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Have your Say on Conservation Plans

Residents can have their say about Council proposals following a conservation area review in Newcastle.

The Borough Council has reassessed The Brampton’s special planning status and is carrying out a six-week consultation process to gauge people’s views about its findings and recommendations.

Conservation areas are reviewed regularly to make sure they are still special in an architectural and historic sense.

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Thursday, 26 May 2016
The Copacabana comes to 'Castle

Residents can bask in the colourful and vibrant atmosphere of the Copacabana.

Council gardeners are recreating the world famous beach at Queen’s Gardens in Newcastle as part of this year’s bid for glory in Heart of England in Bloom.

The award winning venue will shine with palm trees and tropical-themed beds containing yellow, gold and blue rudbeckias, begonias, lobelias and cannas.

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Thursday, 26 May 2016
Get Sporty During Half-Term

Young people can take part in a variety of sports during the half-term holidays.

The Borough Council is running multi-sports fun days for boys and girls of all abilities who are aged from five to 13 years old.

The programme features football, basketball, tri-golf, tag rugby, kwik cricket and dodgeball.

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Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Annual Council Update

All 60 councillors met in the Council Chamber for the first time since the elections last night.

Members of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council attended Annual Council – a key meeting where the Mayor is appointed and all committee and decision making arrangements for the municipal year ahead are agreed.

Retiring Mayor, Cllr. Sandra Hambleton, handed over her chains of office to Cllr. Ian Wilkes who said he is hoping to make the borough proud but has “big shoes to fill”.

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Thursday, 19 May 2016
Thinking about Kicking Off? Just Play

Adults can rediscover their love of football thanks to a new development programme.

The Borough Council is launching “Just Play” at Kidsgrove Sports Centre from Saturday, 21 May.

The weekly sessions – developed by the Football Association and supported by Mars – provide an easy and informal opportunity to play football in an enjoyable environment.

The scheme is aimed at men and women aged 16 and over regardless of experience, ability or fitness.

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Wednesday, 18 May 2016
That's Tidy! Council Cleans up in Street Survey

Cleanliness levels in public places such as town centres, residential streets, recreation areas and roads continue to improve, a national survey has confirmed.

The latest assessment carried out in Newcastle-under-Lyme shows that the Borough Council’s Streetscene service has exceeded its targets for the third year running.

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Tuesday, 10 May 2016
Market Your Skills and Trade For a Tenner

Business entrepreneurs of all ages are being given an opportunity to showcase their skills in a new market-trading scheme.   

As part of the “Love your local market” campaign, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is offering the opportunity to run a market stall for just £10 a day and to encourage successful applicants to demonstrate their digital sales techniques as well.  

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Wednesday, 04 May 2016
Children Kick off on Saturdays in Kidsgrove

Youngsters can up their game on Saturday mornings in Kidsgrove thanks to the launch of two new football development sessions.

The Borough Council is running skills coaching and classes for children at Kidsgrove Sports Centre from 7 May.

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Tuesday, 03 May 2016
Learn about Keele Knights at Night

A popular heritage attraction is opening its doors at night so that families can explore the fascinating history of a religious and military order which once had a regional headquarters in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

A special programme of activities is taking place at the Brampton Museum from 6pm to 9pm on Friday, 13 May to celebrate the national Museums at Night festival.

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Thursday, 28 April 2016
Lymelight music festival this weekend

The Lymelight Music Festival returns to Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre for its fourth year, over the Early May bank holiday weekend.  The event is being held from Friday 29 April (7pm) to Monday 2 May (7pm), so what better way to spend your bank holiday weekend than coming down for a visit? Even better, the event is family-friendly and TOTALLY FREE!

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Thursday, 28 April 2016
Children's Creative Talent is no Secret

Winning entries in a children’s art competition go on display next week.

The Art Studio Gallery in Barracks Road, Newcastle, is hosting an exhibition featuring 54 designs created by talented youngsters in the Council’s Britain in Bloom painting contest.

The theme of this year’s competition, sponsored by the art gallery, was “My Secret Garden”.

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Friday, 22 April 2016
Oyez! Oyez! Mayor's Town Crier Contest is Something to Shout About

The results of a national town crier championship will be announced at a special gala dinner.

Borough Mayor Sandra Hambleton is hosting the competition and an awards ceremony on Saturday, 16 April.

Town criers from all over the country, including Newcastle’s very own Gordon Brayford, will take part in two challenges designed to test their confidence, diction, volume and accuracy of proclamation by the Market Cross, High Street, Newcastle, from 11am to 3pm.

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Wednesday, 06 April 2016
Ballet Star Launches Dance Classes at J2

A ballet star is hoping to pass on his passion for performing when he unveils a dance programme at a Council-run leisure facility in his home town of Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Daniel Jones, from Clayton, is running a series of ballet and dance classes at Jubilee2 from Saturday, 9 April.

The 42-year-old teacher, choreographer and Jubilee2 member was in the English National Ballet for 22 years until 2014 when he decided to move from London back to Newcastle to raise a family.

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Thursday, 24 March 2016
ASB Fines Give Residents More Protection

Adults of all ages who repeatedly get involved in anti-social-behaviour could be hit in the pocket from now on.

Offenders aged 16 and over who continually cause harassment, alarm and distress to others in their neighbourhoods and ignore chances to change their ways can now be issued with £100 fixed penalty notices by the Borough Council.

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Thursday, 24 March 2016
Council Hatches Cracking Easter Sports Scheme

Young people can try their hand at a variety of physical activities during the half-term Easter holiday.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is running multi-sports fun days and football coaching courses for boy and girls of all abilities who are aged from five to 13 years old.

The fun day programme features football, basketball, tri-golf, tag rugby, kwik cricket and dodgeball.

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Charity Concert is Music to your Ears

The Borough Mayor has organised a concert to raise money for her chosen charities.

Cllr. Sandra Hambleton is inviting residents to enjoy an evening of entertainment provided by Newcastle Male Voice Choir and Newcastle Ladies Choir.

The event takes place at Newcastle Methodist Church, Ryecroft, on Saturday, 9 April at 7.30pm. There will be a varied musical programme to suit all tastes.

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Monday, 21 March 2016
Expert to Deliver Lesson on British Values

College students, governors and staff are among those who will attend a multi-agency workshop promoting fundamental British values.

Newcastle-under-Lyme College is hosting an information session covering democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs on 15 March thanks to Home Office funding awarded to the Borough Council.

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Monday, 14 March 2016
New System Snaps Happy Shoppers

A new car park payment monitoring system will be officially launched at some of Newcastle-under-Lyme’s busiest car parks next week.

The new Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system is being trialled in Borough Council-owned car parks at Midway, Goose Street, Windsor Street and School Street. 

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Friday, 11 March 2016
Clean for the Queen

More than 350 volunteers took part in the Clean for the Queen campaign in Newcastle-under-Lyme. 

Residents, businesses, community groups and schoolchildren from all over the borough rolled up their sleeves as part of the national litter removal drive.

Wearing purple t-shirts and armed with litter pickers and large purple plastic bags, the volunteers helped to tidy up in their local area, from Loggerheads, Kidsgrove, Silverdale and Audley to Newcastle town centre.

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Monday, 07 March 2016
Civic Hub gets the Green Light

Preparations on the multi-million pound civic hub in the centre of Newcastle will press ahead after planners approved the scheme.

The £15.4 million building will house Borough Council and County Council staff, as well as members of Staffordshire Police.

The four-storey building, which will stand to the south of Queen’s Gardens, is scheduled for opening in June 2017.

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Friday, 04 March 2016
Volunteers Interested in Community Centre

An expression of interest has been made by local residents in forming a new management  committee to take over the running of Holly Road Community Centre.

The Borough Council is working with interested residents to help them look into the possibility of setting up sustainable governance arrangements that could secure the facility’s future.

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Monday, 29 February 2016
Small Rise in Borough's Share of Bills

The Borough Council’s share of Council Tax bills is to go up for the first time in six years.

An average Band D property will pay £3.52 more a year for services provided by the Borough Council - an increase of 1.99 per cent - as it looks to balance its books following further reductions in Government support.

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Thursday, 03 March 2016
Dance the Night Away with Borough Mayor

Residents can have fun while raising money for a popular mining attraction and services helping people with dementia, mental health needs and hearing problems.

Borough Mayor Sandra Hambleton is inviting people to her Spring Ball at Keele Hall on Friday, 8 April.

There will be a four-course meal, served at 8pm, a tombola, raffle and dancing until midnight to live music provided by Soul Devotion.

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Top Artist Teaches Tricks of the Trade

Creative people can learn the tricks of the trade from an award winning fine artist.

Art tutor Mark Lippett is running a two-day still life course at the Brampton Museum in Newcastle on Saturday 16 and 23 April.

Residents will learn a variety of drawing and painting techniques before putting their new skills into practice.

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Half-term Football Fun on the Cards

Football coaching courses are about to kick off in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The Borough Council is running daily sessions for boys and girls of all abilities during the half-term holidays to help improve their skills and techniques.

The courses, suitable for five to 13-year-olds, include mini soccer games, penalty shootouts and crossbar challenges.

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016
Garden Waste Collections Return

A popular kerbside recycling service is returning after a short winter break.

Garden waste collections are starting up again on “green week” from Tuesday, 2 February following a six-week pause when garden growth is very slow.

Residents are being asked to present their brown-lidded containers with general rubbish by 7am.

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Monday, 01 February 2016
Funding Helps Residents to Keep Warm

Vulnerable residents will be able to keep their homes warm and energy efficient thanks to £280,000 of funding secured by the Borough Council.

The Council is working with Midlands Warm Zone and Beat the Cold to install central heating systems in eligible private homes in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

The partners are aiming to tackle fuel poverty – a situation when residents can’t afford to keep their homes adequately heated.

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016
Licensed to Raise Standards

Residents are to be asked for their views over proposals to licence landlords on an estate in Kidsgrove.

The Borough Council will consult people who live on Galleys Bank, known locally as the ‘Miners’ Estate’, on whether to introduce a Selective Licensing Programme for the area. Property owners, tenants, local businesses and other community groups will also be involved.

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Monday, 25 January 2016
Partnership Funds Suicide Awareness Training

Vulnerable residents in Newcastle-under-Lyme who may be at risk of taking their own lives could be referred for help sooner thanks to new training.

Professionals who work with the public are being offered places on safeTALK workshops to strengthen their skills in recognising early warning signs of suicidal situations.

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Tuesday, 19 January 2016
New Year, New Art Exhibitions

Inspirational women and the creative brilliance of Britain’s best-loved draughtsman are the subjects of the Brampton Museum’s first exhibitions of 2016.

Museum officers are preparing for the launches of “Full Circle” and “Without Exception”.

Full Circle is a stunning collection of photographs featuring women over a period of 23 years – most of them the first in their field – from Derek Tamea’s “Women in Focus” exhibition.

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Thursday, 07 January 2016
Have your Say about Conservation Area Review

Residents are being asked for their views about how to manage a conservation area close to Newcastle town centre.

Proposals are being put forward by the Council following a planned review of Stubbs Walk.

The review looked at buildings and features to identify issues which might threaten them while also taking into account changes since the area was designated in 1993. It found the area is still worthy of its status and there are no proposals to change the boundary. 

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015
Bothered by Noise? There's an App for That

Residents affected by noise can now capture evidence using their smartphone.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has registered with a free app called “The Noise App” which allows people to make audio recordings, submit them securely for assessment and keep track of complaint updates.

Up until now households have been required to keep a written diary of disturbances.

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Crime Partnership Funds Jingle Bells

Residents living in rural areas will receive personal safety equipment thanks to financial help from a crime-fighting group.

Newcastle Partnership’s Joint Operations Group has awarded Staffordshire Police £119 to buy attack alarms, mobile phone/purse cables and purse bells for a crime prevention event.

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Friday, 11 December 2015
Have a Say on Public Sector Hub

Residents and businesses are being given the chance to have their say on proposals for a public sector hub in Newcastle.

A consultation event will be held between 3-8pm on Wednesday, 16 December at one of the Borough Council’s shop units in Lancaster Building close to the Guildhall. People interested in the scheme will be able to find out more and also make their views known prior to a detailed planning application being submitted in the next few weeks.

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Tuesday, 08 December 2015
Borough Street Cleansing is Among the Best

National praise has been heaped on a front line service provided by the Borough Council.

Streetscene made the shortlist for the “most improved street cleansing performer” in the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) performance networks awards on 3 December.

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Monday, 07 December 2015
Bid for Food Waste Cash Pipped to the Post

Newcastle-under-Lyme has narrowly missed out on £1 million to further reduce food waste.

A partnership application led by the Borough Council was one of five bids that made a national shortlist from 189 submissions for Sainsbury’s Waste Less, Save More challenge.

The supermarket chain announced it wanted to work with a town or city to try out new ways to waste less food and save more money during a year-long campaign from January 2016.

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Wednesday, 02 December 2015
Step into Christmas at the Brampton Museum

Children can get in the Christmas spirit at the Brampton Museum this month.

Father Christmas is inviting young visitors to his Victorian grotto on Saturday, 12 and 19 December from 1pm to 4pm.

Admission to the grotto costs £4 per child and includes a gift. To book a place, please call 01782 619705 or e-mail .

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Tuesday, 01 December 2015
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 already attracting 'significant interest'

National and international companies are already expressing an interest in the Ceramic Valley, less than two weeks since the area was granted Enterprise Zone status by government.

At the end of November the government announced Ceramic Valley as one of only 18 new Enterprise Zones across the country, despite massive competition.

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Wednesday, 09 December 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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Thursday, 04 February 2016
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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