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Tier 4 restrictions in place in Moorlands

Staffordshire Moorlands, along with the rest of Staffordshire and many other areas of England, is now subject to the highest Tier 4 restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus

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Plans revealed for new Brough Park play area

Play equipment specialists Kompan Ltd have been appointed to supply and install the exciting new play area at Brough Park in Leek

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Stay at home message to Moorlands residents

With lockdown 3 now in force across England people in the Moorlands are being urged to follow the rules and stay at home as much as possible.

Biddulph Leisure Centre

Covid testing centre opens at Biddulph Leisure Centre

Moorlanders without Covid symptoms can now book testing slots at Biddulph Leisure Centre which opens as a community testing centre on Monday 18 January.

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Free parking at Wharf Road to support Covid vaccinations

Parking charges at Wharf Road car park in Biddulph are being suspended on the days when Covid vaccinations are taking place at the Town Hall.

Keeping the Moorlands clean

Council seeks to reduce wildfire risk in the Moorlands

Lighting fires, barbecues, fireworks and Chinese lanterns could be banned to help prevent wildfires at high-risk locations in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

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Covid ambassadors helping to keep the Moorlands safe

Every action counts as we all work together to protect each other from the spread of coronavirus - and in the Moorlands our Covid Ambassadors are playing a key role in supporting local businesses to ensure they are operating safely.

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

Panel agrees next steps in Cheadle transformation project

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has prioritised transforming Cheadle as part of its commitment to creating safer and healthier environments for communities to live and work in and to creating a strong economy by regenerating towns and villages.

Tyres dumped on Huntley Lane

Fly tippers warned Moorlands is watching

Fly tippers are being warned that the Staffordshire Moorlands is not the place to dump their rubbish - and the Community Safety Partnership has them in its sights.

Cllr Joe Porter at the Roaches last year

New maps signpost the way to a greener future

As the Moorlands looks forward to a greener future, detailed maps showing the opportunities to create and improve natural spaces and develop walking and cycling routes have been published.

Rapid Covid testing at Brough Park Leisure Centre

Brough Park joins Biddulph as a Covid test centre

Leisure centres and their staff play a critical role in helping us maintain active, healthy lives at all times - a role that's now been extended to include efforts to combat Covid.

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Public asked to help steer Moorlands parking strategy

Residents and businesses are being asked to share their views on how parking can be improved across the Staffordshire Moorlands.

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Council considers on-street drinking ban for town centres

Plans to improve community safety by introducing orders to restrict on-street drinking in Biddulph, Cheadle and Leek town centres are under consideration.

Lockdown awards

Lockdown lifelines celebrated in local Covid awards

Share your love for the special places in your area and celebrate the local businesses that have been your lockdown lifelines by nominating them for a Staffordshire Moorlands Lockdown Award.

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New hardship grant launched as over £31m now paid to businesses

New Covid hardship grants to support Moorlands businesses who aren't eligible for help from the mandatory or discretionary schemes have been launched by the District Council - as latest figures show over £31m has now been paid out to local businesses.

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Council sets budget for coming year

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has set its budget for providing essential services at £10.4m for the coming year.

Cllr Joe Porter planting trees for the community orchard at Haregate

Community orchards at root of nature recovery

Planting community orchards is just one of the ways the District Council is improving natural spaces as part of its commitment to a greener future - and the first five of a planned 30 orchards are now in the ground.

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Micro-businesses offered free FSB membership for a year

As the roadmap for easing Covid restrictions in England is published, 25 micro-businesses in the Moorlands are being offered a year's free membership to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) to help them plan for the future.

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Leek - Stoke rail line bid submitted to Government

Demand from local residents and businesses for improved rail transport has long been heard - and joint working between two local councils and four local MPs has moved this dream a little further down the tracks.

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

Consultation experts invited to apply for Cheadle project

Consultants to carry out public consultation on plans to regenerate Cheadle Town Centre are now being sought by the District Council and the Stakeholder Panel for the project.

Census 2021

Council encourages people to complete Census 2021

Census 2021 is taking place on 21 March and households across Staffordshire Moorlands are being encouraged to make sure they complete the survey.

Councillor Mark Deaville taking a closer look at the new play area at Brough Park ahead of it opening

Work on new Brough Park play area in full swing

Work to install new play equipment and a multi-use games area in Leek's Brough Park is in full swing - with facilities set to be open in time for the longer, warmer days to come.

All three Moorlands leisure centres are now offering asymptomatic Covid testing

Hat-trick for leisure centres as Covid testing starts in Cheadle

South Moorlands Leisure Centre in Cheadle today (Monday 15 March) joins the centres in Biddulph and Leek as it opens as a community testing centre for people without Covid symptoms.

Duke of Edinburgh 2 - credit Jamie McCaffrey

The Duke of Edinburgh 1921 - 2021

Following the announcement today of the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Chairman of Staffordshire Moorlands, Councillor Keith Flunder, and the Leader of the Council, Councillor Sybil Ralphs MBE, have paid tribute.

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Moorlands residents top of the league for recycling

Residents in Staffordshire Moorlands are recycling more of their waste than any other district in Staffordshire.

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Protection Orders approved to try and stop wildfires

Lighting fires, barbecues, fireworks and Chinese lanterns has been banned to help prevent wildfires at high-risk locations in the Staffordshire Moorlands.


Litter-pick your way to fitness and help keep the Moorlands clean

Being active and spending time outdoors has proven benefits for our physical and mental wellbeing - and a new scheme set to launch in the Staffordshire Moorlands has the added bonus of helping to keep local neighbourhoods clean

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Help for Moorlands businesses as restrictions ease

Businesses across the Moorlands are opening their doors once again as Covid restrictions ease further.

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Moorlanders urged to keep going to curb Covid

Moorlanders are being urged to keep up the good work for a few more weeks to help curb the rise in transmission of Covid cases locally.

Councillor Joe Porter with AES colleagues Joe Lucking and Kai Thornton at Brough Park

Moorlands makes great progress towards peat-free planting

With plans to ban the sale of peat compost to gardeners in England from 2024, the District Council is already ahead of the game in the Moorlands.

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Moorlands leader praises 'fantastic' Covid effort

Covid surge testing and a focus on vaccinations in Leek and Cheddleton has seen the number of positive cases fall sharply after a 'fantastic' response from the local community.

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Funding in place for new pump track in Werrington

A £25,000 grant has been awarded to Werrington Parish Council for the installation of a new pump track at Meigh Road playing fields, after a successful application to British Cycling's Places to Ride capital grants programme.

Councillor Paul Roberts, Chairman of SMDC

Moorlands says thanks to NHS and frontline workers

Monday 5 July will see the nation come together to say thank you to NHS, social care and frontline workers on what will be the first of an annual day to show our gratitude to them and to remember all those who have lost their lives to Covid.

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Moorlands Community Climate Change Fund launched

Children and young people are at the heart of a new grant funding scheme to support Moorlands communities who are tackling the climate emergency.

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Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions published

Clear measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions related to Council activities across the Moorlands have been published in the Climate Change Action Plan.

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New homes agreed on former pub site in Cheadle

Eight new homes are set to be built on the site of a former public house which has fallen into disrepair in Cheadle.

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Plans for transfer of former rail line to Council on track

Plans to deliver one of the Moorlands first Green Travel Corridors along the disused rail line between Cheadle and Cresswell are on track after the Council agreed to start the process of taking ownership of the route.

Councillor Mark Deaville and Club Chairman Jon Eeles at Harrison Park

Work on Leek 3G pitch progressing well

Footballers looking to emulate their national and local sporting heroes will soon be able to hone their skills all year round on the first state of the art 3G pitch in the Moorlands.

Biddulph Town Centre Sept 2019 - credit Tony Lally

Public asked for views on Biddulph planning documents

Biddulph could be amongst the first towns in the country to allow the replacement of shop fronts without the need for planning permission if new proposals are approved.

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Caution urged as Covid restrictions ease

With Covid restrictions set to end on Monday, people and businesses across the Moorlands are being urged to minimise their risks of infection.

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Supporting business to re-open after Cheadle land slip

Progress with re-opening a road and businesses in Cheadle is to be reviewed by the County and District Councils following their closure after a land slip in September 2019.

Love Parks Week 2021

Show the love for Moorlands parks this summer

It's national Love Parks Week this week and with green spaces offering so many people a lifeline during Covid, the District Council is calling on visitors to help keep them special places.

River Churnet

Funding secured for nature recovery along the River Churnet

Natural flood management and nature reserve improvements along the River Churnet have been given the green light after Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and the District Council won funding of £176,000.

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

Consultation on Cheadle regeneration gets underway

Community consultation on the regeneration of Cheadle starts this week.

W.A.R on fly-tipping

Moorlands goes to W.A.R on fly-tipping

Illegally dumped rubbish blights our environment and costs local taxpayer tens of thousands of pounds to investigate and clear up - so the District Council and its waste partners at AES are going to W.A.R on fly-tipping in the Moorlands.

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

Cheadle consultation - still time to share your views

Hundreds of people have already shared their views on the five key themes the District Council believes should underpin plans to regenerate Cheadle - and there's still two weeks to share your views before the first phase of consultation closes.

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Leek's outdoor market to return to historic Market Place

The Council Leader, Councillor Sybil Ralphs, who has recently taken on responsibility for the markets within Staffordshire Moorlands as part of her portfolio, has instructed that Leek's outdoor market be returned to its traditional home on the town's Market Place.

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Essential works set to start at Tape Street car park

Work to repair pot holes and broken surfaces is set to start at Cheadle's Tape Street car park next month.

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

Cheadle consultation period extended

The consultation period for people to return surveys seeking views on the regeneration of Cheadle town centre has been extended to allow people sufficient time to respond.

Community Sports Awards

Nominations now open for sporting and community stars

Exceptional times call for exceptional people and this year's Staffordshire Moorlands Community Sports Awards will celebrate the volunteers who have gone above and beyond to keep activities going and support their local communities despite the challenges of Covid.

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

Plenty of chances to join the Cheadle conversation

With the first stage of the consultation on Cheadle's future still open, the Council is reassuring residents, businesses and visitors that no-one has missed the chance to have their say.

Recycle Week 2021

Moorlands residents urged to 'Step It Up' this Recycle Week

It's Recycle Week this week and the District Council has joined forces with Recycle Now to ask residents to 'Step It Up' by taking action to protect our environment through even better recycling habits.

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Market to return to traditional heart of Leek next month

Traders and shoppers will be able to enjoy traditional market scenes in Leek once again when stalls return to the historic Market Place next month.

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Christmas lights set to twinkle again at Leek Twilight Market

With Christmas celebrations back on the agenda this year, the Council has announced the very welcome return of Leek's festive Twilight Market this December.

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Taking action on climate change in the Moorlands

In November the eyes of the world will be on the UK when it hosts COP26 - the United Nations climate change conference - and here in the Moorlands the District Council is working to support everyone who lives and works locally to do their bit to help.

Waste vehicle displaying one of the names chosen by local school children

Pupils recycle famous names for new waste vehicles

Primary school pupils from across the Moorlands took famous faces and other well-known vehicles as their inspiration when they were asked to help name the new fleet of waste and recycling collection vehicles.

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Reducing our carbon footprint in the Moorlands

One of the hot topics world leaders attending the UN's climate change crisis in Glasgow will discuss is how to reduce carbon emissions - and here in the Moorlands the Council has set a target of being net zero by 2030.

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£50k to keep Leek - Stoke rail dream on track

Plans to re-open the rail link between Leek and Stoke remain on track after the Chancellor announced £50,000 of funding to explore the options and develop the business case in this week's budget statement.

New waste fleet carbon emissions reduction

Investment in new waste vehicles drives carbon savings

Replacing older, less efficient waste and recycling collection vehicles with new ones featuring the latest engine technology has helped Staffordshire Moorlands save 141 tonnes in carbon emissions - the equivalent of taking three refuse collection vehicles off the roads every year.

Wagon Poppy 2021

Waste fleet wear poppies with pride

As the Royal British Legion marks 100 years of the poppy appeal, Staffordshire Moorlands is once again showing its support for our Armed Forces past and present this November.

Knypesley Tree Planting

Community orchards at heart of green recovery

More than 20 new orchards will take root across the Moorlands this tree planting season as part of the District Council's plans for a greener future through improved natural spaces.

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Moorlands joins Race to Zero

Staffordshire Moorlands has joined a global coalition of regions and cities aiming to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 or sooner.

Councillor Joe Porter (far right) with some of the Friends volunteers

Celebrating volunteers as Ladderedge scoops seventh award

As the Green Flag Award marks 25 years of excellence, Ladderedge Country Park and the volunteers who help maintain it have once again been honoured - one of a record number of 2,127 parks and green spaces to be recognised.

Shop local this Christmas

Support local businesses and shop local this Christmas

With the advent of December the countdown to Christmas starts in earnest - and the Moorlands is the ideal place to shop, socialise and tick off the other seasonal essentials on your list.

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Staffordshire Councils agree collaboration programme and County Deal proposals

Nine Staffordshire councils have pledged to work closer together and pursue a County Deal with Government under its 'Levelling Up' agenda.

Christmas bin collections 2021

Christmas bin collections - check online now

There's enough to do at Christmas without having to remember any changes to bin collections so we're making it easy to keep on track this festive season.

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

Options for Cheadle to be shaped by consultation response

Options for potential uses of key sites in Cheadle town centre are being developed following public consultation in the summer.

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More support for Moorlands businesses announced

As the Chancellor announces extra funding to help the hospitality and leisure industries, the District Council has launched two new grants to help local businesses.