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Solar Panels in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire Police Protect Women and Girls

Written by on 15 October 2023

Clean energy solar panels are being considered for council land.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is set to develop detailed plans for a field of solar panels after an initial review said there is potential to place them on authority-owned land. The site under consideration neighbours Keele Cemetery, next to the A525.

Following a Government commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent of 1990 levels by 2050, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council intends to make its own estate and activities carbon neutral.

And part of the authority’s policy is to reduce general reliance on fossil fuel use by investigating green energy use.  Money from the Government’s Carbon Reduction Fund was used for the initial assessment of the A525 site.

No decision has been taken yet regarding whether to buy or lease the solar panels, the approach to maintenance, or connection to the wider system.

If approved at Cabinet next week, the next steps would be to submit a detailed plan and business case, followed by a planning application.


Staffordshire Police have arrested 61 people during a week-long intensification period as part of their commitment to tackle violence, abuse and intimidation of women and girls.

The co-ordinated activity, which took place between 18 and 24 September, resulted in 12 of those arrested being charged, with others released on conditional bail or under investigation as enquiries continue.

Over 46 victims of domestic abuse were contacted by specialist officers, who work with partner agencies, to offer advice and support in order to safeguard them and put plans in place to reduce the risk of harm.

In addition, officers and Police Community Support Officers visited 23 schools, colleges and university campuses across the county to share personal and online safety