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06.11.22 – Some free Christmas Parking in NUL, Bird Flu Regs, Stoke High Street Action Zone, Local Football Results

Written by on 6 November 2022

Newcastle-under-Lyme will once again have free parking to encourage shoppers into town over Christmas.

From 18 November parking at Newcastle’s Midway car park will be free from 10am to 1pm  every day. After 1pm it will cost just £1. Sunday parking is free all year round.

The free parking incentive will run throughout the Christmas and New Year period, up to 6 January 2023.


People who keep birds and poultry are being asked to keep their birds indoors to limit the spread of bird flu.

The mandatory housing measures introduced by the UK’s chief veterinary officer, make it a legal requirement to keep the animals inside and to follow strict biosecurity measures to help protect flocks from disease.

The new rules come into force on TODAY  and apply to anyone keeping birds, whether it’s a few hens in a back garden, rearing game birds or a large commercial farm.

The restrictions follow a rising number of cases of avian flu across the country including a number of cases close to home  – in Audley and Endon

Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards Animal Health team is reminding people to remain alert for any signs of the disease and to report suspected cases immediately.

Further information on how to help prevent the spread of avian flu is available at:


A number of projects supported by the Stoke High Street Heritage Action Zone are due for completion this week.

The project, which is part-funded by the city council, Historic England, and the Private Sector, is set to complete in March 2024, with various buildings and iconic historical locations being offered grant support to undergo a sympathetic and delicate refurb.

To date more than £2 million of funding from Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Historic England has been offered towards restoring historic high street properties in Stoke town centre through this project.


In local football this weekend …It was a disappointing result for Stoke, the game ended  Stoke City 1 – Birmingham City 2.  At Vale Park it was Port Vale 2 Exeter City 3, as Port Vale’s FA Cup journey came to an end.  Crewe Alexandra however produced an FA Cup win with a 1 – 0 victory over Leyton Orient and are moving through to the next round.

And for our local non league teams … it was The City of Liverpool 1   Newcastle Town 2, Kidsgrove Athletic 2 – Prescott Cables 0 and Hanley Town 1 – Trafford – 2.  Looking a little wider into our local non league area, wins from Leek Town, Macclesfield, Congleton Town, Stafford Rangers and Nantwich town resulted in wins for 7 out of 8 of our local nonleague sides.