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Lyme Lottery Goes Live

A new online lottery has been launched by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council to support local good causes.

In October 2016 the Council’s Cabinet agreed that the Council will be among the first local authorities in the country to launch its own online community lottery to benefit good causes.

Tickets will go on sale in July and will cost £1 with 60p going towards local organisations compared to just 28p in the pound for the National Lottery.

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Monday, 26 June 2017
New Powers Protect Tenants Against Rogue Landlords

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is to introduce new penalties to protect tenants against rogue landlords.

New legislation gives councils the ability to impose civil penalties of up to £30,000 on landlords who fail to comply with legal notices and orders.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has moved swiftly to be amongst the first housing authorities in Staffordshire to adopt the new civil penalties regime under the Housing and Planning Act 2016.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Review of Parliamentary Election

A review is to take place into the Parliamentary election for Newcastle-under-Lyme on 8 June.

The Borough Council announced today it has asked the Association of Electoral Administrators to carry out the independent piece of work.

It comes after adverse coverage in the media and also social media about the process of the election.

Criticisms focused on the following issues:-

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Boundary Commission Recommendations

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements for Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council.

Today’s publication follows public consultation on its draft proposals earlier this year and draws new boundaries for each council ward across Newcastle-under-Lyme.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Customer Service Excellence Recognised

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has been recognised for major improvements which are ensuring money is collected quickly and benefit claimants receive a fast, high quality service.

The council’s Revenues and Benefits Service has been awarded Customer Service Excellence accreditation.

It is the first Revenues and Benefits service in Staffordshire to be recognised by the Cabinet Office scheme.

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Monday, 12 June 2017
Lottery Win for Brampton Museum Project


Families are set to learn more about relatives who died in a Cholera epidemic after Brampton Museum was awarded  £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Research into the 1849 epidemic will form a major part of the Newcastle-under-Lyme Maps – a Plotted History project.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Cabinet news round-up June 2017

Electronic Document and Records Management (EDRMS)

Cabinet agreed to continue a maintenance contract with Northgate Public Sector for a further three year period.

The EDRMS is a system used to track, manage and store documents. The Council has been a devoted user of electronic document management software for more than 20 years, with the first system introduced to the Revenues and Benefits team in 1996.

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Friday, 09 June 2017
General Election Results 2017

A number of issues have been reported in the media relating to the Newcastle seat.

A spokesman for the Borough Council said: “We have followed all proper processes both for postal votes and for online registration.

“After every election we review all feedback received and we will obviously be doing that again on this occasion.”

*Paul Farrelly has been re-elected as MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The General Election result was:-

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Monday, 12 June 2017
Fashion on a plate

NEW organic and freeform shapes, and bold, stylised and abstract patterns. This is just a taste of what to expect from the attractive and colourful exhibition, ‘Fashion on a Plate’ at the Brampton Museum.

The exhibition will feature 1950s contemporary tableware, with a display of pottery by Midwinter, Ridgway, Poole, Beswick, Hornsea, Alfred Meakin, J&G Meakin, Crown Devon and Wade. The exhibition is open from 10 June to 16 July.

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Tuesday, 06 June 2017
Newcastle’s sporting stars honoured

NEWCASTLE’S sporting champions young and old have been honoured during a special ceremony at Keele University.

Each year, the Newcastle Sports Awards recognise the achievements and outstanding contributions to sport of teams, individual sportspeople, volunteers and coaches throughout the Borough.

The 2017 winners were announced at Keele Hall, following Newcastle’s month-long Festival of Sport celebrations:


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Friday, 02 June 2017
App Helping to Turn Down the Level of Noisy Neighbours…

A FREE mobile ‘phone app is helping hundreds of Newcastle residents to turn down the volume on nuisance neighbours and enjoy a quieter life…

The Noise App makes it easy for those affected by excess noise to submit a formal complaint to the Borough Council’s Environmental Health team for investigation.

And it has already led to a number of successful prosecutions, using evidence captured by the software.

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Friday, 26 May 2017
Kidsgrove Sports Centre to Close

A former school swimming pool in Kidsgrove is due to close as a result of its deteriorating condition and increasing maintenance costs.

The decision has been made after a building condition survey revealed at least £2.4 million would need spending on the ageing centre over the next seven years.

The survey indicated that £400,000 will need spending on the centre in the next year alone to repair and maintain it.

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Monday, 22 May 2017
Newcastle's Bank Holiday Market

Residents and visitors to Newcastle Town Centre can expect a busy day of family entertainment when the Council holds its 12th annual Charity and Plant Market on Spring Bank Holiday.

Around 30 charitable organisations will take over the market stalls to promote awareness of good causes, sell garden plants and bric-a brac to raise much needed funds.

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Monday, 22 May 2017
Residents urged to Nominate Newcastle's Favourite Buildings

Residents are being asked to vote for their favourite building or landscape project in the borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Newcastle Civic Society and the Borough Council are launching the 2017 Civic Awards to showcase the area’s architectural excellence.

Any building work within the borough’s boundaries, completed between 1 January, 2015 and 31 December, 2016 and landscaping scheme completed between 1 January, 2012 and 31 December, 2016, can be nominated.

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Park in a class of its own

NEWCASTLE schoolchildren will be stepping outside their normal routine this week, as part of a national initiative celebrating the learning benefits of ‘the great outdoors’.

Lessons will move out of the classroom and transfer to nearby Chesterton Park for pupils from Crackley Bank Primary on Thursday, 18 May, which has been designated as Empty Classroom Day by Eco Schools* England.

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Monday, 15 May 2017
Beauty Tips from Ancient Greece...

MAKE-UP tips from the women of Ancient Greece are among the secrets set to be revealed at Newcastle’s Brampton Museum next month...

Professionally-trained actor Carla Phillips presents a special talk on ‘The Life of Women in Ancient Greece’ – including what they used as lip gloss! – on Friday 2 June.

Dressed in authentic costume, Carla will provide a ‘hands-on’, fun experience for her audience, including props to try, food to taste and tasks to take part in.

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Friday, 12 May 2017
Pupils are down on the Farm for Bloom

Schoolchildren will be working with their local farm to create colourful flower displays for Newcastle’s Britain in Bloom campaign.

The pupils, from St Luke’s Primary, Silverdale, will plant railing troughs with summer blooms in readiness for a display in Newcastle town centre.

The plants have been donated by Pool End Farm, Leycett, and will go on display in Barracks Road, Newcastle.

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Renowned Artist Partners with Apprentices on a Wild Creation

A spectacular bumble bee and dandelion sculpture, commissioned by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is beginning to take shape.

Internationally renowned sculptor Andy Edwards, is creating the 12ft high sculpture with the help of apprentices from PM Training.

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Organisations collaborate to celebrate the life of Philip Astley

A number of local organisations that are working in collaboration to form The Philip Astley Project have been awarded a National Lottery grant of £167,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to celebrate the life of ‘the father of the modern day circus’, Philip Astley.

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017
Hotel Under Fire as Licence is Suspended

CLAYTON Lodge has had its licence suspended by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council following a detailed investigation into complaints of crime, under-age drinking, health and hygiene issues at the hotel.

The decision was taken by members of the Licensing Sub-Committee following a probe by police, the fire service and environmental health officers into a catalogue of incidents dating back to April 2016.

Issues included:

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Monday, 08 May 2017
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