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Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

Times Echo and Life / Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

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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May 14, 2020

Red light for development as it “encroaches on the countryside”

Planners have refused to rubber-stamp retrospective plans for an access track and parking at a farm in the Moorlands. Officers at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC), rejected the application for the planning permission in Cresswell under delegated powers.

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May 14, 2020

“Car parking charges in place to discourage social gatherings”

Parking charges remain in place at car parks across the Moorlands in a bid to ‘discourage social gatherings,’ a council has said. We reported last week that concerns had been raised over the potential spread of coronavirus via the use of pay machines on car parks after Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) refused to suspend charges. But a council spokesman has since confirmed the aim was to stop people visiting town centres.

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May 6, 2020

Call for car parking charges to be suspended

Fears have been raised over parking charges due to people who are using pay stations on car parks could inadvertently be spreading coronavirus.

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April 30, 2020

Sewage concerns over housing plans in village

An abandoned garden at a village pub is set to become a new residential plot if planning permission is granted. An application has been submitted to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) for permission to build four homes on a former garden adjacent to The Butcher’s Arms at Forsbrook. Objections to the plans have already been made, citing concerns over flooding, traffic and noise.

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April 23, 2020

Community asset bid for former police station

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.

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April 23, 2020

Grants are being dished out to businesses across the Moorlands

More than 1,000 Moorlands businesses have received over £12.2 million pounds in grant funding to help them through the coronavirus emergency – with hundreds more set for pay outs in the coming days. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is currently processing applications for the Government’s small business and retail, hospitality and leisure grant funds and has received £25 million to distribute.

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December 13, 2019

Council to scrap paper separation through new ‘comingled’ recycling service

RESIDENTS in the Moorlands may no longer need to separate paper from other recyclable waste as part of new revisions to rubbish collections across the district. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) has approved a consideration to “move away from the separation of paper” and employ a “fully comingled service” where residents would be no longer required to separate and place paper in a clear plastic sack. Alliance Environmental Services (AES), which operates the council's Waste and Recycling Service since July 2018, currently collects 140 litre or 240 litre grey bins for dry recyclable items - such as cardboard, plastic bottles and tubs – as well as reusable clear bags for the collection of paper, among others.

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August 22, 2019

“Please don’t over feed the birds”

AN ANGLING club in the Moorlands has given advice for users of a lake it leases after a large quantity of animal feed was dumped and left by someone recently. Cheadle Angling Club leases the Hales Hall Pool on Oakamoor Road in Cheadle from the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and the lake is a place where members of the club regularly go fishing. However, a user of the lake recently left a vast amount of what is thought to be bird feed near the waterside, something that concerned club secretary Martin Gray.

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