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Toddlers to Create a Buzz with New Bee Friendly Haven

Young gardeners will team up with staff from a local business to help create a real buzz as Newcastle celebrates National Gardening Week.

Children from Giggles & Wiggles nursery will help to create a bee friendly wildlife haven in Brampton Park that they will also use as an outdoor classroom.

The project will transform a tired corner of the park and links to the RHS Greening Grey Britain for Wildlife theme for this summer’s Britain in Bloom Campaign.

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Cabinet news round-up

Open Space and Green Infrastructure Strategies

Cabinet has agreed to adopt the two strategies following consultation with a variety of key audiences.

An annual report will be produced on progress with the strategies which will go on to form part of the evidence base for developing the Joint Local Plan.

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Thursday, 23 March 2017
Eco-Forum to be held in Newcastle

Teachers and children will learn more about how to create eco-friendly schools at an event organised by Newcastle Borough Council’s green team.

The Eco Schools Community Forum will include workshops and demonstrations on a wildlife theme.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017
'External Operator' Plan to Boost Town's Market

COUNCILLORS are to consider proposals to seek an external operator to run Newcastle’s historic town centre market.

A report advises Cabinet members that the market ‘is not performing as well as the Council might have hoped’, despite a recent refurbishment project which helped to boost stall occupancy and income.

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Thursday, 16 March 2017
Nominations wanted for Newcastle Sports Awards

SUPPORTERS and enthusiasts are being urged to name their local heroes young and old, as Newcastle prepares for a month-long celebration of sport.

The Council wants nominations to help recognise the sporting achievements and outstanding contributions of teams and individuals throughout the Borough during the past year.

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017
A500 Etruria Widening Public Information Exhibitions

Highways England will be attending two of Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Etruria Valley Link Road exhibitions to present proposals to widen the A500 between the Wolstanton and Porthill junctions.

Your opinion is important to us. We welcome local views and feedback on the proposal, which will help inform its development and assessment. Visit one of the exhibitions below to meet our project team and to learn more about the proposed scheme.

The exhibitions will be held at :

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Monday, 06 March 2017
A 'Gruesome' Night at The Museum

LIVE leeches and an array of gruesome surgical instruments feature in a special event guaranteed to chill the blood and tickle the funny bone at Newcastle’s Brampton Museum next month.

‘Medieval Medicine’ is the title of a factual but light-hearted talk by historical author and re-enactor Kevin Goodman on Friday 3 March at 7pm.

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Friday, 24 February 2017
Council Tax for 2017/18

The Borough Council is to raise its share of Council Tax bills for only the second time in seven years.

From 1 April, an average Band D property will pay £5 a year more as the authority tries to cope with increasingly difficult financial circumstances.

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Thursday, 23 February 2017
Day Nursery Children Help Plant a Bee Friendly Meadow

CHILDREN from a Newcastle day nursery are this week sowing the seeds of a project aimed at creating a real buzz during the summer months.

The youngsters will help to establish a bee-friendly wildflower meadow in a section of the grounds at Keele Cemetery, by planting a special blend of annual and perennial seeds.

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Newcastle to represent Heart of England in the UK-wide Britain in Bloom finals

Newcastle-under-Lyme has been selected to represent the Heart of England region in the Small City category in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2017. 

It is a further honour for the Borough which last year scooped the overall Heart of England in Bloom Title for the first time, having scooped a fifteenth consecutive gold award in the competition to find the UK’s greenest communities.

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Go Wild This Half Term With Free Children's Outdoor Fun

Children are being encouraged to go wild this half term in a partnership between Newcastle Borough Council and the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust.

The Wildplay event is designed to encourage children off their games consoles and into the countryside to take part in activities including den building, scavenger hunts and bird box making.

The Newcastle event will be held at Bunny Hill, Clayton, on Tuesday, 21 February. It is free to attend and takes place between 2pm and 4pm.

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Thursday, 16 February 2017
Staffordshire Residents and Businesses Urged to Help in the Fight Against Illicit Waste
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Residents and businesses in Staffordshire are being urged to help in the fight against illicit waste.

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Thursday, 16 February 2017
Tenants Given Support Against Rogue Landlords

TENANTS living on one of Newcastle’s most deprived estates are being urged to report any problems with their properties to the Borough Council.

The message to tenants on Galley’s Bank – known locally as ‘the Miners’ Estate’ – in Kidsgrove, is part of a multi-agency initiative there.

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Friday, 10 February 2017
Cabinet news round-up

Revenue and Capital Budgets and Council Tax

Cabinet has recommended that Council Tax for an average Band D household goes up by £5 for 2017/18.

This will take the Borough Council’s share of annual Council Tax bills to £185.45.

The rest of the bills will be taken up with demands from Staffordshire County Council; Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

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Thursday, 09 February 2017
The 'Art' of Domestic Violence Campaign...

COMMUNITY Safety staff are putting their ‘art’ into raising awareness of domestic violence in the run-up to Valentine’s Day…

An eye-catching heart-shaped design – made up from words associated with the crime – forms the centrepiece of a one-day campaign by the Borough Council this weekend (Saturday, 11 February).

It will be displayed on a van, which will travel around the borough to promote local and national helpline numbers for victims of domestic violence.

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Thursday, 09 February 2017
Have Your Say on New Ward Boundaries

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking people across Newcastle-under-Lyme to comment on its draft proposals for new council ward boundaries.

An eight-week public consultation on the recommendations begins today and will end on 3 April 2017. The consultation is open to anyone who wants to have their say on new council wards, ward boundaries and ward names across Newcastle-under-Lyme.

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017
Driver Loses Licence Appeal

A driver has lost his appeal against a council decision to revoke his dual hackney carriage/private hire licence.

Magistrates at Newcastle threw out his application and upheld a decision taken by the Public Protection Committee at the Borough Council.

They also awarded costs of £1,847.20 against Abid Hussain Mirza, of Mulgrave Street, Hanley.

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017
Young Dancers Show Off Their Talent at MOVE IT

TALENTED youngsters from Newcastle are preparing to show off their moves to audiences of thousands at Europe’s biggest dance event.

They are the stars of ‘Balletmania’, an original choreography devised by former professional dancer Daniel Jones as part of MOVE IT, a three-day celebration of dance and performing arts at ExCel London in March.

The 30 dancers won their places after auditioning earlier in January for Daniel at Jubilee2, where several of them are members.  

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017
Invitation To Dance The Night Away With Borough Mayor

Borough residents are invited to dance the night away while raising much needed funds for the Mayor’s charities.

Diabetes UK North Stafforrdshire and Canine Partners are set to benefit from the Mayor’s Spring Ball, hosted by Cllr Ian Wilkes at Keele Hall on Friday, 21 April.

There will be a four-course meal, served at 8pm, a tombola, raffle, dancing and live music from the acclaimed Jake Leg Jug Band.

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017
Holly's Moving Words are Set in Stone

YOUNG poet Holly Tatton will see her words literally set in stone next week after winning a special remembrance-themed competition run by the Borough Council.

Pupils at The King’s Church of England School in Kidsgrove judged her moving, six-line verse.

Now, 13-year-old Holly’s poem has been engraved on a stone plaque, to be permanently installed by the pavilion in nearby Clough Hall Park.

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017
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