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Council offers gift of free Christmas parking

With preparations for the festive season now well underway towns across the Moorlands are gearing up to welcome visitors and shoppers during this busy period - and the Council is once again offering free parking at its car parks.

Poppy appeal 2018

Council proud to support poppy appeal

This year's festival of remembrance and the poppy appeal has a special significance as the nation prepares to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

Bowen Mike

Council has EPIC plans to return empty properties to use

With the demand for affordable homes high on the national agenda it can be frustrating to see otherwise habitable properties being left empty - and here in the Moorlands the local council has plans to tackle this issue thanks to a £1 million partnership with housing association EPIC.

Cheadle zero tolerance to loan sharks charter signing

Agencies warn don't be bitten by loan sharks!

Don't get bitten by loan sharks - that's the warning from local agencies in the Staffordshire Moorlands during this year's 'bite back' campaign.

BL visit to Coming Home

British Legion chief visits WW1 exhibition in Leek

'Coming Home' - a poignant exhibition remembering the Moorlands soldiers who fought in the First World War - has welcomed prestigious visitors from the British Legion.

Coming Home exhibition

Moorlands soldiers stories come home in new exhibition

'Coming Home' - a new exhibition opening this weekend at Leek's Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery - remembers the lives of soldiers from across the Staffordshire Moorlands who left their rural communities to fight in the First World War.

Roaches - photo by Greg Walker

Tourism STEAMING ahead in the Moorlands

Tourism contributed over £277 million to the local economy and supported over 3,500 jobs in the Staffordshire Moorlands in 2017 according to the latest figures.

Recycle week - SM does

Getting recycling right in Staffordshire Moorlands

We're already great at recycling in Staffordshire Moorlands - with 44,340 households regularly recycling their waste - and we're now calling on everyone to make sure they're recycling right.

School summer activity programme

Upping the activity ante in North Leek

Whilst the long hot days of the summer holidays are now just a memory it's hoped that the activity habits formed by youngsters from two Haregate schools won't be!

I support #myhighstreet

Leek bidding for best High Street title

Leek's bid to be named Britain's best high street has now been submitted.

Ladderedge green flag award 2018

Fourth flag for excellence at Ladderedge

Lovers of Ladderedge Country Park are celebrating after it was named amongst the best green spaces in the UK for the fourth year running.

Space 2018

Make Space for fun activities this summer

With the school summer holidays now in full swing even the most creative families can find themselves wondering how to occupy youngsters - and sending them to Space could be just the answer!

Brough Park skate park

Wheels in motion for new Leek skate park

Moorlands skateboarders, skaters and BMX riders can look forward to modern new facilities after the District Council set the wheels in motion for a new skate park in Leek.

High Street Awards

Your high street needs you!

Interest in Leek's bid to be named England's Champion High Street is already building with the Streets Team making a visit to the town the top of their list!

Loyalty card winner Mrs Trafford

Leek markets show loyalty to local businesses and shoppers

Local markets help towns to thrive - and here in Leek the feelgood factor is going even further by benefiting shoppers and local tradespeople alike.

Netball coaching in Leek

Courting success with two new netball teams

Coaching sessions to encourage more girls to play netball have scored such a hit with youngsters - and their Mums - that new junior and ladies teams will be created in the autumn.

Leek town centre

Leek in the running for Britain's greatest high street

Lovers of Leek are hoping its blend of independent shops, popular high street names and bustling traditional and specialist markets will see it crowned a Great British High Street.

Pointing out the characteristics of the types of properties likely to be eligible for fuel support

Act now to Beat the Cold this winter

The middle of a summer heatwave might seem like a strange time to launch a scheme aimed at helping people stay warm and healthy this winter - but according to the experts it's actually perfect timing!

Alliance@10

Ten out of ten for Alliance councils

It's top marks for two local councils who have scored a perfect ten for their residents after embarking on an innovative partnership to improve local public services.

Ramshaw Moor Smoke Advice

Ramshaw Moor Wildfire

Information for residents about the fire on Ramshaw Moor

Bowen Mike

Tackling homelessness in the Moorlands

We all know the familiar sayings and phrases that celebrate the comfort we derive from our homes - but for people who find themselves homeless or threatened with homelessness they might sound a little hollow.

SMDC Crest

£7,000 goes up in smoke for Gillow Heath man

Burning waste wood at his home address has resulted in a Gillow Heath man seeing over £7,000 of his funds go up in smoke.

Dry stone wallers taking part in a course

Learn a heritage skill this summer

Leave your mark on the Moorlands landscape for decades to come by joining us this July to learn how to build dry stone walls.

Open art public vote winner

Prize winning art in the frame in Leek

Picture perfect artists were celebrating their success at the prize giving ceremony which concluded this year's Staffordshire Moorlands Open Art Exhibition.

Birch Gardens dedication

Centenary Field status for Leek park

Birch Gardens in Leek has been dedicated as a Centenary Field in memory of those who lost their lives during World War 1.

Leek Markets logo

Love is in the air at Leek's markets this May

Love is definitely in the air for Leek's indoor and outdoor markets this month!

Mr Amson

Leek man banned from approaching females in England and Wales

A 45-year-old Leek man has been banned from approaching, communicating with or following females in public places across England and Wales such as to cause them alarm or distress. The ban lasts for a period of three years.

Volunteer winner Angie Heathcote with Councillor Mike Bowen

Moorlands medals for our local sporting heroes

Celebrating sporting success in fields as diverse as martial arts and obstacle racing took centre stage at the Staffordshire Moorlands Sports Awards.

Open Art exhibition at the Nicholson

Exhibition celebrating local artists now open

A new exhibition celebrating local artistry and artists is now officially open at the Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery in Leek.

Bowen Mike

Bringing empty properties back into use

Empty properties blight communities and, with the provision of housing high on the national agenda, bringing them back into use seems like one obvious way to help meet local needs.

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Helping the Moorlands commemorate WW1 centenary

This November people across the UK will come together to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War - and the District Council is offering grants to Moorlands towns and parishes to mark this nationally and internationally important anniversary.

Roaches - photo by Greg Walker

Putting the Moorlands on the tourism map

March heralds the start of Spring and the promise of longer and warmer days when our thoughts naturally turn to holidays and leisure - and a conference taking place this week is aimed at making sure tourism businesses are all set to welcome visitors to the Moorlands.

Councillor Sybil Ralphs

Council sets budget for coming year

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has set its budget for providing essential services at £10.8m for the coming year.

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Getting social with the Council

An ever increasing number of people are using social media to communicate, find information, keep up with the news and participate in society - and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has added to its online community presence by joining Facebook.

Hedge laying

No need to hedge your bets with this heritage skills course

Ever fancied learning the traditional countryside management skill of hedge laying? If so, a course taking place next month is just what you're looking for.

Local Plan submission version

Local Plan for Staffordshire Moorlands moves a step closer

The Local Plan for the Staffordshire Moorlands looks set to be submitted to the Government in the summer.

Forsbrook

Views sought on seventh 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.

Sports awards logos

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Sports Awards

Help us in our search for the Moorlands stars of the sports world!

Fly tipped sofa

Tipping the balance against waste offenders

New proposals aimed at tackling the scourge of fly tipping have been welcomed by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

Leek food co-op

Healthy future for Leek food co-op thanks to funding boost

Users of the Leek food co-operative can look forward to a healthy new year after the project was awarded funding of £20,000 to continue providing fresh fruit and vegetables to the local community.

Councillor Sybil Ralphs

£100,000+ boost for rural Moorlands businesses

Local farmers and businesses have claimed over £100,000 in funding to support growth and productivity - a big increase on previous figures.

Leek Brook signal box

Full steam ahead for Leek Brook station restoration

Plans to replicate the former station building at Leek Brook Station on the heritage Churnet Valley Railway line are on track after the project secured grants of £22,722.

Property in Foxt

Join the conservation conversation in Foxt

Foxt is set in one of the most ancient and dramatic landscapes in the Staffordshire Moorlands - and the Council wants to protect its unique character for future generations.

Bowen Mike

Biddulph pool to close for repairs

The swimming pool area at Biddulph Valley Leisure Centre will be closed later this month whilst repairs are carried out. The rest of the centre will remain open as normal.