August 6, 2020
A district council has stated that it will not be reinstating CCTV in a Moorlands village – despite there being a call for it following a second incident of human faeces being left in a public place. The appeal to “Reinstall the CCTV Cameras in Forsbrook Square” was posted on the 'Blythe Bridge & Forsbrook – The Place Where We Live' Facebook page on Sunday (August 2) following human faeces being found on the outside of a property.
July 29, 2020
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.
July 16, 2020
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.
April 23, 2020
A former police station in the Moorlands could be registered as a community asset – if a local authority gives it the green light. Forsbrook Parish Council has made a nomination, to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC), for the Blythe Bridge Former Police Station and car park in Uttoxeter Road to be registered as an asset of community value.
March 19, 2020
A VILLAGE in the Moorlands has come together to help the more vulnerable members of their community amid the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Forsbrook Parish Council has run an appeal parishioners to nominate “one or two people per street” to keep an eye out for the vulnerable people who live close by. The council also said that, via the parish, efforts could be made in regards to any items that need collecting, such as prescriptions and food.
February 6, 2020
PLANNING permission has been granted to a parish council to extend a sports changing block to create a meeting room and an office for its use. Forsbrook Parish Council can now construct a side extension onto this building located on Blythe Bridge recreation field which will be the location for around 25 meetings a year. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) received an amended planning application on January 21 which stated: “The front wall of the extension set back slightly behind the main front wall of the building and the roof ridge of the extension dropped the same distance lower than the main roof ridge of the building.”
December 18, 2019
A PARISH council is set to increase it's precept by five per cent. Forsbrook Parish Council has stated that the extra money to be paid by council tax payers within their parish during the financial year of 2020/21 will enable it to carry out “more community activity” within the village. A precept is a 'bill' which parish and town councils, and other statutory bodies, send to district councils - the authorities which collects council tax.
December 18, 2019
A NEW councillor has been welcomed onto a parish council in the Moorlands this week. Peter McCready becomes the latest member to join the Forsbrook Parish Council after all councillors voted in favour of accepting him into the position on Monday (December 18) night. “I'm very pleased and quite excited about the opportunity to try to support and develop the parish,” Councillor McCready told the Times and Echo.
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.
September 19, 2019
PLANS to close a busy road in a Moorlands town for ten weeks have been put on hold after the scheduling provoked uproar with residents, community leaders and commuters. The A521 highway which runs from Froghall to Blythe Bridge before joining up to the A50 is a road that is used daily by thousands of commuters every day and plans were put in place to completely shut the dual carriageway both ways for several months so housing development works could be carried out. However, following a backlash from members of the community and councillors, the works have been suspended with no confirmation as to when they will officially commence.
September 5, 2019
A PARISH council in the Moorlands has submitted plans to extend sports changing rooms in a village – to facilitate a new office and meeting room. Forsbrook Parish Council has asked Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for permission to extend the “existing sports changing block to form a meeting room and office” that is located on Blythe Bridge Recreation Ground. Details within the planning application include that the size of the changing rooms building would increase from 120.95 square-metres to 160.65 square-metres with an addition of a tea room, a meeting room, an office, two extra toilets and an extended outside area.
May 16, 2019
A BENCH on a recreation ground is set to be relocated due to reports of anti social behaviour in the area. Forsbrook Parish Council are set to move the bench, which is currently situated behind the houses on the Blythe Bridge Recreation Ground, after requests for its relocation have been made by residents. The call was made on the social media website Facebook to the Forsbrook Parish Council clerk, due to concerns of “lots of teenagers hanging around back of gardens” and that “there have been issues with bricks thrown over, fences damaged, pallets thrown over gardens etc”.