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County Council Agrees to Transfer Former Centre

Staffordshire Place

A former leisure centre building owned by Staffordshire County Council will be transferred to Newcastle Borough Council for a nominal fee. At the county council’s Property Sub-Committee meeting yesterday, members unanimously decided to transfer the former Kidsgrove Leisure Centre building to the borough council, together with a contribution of £363,000 towards the cost of demolition. The transfer—which is subject to ...

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£15 million highway improvements programme set to begin in Cannock

MacArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cannock

Major works to provide access to a new £160 million retail development and improve traffic flow on the roads around it are set to begin next week. Cannock Chase District Council granted planning approval for a designer outlet at Mill Green in September 2016 following extensive consultations with the local community. On-site construction of McArthurGlen Designer Outlet in Cannock started ...

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Bravest of the brave remembered

Lance Corporal Bill Coltman

Created in 1856 by Queen Victoria and reputed to be cast from bronze cannon captured in the Crimea, the Victoria Cross is Britain’s highest recognition for bravery in the face of the enemy. During the Great War, Staffordshire men and those representing Staffordshire Regiments were in the thick of the fighting and their nation recognised their conspicuous courage. Here are ...

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How Cannock Chase shaped the soldiers of the Great War

Cannock Chase under construction

They may not have recreated the horrors experienced by men in the trenches of the Western Front, but the WWI training camps on Cannock Chase in Staffordshire helped prepare the soldiers who would eventually win the war. Amongst the most impressive and extensive remains are the two training camps of Brocton and Rugeley, where more than 500,000 men from the ...

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People reminded to take up their free flu vaccination

People at increased risk from the effects of the flu are being reminded to take up their free vaccination ahead of the winter months. The vaccination is being offered to people aged 65 and over, pregnant women, those with underlying health conditions, carers  and children aged two to nine. Those who are eligible are being urged to take up the ...

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From barren field to national memorial

Remembrance Sunday at NMA

Twenty one years after the first trees were planted at a reclaimed quarry, Staffordshire’s National Memorial Arboretum will take centre stage for this year’s 100th anniversary commemorations to mark the end of the Great War. Founded on 150 acres of former quarried land in Alrewas, the national centre for remembrance now has 30,000 trees and more than 330 civilian and ...

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Proposals developed for managing Cannock Chase

Proposals for a decade-long plan to look after Cannock Chase’s natural habitats have been put forward after more than a year of discussion. People, groups and organisations with an interest in Cannock Chase Country Park were asked for their views, before a working group developed the ideas for managing the land to prevent it becoming overgrown. The proposals now include ...

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