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Neighbourhood plan consultation gets under way

Aerial photo of Stone by Paul Moloney

Letters have been sent out to residents and businesses in Stone inviting comments on proposals for a neighbourhood plan for the town. A neighbourhood plan provides local people with the opportunity to say what development can take place, where it is to be located and what it might look like. Stone Town Council has set up a steering group, led by ...

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Home flooding protection plan completed


A pioneering project to improve the ecological health of a brook in Stone, create new wetland habitats and protect homes from flooding has been completed. Staffordshire Wildlife Trust has worked closely with Natural England and the Environment Agency, who funded the project, to improve the water quality of Scotch Brook, a small watercourse which runs south of Barlaston and joins ...

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Colder weather safety warning

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  Brrrr!  Winter is approaching, and as the leaves and temperatures drop, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people in Stone to consider fire safety when preparing for the change of season. The Service has already attended a number of incidents this year caused by heating appliances, open fires and chimneys. Head of Central Risk Reduction, Jim Bywater, said: ...

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Drivers urged to be Des for Rugby World Cup


With the Rugby World Cup in full swing, designated drivers will be rewarded in more than 100 Staffordshire pubs as part of the “I’ll be DES” campaign. The Rugby World Cup is running throughout September and October, and with fans expected to watch the games in their local, the campaign is reminding people not to get carried away drinking during ...

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Family fun day raises over £4300 for STING


Despite a grey and rainy start to the day, the sun eventually shone down on the latest Family Fun Day at Wincanton’s National Distribution Centre for Screwfix.  The annual event is held to raise money for the company’s nominated charity, this year’s being STING (Staffordshire Therapeutic Independent Neurological Group). The Family Fun Day grows each year, along with the development ...

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A prickly problem – and have you spied a spider?!


Staffordshire Wildlife Trust have launched a ‘Last Hedgehog in Staffordshire?’ campaign to raise awareness of the vulnerable plight of our prickly garden pals, whose numbers have sadly diminished dramatically over the years, with 95% of the population being lost since the 1950s. Over 100,000 homes across Staffordshire will soon be receiving an information-packed booklet to alert people to the predicament. ...

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Stone Guides receive Baden-Powell Challenge Award


Four girls from 1st Aston and Little Stoke Guides have received their Baden-Powell Challenge Awards, the highest award a girl can achieve in the Guide Section. Emily Cunningham, Amy Swan, Ella Williamson and Catherine Abrahams and were presented with their awards by Stone Outward Division Commissioner Judith Woods this summer.   The girls had to complete a series of 10 challenges and a residential event and ...

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Town council wants to produce Neighbourhood Plan

Aerial photo of Stone by Paul Moloney

Stone Town Council is looking to produce a Neighbourhood Plan to make sure that developments in the town meet residents’ needs. A Neighbourhood Plan, the town council says, would allow the town council can refine Stafford Borough Council’s planning policies to ensure that developments within Stone meet more closely the needs of Stone residents. This could include, for example, protecting local ...

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Hob fire in Stone sparks safety warning


Firefighters are urging people to check their cooking appliances are switched off correctly after use after an elderly lady and her adult daughter had a lucky escape following a fire in their home in St Michael’s Mount, Stone. The emergency services were called when plastic containers which had been placed on top of the gas hob caught fire after it had ...

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