20.09.23 – The Staffordshire Adaption Strategy, Newcastle Town Centre Investment Strategy
Written by Hitmix Local News on 19 September 2023
Councils in Staffordshire have shared their proposals to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
The ’Staffordshire Adaptation Strategy’ sees councils across the county come together and commit to addressing the issues, with the plan focussing on four key areas, infrastructure and buildings, the natural environment, protecting residents, and the local economy.
In recent years, Staffordshire has seen an increase in extreme weather events, with 15 significant floods since 2000, nine storms since 2018, and a record-high temperature of 40 degrees last year.
These proposals acknowledge the importance of preparing for the impacts of climate change in the future and emphasises the need for adaptation planning across all council services.
The strategy has been developed as part of a joint effort by the Staffordshire Sustainability Board, and the plan will be discussed at a meeting of Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet TODAY.
A borough-wide strategy is being updated to reflect investment in Newcastle town centre. Millions of pounds have been raised for reinvestment in community projects, maintenance and new equipment by selling unneeded council land and buildings. Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has generated £6.1 million since March 2021 as part of its asset management strategy.
Money raised from sale of assets has been used for investing in communities, equipment and infrastructure, including helping reopen Kidsgrove Sports Centre, updating old waste collection and street cleaning vehicles, and maintaining buildings, including reroofing business units.
The updated asset management strategy, to be considered by the council’s Cabinet, includes updates on development at The Ryecroft and York Place, long term plans for residential and industrial development as part of regeneration plans for Knutton, and the creation of a shared base for public services in the centre of Kidsgrove.