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July 29, 2020

Cash boost for defib campaign

A fundraising campaign to purchase additional life-saving equipment for a Moorlands town has received a cash boost from a local business. Cheadle councillor Elizabeth Whitehouse is working with Stone-based AEDdonate to install ten public access defibrillators across the Moorlands town of Cheadle.

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July 29, 2020

“We have always been there for each other”

Teenage sweethearts from Oakamoor celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary at the weekend. Dave and Eve Beaumont have been shielding since before Christmas and marked the milestone anniversary with their two daughters and sons-in-law in their garden at home.

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July 29, 2020

Rain does not dampen litter-picking spirit

A band of volunteers have been out and about keeping their community clean and tidy – despite the wet weather of late. The Friends of Cecilly Brook and Hales Hall Pool carried out their latest litter pick on Monday (July 27) and filled eight bags with rubbish.

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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

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 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 16, 2020

Concerns over houses being built too high

Concerns have been raised that two houses are being built too high on a housing development in Cheadle. The houses are part of a large development on land south of Thorley Drive in Cheadle which had been passed by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC). The housing developer has recently put in an additional planning application for a variation of conditions regarding the two houses in question which are situated on Plots One and Two of the development.

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July 16, 2020

Happy campers with new footpath

Campers who are visiting a site in the Moorlands will not only be happy that they are able to do so once again, but also because there's a new footpath which will save them from “dicing with their lives.” A new footpath has been constructed along the road outside Hales Hall Caravan and Camping Park in Cheadle to make it safer for campers to walk into town.

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July 16, 2020

Concerns over drugs in town

An appeal is being made for any information about drug dealing in a Moorlands town centre to be passed on to the police. The appeal comes from Cheadle town and district councillor Kate Martin who is concerned about an apparent increase in drug dealing in Cheadle town centre.

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July 9, 2020

“Over the years we fundraised for more minibuses”

Last week, in our ‘Images of Yesteryear’ feature, we printed this picture which had been kindly shared with us by reader Jessie Collier. Jessie told us that she believed it to have been taken when Homelink had a new bus. Helen Wainwright, founder and former of Manager of Moorlands Home Link, has since got in touch with us to tell us all about the vehicle.

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July 9, 2020

New lease of life inspires charity song for musician

A moorlands man whose lung function had at one point dropped to 29 per cent, has recorded a song about how he feels, having been given compassionate access to a life changing new cystic fibrosis (CF) drug. The song by Cheadle man Marc Cotterill called ‘Thousand Years’ has created a huge buzz online and particularly within the UK cystic fibrosis community, who have just received news that the NHS are to fund Kaftrio - a ground breaking, life-saving drug - following news of a deal with Vertex Pharmaceuticals announced on June 30.

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July 9, 2020

“Thank you to our loyal customers over the years”

A charity shop in the Moorlands has closed its doors on a permanent basis to the coronavirus situation. The Age UK charity shop at 59 High Street in Cheadle has closed and a note of thanks to its customers has been placed on the door by staff – who are facing redundancy.

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