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December 10, 2021

New digital unit for town’s bus station

A Moorlands bus station is set to move into the digital times with a new display unit. A planning application has been submitted by Staffordshire County Council (SCC) to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for the installation of a 65” freestanding digital screen display unit at Leek Bus Station in order to be able to provide passenger transport information.

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December 10, 2021

Lack of notices for free car parking

Concern has been raised over the poor advertising of a free car parking initiative at the weekend in the Moorlands. Lots of car park users and residents took to social media at the weekend with their concerns about the lack of advertising for the free parking initiative in Leek on the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) owned car parks on Saturday (December 4).

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December 10, 2021

New site set for show

A new site has been found for a large-scale agricultural show in the Moorlands. The Leek & District Show society has submitted a licence application to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) to hold their annual event on Dunwood Fields on Leek Road, just outside of Leek in Longsdon – instead of hosting it at the regular venue of Birchall Playing Fields in Leek.

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December 10, 2021

Council spend £17,000 on gift guide initiative

A council has used some of its share of the Government’s ‘Welcome Back to the High Street’ funding to produce gift guides. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) has stated that it is “doing its bit to support shoppers, local businesses and markets – as well as reminding people to stay Covid safe.”

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December 2, 2021

“Cynthia has always put animals first”

A community stalwart has been praised for her amazing fundraising efforts in aid of animals– as she steps down from organising a weekly event in the Moorlands. Cynthia Lubacz, who lives in Leek, has been running car boot sales in Leek, in aid of animal charities, for the past 25 years.

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December 2, 2021

More than 20 objections against factory plans

More than 20 objections from residents have been submitted against a company’s plan to build a new factory on 2.9 hectares of green belt land in Cheddleton. Advanced Proteins, which acquired John Pointon’s & Sons’ animal by-products and proteins business last year, hopes to construct and operate a food processing facility/edible bone processing factory on land adjacent to its existing facility located on Bones Lane, Cheddleton.

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December 2, 2021

Businesses gift appeal set to help struggling families

A group of Leek businesses are once again clubbing together to raise money and gift donations for a local appeal for families struggling financially after another difficult year. Dave Swarbrook and Mark Brammar, from the Creative Hub at the Foxlowe Arts Centre, are coordinating the appeal along with the Fox & Crow Gallery, which is housed in the same building.

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December 2, 2021

“Leek has a fantastic community”

A long-serving town clerk in the Moorlands is set to retire from her role after more than 15 years. Julie Taylor has been Leek Town Council’s Clerk for over 17 years, and has recently announced that she will be retiring from the role in February.

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December 2, 2021

“It was always a council organised event”

Concerns have been raised about the cost of a council organising Remembrance commemorations – even though the council has been organising the events for years. Leek Town Council had a long debate about the costs of them organising the Remembrance Sunday event at their November meeting. This after the council has been organising such events for years with the support of the Leek branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL).

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December 2, 2021

Traders quit after market relocation

A number of market traders have quit an outdoor market in the Moorlands after their stalls were relocated. Iona Robertson, and a number of other traders, have quit their outdoor pitches at Leek’s Wednesday Outdoor Market after their stalls were relocated from Derby Street onto the Market Place.

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November 25, 2021

And action….. for community involved in movie

A big screen movie has been recently released which has a number of Moorlands connections. Caspian Films’ The Colour Room, which can be viewed on Sky Cinema, follows the journey of a determined, working-class woman, Clarice Cliff, as she breaks the glass ceiling and revolutionises the workplace in the 20th century.

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November 25, 2021

A decade of the Foxlowe Arts Centre

A community-run venture in the Moorlands is celebrating its tenth anniversary. It was back in 2011 when a band of volunteers took on the lease for the Foxlowe building which is situated in Church Street at the top of Leek’s Market Place.

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