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  • 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.

    Especially hand-made for the British fantasy feature film Arthur& Merlin, which features several locations in the Staffordshire Moorlands, it is a replica of a sword found in a Welsh marsh using Celtic techniques made by specialist craftsmen.

  • 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.

    The high-quality development has been provided by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council as part of its commitment to improving opportunities for Moorlands residents to take part in a variety of sporting activity.

    As part of their plans to involve people of all ages, the Club’s experienced players and local coach, Carol Hornsby, are working with Year 7 pupils from Woodhouse Academy.

  • EU Referendum

    A Referendum on whether Britain should remain in the European Union will be held on Thursday 23 June.  

    Registering to vote

    In order to vote in this referendum, your name must appear on the Electoral Register.

    The last date to register for these elections is Tuesday 7th June 2016. To register visit www.gov.uk/registertovote 

    Your completed application form to request a postal votes MUST be received by us by Wednesday 8th June at 5.00pm.

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  • Want to know what’s happening at Halls Road play area?

    Then join us at Halls Road car park in Biddulph on Tuesday 3 May between midday and 5pm  when we’ll be sharing more information about the plans for a new all-ages play area.

    People will have the chance to come and see the plans for the new area, take a look at the equipment that is to be installed and find out more about when the work will start, how long it will take and when the new facilities will be open.

    Hope to see you there!

  • What's the plan for Staffordshire Moorlands?

    Following on from consultation on site options held in 2015, this consultation identifies the Council’s preferred sites for a variety of uses including housing, employment, retail, and gypsies and travellers. It also identifies draft development boundaries for towns and villages across the District and retail boundaries for the town centres.

    Copies of proposals and details of how to give us your views can be found at Council ‘One Stop Shops’ in Leek, Biddulph and Cheadle and at all libraries throughout the District.

  • Customer Satisfaction Survey Summary

    As part of our drive for continuous service improvements customer services recently conducted a customer satisfaction survey. The survey was held over a 2 week period using a representative sample of customers both public facing and via the telephone. The purpose of the survey is to gauge the level of customer satisfaction with the services provided by the council.

    For more information arising from the survey please have a look at the summary of the results.

  • 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.

    The historic Park landscape is full of wildlife and great places to walk and is already held in high regard by visitors – many of whom return regularly to enjoy the environment.

    Now Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is looking to meet up with them, and anyone else who’s interested, to explore how they can play a role in the Park’s future development.

  • What goes in my bins?

    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.

    Staffordshire Moorlands District Council won a national award in 2008 following the introduction of its recycling service – and it was the first council in the country to recycle or compost over 60% of the district’s total annual waste.

    While still good, performance has dipped since then resulting in increased disposal costs of thousands of pounds every week.

  • Moorlands to join ‘inclusive’ Commonwealth celebration

    Staffordshire Moorlands will once again be joining over 850 communities across the world in raising a flag in recognition of this year’s Commonwealth Day which, appropriately, this year has ‘An inclusive Commonwealth’ as its theme.

    This unique initiative, which is now in its third year, catches the imagination of thousands of participants from all walks of life, inspiring them to join with others to celebrate the day at 10am on Monday 14 March.

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  • James Ward known as Mark James T/A as Car Care Automotive Great Yarmouth Guilty of Handling Stolen Car Parts

    James Ward known as Mark James was found guilty last week for handling stolen car parts from his business called Car Care Automotive. Unit 6 Suffolk Rd Great Yarmouth.. Phone number 01493 717767
    A Subaru Impreza was stolen from High Wycombe, an area where Ward lived at the time of the theft. The car was broken up for parts by Ward. He has also set up a new business that deals with Subaru’s. The business is in Great Yarmouth, Car Care Automotive. Unit 6 Suffolk Rd. Phone number 01493 717767.
    Thames Valley Police raided Car Care Automotive on the 24/2/15 and found a few parts left from the stolen Subaru. Ward was bailed until April. On the 20/4/15 Thames Valley Police charged Ward with handling and selling stolen goods. Ward has even put parts from the stolen car onto other cars.
    On the 6/5/15 Ward pleaded guilty to breaking the Subaru, knowing it was stolen and selling it for parts.
    Anyone with a Subaru are advised to be careful dealing with the business known as Car Care Automotive at Great Yarmouth. The Court Order was made against James Mark Ward at High Wycombe Court. The Case number is 431500197216/1 6th May 2015. This article is printed in good faith from verified data and is in the interest of public awareness.The business Care Care Automotive at Yarmouth
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