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10.05.22 – Potholes Fixed, Investment at Carmountside Crematorium, Firefighters Apprenticeship, Tales on Trent

Written by on 10 May 2022

Nearly 1,500 potholes have been fixed across Staffordshire in the past month, as the county council steps up its repair programme.

The drive comes after the authority announced it was investing an extra £15.5 million in the county’s roads.

Almost 400 defects have been fixed across Staffordshire over the past week, with activities set to increase further in May thanks to the good weather.

Last year, crews repaired more than 35,000 road defects across Staffordshire. This year, the extra investment will see and addition 9,000 potholes fixed across the county.


Stoke-on-Trent City Council is working to improve its Bereavement Care by investing in its service at Carmountside Crematorium.

Proposals to procure new cremation equipment were approved by councillors at a Cabinet meeting last month. The current cremation equipment was installed in 1996 and has reached the top range of its lifespan.

Three new state of the art cremators are to be installed which will provide a significant reduction in the site’s carbon footprint. The new machinery will futureproof the site for the next 20-25 years.

Installation of the new equipment is expected to start in October 2022. Chapel funeral times will continue to be available throughout the installation.


Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has welcomed a set of new firefighters to its ranks.   Seven individuals have joined the service and are taking part in the National Firefighter Apprenticeship Programme.

They are carrying out a series of tasks required to successfully pass training modules that are aimed at giving them the practical and technical skills needed to meet the demands of a modern day firefighter.

Upon completion of their training this summer, a special presentation ceremony will be held, before the firefighters are posted to a station somewhere in the county. They will then spend the next two and a half years completing an Apprenticeship Programme, developing their knowledge, skills, behaviours and experience whilst operating within the communities of Staffordshire.


This Saturday, ‘Tales on Trent’ is taking place at the Best Western Hotel in Hanley from 10.30 to 4.30.  Around 60 multi-genre authors from around the world will be coming together to answer questions, sign books and generally chat to local book lovers.  Whatever you like to read, there will no doubt be an author present on the day from your preferred genre, and hopefully you will be encouraged to discover and try new ideas as well.  All profits raised on the day will be donated to the mental health charity Changes Health and Wellbeing which supports local people of all ages.

Best Western Stoke-on-Trent City Centre Hotel, 66 Trinity Street, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 5NB