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October 18, 2019

HEADTEACHER’S 50 MILE SWIM CHALLENGE

A HEADTEACHER who lost close family members to pancreatic cancer is to swim 50 miles to raise funds for those combatting the disease. Rebecca Walker will swim 4,034 lengths of Bannatyne Health Club and Spa’s swimming pool during November as part of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in a bid to raise £2,000 for the cause.

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October 18, 2019

MUCH-LOVED ‘POSTIE’ HANGS UP BOOTS

A POPULAR postie who has been delivering mail for more than two decades is set to retire. Karen Harris from Uttoxeter became a postwoman in the mid-90s. After more than 20 years in the role she will hang her boots up for good on Friday (October 18). Karen recalled some of the highs and lows of her career as a postie ahead of her final delivery on Friday.

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October 18, 2019

Former high street bank could turn into a bar

A FORMER bank could be transformed into a bar under new proposals. Planning permissions have been submitted to East Staffordshire Borough Council (ESBC) to change 2 High Street in Uttoxeter into a cafe-come-bar after the owner failed to find an occupant for its proposed retail use - plans that were approved back in May. The three-storey building was last occupied by the Royal Bank of Scotland but the premises has been vacant since it's closure in August 2018.

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October 18, 2019

School fence sparks objections

NEIGHBOURS have lodged a slew of objections to planned new fencing at a Cheadle school. The Cheadle Academy in Station Road has submitted a planning application to install new 2.4 metre mesh fences as part of a 'safeguarding' project. Anti-social behaviour at the site outside of school hours has prompted the move.

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October 18, 2019

Concerns over annual New Year’s Day hunt

HUNT supporters have defended their sport after concerns regarding the traditional New Year's Day meet were raised at a meeting of Uttoxeter Town Council. The Meynell and South Staffordshire Hunt hosts a morning meeting every year on January 1, where participants gather at The Market Place in Uttoxeter town centre before setting off on the hunt which takes place on council-owned land. At Uttoxeter Town Council's meeting on Tuesday, October 8, a member of the public voiced her concerns about the event.

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October 18, 2019

Police and ambulance called to “sudden death” incident

A SUDDEN death in Cheadle is not being treated as suspicious, police have said. Emergency services were called to Attlee Road in the town last week, where a man in his 40s was found dead. A woman at the scene was taken to hospital.

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October 10, 2019

Former town mayor and wife celebrate 65 years of marriage

A FORMER mayor of a town in the Moorlands and his wife celebrate their blue sapphire wedding anniversary today as the couple mark 65 years of marriage. Ray James, who was the mayor of Cheadle between 1976 and 1977, and his wife Vera married at Cheadle Church in 1954, two years after their first date in the town. Speaking to the Times and Echo, Vera reminisced how Ray had proposed to her.

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October 10, 2019

Bus shelter commemorative mural “cheers village up”

A PARISH council has painted a mural on a bus shelter in memory of a “very popular” village resident – something that has “cheered the village up,” according to a close friend. Denstone Parish Council commissioned the design of a barn-themed mural on a bus shelter initially as part of their annual Best Kept Village Competition bid before later forming it into a commemoration to Rose Edge, a much-loved pillar of the community. As part of the village’s 2019 submission for the competition, it was mooted in a parish council meeting that the structure should be painted.

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October 10, 2019

Parish council donate thousands to community project

A PARISH council has given thousands of pounds to a project team to help towards the regeneration of a recreation field. Kingsley Parish Council have confirmed that they have donated £10,000 to Kingsley Venture Valley Project Team for their plans to improve Kingsley Recreation Ground.

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October 10, 2019

Road now set to stay partially open during developments

A BUSY road in the Moorlands that was due to be sanctioned with a full closure so that development works could be carried out will now only be partially closed. The Times and Echo recently reported that the A521 dual carriageway, which leads onto a roundabout that joins onto the A50, was initially going to be shut both ways for approximately ten weeks so housing developers St Modwen could carry out access construction after being granted permission to build 120 new homes on land adjacent to the road in Blythe Bridge. However, Staffordshire County Council released a statement on Sunday, October 6 that said one lane would now be kept open “where possible”, although the works will now take “around 19 or 20 weeks” to complete. Work started on the constructions on Monday (October 7).

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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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