July 29, 2020

Free parking but at a cost of £46,000

It is set to cost a council an estimated £46,000 to operate a free parking initiative which is aimed at getting footfall back into town centres after the coronavirus lockdown. We reported last week that Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) is to offer visitors to its three town centres – of Cheadle, Leek and Biddulph – three hours parking a day throughout the month of August.

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July 29, 2020

Council looks at asset funding

A specialist in grant funding is set to help Forsbrook Parish Council extend and refurbish sports changing rooms in Blythe Bridge. The changing rooms are set to be deep cleaned – at a cost of £350 – but will then remain closed to players because of the coronavirus.

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July 29, 2020

Traffic lights knocked into hedge

Traffic lights at a crossroads, which had been knocked into a hedge, caused traffic chaos at the weekend. There are currently temporary traffic lights situated at the Freehay Crossroads near Cheadle, a site which is earmarked for further traffic improvements by Staffordshire County Council.

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July 28, 2020

Farmer Tom celebrates centenary

A FARMER from Kingstone has celebrated his 100th birthday. Reginald Thomas Gallimore, known as Tom, marked his century milestone on Thursday, July 23 at his home in Loxley Green. His family – children Kathleen and Thomas and grandsons William, Michael, Matthew and Luke – have put together a moving tribute to the centenarian for his special birthday.

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July 28, 2020

Master plan in pipeline to shape future of town

A NEW ‘master plan’ for Uttoxeter is in the pipeline. International real estate experts Cushman and Wakefield are working with East Staffordshire Borough Council (ESBC) and Staffordshire County Council to ‘long-term coherent vision for the town.’

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July 24, 2020

“The railway environment is not a playground”

Bosses at a heritage railway are appealing for people not to trespass on their land. The appeal has been made by the managing director of Churnet Valley Railway, Gregory Wilson, following a number of incidents resulting in vandalism at the popular tourist spot.

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July 24, 2020

Funding withdrawn for cancelled event

A town council has made a u-turn on awarding an annual grant to a volunteer committee after a community event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cheadle Town Council had set to, alike to past years, donate £5,000 to the Cheadle Carnival Committee to help offset the costs of putting on the community extravaganza.

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July 24, 2020

Free parking for three hours to “bring people into town”

A temporary free parking initiative is set to be introduced across the Moorlands next month. A 'Free for Three Hours' initiative is set to run on all Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) managed car parks in the three Moorlands towns of Cheadle, Biddulph, and Leek through the month of August.

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July 24, 2020

Police tackle anti-social behaviour in the Moorlands

A dispersal order, giving police officers the power to move people from areas of Blythe Bridge, was in force this week. The powers were handed to officers after yobs smashed windows of properties in The Avenue and Mount Road.

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July 24, 2020

Witness appeal after serious RTC in the Moorlands

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist was taken to hospital with serious injuries following a road traffic collision in the Moorlands. The incident happened along the A52 in Kingsley Moor on Sunday (July 19) and involved a motorcycle and car.

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July 16, 2020

No bunting for town centre

A town council has agreed not to purchase any bunting for its town centre after the proposal was put forward by one of its members. Cheadle town councillor Jamie Evans put forward the idea of decorating the Moorlands town’s High Street at the recent virtual meeting of Cheadle Town Council.

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July 16, 2020

Human excrement dumped on park bench

Human excrement has been found dumped on a park bench in the Moorlands. The discovery of the faeces was made by a dog walker in Blythe Bridge Recreation Ground on Thursday, July 9.

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