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February 20, 2020

Lots of entertainment scheduled for VE Day celebrations

A PACKED schedule of celebrations for the 75th anniversary of VE Day has been organised for a Moorlands town. A street party, the special planting of a dedicated tree and even the possibility of a fly-over are just some of the events set for Cheadle to mark the day in 1945 when allied forces in World War II accepted the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. The weekend of jovial community activity will begin on Friday, May 8 and last until Sunday, May 10.

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February 20, 2020

“The effects of inhaling NOS gas can be sudden death”

MEMBERS of the community have aired their concerns over the evidential use of a legal high after numerous canisters have been found in a Moorlands town. Community group Cheadle Moorland Litter Pickers discovered several of these metal canisters, which were thought to have contained nitrous oxide (also known as ‘NOS’), behind the currently vacant Alton Castle public house in Tape Street, during one of its waste-collecting Sundays. Member Dean Powell told the Times and Echo about the discovery of these canisters.

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February 20, 2020

Ambulance chief quizzed over community response post closure

A LEADING emergency service chief has vowed that he has “made the right decision” in removing a community response post in a Moorlands town. Professor Anthony Marsh, who is the chief executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service, made the statement at the Cheadle Town Council meeting on Monday (February 17), which he had been invited to following concerns from the community with regards to the removal of Cheadle's community response post in Ashbourne Road. Last month, a spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) confirmed that its rapid response vehicle had been taken out of Cheadle on January 26. They also stated that Cheadle's community response post in Ashbourne Road will shut by the end of March but that the trust will replace the rapid response vehicle with a “double crewed ambulance”.

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February 13, 2020

Family pay tribute to “very loving” Mandy

A FAMILY has paid tribute to a Cheadle woman who sadly passed away recently. Mandy Cope, aged 56, passed away on Wednesday, January 28 surrounded by her loving family. Born and raised in Cheadle, Mandy spent her school years in the Moorlands town before moving on to work at numerous places, including the Cheadle and Tean Times.

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February 13, 2020

U-TURN ON PARKING CHARGES INCREASE

A COUNCIL has made a U-turn on its plan to increase parking charges in the Moorlands. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) is due this month to set its budget for 2020/21 and among the proposals for expenditure and income, the council was looking to increase parking charges at it's car parks, including those in Cheadle, Leek, and Biddulph, by 20p. However, after an “overwhelming number” of councillors on the councils Resources Overview & Scrutiny Panel voted to recommend to object against the increase in charges at its meeting last Wednesday (February 5), the SMDC Cabinet decided to reject the proposals at a meeting yesterday afternoon (Tuesday, February 11).

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February 10, 2020

Parking charges on the increase

A TOWN council is set to hold a special meeting focusing on proposals to increase parking charges in the town. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is due this month to set it’s budget for 2020/21 and among the proposals for expenditure and income during the next financial year, the council is looking to increase parking charges at its car parks including those in Cheadle, Leek, and Biddulph. In Cheadle, the proposals are for charges to be put up 20p. These are for parking in both Tape Street and Well Street car parks where the price to park for up to an hour will be rising from 90p to £1.10, for up to two hours from £1.40 to £1.60, for up to three hours from £1.80 to £2, and for Well Street where drivers can park for up to 10 hours this fee will go from £2.20 up to £2.40.

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February 6, 2020

“Members of the public learning CPR will save more lives”

THE WEST Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) has confirmed that its Chief Executive will be attending a town council meeting this month amid concerns that a town’s community response post was to shut by the end of March. Then, last month, a spokesperson for WMAS confirmed to the Times and Echo that its rapid response vehicle had been taken out of Cheadle from its post in Ashbourne Road on Sunday, January 26. The news has caused much concern within the community of Cheadle with a public meeting being held and to petitions being started.

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February 6, 2020

New reading area and books for pupils

YOUNGSTERS at a Moorlands primary school have been enjoying a brand new reading book collection and reading area to continue to develop their enjoyment of books. Bishop Rawle Primary School in Cheadle have bought new reading books which are aimed at providing children with a wide range of texts to support the development of reading skills and highlight the happiness a book can bring. The school has also redesigned its reading area where the books are stored with artwork which features trees and magical flying books to continue to boost the development of children’s imagination through stories.

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February 6, 2020

Town set to lose one of its CCTV camera

A TOWN in the Moorlands is set to lose one of its CCTV cameras – according to a community leader. Cheadle Town Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) member Ian Whitehouse spoke of the proposals, which are being put forward by SMDC, at a town council meeting on Monday (February 3). He told colleagues that the proposals outline that all of the CCTV cameras in Cheadle would be retained, barring one which will be removed.

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January 30, 2020

Litter pickers set to kick off 2020 programme

A GROUP of residents who help keep their town clean by picking up litter are scheduled to re-start it’s monthly meets again soon. The Cheadle Moorlands Litter Pickers is set to meet on Sunday (February 2) at 10am for the first time this year after taking a short break over winter and the group of volunteers is inviting residents down to assist in the deed. The initiative started in August 2018 with still current members meeting on the first Sunday of every month outside Bargain Booze, located on High Street, before travelling around town to pick up items of waste left in public spaces.

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January 23, 2020

Town hospital to be “repurposed”

A HOSPITAL in a Moorlands town is set to be “repurposed” after medical authorities voted on future health and social care community-based services. The decision on Cheadle Hospital, located on Royal Walk, comes after members of the North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups’ (CCGs) Governing Bodies voted on which Integrated Care Hubs ‘option’ they wanted to see implemented at a meeting at the Moat House in Stoke-on-Trent on Tuesday, January 21. Out of several choices, members elected to vote in “Option 2b” which stated that: “Leek Hospital Hub services delivered from existing Leek Hospital site (with rebuild) with Cheadle hospital site repurposed.”

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January 20, 2020

Decision time on hospitals

THE FUTURE of health services in the Moorlands is set to be decided upon this week – a decision which involves Cheadle Hospital. NHS Clinical Commissioners are set to make a decision on the ‘Future of Local Health Services’ in North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent at a public meeting to be held in Stoke-on-Trent tomorrow. The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are holding the Extra-Ordinary Governing Body Meeting from 2pm until 5pm on Tuesday, January 21 at the Moat House Hotel in Stoke-on-Trent.

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