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01.12.21- Winter Mini Challenge, Affordable Foods, Walleys Quarry Drop In, Multi-storey carpark for Ryecroft

Written by on 1 December 2021

A public drop-in session with regards to Walleys Quarry will be taking place today!

Senior officers from the Environment Agency (EA), Staffordshire County Council, the UK Health Security Agency, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council and Staffordshire Police will be available to answer any questions and explain the latest developments.

Open from 4pm to 7pm, the event takes place in the Garden and Astley Rooms in ‘Castle House’ at the bottom of the Ironmarket in Newcastle.

There will be no fixed presentation or speeches, and residents can drop-in at any time during the opening hours and speak directly to representatives of the councils and agencies at different tables.

Numbers in the venue will be monitored to avoid over-crowding and other Covid-related measures will be in place to ensure the health and well-being of all those attending.


And don’t forget … Affordable Foods in Blurton are aiming to give 50 families a ‘complete Christmas’ this year – this includes Christmas lunch, presents and enough food to see them through the festive period. They are looking for donations of food and gifts to help make this possible. For more information visit the Affordable Food Stoke facebook or twitter page.  (or telephone 07748 009253)




A brand new multi-storey car park, part of the investment plans for the development of the Ryecroft area in Newcastle, is set to get the go-ahead.

Newcastle’s Cabinet will approve the appointment of a contractor to implement the new plans for the car park at their meeting today. This will clear the way for the demolition of the Midway Car Park and the introduction of

modern town centre housing on the site.

Work began earlier this year on the demolition of the former Civic Offices, to make sure that the redevelopment can be fully optimised, and the Council recently revealed plans to purchase the York Place area, which links Ryecroft to the rest of the town centre.


The 2021 Winter Mini Challenge, run by The Reading Agency in partnership with the world wide fund for nature, is on!

Now things have started to get chilly and the winter holidays are coming, children can join the Wild World Heroes as they embark on an Arctic adventure. They can find out about the creatures that live there and the environmental issues facing this precious, remote place. The Challenge runs from today (1st December) to 16 January 2022.

More information on the Challenge and how to get involved can be found at so follow the link to start the Challenge and log your childs first read!  And don’t forget … your local library has loads of books to choose from!