Longford community centre

Only last month I spoke about the opening of the new Limewood Dementia Centre in Northfield Village at the heart of Stafford, but I’m pleased to report on the arrival of yet another major development that has opened in Cannock.

Secretary of State for Transport and former County Councillor for Cannock Patrick McLoughlin MP joined me in opening the new £12 million Longford development which will allow older people to maintain their independence and at the same time offering services to the wider community.

The development on the old Langbourn site combines Chasewood extra care housing, Woodland View respite care for people with learning disabilities and the Longford Centre community facilities .  I keep repeating that allowing people to remain independent as they get older is extremely important and that is why we are planning ahead with our partners to provide even more flexi care across Staffordshire. By investing in facilities such as Chasewood, we can ensure we support the needs of our local people both now and in the future.

More good news to for our local businesses looking to expand as The Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Enterprise Partnership has launched its seventh round of the Growing Place Fund.  With £2.5 million now available to support infrastructure projects which will expand the local economy, we are looking for businesses to come forward.

Seventeen companies have already been successful with applications including Dunston Business Village, close to Junction 13 on the M6. The business park is completely occupied with a long waiting list and has attracted companies from all over the UK creating more jobs in the county.  Applications will be accepted until 24 April 2015 so I would encourage businesses looking to expand to have a look at it.

We all want the best education for our young people and it was good to hear about some extra funding being made available to help refurbish four of our schools.  The successful schools were Dosthill Primary School in Tamworth, Castlechurch Primary School in Stafford, St John the Evangelist Catholic Academy in Kidsgrove and Walton High School in Stafford.   They will see upwards of £1.25million invested in improving their facilities.

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