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14.01.22 – Chatterley Valley West Development, Primary School Applications, Local Sport

Written by on 14 January 2022

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is planning to invest more than £3.7million in a major business development at Chatterley Valley West.

The investment, which will be formally approved by Cabinet later this week, will be funded through the Council’s Kidsgrove Town Deal monies and will enable vital infrastructure and road planning for the huge project to commence.

The £3.7million will be coupled with a contribution of £3.5million from Staffordshire County Council, already agreed at their Cabinet meeting on 15 December.

More than 1,700 jobs could be created by the development and it is expected that over £60million in private sector investment could also be brought in.


Time is running out for parents to get their primary school applications in before the 15 January deadline.

Last year, the county council offered nine out of 10 parents their first choice primary school, and 98 per cent were allocated one of their top three preferred schools.

Last year, the county council received more than 200 applications submitted after the deadline date…. Which this year is 15th January … which is this Saturday.  For more information, visit


And taking a look at our local sport this weekend … On Sunday Stoke City are away and will be making the journey to take on Hull City, on Saturday Port Vale will be hosting Swindon Town at Vale Park and Crewe Alexandra are also at home, taking on Shrewsbury Town.
And both of our local non league division 1 sides are away on Saturday –  Newcastle Town will be travelling to Kendal Town and Kidsgrove Athletic will be travelling to take on Prescott Cables

To hear what happened in the Saturday matches tune into Sonya Farrall’s local and live show between 10 and 12 on Sunday morning, where George Andrews will be giving a sporting update, and Sonya of course will be sharing good news from in and around our area.


At the end of 2021, the UHNM Charity were thrilled to celebrate the arrival of two children’s heart scanners, which will be used to pick up heart defects in patients from premature babies right through to 16 years olds.  The scanners will be used on both wards and outpatient clinics, so many young patients will be able to benefit from them and they will reduce waiting times for families in our area.

The Charity was able to purchase the scanners thanks to supporters carrying out various fundraising activities.   If you would like to fundraise for the united Hospitals of North Midlands  and help improve the care and experience of patients visit


Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council Waste and Recycling Services Team are reminding us not to put batteries into our recycling bin or bag. The Team do not collect batteries of any kind, for health and safety reasons.

But did you know? For 10 years now, shops selling more than 32kg of batteries a year have to provide battery recycling collection facilities in-store, meaning that there are many places where you can dispose of your used batteries – as well as at your local council recycling centre. And to quantify this – One pack of 4 AA batteries per day equals about 32kg per year, so many places around the area should have battery recycling facilities