December 23, 2019
FURTHER alterations have been made to the schedule of works that are currently being carried out on a frequently-used double carriageway in the Moorlands. The A521 in Blythe Bridge is currently partly shut as three phases of works on land adjacent to the road are completed by contractors from housing developers St Modwen Homes after previously being granted planning permission to build up to 120 new homes on the site. Earlier this month the Times and Echo reported that Staffordshire County Council's website explained that 'Phase Two' of the roadworks would see the “complete closure of the opposite side of the carriageway for seven weeks with two lanes open eastbound i.e. traffic leaving the A50,” while phase three signified “four weeks with three-way traffic signals and lane closures.”
October 24, 2019
A NEW pedestrian crossing is set to be installed on a frequently-used road to help members of the community cross safely after a resident launched a petition campaigning for traffic calming measures. It has been confirmed by Staffordshire County councillor David Brookes that a crossing will be put in place on Bridge Street in Uttoxeter during the next financial year with a view to making further road improvements within the town. Mr Brookes told the Times and Echo this week: “A crossing should have been put in place before.
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 26, 2019
Stephen Croxall, aged 50 from Kingstone, near Uttoxeter pleaded guilty to breaching the animal welfare act. Charges ranged from causing unnecessary suffering to animals to failing to record the administration of medicines. When animal health officers from Staffordshire County Council visited the farm on December 31, they found the animals in “terrible condition, starving and freezing to death.” One lamb was hypothermic, and another dead under a fallen gate. A young calf was also found very vocal and thin, indicating it had not been fed or watered. Several other animals had to be put down.
August 22, 2019
DISCUSSIONS are taking place to possibly change a current high street walkway back into a road as part of plans to regenerate a town centre in the Moorlands. Staffordshire County Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) have commissioned Consultants Cushman and Wakefield to draw up a masterplan for an “investment strategy for Cheadle town centre.” Cheadle town councillors were invited to a meeting held by the consultants recently, where they gave suggestions on improvements they could make to the town centre, one of which mooted that Greyhound Walk located off High Street, could be transformed back into a road through to the car park and public toilets.
August 15, 2019
AN APPEAL has been made for an authority to tend to overgrown pathways in a town. The call comes from a resident of Uttoxeter, who wishes to remain anonymous, who contacted the Times & Echo with his concerns over overgrown hedges in Pinfold Street. He said: “I usually walk to St Mary's Church from 'Birdland' down the popular route of Balance Hill across the railway crossing and up Pinfold Street.
March 21, 2019
A CALL has been made for traffic lights at a notorious blackspot to become a permanent fixture. Temporary traffic lights were installed at Freehay crossroad last year, after police suggested the measure in the wake of a series of accidents. In July last year, Staffordshire County Council announced it was considering a raft of improvements at the junction in a bid to ease fears over near-misses and crashes at the crossroad.
March 21, 2019
THE occupants of four cars involved in a crash at Kingsley Moor escaped without injury. Residents in the area have slammed the lack of action on plans to reduce speed along the A522 in the wake of the crash, which closed the road for more than two hours. Now, villagers are calling for proposed measures to calm traffic on the road to be fully implemented.
January 24, 2019
A LOCAL authority is considering possible on street parking charges in both Uttoxeter and Cheadle. The proposals are part of the Staffordshire County Council's On-Street Parking Strategy and Forward Programme of Pay & Display Parking. In a report to the Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee, it was proposed that a rolling programme of on-street charging reviews on a number of streets across Staffordshire takes place over the next few years.
November 22, 2018
STAFFORDSHIRE County Council is inviting residents to have their say on proposals to axe funding for crossing wardens. The authority is proposing to no longer fund patrols from September 2019 as it states that it needs to close a £35million budget shortfall next year.
July 5, 2018
FOLLOWING a number of accidents and near misses, a highways scheme to improve road safety at the infamous Freehay crossroads junction is finally being put into place.
June 20, 2018
A BUS company was set to appeal for help at a meeting of Cheadle Town Council last night.