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May 30, 2019

Garden sheds and toilet block damaged by ‘mindless vandalism’

GARDEN sheds, fencing and a public toilet block have been damaged after 'mindless vandalism' caused a fire by a town's recreation grounds. The incident happened at around 7pm last Wednesday (May 22) at the back of the recreation grounds in Tean Road, Cheadle. Staffordshire Police have confirmed that they were called to a report of a shed fire on Mill Road, Cheadle at around 7.30pm on May 22.

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May 24, 2019

Town centre ban following arrest

A NUMBER of arrests have been made following a number of different incidents in Uttoxeter town centre. Two people were arrested by Staffordshire Police on Thursday, May 16 following a spate of shoplifting and burglaries within the East Staffordshire town centre; while the following day, on Friday, May 17, a woman was arrested by officers after a “targeted attack” on a business premises. A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “Two people were arrested on Thursday, May 16 in connection with a number of incidents in Uttoxeter of shoplifting and a burglary.

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May 24, 2019

New plans in pipeline for Freehay crossroad

SPEED limits could be reduced at a notorious crossroad as part of a bid to improve road safety at the junction. But the plans for Freehay crossroad have been met with scepticism from Cheadle Town Council. Staffordshire County Council is inviting people to have their say on the proposals to reduce speed limits to 30mph on all approaches and potentially change the priority of the traffic.

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May 16, 2019

Uttoxeter councillor set to be leader of borough council

A UTTOXETER councillor is set to become the leader of a borough council – if the vote goes in his favour at a meeting of the authority this week. The likelihood of councillor Duncan Goodfellow becoming the new leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council comes after he was voted as the new leader of the borough's Conservative Group at the group's recent Annual General Meeting. Mr Goodfellow told the Uttoxeter Echo: “If it manifests that I am voted as leader of ESBC on Friday, then I am looking forward to delivering our manifesto which we have recently been elected upon.

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May 16, 2019

Councillor pleads ‘not guilty’ to fraud

A CHEADLE councillor has pleaded 'not guilty' to fraud. Julie Bull, aged 55 of Holt Lane in Kingsley, appeared before the North Staffordshire Magistrates Court yesterday – Tuesday, May 14 - after being charged by Staffordshire Police on Tuesday, April 23 following an investigation into alleged fraud. The charges relate to a failure to disclose information at a meeting of the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's planning applications committee in May 2016 of a pecuniary interest in land in Cheadle. Bull had, at that time, been a district councillor and a member of the planning committee.

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May 9, 2019

Campaign launched for ‘Area of Reflection’

COMMUNITY organisations are joining forces to campaign for an 'Area of Reflection' in their town centre. Uttoxeter Town Council, the Uttoxeter branch of the Royal British Legion and the area's Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal are urging members of the public to support the incorporation of an 'Area of Reflection' adjacent to the Uttoxeter War Memorial. The campaign is starting with the launch of a 'Signatures of Support' petition which will be handed to Staffordshire County Council, and any other relevant authority.

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May 9, 2019

“A good day for independence in Cheadle”

INDEPENDENT election candidates have taken over a town council by storm. Following last Thursdays local elections, Cheadle Town Council now has nine independent councillors, 12 Independent Voice for Cheadle councillors, and one Conservative councillor. Independent Voice for Cheadle councillor Dave Sargeant told the Times & Echo: “During the last 12 years that I have been involved with Cheadle Town Council, either just by attending meetings or as a councillor, to me this is close to the most perfect council as I remember.

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May 3, 2019

Green light for new housing

PROPOSALS for a large scale housing development in Uttoxeter have been given the green light by community leaders – despite the plans being recommended for refusal by a council officer. East Staffordshire Borough Council's planning committee decided, at their meeting on Wednesday, May 24, to pass plans for “an outline application for the erection of up to 148 dwellings, formation of town park and re-naturalisation of Picknall Brook and alteration of existing vehicular access off Hockley Road, Pinfold Street and Old Knotty Way including details of access”, at Bamford Works in Pinfold Street, Uttoxeter. The 'green light' decision came after an ESBC planning officer had recommended refusal of the proposals “based on the level of affordable housing being proposed by the applicants at this stage.”

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May 3, 2019

Number one bid for fundraising students

A SCHOOL choir is aiming to reach number one in the UK charts with a song they are releasing in memory of a former teacher. Television presenter, panto star, and singer Jonathan Wilkes visited Cheadle Academy yesterday to help the school's Sixth Form choir prepare for their recording of their single 'My Oh My' at Staffordshire University today. The choir began singing together in supermarkets during the festive period of 2017, following the sad death of their teacher Craig Beverley who passed away in October 2016.

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April 25, 2019

Pregnant cows stolen from farm

FOUR cows have been stolen from a farm in East Staffordshire. The heifers, some who were believed to have been pregnant, were taken by thieves overnight of Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14. Tools and fuel were also taken during the raid which took place at a farm in the Creighton area of Stramshall, near Uttoxeter.

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April 23, 2019

Cheadle councillor charged with fraud

A serving Staffordshire councillor has been charged following an investigation into alleged fraud by Staffordshire Police.

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April 18, 2019

Talk of improving town’s market place

A COMMUNITY leader has said that he is looking at improving the state of a market place. Staffordshire County Council announced in January that each of the authority's 62 councillors will be allocated £20,000 each to prioritise highways works within their communities. The one-off funding, which is on top of annual funding for highways, comes after the county council was successful in securing an additional one-off £8.9 million for highways from the Government.

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