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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.

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.

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.

Coronavirus News

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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.

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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 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.

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£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.

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Retirement of CEO

Joint statement from Cllr Sybil Ralphs MBE and Cllr Anthony Mckeown

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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Empty Homes Premium to increase.

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

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.

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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.

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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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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).

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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.

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 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.

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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.


New Year boost for Cheadle town centre

Cheadle town centre has been given a New Year boost after being named as one of the first 14 pilot towns set to benefit from expert support to regenerate the high street.

Dai Larner

Staffordshire Moorlands says a fond farewell to long-serving Place Director Dai Larner

Whilst the name Dai Larner might not be that familiar to Moorlanders many of the things he's worked on over the last decade certainly will be!

Intoxicated campaign launch 2019

Celebrate the season responsibly say Council and Police

Christmas is a time for getting together with friends and family to celebrate the season - and the Council and Police have teamed up to ask everyone to share the festive spirit by drinking responsibly and being mindful of the impact their actions can have on others.

Keeping the Moorlands clean

Dropped cigarette end costs man over £300

Dropping a cigarette end in Rushton Spencer has cost a Buxton man £330.

Christmas bin collections 2019

Changes to Christmas bin collections online now

Christmas is almost here and whatever you have planned this year remembering any changes to bin collections is probably the last thing on your list!

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Give us your feedback on our four-year financial plan

The Council is setting its budget for 2020/21 in February next year. Part of that process includes updating the Medium Term Financial Plan (MTFP) for the next four years

Keeping the Moorlands clean

Men fined £1k+ for dog fouling and littering in Moorlands

Failing to clean up dog fouling and dropping cigarette butts in the Staffordshire Moorlands has resulted in fines totalling over £1,300 for three men.

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Celebrating 800 years of Leek markets this Autumn

We're celebrating Leek's long and illustrious history as a market town this Autumn with a series of seasonal markets and special events.

Poppy appeal 2019

Council goes visible with poppy appeal support

This year's poppy appeal is going undercover - but here in the Moorlands we're going very visible with our support for the annual campaign to raise funds for the Armed Forces past and present.

Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism and Good Food Awards winners

Moorlands businesses take starring roles at Tourism and Food Awards

Businesses across the Staffordshire Moorlands are celebrating after an excellent showing at the Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism and Good Food Awards.

Councillor Sybil Ralphs

Council sets out plans for next four years

Supporting local people by increasing the supply of quality, affordable homes, improving bus links between Moorlands villages and towns and bringing the railway to Leek, ensuring effective health provision, increasing recycling rates and reducing carbon emissions are at the heart of the District Council's plans for the coming four years.

Pumpkin carving workshop

Spooktacular events this Halloween at Leek markets

Pumpkins aplenty is a sure sign that Halloween is just around the corner and Leek markets is hosting a special carving workshop to help make sure your creations stand out from the crowd this October.

Cllr Porter meets Staffordshire Wildlife Trust at the Roaches

Taking action on climate change in the Moorlands

Addressing climate change is the defining issue of our time and the now is the defining moment to do something about it - so delegates at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit were told.

Tittesworth and the Roaches

Cracking down on illegal development in the Green Belt

Staffordshire Moorlands will receive a slice of a £2 million fund to crack down on illegal development in the Green Belt.

Recycle Week 2019

Getting recycling right in the Moorlands

It's Recycle Week this week and the District Council is encouraging everyone to take a look at what they're throwing away and check whether any of those items could actually be recycled.

Cllr Deaville at the Brough Park skate park

Leek's new skate park has wheel appeal

Leek's new skate park is on a roll with wheeled-sports enthusiasts and is proving extremely popular since opening earlier this year.

Visitors to the Call of the Wild exhibition admire the photographs

Answer the Call of the Wild this autumn

Photographer Kieran Metcalfe's 'The Dragon and the Flame' - chosen to commemorate the 70th anniversary of National Parks earlier this year - is just one of the stunning images on display at the Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery's autumn exhibition.

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Resurfacing work at Leek Bus Station this weekend

Bus passengers are advised that work to resurface the road at Leek Bus Station will take place on Sunday 15 September.

Cllr Joe Porter

Council appoints Cabinet member for climate change

Councillor Joe Porter has joined Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's Cabinet as the portfolio holder for climate change.

Keeping the Moorlands clean

Community Order for Stoke man who dumped waste in the Moorlands

A Stoke-on-Trent man who dumped a builder's bag full of waste and a double mattress in the Staffordshire Moorlands countryside has been ordered to do 80 hours unpaid work and pay costs of more than £2,000.

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High five as Ladderedge awarded Green Flag again

Supporters of Ladderedge Country Park are celebrating again after it was awarded a Green Flag


Spectacular Space Scheme has Landed

A summer holiday activity scheme for young people is about to kick off again for 2019

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Canvass of Moorlands electors now underway

Forms are now being delivered across the Staffordshire Moorlands asking households to confirm the names of people living at the address who are registered to vote.

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Council set to repair 12 Moorlands car parks this summer

Twelve off-street car parks across the Staffordshire Moorlands are to be repaired this summer - starting at Wharf Road in Biddulph in the week commencing 29 July.


Cheadle encouraged by High Street Fund feedback

Cheadle has been invited to re-submit its bid to the Future High Street Fund when it opens again next year.

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Moorlands Council declares climate change emergency

Plans to make the Staffordshire Moorlands carbon neutral by 2030 have been unanimously approved by the District Council.

David Hunt and Friends exhibition

Join David Hunt and Friends at the Nicholson this summer

The daring use of light, colour, texture and form by a group of award-winning artists adds an exciting dimension to this summer's exhibition at Leek's Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery.

Keeping the Moorlands clean

Dropped cigarette end costly for Leek man

Dropping a cigarette butt in the town centre has cost a Leek man £400.

Councillor Mark Deaville with members of Leek Rugby Club u15s Girls

Celebrating our Moorlands sporting heroes

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

Winners and runners-up at this year's Open Art awards

Picture perfect for Open Art Awards winners

The winning artists have been announced following a record breaking year for the Staffordshire Moorlands Open Art exhibition 2019.

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Council publishes draft statement of accounts 2018-19

Find out more information on the years Draft statement of accounts 2018-19

Spring Clean

Moorlands gearing up for Great British Spring Clean

Communities across the country are getting ready for the Great British Spring Clean which starts this week - and the District Council is supporting Staffordshire Moorlands residents who want to get involved.

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Giveaways and double points at Leek market this weekend

Shoppers in Leek are being invited to join market traders this weekend to celebrate the completion of improvement works to the town's indoor markets.


Council agrees budget for coming year

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

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Tunstall Road Masterplan information drop-in event

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is working with consultants, Sanderson Weatherall to create a vision for how mixed use development at Tunstall Road, Knypersley, Biddulph may look.