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2020

Churnet Valley Railway volunteers

£1.4 million for Churnet Valley Railway signals green light for bringing rail line to Leek

The Churnet Valley Railway (CVR) is celebrating after securing over £1.4m to bring this hugely popular visitor attraction to Leek.

Leek Town FC

£100k Council grant kick starts Leek 3G pitch project

Leek Town FC's grass pitch at Harrison Park looks set to the be first in the Moorlands to be converted to an all weather 3G pitch following a District Council grant of £100,000.

Rudyard Sailing Club

£200k grants keep community organisations and clubs active

Being able to take part in team sports, community activities, exercise classes and visit the gym again is something so many people are looking forward to when the Covid-19 restrictions allow.

Chief Executive Andrew Stokes

Alliance councils welcome new Chief Executive

Andrew Stokes has been appointed Chief Executive of the alliance authorities Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and High Peak Borough Council.

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Audit of Accounts

The Council's Audit of Accounts for the year ending 31 March 2020 is now available for public inspection.

Marshes Hill

Bikers urged not to risk damaging important Moorlands nature reserve

Mountain and motor bikers using a biologically important Moorlands nature reserve for recreation are risking damaging the site the District Council has warned.

Do it for each other - and the things we love

Bringing Covid rate down key to unlocking things we love

Lockdown 2 has meant the return to tougher restrictions on our social lives and many shops, hospitality and sports and leisure facilities across the Moorlands being forced to close to help bring the Covid infection rate down.

The band stand at Brough Park

Brough Park improvement plans taking shape

Exciting plans to invest in and improve facilities at Leek's Brough Park are taking shape - and the District Council is starting to share its proposals with groups and individuals who value this green space at the heart of the town.

The band stand at Brough Park

Brough Park play area plans set to be unveiled

Plans for the new, improved play area at Brough Park in Leek are set to be unveiled this month - and people are being invited to tell us what they think of the designs.

Christmas bin collections 2020

Christmas bin collection dates - check online now

Christmas is a busy enough time in any year and especially so this year with the Covid restrictions to factor in - so remembering any changes to your bin collections is probably not high on your list!

Cheadle market place - credit the Cheadle Town Centre Masterplan Baseline Report, Cushman and Wakefield / Lathams

Community to be at the heart of deciding Cheadle's future

Council chiefs have reaffirmed their commitment to investing in and regenerating Cheadle - and to doing so in full partnership with the local community and the town's organisations.

Climate Change training

Council accesses expertise to help address climate change

As we embark on a new decade one of the greatest challenges we face is addressing climate change.

Staffordshire Moorlands Local Plan

Council adopts Local Plan for the Moorlands

The Local Plan - the District's key planning document which will shape development in the Staffordshire Moorlands up to 2033 - has been formally adopted by the Council.

Keeping the Moorlands clean

Council approves new laws to help prevent dog nuisance

Public Space Protection Orders to keep the Moorlands free from dog fouling and nuisance dogs have been approved by the District Council.

Coronavirus News

Council asks residents to have bins out by 7am

Waste crews across the Moorlands are continuing to collect your waste and recycling despite the changes to our day to day lives as a result of national efforts to halt the spread of the Coronavirus.

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Council offers free parking on December Saturdays

Picking up Christmas gifts and goodies will be top of many of our 'to do' lists as shops and businesses across the Moorlands re-open - and the Council is offering free parking on Saturdays this month to help make that a little easier.

Coronavirus News

Council pledges to support communities through Coronavirus

With measures to stop the spread of Coronavirus affecting many aspects of our daily lives Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is keen to reassure people that there is help and support available for residents and businesses.

Covid-19 council response graphic

Council rises to the challenges of Covid-19

The Government's lockdown announcement at the end of March meant an immediate change to all our lives - but the one constant is the support available to communities and businesses from the District Council.

Lafarge Visit

Council seeks business input into climate action plans

Tackling climate change was on the agenda when business chiefs at one of the Moorlands biggest employers met leading councillors on Friday (7 February).

Keeping the Moorlands clean

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.

Councillor Sybil Ralphs

Council sets budget for coming year

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has set its budget for providing essential services at £9.8m for the coming year.

AES’s Martin Sollis and Councillor Sav Scalise with one the fleet vehicles displaying a poppy in support of the Royal British Legion’s annual appeal. The photograph was taken last year before the Covid restrictions were in place.

Council supports annual Poppy Appeal

Whilst remembrance events this year will be different due to Covid one thing remains constant - the Council's support for the annual Poppy appeal.

Coronavirus News

Council supports community hubs with £15k donation

As the Coronavirus continues to affect all aspects of our lives the support our communities can offer to each other is more important than ever.

The war memorial in Butterton

Council thanks community for remembering safely this year

As the nation prepares to fall silent on Armistice Day to honour our Armed Forces past and present, the Chairman of Staffordshire Moorlands has thanked local communities for remembering at home.

Roaches - photo by Greg Walker

Council to join countryside clean energy network

Staffordshire Moorlands is set to join a growing list of over 20 countryside councils working together to tackle climate change by reducing carbon emissions to net zero.

Coronavirus News

Council urges people to stay safe during lockdown

With England entering a second lockdown period from today (Thursday 5 November), the Council is urging people to follow the rules, reduce the infection rate and keep themselves safe over the next four weeks.

Climate emergency - first anniversary

Council's renewed commitment to tackling climate change

The world has changed a great deal since Staffordshire Moorlands District Council declared a climate emergency 12 months ago - but the commitment to tackling climate change remains the same.

Local Restrictions Support Grants

Covid business support grants - applications now open

Businesses in the Staffordshire Moorlands that have been forced to close during lockdown 2, and those that haven't yet been able to re-open since the first lockdown, can now apply to the District Council for financial help.

Food for Endon project

Covid food scheme in Endon wins Government award

Taking care of others and helping the people who need support is the positive legacy we will all benefit from as the Moorlands and the country emerges from the Covid-19 health pandemic.

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Discretionary business grant scheme launched

From today (Monday 1 June) small businesses experiencing a significant drop in income as a result of Covid-19 can apply to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for a Discretionary Business Grant Fund.

Keeping the Moorlands clean

Dog owners urged to 'bin the bags'

Dog owners are being urged to bin the bags after they've picked up after their pets.

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Don't delay - recycle today!

It's never been easier to make your metal matter in Staffordshire Moorlands District Council area!

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Empty Homes Premium to increase.

From 1 April 2020 we will be increasing the Empty Homes Premium.

Coronavirus News

Free parking in August is just the ticket!

As shops, businesses, leisure facilities and visitor attractions across the Moorlands welcome people back following the Coronavirus lockdown, the Council is offering its support with free parking throughout August.

Local Restrictions Support Grants

Grant applications now open to more Moorlands businesses

More grants for Moorlands businesses affected by the restrictions in force to control the spread of Covid have now opened for applications.

Councillor Joe Porter, Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Biodiversity

Green recovery from Covid-19 a priority in the Moorlands

With lockdown restrictions set to ease a little more and plans being developed to help communities and businesses recover from the impact of Covid-19, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has pledged support for actions which encourage a green recovery.

Great British September Clean

Help keep the Moorlands clean this September

Groups and communities across the UK are gearing up for the Great British September Clean - and Moorlanders are being encouraged to get involved!

Volunteers at Haregate Community Centre with the High Sheriff of Staffordshire and Chairman of the District Council

High Sheriff and Chairman praise Covid volunteers

Staffordshire's High Sheriff and the Chairman of Staffordshire Moorlands have thanked some of the groups and individuals who have worked tirelessly to support their local communities during the Covid pandemic.

Planting sphagnum moss at the Roaches

Improving green spaces to protect the environment

Survey work to identify opportunities to improve and expand natural green spaces in the Staffordshire Moorlands is set to begin this Spring.

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Leek Bus Station toilets to close for refurbishment

The public toilets at Leek Bus Station will close next week whilst work to fully refurbish the facilities takes place.

Remembrance Sunday - Remember at Home

Moorlanders urged to Remember at Home this November

People across the Moorlands are being asked to mark Remembrance Sunday safely from their homes this year as efforts to control the spread of coronavirus continue.

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Moorlands businesses receiving Coronavirus grants

Over 1,000 Moorlands businesses have received more than £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 Millennium Embroideries

Moorlands gifted 1,000 years of Staffordshire history

Christmas presents have now been exchanged for another year - and the people of Staffordshire Moorlands have been given an extra special gift that will last for generations to come.

Fencer Wilfred Houston-Brown tries out his moves on a dummy

Moorlands honours its sporting stars

Sporting successes and achievements in fields as diverse as fencing and martial arts to athletics and rugby have been celebrated in the Moorlands once again this year - albeit a little differently than in previous years due to the Covid pandemic.

Leisure centres re-opening 25 July

Moorlands leisure centres set for phased re-opening

Leisure centres across the Staffordshire Moorlands are set to start a phased re-opening from Saturday 25 July with measures in place to ensure they are Covid-secure.

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Moorlands moves into the Covid high alert category

Staffordshire Moorlands is set to join the rest of Staffordshire in Tier 2 - the high alert Covid category - from 00.01 on Saturday 31 October.

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Moorlands prepares for very high Covid alert category

Communities and businesses across the Staffordshire Moorlands will move into the very high alert Covid category when lockdown 2 ends this week.

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Moorlands says 'thank you' to volunteering heroes

Amongst the many things the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted is the critical role volunteers play in their local communities.

Recycling rates go up

Moorlands sees increase in recycling

Despite the changes we've all had to make due to Covid-19, residents across the Moorlands have continued to recycle their waste leading to an increase in the district's recycling rate.

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Moorlands urged to act now to stop Covid cases rising

People living and working in the Staffordshire Moorlands are being urged to protect themselves and their friends and families from Covid-19 and do their bit to help keep the District in the 'medium' alert category.

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More chances to shop at Leek Market this Christmas

With the number of shopping days left until Christmas rapidly diminishing, the announcement of additional trading dates for Leek's markets will be good news for many people.

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New location for Leek Farmer's Market from September

As the Covid-19 restrictions continue to ease Leek Farmer's Market is amongst the latest much-missed amenities to be making a welcome return and, from September, it will be in a new location in the town centre.

People running: Credit Sport England

New sports grants to help meet costs of Covid-19

As sporting activity begins again across the Moorlands following lockdown, the District Council is offering grants to help clubs, groups and athletes meet the additional costs of being Covid-secure.

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Next round of 'life saving' business grants set to open

Round two of a grant funding scheme for Moorlands businesses - described by recent recipients as 'a life saver' that has made 'a world of difference' - is set to re-open for new applications on Friday (17 July).

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No events on Council land to help stop spread of virus

Calendars are usually filling up with seasonal events at this time of year but things are going to be different this autumn and winter following a decision not to allow public events on Council land.

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Offer of warmer homes this winter for Moorlands residents

With Autumn now upon us, and many of us spending increased time indoors as a result of Covid, keeping our homes warm and cosy has never been as important - and help is available to Moorlands residents who currently don't have central heating.

Cheadle

Partnership project to return vibrancy to Cheadle

Ambitious plans to regenerate Cheadle will focus on returning the vibrancy to the town by revitalising the high street and investing in community health, leisure and well-being facilities and new homes.

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Plans being made for safe re-opening of Moorlands

Next week sees a further easing of the Covid-19 restrictions with more non-essential retail businesses opening their doors and towns and villages across the Moorlands gearing up to safely welcome back shoppers and visitors.

2019 Sports Awards logo

Put your Moorlands sporting stars in the spotlight

Share the love with your local sporting stars and heroes by submitting them for the 2019 Sports Awards before nominations close on Valentine's Day.

Leek Bus Station

RADAR key plea at Leek Bus Station toilet

People using the disabled toilet at Leek Bus Station are being urged to make sure they only use genuine RADAR keys to access the facility.

AES staff working on the market in Leek

Reducing the environmental impact of Moorlands markets

Recent changes to how Moorlands markets are set up will see a reduction of thousands of HGV vehicle miles and carbon emissions and an end to the use of 3,000 single use plastic cable ties every year.

Recycle Week 2020

Renew your resolve to recycle this week

This week is Recycle Week and - as we're recycling more than ever - it's the perfect time to say a big thank you to everyone for helping Staffordshire Moorlands increase our rates to over 56%.

Fly tipping

Residents urged not to fly-tip to support waste crews

Being at home more means more time for clear-outs and tidy-ups - and possibly extra household and garden waste - so Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is reminding people to make sure they dispose of any waste responsibly.

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Residents urged to 'eat out to help out' this August

Being able to eat out with friends or family is back on the menu again - and this month there's the added bonus of up to 50% off the bill at many Moorlands cafes, restaurants, pubs and hotels.

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Retirement of CEO

Joint statement from Cllr Sybil Ralphs MBE and Cllr Anthony Mckeown

Coronavirus News

Self isolation support payment - applications now open

Eligible individuals in the Moorlands who are entitled to a Test and Trace support payment or discretionary support payment of £500 can now apply online. This is to support people on low incomes who are unable to work from home if they are told to self isolate by NHS Test and Trace and will lose income as a result.

Ladderage

Sixth Green Flag award for Ladderedge

The Park is one of a record-breaking 2,000+ UK parks and green spaces to receive the prestigious award - a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Coronavirus News

Staffordshire Moorlands stays in the very high alert category

Staffordshire Moorlands, along with the rest of Staffordshire, remains in the very high alert category following this week's review of the Covid tiers by the Government.

Real Christmas tree

Start your recycling resolutions with your Christmas waste

As Twelfth Night fast approaches and we return to work and school after the festivities it's time to take the Christmas decorations down for another year.

Roaches

Take time to enjoy the great outdoors in the coming year

The Moorlands is renowned for its rural beauty and outdoor spaces and, as we say goodbye to 2020, that could be just the tonic we all need to improve our sense of wellbeing.

Life with less plastic

Tips for living life with less plastic

With statistics showing that 80% of plastics in the world's oceans come from sources on the land, reducing our reliance on plastics - and particularly single use plastics - is something many people aspire to.

Landlord Forum

Virtual landlord forum aimed at preventing homelessness

Private landlords across the Moorlands are invited to join a virtual forum taking place next week aimed at preventing homelessness in the district following the six-month ban on evictions.

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Wet-led pub grants now open for applications

Moorlands pubs that predominantly serve alcohol can now apply for the Christmas Support Grant Payment to compensate them for the impact of closure over the festive period due to Covid restrictions.

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Work to start at Brough Park swimming pool

Essential structural works to the pool hall at Brough Park Leisure Centre are set to start this week following the unavoidable delay caused by the Covid-19 closure earlier this year.