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New committee looks at land sales issue

A cross-party group is being set up to develop detailed proposals for the management and disposal of council assets in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Full Council took the decision to establish an Asset Policy Committee this week (25 November). It will begin work immediately and will exist only until the date of the next meeting of Full Council, which is on 24 February 2016.

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Friday, 27 November 2015
Major changes to elections in the borough

Fewer councillors and all-out elections every four years have been agreed in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

At a meeting of the Full Council this week (25 November) members supported two proposals which will transform the way voters in the borough are represented from 2018.

Currently, the Council has 60 councillors with elections taking place three years in every four. This will change to one election for all councillors every four years.

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Friday, 27 November 2015
Neil Baldwin Receives Freedom of the Borough

This is a transcript of the address given by ex-Mayor of Newcastle, Malcolm Clarke, a life-long friend of Neil Baldwin, at his Freedom of the Borough reception. He has kindly given us permission to share it with you on the website.

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Friday, 27 November 2015
Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone

Chancellor George Osborne has rubber stamped plans for Ceramic Valley, a new enterprise zone, as part of his Autumn Statement.
The bid was coordinated by the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and has been welcomed by councils in Newcastle and Stoke-on-Trent as a major step forward in the economic development of the region.

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Thursday, 26 November 2015
Essential Website Maintenance

Due to essential maintenance the Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council Website will be disrupted between 6pm and 6.15pm on Tuesday 24 November.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Swimming Pools Close due to Broken Boilers

Swimming at Kidsgrove Sports Centre is unavailable over the weekend while both boilers are repaired.

The temporary closure of both pools and the sauna comes after the equipment broke down earlier today.

The centre’s gym, sports hall and astro turf pitch are unaffected although no showers or hot water will be available.

The situation will be reviewed on Monday, 23 November.

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Friday, 20 November 2015
Judges Applaud Arts Centre for Design

A state-of-the-art educational facility is the main winner in a design scheme.

Newcastle-under-Lyme College’s performing arts centre in Knutton Lane, Newcastle, has received top honours in this year’s Civic Awards.

The biennial initiative, run by the Borough Council and Newcastle-under-Lyme Civic Society, celebrates buildings that blend into their surroundings and are fit for purpose.

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Monday, 16 November 2015
It's all New at the Brampton Museum

A popular cultural attraction is opening its doors to two new exhibitions.

Final preparations are underway to unveil B(u)y me for Christmas and Inkpots at the Brampton Museum.

Visitors can buy handmade gifts crafted by more than 30 local artists from Saturday, 14 November.

B(u)y me for Christmas features a variety of affordable items including jewellery, ceramics, textiles and paintings.

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015
Tell Us What You Think About Great Outdoors

Residents of all ages can help plan for the future of parks, green space and nature in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The Borough Council is running a consultation exercise gauging adults and children’s views on parks, play areas, grassed areas, woodlands, sports pitches, allotments and trees as it prepares a green space strategy.

The new document will cover open space provision in both urban and rural areas.

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Tuesday, 03 November 2015
We Will Remember Them

Residents are invited to join the Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme at the annual Remembrance Day church service and parade.

Forces representatives and local organisations are also attending the service which takes place at St. Giles’ Church, Newcastle, on Sunday, 8 November at 10am.

The pipes and drums of the Black Watch Association once again lead the parade from the Civic Offices, Merrial Street, at 9.30am.

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Tuesday, 03 November 2015
Football Course Helps Children with their Goals

Boys and girls are being encouraged to kick off during the half-term holidays.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is running daily football coaching courses at Roe Lane playing fields, Clayton, from Monday, 26 October to Friday, 30 October.

Youngsters will learn new skills and techniques while taking part in a series of fun activities including Premier League mini-soccer, penalty competitions and crossbar challenges.

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Friday, 23 October 2015
Cricket Club Comes Alive with Sound of Music

Residents can enjoy the sounds of a popular acoustic duo while raising money for an historical attraction and people with dementia and hearing problems.

The Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Sandra Hambleton, has organised an evening of entertainment by Grant “n” Match in aid of her chosen charities.

The event takes place at Porthill Park Cricket Club, Knutton Road, Wolstanton, on Friday, 30 October from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Doors open at 6.30pm.

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Monday, 19 October 2015
Jan's Beautiful Garden is Best in Borough

A horticultural enthusiast’s “superb garden” in Kidsgrove has earned her the top honour in a popular Council-run event for the fifth time in nine years.

Jan Ratcliffe, from King Street, is once again the winner of the residential gardens category in the Newcastle in Bloom competition after succeeding in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Judges describe her garden as “joyful” with “beautiful plants and recycled features”.

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Monday, 12 October 2015
Help Fireworks Fundraiser go with a Bang

Families can enjoy fireworks and fairground rides while raising money for worthwhile causes.

The Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme is hosting the special event at the Lyme Valley Parkway on Sunday, 25 October in honour of her chosen charities.

Cllr. Sandra Hambleton is dedicating her mayoral year to raising money for Approach, DEAFvibe and the Apedale Heritage Centre.

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Friday, 09 October 2015
Just The Ticket For Travellers

Customers using local bus services can now buy tickets at a town centre location for the first time.

Newcastle-under–Lyme Borough Council has joined forces with First Potteries bus company to provide this service from the Guildhall in Newcastle.

The six-month pilot project will test whether it is popular enough to make it a full-time feature at the Council’s customer service centre.

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Thursday, 08 October 2015
Newcastle Waves the Flag for Good Night Out

Newcastle town centre’s night-time economy has gained the seal of approval from a national accreditation scheme for the second year running.

It has been awarded prestigious Purple Flag status by the Association of Town and City Management (ATCM) for providing a vibrant, diverse, safe and enjoyable night out.

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Monday, 05 October 2015
Manage Your Council Tax Account Online

A new system has been introduced which gives local people round-the-clock access to managing their Council Tax account.

Citizen Access has been brought in by the Borough Council as a feature on its new website so residents can report vital information which impacts on their bills such as if they have moved address or had a change of circumstances. They can also deal with account enquiries using the 24-hour online portal.

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Council Backs Twin Boost for Newcastle

Major regeneration proposals which will help to transform the heart of Newcastle have won support from the Borough Council.

It has voted in favour of two multi-million pound projects which will create a major shopping development, build accommodation for hundreds of undergraduates and bring together local government and police services in the town centre.

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Thursday, 24 September 2015
Do Business with the Council Online

A new website has been launched by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.

The improved online platform is the first step in a journey which aims to make it much easier for residents to complete their business with the Council digitally without having to ring up or call into council buildings during office hours.

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Fourteenth Consecutive Horticultural Gold

Newcastle-under-Lyme has won the highest honour in a prestigious floral competition for the fourteenth year in a row.

The borough has won gold in the small city category of Heart of England in Bloom awards.

The awards, organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), are the regional element of the Britain in Bloom campaign, which encourages communities to improve and enjoy their environment.

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Friday, 11 September 2015
Teenage Girls Taught to Aim High

Students at a high school in Newcastle-under-Lyme will learn about the signs of abusive relationships and alcohol and drug misuse as part of a pilot partnership initiative aimed at increasing their self-esteem.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is working with Staffordshire Police to deliver a seven-week programme for 16 teenage girls from Wolstanton High School.

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Friday, 11 September 2015
Multi-million investment plan for central Newcastle will transform town

Details of two multi-million pound projects to transform central Newcastle have been revealed.

Plans to create a major shopping development, build accommodation for hundreds of undergraduates and bring together local government and police services in the town centre will be considered by Newcastle Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council this month.

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Friday, 11 September 2015
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