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Joy for campaigners as housing appeal is thrown out

Nicholls Lane

Seddon Homes’ appeal against the rejection of its plans for housing in the Moddershall Valley Conservation Area has been thrown out by a Planning Inspector. The developer wanted to build 34 homes on a field that lies between Nicholls Lane, Hayes Mill and the Moddershall Valley Conservation Area. Stafford Borough Council had originally rejected the proposal in March 2013 but Seddon Homes ...

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Man charged after thefts from vehicles


A man is due in court today (19th May) charged with theft from motor vehicles, theft of a garden statue and possession of cannabis. The man was arrested yesterday, Monday 18th May, by officers investigating a spate of thefts from motor vehicles across the Stafford Borough Local Policing Team area, including Stone, last week. Shane Gallagher, aged 28, from Chatsworth ...

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Have your say! Fire service consultation ends on 22nd May

Stone community safety options

The consultation on Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s proposed changes – including the removal of one of Stone’s two appliances – closes on Friday 22nd May. If you haven’t already done so, make sure you have your say. There is lots more information on the Service’s proposals for Stone HERE. Responses will be reported to the Fire and Rescue Authority ...

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Meaford Energy Centre application accepted


Meaford Energy Limited’s Development Consent Order (DCO) application for a new gas turbine power station has been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate following a 24-day review.   The application will now process to the pre-examination stage. This will take around three months and will then be followed by the Planning Inspectorate’s formal examination. Meaford Energy Ltd says Meaford Energy ...

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Former Stone resident’s terrifying forest fire encounter

The terrifying view from XXXXX's home in

Former Stone resident Lynne Shepley now lives in South Africa and sent us this fascinating report and spectacular photographs of a brave and dramatic firefighting operation following a series of devastating forest fires in the area back in March. Thanks Lynne. The Cape Peninsula was in the grip of raging wildfires in early March, stretching many miles from the Indian Ocean ...

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Warning after spate of car break-ins in Stone

This car was broken into in the Stonefield area on Wednesday night / early hours of Thursday

Police have issued a warning and crime prevention advice after a spate of car break-ins in Stone this week. The advice comes after a spate of thefts from motor vehicles this week in Walton. Untidy searches were made of the vehicles and bags containing contents stolen. This week, overnight on the 12/13 May, at least five vehicles were broken into on ...

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Major Meaford roadworks start on 26th May

Meaford roadworls

Work on two new roundabouts and a new access road for the new Meaford Business Park get under way on Tuesday 26th May. The scheme at Meaford, which is the county’s second Government Growth Deal funded project to get off the ground, will see the construction of new roundabouts on Meaford Road at its junctions with the A34 and Rookery ...

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Cattle die in barn fire at Stone farm

Pic at the scene by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters from Stone, Stafford and Longton tackled a horrific barn fire in Stone today in which a number of cattle died. The barn, on a farm just off the A34 in Pirehill, contained around 700 tonnes of hay. The first crew arrived at the scene at 3.30pm on Monday 11th May and firefighters used a compressed air foam system to tackle the ...

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