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April 2, 2021

Control zones in place due to outbreak of bird flu

Temporary control zones on premises with birds have been put in place after a case of avian flu was identified near Cheadle. A commercial poultry business, based near Alton, is at the centre of a strict control zone with a 3km radius, which means any captive birds, including pets, must be isolated.

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April 1, 2021

Cost of temporary traffic lights confirmed

More than £38,000 has been spent on temporary traffic lights at a busy road junction in the Moorlands, while work has been carried out on deciphering what permanent road improvements are to be put in place. Temporary traffic lights were put in place at Freehay Crossroads, near Cheadle, in July 2018, after health and safety concerns were raised following a number of road traffic collisions at the junctions.

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March 25, 2021

Report sets out progress of town centre project

A report has been produced surrounding a town centre project in the Moorlands. The report, which was prepared for the latest Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) Service Delivery Overview & Scrutiny Panel meeting, outlines what progress has been made surrounding the district council’s aims of revitalising Cheadle town centre.

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March 25, 2021

“No one is going to stop us serving our community”

A post office in the Moorlands was ram raided at the weekend which left the shop front damaged. The incident happened in the early hours of Saturday (March 20) at Caverswall Post Office.

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March 18, 2021

“There’s a real passion to save the pub from development”

A questionnaire surrounding the possible future of a former pub in a Moorlands town has gone live online. The Friends of the Royal Oak have set up the consultation initiative to gage what the people of Cheadle would like to see happen to the High Street venue.

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March 18, 2021

Options workshop took place behind closed doors

A stakeholder panel, which is consulting on the future of Cheadle, has taken part in a workshop to look at alternative options for the Moorlands town. The workshop, which took place behind closed doors yesterday (Wednesday, March 17), was facilitated by The Consultation Institute.

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March 15, 2021

Businesses support lockdown charity raffle

A FAMILY from Uttoxeter have organised a raffle through social media after a charity fun day was cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic. And their fund-raising efforts have been backed by local businesses - despite many still being closed due to lockdown restrictions.

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March 11, 2021

Projects planned to spruce up Moorlands village

A parish council has announced a number of proposed projects centred around the heart of one of the villages it represents. The key project by Checkley Parish Council is the creation of an accessible footpath into Upper Tean’s recreation ground to allow villagers for the first time since it’s inception in Victorian times to enter and enjoy the green space on an all weather wheelchair friendly and safe riverside footpath.

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March 11, 2021

Man found guilty of historical sexual assault against a child

A Moorlands man has been found guilty of nine counts of historical sexual assault offences against a child. Ivan Keeling, aged 74 from Cheadle, was found guilty of sexual assaulting a girl, aged between 11 and 14, between 2011 and 2014.

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March 5, 2021

“Nature and wildlife is being squeezed out of town”

Concern has been raised over hedges next to a public pathway which are being taken down by builders. Bellway Homes Limited is currently building houses at the Cecily Mills site in Cheadle, and as part of the planning permission, contractors are removing some hedgerow to allow for a site entrance to be installed.

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March 5, 2021

St John building under review to be sold off

A community building in a Moorlands town is set to be sold off, unless the group using it can gain additional income by increasing usage. The Cheadle St John Ambulance base in Ashbourne Road is one of 117 St John Ambulance properties across the country which are currently under review “for potential disposal.”

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February 25, 2021

Domino’s is coming to town – if planning permission is granted

A former public house in the Moorlands is set to become a Domino’s Pizza takeaway – if change of use for the site is given the go ahead. A planning application has been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for the “change of use from former public house to hot food takeaway, installation of extraction/plant equipment and other external alterations” at the former Alton Castle in Tape Street, Cheadle.

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