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21.10.21 – NUL Building Projects, Interactive signage, Scammers

Written by on 24 October 2021

Do you have a favourite building project or landscape scheme here in Newcastle-under-Lyme.  If so, online nominations are now being accepted for the Council’s 2021 Design Awards. Which celebrate the major roles that good building design and land development play in enhancing the borough.

There are three individual categories:  New buildings …. Conservation and refurbishment of existing buildings and Landscaping and development of land

Votes can be submitted until 1st November by visiting the Newcastle council website and searching design awards.


Residents and visitors of Newcastle and Stafford can share their thoughts and suggestions on how to tackle climate change in Staffordshire through an interactive project.

Objects such as lamp posts and benches have interactive signage on them that will direct you to a climate related conversation. All you need to chat with the objects is a basic mobile phone.

You can have your say on what is happening in your area by participating in local decisions and you can keep informed with what is going on.  Look out for the green signs


People are being reminded to be aware of scammers and con artists and to look out for those who could fall victim to them.

The warning from Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards team is asking people to be aware of the risk of scams whether on the doorstep, online, on the phone or through the post.  It follows an increase in the number of scams over the last 18 months and officers are now keen to highlight the many different types of scams which pose a threat to people’s finances and wellbeing.

Common scams in Staffordshire include bogus bank and HMRC  phone calls asking for personal details, doorstep sales, scams relating to Covid-19, offers for goods and services and fake prize draw winnings.

People should always be weary of unsolicited approaches or phone calls and offers to call round to their home.

Each year millions of people in the UK fall prey to scammers though it is thought less than five per cent report them.  People should report scam calls, texts, emails or any suspicious online activity to the Police via Action Fraud immediately.