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Martin Hamilton Steps Down, Stop for the Lollipop Campaign

Written by on 15 December 2023

The top officer at Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is stepping down after five years at the helm.

Martin Hamilton will leave his position as chief executive at the end of March 2024, having played a leading role in reorganising the council internally, reducing running costs and overseeing thousands of hours’ work on Walleys Quarry, including the successful award of an Abatement Notice for public nuisance.

A recent independent inspection of the Borough Council by the Local Government Association praised the authority’s strong leadership, financial stability and ability to attract “enviable” amounts of Government funding.

The report also highlighted the council’s ability to work jointly to deliver good services, a rigorous savings programme and the staff’s pride in the Borough.

Martin joined the Borough Council in 2019 from Dorset Councils Partnership. Now he intends to take a short sabbatical before looking for a new challenge.

The recruitment process for the next chief executive here in Newcastle  will begin in due course.


Drivers in Staffordshire are being reminded of the importance of stopping for the lollipop in a new road safety campaign.

The campaign, being coordinated by Staffordshire County Council, is reminding drivers that failing to stop for a school crossing patrol wearing the official uniform and displaying the patrol stop sign, is an offence under the Road Traffic Act 1984.  It is also an offence for a driver to move off whilst the patrol is still on the road.

You will see Stop for the lollipop signs out outside selected schools across Staffordshire, to help remind drivers of their responsibilities. Including  Kidsgrove Junior and High School, St Luke’s Primary School, Silverdale, Maybank Junior School and The Orme Academy in Newcastle