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Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

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September 17, 2020

Local plan for the Moorlands is finally adopted

After more than 17 years in the making – and debating – Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has adopted its Local Plan. The document will inform planning decisions until 2033 and is the first local plan with site allocations for the district since 1998.

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September 4, 2020

Tributes to long-serving community leader

Tributes have been paid to a well-respected community leader who served his area for more than 40 years. Arthur Forrester, aged 88 of Alton, died last Tuesday (August 25) just weeks after he and his wife Beryl celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on August 6.

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August 27, 2020

Red light for condition change on housing development

A developer may have to demolish two partially-built houses on land off Thorley Drive, after an application to alter a planning permission condition was rejected. Keepmoat Homes applied to vary conditions on ground levels for two properties on the land which had been elevated by around a metre.

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August 20, 2020

Council seeks to protect public spaces with new orders

Measures to keep public spaces across the Staffordshire Moorlands free from dog fouling and nuisance dogs are being considered by community leaders. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is seeking to replace the current Dog Control Orders, which expire in October this year, with Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) requiring people to keep their dogs under control and to pick up after them.

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August 6, 2020

Signage for free parking “is a joke”

Concern has been raised regarding “poor signage” which has been put in place to promote a free car parking scheme. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) is currently operating a three hours free parking scheme on all district council car parks across the Moorlands including those in Cheadle.

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August 6, 2020

No CCTV despite second human faeces incident

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.

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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 16, 2020

No expenditure yet on Government funding for high streets

A council has stated that it is “spending time fully considering the wider impact of Covid-19 on our businesses and our towns” before it spends money which has been allocated by the Government to help re-open high streets.

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June 18, 2020

£87,090 fund for district to “re-open high streets safely”

Councils state that they are working together to help High Streets bounce back now that shops and businesses have started to re-open again after being shut for months due to the coronavirus situation.

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June 18, 2020

“It’s making a mess of the countryside”

Concerns have been raised about fly-tipping in the Moorlands countryside. The piles of rubbish - which include chairs, garden waste, a water butt, and parts of a toilet - have been found in the countryside outside Cheadle near Croxden Quarry.

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June 4, 2020

No council market despite Government go ahead

A local authority has not reopened it’s outdoor markets this week despite the Government’s easing of restrictions allowing such outdoor retail venues to re-open. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) has confirmed that “a great deal of work is taking place” in order to get “necessary safety measures” arranged before their outdoor markets across the district will be re-opened.

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May 29, 2020

Traffic wardens back to “discourage gatherings”

Parking enforcement officers are returning to monitor car parks in Cheadle and across the Moorlands as lockdown restrictions ease. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) retained parking charges throughout the lock down, although enforcement officers were not deployed to patrol car parks. The decision caused some concern over potential spread of the virus through people using pay machines on car parks. Many councils made parking free for people to undertake essential journeys quickly, with pay machines covered to discourage anyone touching them.

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