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Plan for more free parking to boost town centre

New proposals from Staffordshire County Council could see more free parking for limited periods at certain times of day in Stone in a move designed to boost town centres. The plans are designed to revitalise town centres and will also look to encourage a higher turnover of short stay parking during shop opening hours, and longer stays in the evening where there may be ...

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Funding available for arts activities in Stone

Community groups and arts organisations in Stone are being invited to apply for funding to deliver arts activities in the town. The funding is available for projects or events which benefit local communities and organisations can apply for up to £1,000. Last year the Community Arts Fund supported over 40 projects across the county, with 10,000 people taking part in dance, singing, ...

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Plan to extend town centre boundary in Stone

Westbridge Park

A consultation is under way on the second part of Stafford Borough Council’s Local Plan, which sets proposed boundaries for new housing, employment and retail development in the borough. In Stone, one of the proposals is to extend the town centre boundary to include the ‘developed’ part of Westbridge Park – the leisure centre, tennis courts and car park areas. ...

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Revamp for Stonefield Park play area on the way

The play area at Stonefield Park will be getting a revamp. Some new play equipment will be installed – a basket swing, four-way cockerel springer and a turtle springer – and the existing roundabout and multi-play unit will be repainted. The existing swings will also be refurbished, providing one flat seat and one cradle seat, and the play area will also be resurfaced, ...

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Revellers forced to cancel Father Ted shows

Father Ted

Stone Revellers have had to cancel all of their Father Ted shows this week. Due to an injury to one of the lead characters, they’ve been forced to cancel all performances. The Revellers say anyone who has paid for tickets for these dates will receive a full refund, which can be collected at St Michael’s Hall, Lichfield Street, from 6.45pm ...

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Could you help to scrutinise the work of the police?

Commissioner

People in Stone have the opportunity to join an independent panel that examines the work of the police in Staffordshire. The Ethics, Transparency and Audit Panel (ETAP) set up by Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis aims for policing in Staffordshire to be the most open and transparent in the country. Nine members of the public currently sit on the panel and meet ...

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Christmas comes early for Moddershall Cricket Club girls!

Girls from Moddershall Cricket Club aged between seven and 11 were delighted to receive a range of equipment to use at their weekly cricket training sessions thanks to a generous donation from Stone’s Impact Safety Netting. Equipment including catching nets, reaction balls, mini hurdles and resistance trainers was purchased to help the girls with their agility, catching and throwing skills. ...

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Vow to champion Staffordshire as HS2 gets the nod

HS2

The Leader of Staffordshire County Council has vowed to get the best deal for Staffordshire today after the Government confirmed that HS2 will definitely be built. In his first speech since his reappointment, Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin said the high speed rail link to Manchester and Leeds will go ahead. The Transport Secretary confirmed that legislation would ...

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