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01.08.23 – Summer Reading Challenge, Memorandum of Understanding for City Council and National Highways

Written by on 1 August 2023

Children aged Four to eleven and their parents are being invited to take part in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge which runs throughout the summer holidays.

The challenge invites primary school aged children of all reading abilities to read for enjoyment over the summer break.  It’s FREE to take part, and last year nearly 10,000 children joined with 75% improving their reading skills.

The initiative is delivered by Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries and Arts service and The Reading Agency, and is funded by Arts Council England.

People can find out more on the Summer Reading Challenge website or search on the library’s social media channels.


Stoke-on-Trent City Council has entered into a unique partnership with National Highways in a bid to tackle the challenges faced by the city road network.

They have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government-owned company, which operates and maintains England’s motorways and major A-roads.

The 10-year agreement will see the two parties work together to ensure motorists using the A500 and the A50 can travel safely and more efficiently around the city.

The partnership will also enable Stoke-on-Trent City Council and National Highways to work more collaboratively to synchronise planned works to minimise disruption, proactively support resilience, emergency and event planning – particularly linked to the Meir Tunnel and the bet365 Stadium – and deliver on environmental, investment and economic growth objectives.

As part of the agreement, representatives from both parties will meet regularly to share best practice and talk through tactical and operational issues – and resolutions – regarding the city’s highway

Picture – City director Jon Rouse, Victoria Lazenby, head of planning and development at National Highways, and Cllr Finlay Gordon-McCusker, cabinet support for enforcement and