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Congratulations Streetscene

It isn’t very often that I have cause to congratulate Stafford Borough Council but today I must eat humble pie and say “Well done Streetscene – a fantastic job done so quickly!” I am referring to a problem that was brought to my attention earlier this week by a resident of Bromfield Court whose property backs onto the Christchurch Way public car ...

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Children take the Space Hop challenge

More than 300 children are taking part in this year’s summer reading challenge at Stone library. The Space Hop – a national scheme at libraries all over the country – encourages youngsters to keep reading over the long school break. And it’s certainly caught the imagination of Stone youngsters – with around 320 signed up at the High Street library. ...

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Drive for more foster carers in Stone

The Staffordshire Adoption & Fostering recruitment bus (or Reggie, as he’s known) was in the town centre on Monday 23rd August to spread the word about the need for more foster carers in the town. Apparently, the service needs another 20 foster carers in the Stone area to meet current needs. Experienced foster carers and social workers will be at ...

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Wrangle over size of farmers’ market

It’s a lovely picture isn’t it? Taken on Saturday 7th August – the last farmers’ market day in the town centre – it shows the hustle and bustle, the sheer vitality that the market brings to the town. All was not well on that Saturday, however. At about 7am, as the market traders were setting up for a busy day, ...

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Store Watch scheme to be launched by Stone police

Stone Urban’s neighbourhood policing team, working with town centre businesses, is to launch a Store Watch scheme for the town. Thankfully, incidents like the armed robbery at Thomson travel agents in July are rare in Stone. However, the Store Watch scheme will enable businesses and local officers to communicate effectively if, for instance, a known shoplifter is in the town. ...

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Changes to blue bin recycling

We’ll be able to put more items into our blue wheelie bins from next month as Stafford Borough Council looks to boost recycling rates and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill. From Monday 13th September, foil, empty plastic bags, aerosols, clingfilm and Tetra Pak style cartons can be put into blue bins, as well as glass, cans, cardboard, ...

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