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February 20, 2020

Ambulance chief quizzed over community response post closure

A LEADING emergency service chief has vowed that he has “made the right decision” in removing a community response post in a Moorlands town. Professor Anthony Marsh, who is the chief executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service, made the statement at the Cheadle Town Council meeting on Monday (February 17), which he had been invited to following concerns from the community with regards to the removal of Cheadle's community response post in Ashbourne Road. Last month, a spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) confirmed that its rapid response vehicle had been taken out of Cheadle on January 26. They also stated that Cheadle's community response post in Ashbourne Road will shut by the end of March but that the trust will replace the rapid response vehicle with a “double crewed ambulance”.

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February 20, 2020

Arrest made after police called to village incident

A WOMAN was arrested at the weekend following an incident in a Moorlands village. New Road in Tean was closed for several hours on Friday evening after the emergency services were called to a report of an unidentified liquid being put through a letterbox. The incident saw four people being assessed by paramedics and also firefighters wearing breathing apparatus assessing the area.

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February 13, 2020

U-TURN ON PARKING CHARGES INCREASE

A COUNCIL has made a U-turn on its plan to increase parking charges in the Moorlands. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) is due this month to set its budget for 2020/21 and among the proposals for expenditure and income, the council was looking to increase parking charges at it's car parks, including those in Cheadle, Leek, and Biddulph, by 20p. However, after an “overwhelming number” of councillors on the councils Resources Overview & Scrutiny Panel voted to recommend to object against the increase in charges at its meeting last Wednesday (February 5), the SMDC Cabinet decided to reject the proposals at a meeting yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, February 11).

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February 10, 2020

Parking charges on the increase

A TOWN council is set to hold a special meeting focusing on proposals to increase parking charges in the town. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is due this month to set it’s budget for 2020/21 and among the proposals for expenditure and income during the next financial year, the council is looking to increase parking charges at its car parks including those in Cheadle, Leek, and Biddulph. In Cheadle, the proposals are for charges to be put up 20p. These are for parking in both Tape Street and Well Street car parks where the price to park for up to an hour will be rising from 90p to £1.10, for up to two hours from £1.40 to £1.60, for up to three hours from £1.80 to £2, and for Well Street where drivers can park for up to 10 hours this fee will go from £2.20 up to £2.40.

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February 6, 2020

Changing room extensions get the green light

PLANNING permission has been granted to a parish council to extend a sports changing block to create a meeting room and an office for its use. Forsbrook Parish Council can now construct a side extension onto this building located on Blythe Bridge recreation field which will be the location for around 25 meetings a year. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) received an amended planning application on January 21 which stated: “The front wall of the extension set back slightly behind the main front wall of the building and the roof ridge of the extension dropped the same distance lower than the main roof ridge of the building.”

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February 6, 2020

Town set to lose one of its CCTV camera

A TOWN in the Moorlands is set to lose one of its CCTV cameras – according to a community leader. Cheadle Town Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) member Ian Whitehouse spoke of the proposals, which are being put forward by SMDC, at a town council meeting on Monday (February 3). He told colleagues that the proposals outline that all of the CCTV cameras in Cheadle would be retained, barring one which will be removed.

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January 30, 2020

Traffic chaos in village

RESIDENTS and community leaders have aired their concerns over traffic congestion through a Moorlands village due to nearby development works. The A521 in Blythe Bridge is currently partly shut as three phases of works on land adjacent to the road are being carried out as contractors complete development work on behalf of St Modwen Homes, who were previously granted planning permission to build up to 120 new homes on the site. Residents of Blythe Bridge and Forsbrook have been having their say on the matter.

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January 30, 2020

“We will fight for services in Cheadle”

TOWN councillors have voiced their thoughts on the status of a hospital in the Moorlands after medical authorities voted on the future of health and social community-based services in the area last Tuesday evening (January 20). The Times and Echo reported last week that members of the North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups’ Governing Bodies (CCGs) voted in favour of an Integrated Care Hub 'option' that stated Cheadle Hospital would be “repurposed” with a new build set to be constructed at Leek Hospital. After the meeting, Marcus Warnes, Accountable Officer for North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs, told the Times and Echo: “Cheadle sits within the Local Plan, has a population of 13,000 and has three GP practices within the Cheadle borough.

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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 23, 2020

Town hospital to be “repurposed”

A HOSPITAL in a Moorlands town is set to be “repurposed” after medical authorities voted on future health and social care community-based services. The decision on Cheadle Hospital, located on Royal Walk, comes after members of the North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups’ (CCGs) Governing Bodies voted on which Integrated Care Hubs ‘option’ they wanted to see implemented at a meeting at the Moat House in Stoke-on-Trent on Tuesday, January 21. Out of several choices, members elected to vote in “Option 2b” which stated that: “Leek Hospital Hub services delivered from existing Leek Hospital site (with rebuild) with Cheadle hospital site repurposed.”

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January 23, 2020

“He was my rock and a perfect son”

THE mother of a young man who tragically passed away last week has paid tribute to her much-loved son. Lewis James McFarlin, who lived in Tean, sadly passed away on Tuesday, January 14. Known to his family and friends as Lewj, the 24-year-old was a much loved son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend to many.

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January 16, 2020

Public meeting to focus on closure of community response post

A TOWN COUNCIL will be holding a public meeting this week following West Midlands Ambulance Service’s (WMAS) announcement that a community response post is scheduled to be closed down. The Times and Echo reported last month that the WMAS had revealed that it’s response post on Ashbourne Road in Cheadle is to shut by the end of March. Last week, a spokesperson for WMAS told the Times and Echo that now “the rapid response vehicle will be taken out of Cheadle by the end of January.”

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