Good news for people in Rugeley as major highways project due to finish

Last week I announced an important change to our Cabinet which saw Robbie Marshall step down as Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing. I would like to thank Robbie for his work as a Cabinet Member which he has done for the last five years. I know it has been a difficult decision for Robbie who wishes to spend more time on non-political matters. Robbie will continue as the local member for Bilbrook Parish Council and Codsall Parish Council. Joining Cabinet to provide much needed support and leadership around the local health agenda is Michael Greatorex, so a warm welcome to Michael.

We also have some good news for people and businesses in Rugeley with the completion of a major highways project due this week. The £600k project at Horsefair will help to support regeneration and attract visitors and future investment to the town. The work has resulted in a more attractive gateway between the town and station and includes improvements to the road layout, new safer crossings, a new cycle lane, new parking spaces and trees and street furniture to smarten up the area.

Other improvements carried out with Cannock Chase District Council and funded by the Tesco development will also make a real difference to the town.

In other news which I first spoke about at the start of the summer, IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire opened for applications on Tuesday and incredibly – within 15 minutes the event was sold out, making it one of the fastest events to sell out. Organisers also announced the route for the 56 mile bike ride which will link the swim at Chasewater Country Park with the Shugborough Hall Estate, which hosts the run and finish line. The route will take in Kings Bromley, Draycott in the Clay, Blithfield Reservoir, Rugeley and Cannock Chase, giving us a great opportunity to showcase the county.

Well done to all our pupils who got their GCSE results last Thursday, hopefully all the hard work and study will have paid off and I wish them every success in the future, whatever path they choose to take. It is encouraging news that we are broadly in line with the national figure, as our steady GCSE improvement appears to be continuing in line with national trends. Getting the right mix of skills for our young people is important for any future career, and we will continue, along with Entrust to provide good and effective support to our schools.

And finally, another big congratulations to Uttoxeter swimmer Adam Peaty for setting a new world record in the semi-finals with a time of 26.62 seconds and for winning his third gold at the European Championships. His achievement can act as an inspiration to everyone; whether it’s to succeed in their chosen field or to take up an activity for the first time. This will hopefully encourage others to become part of an active Staffordshire.

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