Archive for December, 2009

Western access route – residents make their views known

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Im pleased to say that hundreds of you have been getting involved and telling us what you think about the newly proposed access route which will ease Stafford’s congested town centre.

Four options for the proposed route were on display at Oddfellows Hall in the town centre on Thursday and Friday last week.

If you missed the events but would still like to have your say you can still view the options and fill in surveys online at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/westernaccess Responses taken from the events will be added to those received by post and online.

Your survey results will then be analysed by our county council highway team. Once this is complete a business case of your preferred option will be submitted to the Department of Transport and if funding has been approved the process will swing into action and construction could begin in 2014.

Having spoken to many of you that came to join us for the events the general consensus is that something needs to be done to alleviate the congestion problem and that the route will help to do this. Many residents have expressed how pleased they are to have been given the opportunity to have their say and get their questions answered. I would like to thank residents for taking the time to come along and make the consultation such as success.

New children’s centre for Rocester

Saturday, December 5th, 2009

I have welcomed plans today for a proposed children’s centre to be built in Rocester, Uttoxeter. As a local member for Uttoxeter Rural, I think it is very important that this centre is built to ensure we serve the needs of local people.

The centre will house First Steps Playgroup, as well as a variety of other services such as health visitors and drop-in sessions which I know a lot of local parents will greatly appreciate.

The plans were put forward to our county council planning committee yesterday where im pleased to say they were granted approval. The centre will be a tremendous boost to parents, carers and children in Rocester. Currently, First Steps Playgroup is operating out of the village hall which, although a good venue, has limitations for delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage. A new children’s centre will be built with children in mind and will be able to cater for their needs. I am delighted with the decisions and will endeavour to update my blog with the progress of the plans.

Support the Shop Uttoxeter campaign this Christmas

Friday, December 4th, 2009

As some of you may know I am the county councillor for the Uttoxeter rural area as well as being leader of the County Council. As part of my responsibilities as a local county councillor I have urging residents to get behind our fantastic Shop Uttoxeter campaign.

The highly successful campaign has proved to be really popular among residents since its launch in September. Hundreds of people have backed the scheme which encourages residents to shop locally to support the town’s traders.

More than 50 shop keepers and stall holders on the farmers market have joined in also to keep the message alive.

Uttoxeter has a wealth of independent shops which offer some cracking Christmas presents for the whole family.

This there is an added incentive to spend money locally – traders taking part in the campaign will be handing out stickers to people when they buy goods from their shop or stall. People simply have to collect 6 stickers during December and they will be entered into a prize draw in the New Year. The winner will get a £50 vouchers which they can spend in town.

In these hard financial times it is important we remember our independent local traders. As a local resident myself I will certainly be getting behind the campaign and collecting my stickers.

Anyone who wants to sign up to campaign and start collecting stickers should email shoputtoxeter@staffordshire.gov.uk or ring 0800 232323 and leave their name and address.

Help us go ‘green’ this Christmas

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

My colleagues and I at Staffordshire County Council would like to remind all residents that they can do their bit to make 2009 a ‘green’ Christmas by recycling their festive waste during the holiday. We produce so much excess waste throughout the festive season so it is more important than ever to remember to recycle.

All our Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) will be open from 9am-4.30pm between Sunday December 27 and Thursday December 31. They will then re-open on Saturday January 2 when they will operate as normal again.

Each of the facilities will be open until 3pm on Christmas Eve and they will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

For more information and to find out where all our Household Waste Recycling Centres in Staffordshire visit here.  Or call 0800 232323.

Congestion in Stafford – we want your views.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

If you are a Stafford resident you won’t have escaped the increase in traffic in town over the last few years. Not only have traffic levels increased but plans for further business investment, employment, retail development and housing means that the town will become more and more busy in the coming years.

To ease the roads of traffic a new congestion cutting access route in the west of the town centre has been proposed. The new route would link the A518 Newport Road to the A34 Foregate Street via Castlefields. We want you to put your views forward about the proposed western access route and let us know what you think about the plans.

Planning is in the early stages at the moment so its very important that people have their say on their favoured option.

For those of you who don’t know already, we are holding a consultation event at Oddfellows Hall in Greengate street on Thursday, December 3 from 10am-8pm and Friday, December 410am-4.30pm. This will give you the opportunity to find out more about the proposed options.

If you cant make the events but would like to find out more why not visit our dedicated site at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/westernaccess

Key stage 2 success for our pupils

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

We are celebrating more success today in Staffordshire as once again the county’s pupils haved achieved higher than average in their Key Stage 2 results.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families has released figures for the 2009 Key Stage 2 attainment tests, typically taken by school pupils in year 6.

In English and Maths, the percentage of pupils gaining the benchmark attainment of level 4 or above is higher than the national average.

While I am very aware of the issues suroounding league tables and whether they are an accurate representation of a school’s performance, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our schools and pupils for their hard work. This is sometimes not recognised enough. We will continue to support our schools to raise achievement and bring out the best in our young people.