time, prompting complaints from residents. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) are responsible for the maintenance of these water closets.

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August 22, 2019

Hundreds of children take on reading challenge

A NATIONAL reading scheme has proved popular with children in a Moorlands town, with hundreds joining in the fun. The Summer Reading Challenge, organised by the Reading Agency, is an annual countrywide project which invites school children to read a number of books based on a certain topic during the summer holidays. For 2019, a theme of 'Space Chase' has been chosen where youngsters are encouraged to read more on fictional life beyond the earth.

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August 22, 2019

Large quantity of alcohol and cigarettes stolen from store

A CONSIDERABLE amount of alcohol and tobacco has been stolen during a break-in at a shop in the Moorlands. Staffordshire Police have confirmed that burglars broke into Co-op on Uttoxeter Road in Blythe Bridge and that a “large quantity” of these age-restricted items were taken at around 3am yesterday (Tuesday, August 20). The force has stated that the offenders forced entry and “made off from the scene.”

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August 15, 2019

Head shave helps charity smash £1,000 fundraising target

A CHARITY shop employee underwent a head-shave last Wednesday for a cause that helps children who suffer with mental health illness.  Aaron Pointer from Uttoxeter’s Barnardo’s branch took to the shaver as part of the charity’s fund-raising season in aid of SOLAR, the specialist service for kids with mental health difficulties.   A 'Guess The Bear' competition also ran at the charity shop from July to August with car washes and basic sales also raising money for the cause. 

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August 15, 2019

New bus route into the city for Moorlands residents

A NEW bus route through the Moorlands and into Stoke-on-Trent is set to start next month. The service is set to offer residents of towns and villages the chance to travel to the city between school hours. Bus service Stanton's of Stoke will run the circuit which travels through Cheadle, Dilhorne and Blythe Bridge, stopping at Meir, Parkhall Estate and finally Hanley. The service starts on Tuesday, September 3 and will run from Monday to Friday with two routes going outbound and inbound from each of the 12 stops.

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