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05.11.21 – Walleys Quarry, Gritting, Bonfire Night Advice and Local Sport

Written by on 4 November 2021

On Wednesday, legal teams from Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Walleys Quarry Limited appeared in court in the first of a series of court hearings to deal with the appeal lodged by Walleys Quarry against the Council’s Statutory Nuisance Abatement Notice.

The abatement notice requires the landfill operators to prevent foul odours beyond the boundaries of the site.

The purpose of the hearing at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court was to set out a time-table for what needs to happen next to prepare the case for a four-week trial, starting on 6 June 2022.

Two other court dates were also set; one on 9 February to deal with any issues around the evidence in the case, and another on 13 May 2022 where the court will review the case, carry out a site visit and make final arrangements for the trial.

In addition to the timetable for the trial the judge recommended that the two parties commence mediation. This is an established process to achieve a resolution for the community and would run alongside the legal process.


And good luck to our local football sides this weekend … Stoke City will be taking on Luton Town who are managed by ex-Stoke boss Nathan Jones, Port Vale will be hosting Accrington Stanley at Vale Park, Crewe Alexandra are at home at against Swindon Town.  In non league Football, Newcastle Town are hosting Prescot Cables and Kidsgrove Athletic are playing Kendal Town , away.

To hear the results of those matches – George Andrews will be giving an update of all things sporting on Sonya Farrall’s Sunday morning Local and Live Show between 10 and 12, where Sonya keeps us updated on everything that is going on in and around our area.


 Staffordshire’s army of gritters are once again ready for action as winter officially starts in the county.

The county council’s winter crews and fleet of 40 plus gritters and snow ploughs have all been put through their paces and are ready for action for when the temperatures drop.

Road conditions, weather and temperatures are being monitored from nine stations across staffordshire and the team of Winter Decision Makers will make the call as to when and where to send out the gritters. And with five depots primed for action, 20,000 tonnes of salt stockpiled and hill contractors ready in the higher ground, teams are well prepared for whatever the winter decides to throw at them.

Let’s just hope it’s not anytime soon!!

Staffordshire also has an effective community of Ice Busters who play their role by clearing local paths and areas that gritting crews can’t get to. Any groups interested in getting involved should get in touch with the council’s highways team on 03001118000.

People can find out more about how the county prepares for winter at and get the latest news on Twitter by following #Staffsgrit.



It is of course Bonfire weekend and Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue are urging us all to celebrate Bonfire Night safely this autumn, and are recommending families to go to an organised display which are much safer, with few significant injuries and they have first aid on hand.

Mark Walchester, Head of Prevent and Protect at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “ If you do choose to celebrate with fireworks at home please plan very carefully, take care and remember to follow the firework code. Playing with fireworks is dangerous so keep them in a locked and secure container so children can’t get to them”.

However,  Staffordshire fire and rescue don’t recommend having a bonfire in your garden. They can easily get out of hand and spread quickly to hedges, overhanging tress and garages, even to the house.