November 28, 2019
A NATIONAL supermarket chain has revealed that a decision to sell a store in a Moorlands village was “not taken lightly”, after a resident raised concerns about the loss of the store at a parish council meeting recently. The Times and Echo reported in September that Co-operative was set to sell its branch on Uttoxeter Road in Blythe Bridge in October. The store is now independently owned and run as a Nisa. At a Forsbrook Parish Council meeting on Monday, November 18, a resident asked if the council could write to Co-op to find out what the reasons were behind selling the shop.
November 7, 2019
A LARGE quantity of illegal drugs have been seized at two different properties in the Moorlands by Staffordshire Police. Officers executed a warrant on two addresses in Blythe Bridge on Friday, November 1 where they found a considerable amount of Class B and Class A drugs. Both addresses were located in Roseacre Lane.
November 1, 2019
A PARISH council has been given the opportunity to take over the running of a village's public toilets – an asset that previously drew complaints from residents due to opening hours. It was revealed at Forsbrook Parish Council's recent monthly meeting that the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) has given the parish council two choices in regards to taking over the running of the public toilets which are located on Cheadle Road in Blythe Bridge. Parish councillor Tony Holmes said: “There are a couple of options we've been given. One is that we take on the toilets and the district council stay as site owner.
October 24, 2019
A PARISH council's bid to register a former police station as a community asset has been turned down by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. Forsbrook Parish Council applied to register the former police station, secure houses and car park located on Uttoxeter Road in Blythe Bridge into an 'asset of community interest.' The scheme allows communities “to suggest buildings and land (assets) they consider to be of value to the community, to be included on a list maintained by the local council.”
October 10, 2019
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).
September 12, 2019
A VILLAGE food store has been sold by a national chain and is set to be an independently run store. The Co-op Food store in Uttoxeter Road in Blythe Bridge has been sold by Co-op and is set to become an independently owned and run Nisa store. A spokesman for Co-op confirmed that the company has sold their Blythe Bridge store to Nisa.
August 29, 2019
A LOCAL authority has apologised to residents in the Moorlands after public toilets frequently remained closed when they were due to be open. Public toilets that are located on Cheadle Road in Blythe Bridge, which are supposed to be open from 8am to 6pm every day, have been shut for lengthy periods of time, prompting complaints from residents. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) are responsible for the maintenance of these water closets.
August 15, 2019
A CHARITY shop employee underwent a head-shave last Wednesday for a cause that helps children who suffer with mental health illness. Aaron Pointer from Uttoxeter’s Barnardo’s branch took to the shaver as part of the charity’s fund-raising season in aid of SOLAR, the specialist service for kids with mental health difficulties. A 'Guess The Bear' competition also ran at the charity shop from July to August with car washes and basic sales also raising money for the cause.
August 15, 2019
A NEW bus route through the Moorlands and into Stoke-on-Trent is set to start next month. The service is set to offer residents of towns and villages the chance to travel to the city between school hours. Bus service Stanton's of Stoke will run the circuit which travels through Cheadle, Dilhorne and Blythe Bridge, stopping at Meir, Parkhall Estate and finally Hanley. The service starts on Tuesday, September 3 and will run from Monday to Friday with two routes going outbound and inbound from each of the 12 stops.
August 8, 2019
A FAULT with a level crossing in the Moorlands caused a standstill in town traffic when it's barriers remained down for nearly two hours, provoking a back-up of vehicles along the road. On Friday, police were called to divert traffic away from Uttoxeter Road in Blythe Bridge with the barriers blocking any way through from either direction. A spokesperson for the Staffordshire Police told the Times and Echo: “We were called at around 4pm on Friday August 2, to reports that barriers had broken and officers were there directing traffic. “British Transport Police were also asked to attend along with Network Rail.”
June 20, 2019
A GARDEN party held in memory of two women has helped raise £600 for charity. The memorial garden party was held in Blythe Bridge on Saturday, June 15 in memory of Anne Ellis and Eirlys Jones who both died in 2016, leaving behind their life partners, father and son Robert and Jason Ellis. Bob Ellis, from Blythe Bridge, was devastated when his wife, Anne, died in June 2016 aged 72.
June 13, 2019
RESIDENTS have taken it upon themselves to clear rubbish from a river. We reported in April about rubbish which had been dumped in the River Blithe, near to the A50 road bridge in Blythe Bridge. Concerns were raised to Forsbrook Parish Council about the issue and we contacted the Environment Agency who told us that, even though they were “appalled” by the rubbish which had been dumped in the river, they could not take any action to remove the rubbish themselves.