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2016

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Keeping Foxt fabulous

If you think Foxt is fabulous then you'll welcome news that the District Council is looking to preserve the character of this special area of the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Steam train in the Churnet Valley

Full STEAM ahead for tourism in the Moorlands

Tourism contributed over £260 million to the economy in the Staffordshire Moorlands and supported over 3,600 jobs in 2015 according to the latest figures.

Fly tipping

Werrington man feels the heat after burning fridges

Dumping and burning twelve fridges at Hollington near Tean has landed a Werrington man with 28 days to pay a bill of almost £9,500.

Leek prospectus photo

Prospectus puts Leek firmly on investor's map

With a thriving high street and market, successful and expanding businesses, a skilled workforce and a college training the next generation of professionals, coupled with the availability of sites and a business-friendly Council, Leek has much to offer businesses and developers looking to invest in growth.

Rebecca Dodd and Cllr Forrester launch the appeal

Council proud to support poppy appeal once again

The commitment and bravery of the nation's armed forces remains a strong focus for the nation's conscience and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is once again proud to be lending its support to the annual poppy campaign.

Cllrs Ralphs and Bowen with Charles Hanson

Find out if your family heirlooms are worth a small fortune

Find out if you're sitting on a small fortune by bringing your valuables and family heirlooms along for expert valuation by TV's Charles Hanson when he and his team visit Leek next Wednesday.

MH car park 4

The gift of free parking this Christmas

Grey November days are all set to be brightened up across the Moorlands by the lights and colour of Christmas decorations in our towns and high streets as the district prepares to celebrate the festive season.

Hot Lane play area

Playing to our strengths at Hot Lane in Biddulph

Families and young people are set to benefit from an improved play area at Hot Lane in Biddulph thanks to a £50,000 grant from funding body WREN.

Cllr Brian Johnson presents the award to rowing club members

Local rowing club first past the post in sports awards

A land-locked district at the heart of England might not seem the obvious location for an award-winning rowing club - but the Staffordshire Moorlands can boast one the finest.

Arthur and Merlin

Moorlands has starring role in mythical film

There aren't many people that would disagree that the Staffordshire Moorlands benefits from film star looks - which is just one of the reasons the area plays a lead role in a successful feature film.

Johnson Brian

Council one of first to gain new CCTV accreditation

Staffordshire Moorlands CCTV system has become one of the first in the country to gain accreditation against new industry standards following a recent independent inspection and audit.

Planning breach proves costly for Dilhorne man

Breaching planning controls has cost a Dilhorne man almost £7,000.

Three parishes propose neighbourhood plans

Three Staffordshire Moorlands parishes are taking advantage of a national scheme to give communities more say over how their neighbourhoods develop.

New planning surgery starts in the Moorlands

Customers with grand designs - and those with smaller plans - can now get free planning advice from the local council every week.

Contaminated recycling

If in doubt, leave it out!

Saucepans, a microwave, an iron and laundry baskets might sound like items you'd find on a wedding list - but these are just some of the unwanted items which are being left in grey bins putting recycling in the Moorlands in jeopardy.

Furniture Mine

Upcycle your unwanted furniture and help people in need

If you've got items of furniture or electrical goods you no longer want, think twice before throwing them away as they could be of value to someone in your community.

Don't miss your chance to vote - register now

With EU reforms high on the national agenda, Moorlands residents are being reminded that they need to be registered if they want to have their say in the forthcoming referendum.

Councillor Sybil Ralphs

Sheltered residents safety is top priority - Moorlands Leader

The Leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has pledged to keep the health, safety and well-being of sheltered accommodation residents as the priority whatever the outcome of the current consultation about the future of on-site co-ordinators.

Unlicensed taxi driver fined hundreds of pounds

Plying for hire without a licence in the Staffordshire Moorlands has cost a taxi driver hundreds of pounds and six penalty points on his licence.

Bobbin mile marker

Putting the Moorlands on the tourism map

The Staffordshire Moorlands is an ever popular and attractive destination for both visitors and holiday makers - and a networking event next week aims to help businesses and service providers make the most of the opportunities this popularity offers.

Oakamoor

Join our conservation conversation

If you relish Rudyard or are obsessed with Oakamoor then the Council wants to hear from you about its plans to preserve the character of these special Moorlands villages.

We've got designs on high standards

The Staffordshire Moorlands is noted for its special nature and unique characteristics - and new planning guidelines have been produced to help ensure it stays that way.

Forrester Arthur

Residents urged to renew recycling efforts

Moorlands residents are being urged to renew their recycling efforts following a dip the district's performance which has seen it fall from its previous record as best in the country.

Waste for recycling

Help us to be fantastic at recycling plastic

Here in the UK it seems we all think plastic is fantastic - we're using about 20 times more plastic than we did 50 years ago and in the last year alone we recycled the equivalent of 99 plastic bottles for each person in Britain.

Art in the Park

Moorlands arts festival celebrates decade of success

Leek's annual festival of arts and crafts is this year celebrating its tenth birthday - and is looking for new artisans to join the party.

Boat house at Biddulph Grange

Be a friend of Biddulph Grange

Landscape lovers and buffs of Biddulph Grange are being offered the opportunity to get involved in the management and development of this attractive Country Park in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Moorlands to join Queen's 90th birthday celebrations

Staffordshire Moorlands will be joining over 1,000 communities across the UK and overseas in lighting a beacon in celebration of the Queen's 90th birthday later this month.

Volunteers needed to help manage historic Wetley Moor

If you're wild about Wetley Moor why not volunteer to help manage and develop this historic site in the Staffordshire Moorlands?

Church Road play area

Play area re-opens at Biddulph's Church Road

Play facilities at Church Road in Biddulph are now open again following refurbishment after anti-social behaviour meant they were closed for several months.

Work to start on new Biddulph play area

Work is set to start this month on the £90,000 project to install a new play area at Halls Road in Biddulph.

Johnson Brian

Moorlands sporting success in the spotlight

Sporting stars from across the Moorlands, including record breaking swimmers, a netball club which is celebrating 20 years, a dedicated cricket coach and an inspirational Ju-Jitsu Dan, have had their successes recognised at the district's annual sports awards.

Biddulph Bowling Green

Green delivery crowning glory for Biddulph bowlers

Biddulph's new bowling green and pavilion have been officially handed over to the town's Bowling and Recreation Club following completion of the £750,000 project.

Arthur and Merlin

Magical sword on display at Nicholson Museum

King Arthur's magical sword will be on display in Leek this Saturday (28 May) for one day only as part of the 'Magical Moorlands' Exhibition at the town's Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery.

Views sought on fifth Neighbourhood Plan for Moorlands

Another Staffordshire Moorlands parish is taking advantage of a national scheme to give communities more say over how their neighbourhood develops.

Brough Park

Gearing up to listen to young people on Park's future

Leek's Brough Park is set to be the subject of a Heritage Lottery Fund bid to improve and enhance it - and the local Council wants to know how you'd like to see it develop.

Armed Forces flag

Flying the flag for our armed forces

Staffordshire Moorlands will be showing its support for our armed forces past and present by flying a flag outside Moorlands House in Leek as part of the national Armed Forces Day celebrations.

Brough Park

Share your love for Leek's Brough Park

If you love a slice of park life then join us in Leek next week to share your passion for the town's Brough Park - and possibly help to secure Lottery funding for a project to make it even better!

Councillor Sybil Ralphs

Plenty for business at Leek event

Businesses across the Staffordshire Moorlands are invited to an event next week to find out about local opportunities and developments and share their views on the business issues affecting them.

Arts Forum

Celebrating art for arts sake in the Moorlands

All things artistic were in the frame when the third celebration of artisans and creativity took place in Leek.

Biddulph Centenary Field

Biddulph's Centenary Field the first in Staffordshire

Biddulph is leading the way in Staffordshire as the first place in the county to dedicate outdoor recreational space for permanent protection in memory of those who lost their lives during World War 1.

Ladderedge wins Green Flag award

Lovely Ladderedge awarded Green Flag again

Ladderedge Country Park near Leek has been named one of the UK's best for the second year running.

Oakamoor

Conserving ravishing Rudyard and outstanding Oakamoor

If you really love Rudyard or only have eyes for Oakamoor then you'll welcome the news that their special character will be protected for future generations to enjoy.

In the swing at Halls Road

In the swing as Halls Road play area re-opens

Young people and their families can enjoy fun and challenging play times again thanks to the re-launch of the play area at Halls Road in Biddulph following refurbishment.

Your vote matters - make sure you're on the list

Letters have been sent to homes across the district as residents are asked to check whether the correct information appears on the electoral register.

Dry stone walling at Wetley Moor

Walling course provides firm foundation for heritage skills

Dry stone walls are one of the defining characteristics of the Staffordshire Moorlands with well built walls lasting for decades.

Hales Hall

Going batty for moths at Cecilly Brook

Did you know that there are 18 different species of bats in the UK or that moth species outnumber butterfly species by almost 2,500?

Ambulance

Ambulance service returns to Moorlands Hospital

People needing emergency health care in Leek have been assured that the new ambulance - based at the town's hospital - will offer residents improved services following the withdrawal of the rapid response vehicle.

Cllr Ralphs with Mr Mee's family at the exhibition

Enjoy a slice of La Dolce Vita in Leek this autumn

Discover talented Leek-born artist Raymond Victor Mee's passion for the people and landscapes of Italy's Tuscan hills at an exhibition in his home town this month.

Cllr Johnson taking part in the cardiac programme

Putting exercise at the heart of good health

It's often said that good health is everything and for one leading Moorlands councillor that message took on a personal meaning earlier this year.

Man fined thousands for operating on-street garage

A man who operated an on-street garage from a residential street in Biddulph has been fined over £3,000 and faces prison if he does it again.

Dog fouling costs Biddulph woman thousands

Failing to clean up dog mess in her garden has landed a Biddulph woman with a bill for over £2,000.

Dracula's Ghost

No tricks just treats at Leek's Dracula theatre show

A spine-tingling retelling of Count Dracula's story promises nothing but treats for Halloween fans and horror lovers this autumn.

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Keeping Foxt fabulous

If you think Foxt is fabulous then you'll welcome news that the District Council is looking to preserve the character of this special area of the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Service with a smile

Customers come first at Council

The customer comes first is a much heard refrain amongst businesses and service providers - and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is proving that is very much the case for our residents.

Steam train in the Churnet Valley

Full STEAM ahead for tourism in the Moorlands

Tourism contributed over £260 million to the economy in the Staffordshire Moorlands and supported over 3,600 jobs in 2015 according to the latest figures.

Fly tipping

Werrington man feels the heat after burning fridges

Dumping and burning twelve fridges at Hollington near Tean has landed a Werrington man with 28 days to pay a bill of almost £9,500.

Leek prospectus photo

Prospectus puts Leek firmly on investor's map

With a thriving high street and market, successful and expanding businesses, a skilled workforce and a college training the next generation of professionals, coupled with the availability of sites and a business-friendly Council, Leek has much to offer businesses and developers looking to invest in growth.

Fashion followers urged to dedicate themselves to recycling

Fashions come and fashions go and many of us like to reflect that in how we dress and the textiles we use to furnish our homes - which means we can be left with unwanted clothing and household items like curtains, bedding and towels.

Wetley Moor

Cows come home to help conserve Wetley Moor

Cattle will be returning to Wetley Moor this spring as a conservation grazing scheme is introduced to help restore the internationally important site for rare heathland plants and animals.

Rebecca Dodd and Cllr Forrester launch the appeal

Council proud to support poppy appeal once again

The commitment and bravery of the nation's armed forces remains a strong focus for the nation's conscience and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is once again proud to be lending its support to the annual poppy campaign.

Chinese vase

Find out if your family heirlooms are worth a small fortune

The Chinese Quianlong in this photograph was discovered in the West Midlands and sold for a record £650,000 - could one of your antiques be next?

Parking 101

The gift of free parking this Christmas

Grey November days are all set to be brightened up across the Moorlands by the lights and colour of Christmas decorations in our towns and high streets as the district prepares to celebrate the festive season.

Hot Lane play area

Playing to our strengths at Hot Lane in Biddulph

Families and young people are set to benefit from an improved play area at Hot Lane in Biddulph thanks to a £50,000 grant from funding body WREN.

Cllr Brian Johnson presents the award to rowing club members

Local rowing club first past the post in sports awards

A land-locked district at the heart of England might not seem the obvious location for an award-winning rowing club - but the Staffordshire Moorlands can boast one the finest.

Biddulph Town Hall

New Year start date for Biddulph Town Hall works

Building work on the £412,000 project to remodel the ground floor of Biddulph Town Hall will begin in the New Year.

Black bin collection

Dreaming of a green Christmas in the Moorlands

Christmas is always a busy time in the Staffordshire Moorlands and the shopping, decorating our homes and seasonal socialising can mean that recycling or reusing waste slips down our list of priorities.