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27.07.22 – Birmingham 2022 Staffordshire Events, RCN Nursing Awards, Green Flag for Hanley and Burslem Parks, PSPO’s in Newcastle

Written by on 26 July 2022

As the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games finally gets under way this week, Staffordshire residents are being reminded of two events taking place in the county.

Next Wednesday August 3 Cannock Chase is hosting the Games’ mountain biking event at Birches Valley.  There will be local road closures on the day. A shuttle bus to the event site will be running from Stafford railway station.

The following day, Thursday August 4, the cycling time trial event takes place and will also involve some road closures and parking restrictions. The course will pass through Penn Common, Gospel End, Wombourne and Himley, offering residents the opportunity to spectate at one of five road events being held over the course of the games.

If you are a regular traveller in this direction, you will need to be mindful that road closures may affect your usual journeys and advance planning will be necessary.

People can find out more about the route and closures at:

More information about the event can be found at

The main Games website can be found at


A team from University Hospitals of North Midlands which helps patients avoid hospital by delivering high quality care at home has been shortlisted for a top award.

The unscheduled care coordination centre/community rapid intervention service has helped more than 25,000 people avoid attending the emergency department  during its first 18 months.

The service responds within two hours, with advanced nurse practitioners undertaking clinical assessments

The team has been selected from hundreds of entries to be finalists in the ‘Innovations in Your Specialty’ category of the RCN Nursing Awards 2022.

They will find out if they have won at a ceremony in London on 6 October


Hanley Park has once again been awarded the prestigious Green Flag. The 125-year-old venue, which has undergone a multi-million-pound restoration over the last few years, has been recognised nationally as a quality green public space by the charity ‘Keep Britain Tidy’.

Burslem Park has also retained its ‘Green flag status’ following inspections of the restored Victorian terrace garden and ornamental fountains.

Councillor Carl Edwards, cabinet member for environment and housing at the city council, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to once again have received a Green Flag for Hanley Park and Burslem Park. Both parks have seen an incredible transformation over the last few years and these awards feel like a very fitting culmination to all of the hard work that has taken place to get them looking how they do today.

The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for their management across the United Kingdom and around the world.


Newcastle Borough Council is currently reviewing the Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) for Newcastle Town Centre and Queen Elizabeth Park (situated just outside the centre in Silverdale Road).

These relate to anti-social behaviours – drinking & drug taking, vandalism, graffiti & begging in the street. The Council would like to hear from as many people as possible with regards these orders, saying this is your town centre, your public space environment – and your opinions are important to them.

You can find more information and a link to an online questionnaire and the public spaces orders being reviewed on the Borough Council Website.

This consultation will close on Friday 26 August