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October 10, 2019

Improvement options for town centre are being considered

OPTIONS for the improvement of Uttoxeter town centre are “being considered.” East Staffordshire Borough Council (ESBC) has approved plans for capital investment to be made on two projects designed to future-proof and enhance Burton Town Centre, while options are being considered for Uttoxeter – as part of the authority's share of Local Growth Funding. The regeneration of the pedestrianised area of Station Street in Burton, and the enhancements to the Washlands, again in Burton, were both being approved at an Extra-ordinary Full ESBC Council meeting held on Monday, September 16.

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October 10, 2019

Calls for park attendant due to safety concerns

A PARK attendant could be employed to oversee the safety of people using a recreation field in the Moorlands after a town councillor mooted the idea at a council meeting this week. During Cheadle Town Council's meeting on Monday (October 7), councillor Ian Whitehouse put forward the suggestion that both Tean Road and Churchill Road recreations grounds could be assigned a park attendant who park users can go to if they have a problem or query. He said: “I think we should look at the idea of having a park attendant on Tean Road rec and at Churchill Road rec too.

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October 3, 2019

Police disrupt drug crime with arrests

POLICE have arrested a Uttoxeter man as part of a proactive policing operation to crackdown on drug crime. The arrest was part of the force's county-wide Operation Disrupt, an initiative which is currently seeing many arrests being made in connection with “serious and violent crimes and drugs.” A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “At around 10.40am on Tuesday, September 24 officers from our Disruptions Team stopped a grey Audi in Uttoxeter High Street.

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October 3, 2019

Shops closed following landslide in High Street

A LANDSLIDE which happened in a Moorlands town centre at the weekend resulted in a number of shops closing this week. The incident, believed to have been caused by the heavy rain of late, happened at the back of a number of shops in Cheadle's High Street in the early hours of Sunday (September 29) morning. Part of a retaining wall, along with part of what is believed to be a private driveway from St George's Street, came crashing down into the back of some of the High Street properties.

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September 30, 2019

Shops closed due to landslide in town centre

A landslide has resulted in a number of shops in a Moorlands town to be closed today (Monday, September 30). The incident, believed to have been caused by the heavy rain of late, happened at the back of a number of shops in Cheadle's High Street in the early hours of Sunday (September 29) morning. The Samaritan's 'Little Charity Shop' is believed to be the worst affected after bricks and concrete have fallen into the rear of the shop causing “significant structural damage” including broken windows.

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September 26, 2019

Jail sentence for farmer who left lambs to die

Stephen Croxall, aged 50 from Kingstone, near Uttoxeter pleaded guilty to breaching the animal welfare act. Charges ranged from causing unnecessary suffering to animals to failing to record the administration of medicines. When animal health officers from Staffordshire County Council visited the farm on December 31, they found the animals in “terrible condition, starving and freezing to death.” One lamb was hypothermic, and another dead under a fallen gate. A young calf was also found very vocal and thin, indicating it had not been fed or watered. Several other animals had to be put down.

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September 26, 2019

New “very fast” bus service created for Moorlands residents

A FRESH bus service which is set to run from the Moorlands to the Potteries will commence at the end of the month. D&G Buses have revealed they will be providing a new 32 and '32X' bus service that will run from Tean, through Cheadle and up to Hanley from Monday, September 30. The Times and Echo reported last week that First Bus was rebranding it's own 32 route as 'Kingfisher', reducing services to one stop every hour.

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September 19, 2019

Gold for town’s green-fingered efforts

A TOWN council is “delighted” after their East Staffordshire town has been awarded Gold in a national initiative. Uttoxeter Town Council has recently found out that Uttoxeter has been awarded Gold within the 'Town' category of the Heart of England in Bloom campaign 2019, and furthermore has been awarded the overall Town Category Winner. In addition, Uttoxeter has been selected to represent the Heart of England in Bloom within the Britain in Bloom National Finals in 2020.

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September 19, 2019

Sports facilities damaged by vandals – again

SPORTING members of the public are getting “annoyed” that their changing room facilities are “repeatedly” being broken into and damaged. The concern comes after further vandalism has been discovered at the changing rooms on Tean Road Recreational Grounds in Cheadle. Bird in Hand Football Team is one of the remaining teams using the site to train and play games. The team's manager Dan James told the Times & Echo that paint had been discovered “chucked all over the floor” of the changing rooms building last Thursday (September 12), and that it was soon realised that the culprits had got in via the roof and then managed to unscrew the hinges off the door from the inside.

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September 12, 2019

Keep fats and grease out of sewage system

A WATER treatment company is appealing for customers to not put unsavoury liquids down the drain. The team at Severn Trent’s Uttoxeter Sewage Treatment Works deals with the sort of things that most people don’t want to think about. But, recently, as well as the usual waste coming into the works, they have had to deal with the triple threat of fats, oils and greases, also known as 'FOG'.

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September 12, 2019

Carnival costs £20,000 each year hence admission fee at gates

THE CHAIRMAN of an annual carnival has responded to concerns about access to the venue during the three-day event. The Cheadle Carnival Committee is granted permission to use the Tean Road Recreation Ground by Cheadle Town Council to host the event which traditionally lasts from a Friday evening through to Sunday and takes place in July. However, during a heated debate, at a town council meeting on Monday, September 2, concerns were raised about charging visitors to access the park, which is classed as a public space, during the community festival.

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September 5, 2019

Digger stolen and attempted sheep theft

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a digger was stolen from an East Staffordshire area. The vehicle was taken from the area of Kingstone over the weekend. A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Between 7pm on August 29 and 8am on August 30 unknown persons have broken into a compound in the Kingstone area and have stolen a digger.

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