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New Website

Hello and welcome to our new and improved website

We've been working hard to make sure our site meets the needs of our residents, businesses and customers and we hope you'll agree that it's now much easier to carry out business with us and to find the information you're looking for

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Haregate scores new play areas hatrick

Work to redevelop three important play spaces at Haregate in Leek is set to start.

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Brough Park funding bid unsuccessful

A funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project to improve and enhance Brough Park in Leek has been unsuccessful.

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Leek outdoor market cancelled

The Charter Market on the Market Place and public realm in Leek on Wednesday 11 January has been cancelled due to the high winds that have been forecast which could pose health and safety risks to traders and customers if the market were to go ahead. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Moorlands in top 30 areas for recycling

Residents in the Staffordshire Moorlands are bucking national trends when it comes to recycling their household waste.

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Cancellation of Leek's outdoor markets on Saturday

The Antiques and Collectables Market on the Market Place and general market on Derby Street in Leek on Saturday 14 January have been cancelled due to the icy conditions and further snow that has been forecast which could pose health and safety risks to traders and customers if the markets were to go ahead. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Have your say

Give us your feedback on our four-year financial plan

The Council will be setting its budget for 2017/18 in February. Part of this process involves updating the Medium Term Financial Plan for the next four years and we want to hear your views on our proposals.

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Public consultation - Hot Lane Play Area

We're improving the play area at Hot Lane in Biddulph thanks to a £50,000 grant from funding body WREN.

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Council remains committed to supporting business space in Leek

The deputy leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has said creating new accommodation for start-up and growing businesses and regenerating Leek's empty mills remains a priority despite not securing a funding bid for London Mill.

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Artists invited to put their work in the spotlight

Artists from across Staffordshire and beyond are once again being offered the chance to display their work at the Staffordshire Moorlands Open Art exhibition in the Spring.

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Grant help for Moorlands businesses and community groups

Funding of up to £35,000 to help create new jobs, safeguard existing jobs, attract investment and develop community services in the Staffordshire Moorlands is now available.

Councillor Sybil Ralphs

Council sets budget for coming year

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has agreed a budget for 2017/18 which is aimed at protecting frontline services for residents.

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New waste company to be set up for Moorlands

New arrangements for waste collections across the Staffordshire Moorlands are set to save taxpayers over £1m the District Council has announced.

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Work starts on Haregate play areas

Work has begun this week on a new play area at Ball Haye Recreation Ground - one of three play areas in the Haregate area of Leek set to be improved this March.

Clamping down on anti-social behaviour at Leek bus station

Leek's bus station this week becomes the first site in the Moorlands to be covered by a Public Space Protection Order aimed at stopping activities which have a detrimental effect on local residents.

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Countryside enthusiasts encouraged to volunteer

If you care about the countryside and think local wildlife is wonderful then you can become a volunteer and get involved in improving your local environment.

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Results of the Staffordshire County Council election - 4th May 2017

View information on the Staffordshire County Council Election including results

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Improvements at Haregate play areas now complete

With the onset of longer - and hopefully warmer - days, residents in Haregate can look forward to enjoying time outdoors at three newly improved local play areas.

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Home composting - have you bin there yet?

We all know that recycling is good for our environment and home composting is just one of the ways we can all reduce the amount of household waste sent to landfill.

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Popular arts festival returns to Leek

Leek's Brough Park will once again provide the beautiful setting for the ever-popular Art in the Park event which returns to the town at the weekend.

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General election information and results

Find information on candidates and the results as they are declared

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Art in the Park a great success despite the weather

This years Art in the Park (now in it's eleventh year) has been a great success with many visitors attending from near and far

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Leek Moorlands Hospital - public meeting

A public meeting is taking place on Tuesday 13 June to discuss the future of Leek Moorlands Hospital.

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Flying the flag for our Armed Forces

Staffordshire Moorlands Chairman, Councillor Ben Emery, is inviting people to join him at this year's 'Fly a Flag for our Armed Forces' event taking place in Leek on Monday 19 June.

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Moorlands artists in the spotlight

Artisans from across the Staffordshire Moorlands took centre stage for the annual celebration of their creativity and the value the arts add to our lives.

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Draft Local Plan - have your say on development sites

Residents and businesses are being asked to share their views on the key planning document that will shape how Staffordshire Moorlands develops over the next 14 years.

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Consultation on Local Plan now open

Consultation on the key document that will shape housing and employment in the Staffordshire Moorlands for the next 14 years opens today (Monday 31 July).

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Community consultation sessions for Moorlands Local Plan

Drop-in sessions where people can speak to Council officers about the proposals in the Local Plan for Staffordshire Moorlands are taking place throughout the district from this week.

Green Flag for Ladderedge

Flying the flag for excellence at Ladderedge

Ladderedge Country Park has been named amongst the best in the world for the third successive year.

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Moorlands bats and moths under the microscope

Join the Friends of Cecilly Brook and Hales Hall Pool later this month to uncover more about the incredible lives of bats.

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Keeping Wetley Moor wonderful

If you'd like to keep Wetley Moor looking wonderful then you can join other countryside enthusiasts at several scrub clearance days this autumn.

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Judge backs Council on Moneystone holiday lodges

A High Court judge has backed a decision by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to approve planning permission for holiday lodges and leisure facilities at Moneystone Quarry.

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Enjoy 'A Sense of Place' at the Nicholson this autumn

The distinctive characteristics of the Peak District landscape are at the heart of a new exhibition at the premier Moorlands art gallery the Nicholson.

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Walling skills go back to the future

Join us this weekend for a chance to learn a traditional Moorlands craft - and leave your mark on the landscape for the next 80 years.

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New Tean amenity is child's play for community partnership

Work has today (Monday 11 September) started on a new play area for a much loved open space in Upper Tean thanks to a successful partnership which has secured funding for the project.

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New facilities offer a sporting chance in Bagnall

The local community in Bagnall have said well played to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for funding the new sporting facilities at the playing fields in Bagnall.

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Look and feel good - recycle your bathroom items!

If everyone in the Moorlands recycled just one more deodorant spray we'd save enough energy to power a typical primary school for 37 days.

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Pass-portal to excellent Council services

A new personal account promises to be the passport to improved Council services for Moorlands residents and businesses.

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Cheadle sets out stall for new weekly outdoor market

Plans for a new weekly outdoor market in Cheadle have been unveiled by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

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Weather causes cancellation of Leek's outdoor market on Saturday

The outdoor Collector's Market scheduled to take place on Saturday 21 October in Leek has been cancelled due to the forecast high winds and heavy, blustery showers.

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Hot Scotch Park now open for fun

Hot Scotch Park - a new play area in Biddulph Moor - is now officially up and running.

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New Moorlands business property search service launched

Finding new commercial premises in the Staffordshire Moorlands is now much easier thanks to a new online search service being launched by the District Council.

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The Wentlows now open for play

Families and young people in Upper Tean now have an exciting new play area on their doorstep thanks to successful partnership working between the community and two local councils.

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Test your recycling knowledge with our quick quiz!

Find out how much you know about recycling in Staffordshire Moorlands by taking our quiz.

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Free parking top of Moorlands Christmas list

With November now upon us Christmas preparations are beginning in earnest and once again the local council is giving Moorlands shoppers and visitors the gift of free parking.

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Council serves up support for Endon tennis ace

Endon's rising tennis star Harrison Birch is a name to watch out for in the future as he serves up success in the highly competitive world of international junior tennis.

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Give us your feedback on our four-year financial plan

Give us your feedback on our four-year financial plan - get involved and send us your feedback!

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Everyone for tennis at Moorlands schools

The next Andy Murray or Johanna Konta could come from the Staffordshire Moorland's thanks to a team effort from the county sport partnership, a local tennis club and the Council aimed at boosting junior tennis across the district.

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Christmas recycling all wrapped up!

We use almost 300,000 tonnes of card packaging in the UK at Christmas - enough to wrap the London Eye almost 50,000 times!

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New year, new business?

January is traditionally a time for fresh starts and new ventures - and if you're thinking of setting up in business expert help is at hand in the Moorlands.