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A £500 million scheme that could see a hotel, top of the range office space, and new homes in Stafford will be discussed by senior councillors next week.

The ‘Stafford Gateway Masterplan’ would develop land near to the railway station and has been planned on the back of HS2 which will see journey times to London slashed to under an hour from the county town.

A report on the scheme is expected to go before members of the Borough Council’s cabinet for the first time on Thursday (6 July).

Developers have shown interest in the site which could see 650 apartments, 150 houses, and a new multi storey car park with 1400 spaces.  And leading leisure chains have already expressed an interest in building a hotel with conferencing facilities.


The Council would work with other local authorities, who form the ‘Constellation Partnership,’ and Government to progress the plans on the back of the opportunities which HS2 will bring. Stafford is a hub station for HS2 which will see the high speed trains stopping at the town.

The 28-hectare site is next to the Stafford railway station and was home to manufacturing, industrial and rail-related use – with much of it now ceased.

Improvements would see another entrance to open up the railway station on both sides and enhanced walking and cycle routes through to the town centre.

Councillor Patrick Farrington, Leader of the Borough Council, said: “Our borough is growing and we have big ambitions for it.

“HS2 has presented an opportunity to deliver substantial economic growth and regeneration across the town. We want to ensure we have a vibrant town centre for the future – knowing that more residents and office workers in town will provide a boost to the High Street – and we will be studying these exciting plans very closely to ensure we are creating the right environment for businesses to flourish, for people to live, work and enjoy the area, and for communities to prosper.”

Stafford Borough has seen considerable growth over recent years including the £100m Riverside retail scheme in town, huge expansion of the army barracks, and hundreds of new homes. And work is underway on a new cinema in Stafford and an 83-acre business park at Meaford in the North of the Borough. Work will get underway this year on a nearly £10 million leisure scheme in Stone and there are advanced plans for a £2.5 million restoration of the county town’s award winning Victoria Park.

Councillor Farrington continued: “Our Borough is rightly seen as a great place to invest because of our position at the centre of the UK, with fantastic transport links. Recent figures show more than £1.5 billion has been invested in, or planned for, the area but we will not forget to protect what we already have – a safe, clean and green borough with an excellent quality of life.”

The cabinet will be asked to back the Station Gateway Masterplan and allow it to form part of the local plan review. The local plan governs development across the borough.

The full cabinet report for the meeting on 6 July will be available HERE  from Wednesday afternoon (28 June).

Eccleshall news and events


OPEN GARDENS SUCCESS: The Ecclian Society Open Gardens Weekend enjoyed superb weather and a record attendance. 438 programmes were sold over the two days and the feedback has been positive. The weekend is one of the society’s main fund raisers for the work that they do during the year.
A barbeque is planned for July 15.

ROTARY CLUB: Sylvia Keris will be walking the entire length of the canal towpaths of the Four Counties Ring – a distance of roughly 120 miles on foot, including the diversion over Harecastle Tunnel. The Four Counties of the ring are Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire and West Midlands, and she will be walking anti-clockwise along the route, beginning and ending in Stone in Staffordshire.  The route takes in the Trent and Mersey canal, the Middlewich canal branch, the Shropshire Union canal and the Staffs and Worcester Canal.
The full details of the walk can be found on the club’s website at rotary club of Eccleshall Mercia.

The walk is to raise funds for Rotary’s End Polio campaign, and a webgiving page for sponsorship donations has been set up.   http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SylviaKerisWalk

HOSPICE APPEAL: The Katharine House Hospice is in urgent need of donations for the shop, good quality clothing, homewares, linen, books are always welcome. Free furniture collections at 01785 760715.

STAGE COACHING: Eccleshall Wives will be discovering all about the history of stage coaching at their meeting on Thursday June 29 starting at 8pm in the parish room. The guest speaker is Steve Booth.

ECCLESHALL R.U.F.C: During the Summer, the Junior Rugby Club will be holding a stall at several school fayres to spread the word on how good the club is. They will be at the Bishop Lonsdale School on Friday June 30 from 3.30pm.

OPEN GARDEN: The gardens at the home of Warren and Kate Griffiths 82 High Street ST21 6BZ will be open to the public on Sunday July 2 between 2.30pm and 5.30pm. The event is part of the National Gardens Scheme and the proceeds will also benefit the Holy Trinity Church. Homemade teas will be served in the parish room during the event. Admission is £3.

SCHOOL FAIR: The Bishop Lonsdale School fair takes place at the school on Friday June 30 between 3.30 and 5.30pm.

UNSUITABLE GIRL: Eccleshall Book Group will be hosting the launch of a debut novel from Jeannie Mehta, Unsuitable Girl on Wednesday July 12 at 11am on the library. There will be readings, questions, discussion and free refreshments. An opportunity to purchase the novel at a reduced price with any proceeds going to Katharine House.

PARISH COUNCIL: There will be a meeting of the parish planning committee on Wednesday July 5 starting at 7.30pm and followed by a meeting of the traffic management committee in the community centre.

COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY: The next Borough councillor’s surgery will be held in the library on Thursday July 6 between 10am and 12 noon when Peter Jones will be available for residents to chat and bring problems to him.

INCOMING PRESIDENT: Sylvia Keris the globetrotting member of the Eccleshall Mercia Rotary Club will be inducted as the new president of the club on Monday July 3 at the Royal Oak starting at 7.30pm.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: The next meeting is due to be held in the Royal Oak on Monday July 3 starting at 7.30pm.

MENS FELLOWSHIP WALK: Members of the TMF will be walking in the Doxey Marsh area and dining at the Holly Bush in Seighford on Friday June 30.

COLOUR OF FEELINGS: Author Mel Woodend will be at the library on Friday June 30 for an afternoon of her poetry starting at 2.30pm. Free refreshments, poetry readings and the opportunity to purchase signed copies of Mel’s most recently published poetry collection Natural Colours as well as her previous works.

CROXTON WELL DRESSING: On Saturday July 1, the Croxton Well Dressing takes place with this year theme being “Supporting the community”. It is open to the public between 10.30am and 1.30pm with the official opening at 11.45am with the traditional well blessing. There is music and poetry between 2pm and 4pm. There is free car parking at ST21 6PF by the B5026 in the centre of Croxton village 4 miles west of Eccleshall. The event includes, folk music, crafts and produce, community groups displays, Photography exhibition, Eccleshall Scouts barbeque, and refreshments in St Pauls Church. Visit the website for full details at www.croxtonwelldressing.weebly.com.

GARDEN FETE: The High Offley & Knightley churches garden fete takes place on Saturday July 1 between 2pm and 4pm in the garden of the Old School House, High Offley. Free entrance, free parking. Tractor & trailer rides from Woodseaves village to the fete wills start at 1.30pm. Cream teas, bottle and bag tombola, skittles, plants, homemade cakes, preserves and more. Special stalls for children including teddy tombola, teddy bear parachute from High Offley church tower, frog in a bag, hook a duck and treasure chest game.


ROTARY CLUB: Rotarian Karen Milligan was inducted as the President of the Stafford Rotary club at the club’s meeting at the Constitutional Club on Wednesday June 28. She has selected three main charity to benefit from the club’s fund raising this Rotary year and they are Katharine House Hospice, Oak Tree Farm and Cerebral Palsy Mid Staffs.
The Club’s Presidents day will take place on Sunday July 2 with a service at the Holy Trinity Church, Eccleshall and a buffet lunch at the community centre Eccleshall. It is a combined day with Stafford Inner Wheel.

Phil and Wendy Baskerville in their open garden

Pic: Wendy and Phil Baskerville the chairman of Eccleshall in Bloom in their garden in the High Street during the open gardens.

Thanks to, Councillor Peter  Jones, Borough Councillor Eccleshall Ward, 28 The Burgage, Eccleshall, Staffs, ST21 6DR
01785 851381 / 07815 419166

St Pauls Primary School Summer Fair


St.Pauls Primary School are holding a fundraising summer fair on Friday, June 30, at 5.30pm at the school on Garden Street. The event will have ‘all the fun of the fair’ with traditional funfair attractions, a bouncy castle, donkey rides, BBQ and refreshments, many varied stalls plus a Grand Prize Draw with a chance to win some prizes on the night.

Read more here, Staffordshire Newsletter St. Pauls Primary School

St. Pauls CE (C) Primary School
Garden St
ST17 4BT

Tel: 01785 356634

Head Teacher: Matthew Davies



Residents and businesses are being asked for their views on changes to rules that can help stop people causing anti social behaviour in areas of Stafford Borough.

New national legislation comes in to force in October that places restrictions on, for example, where people can drink alcohol or the number of dogs a person can walk at any one time.

The new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) will replace orders which govern alcohol restriction zones and Dog control orders – which were both part of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2014.

The new PSPO’s are intended to deal with particular problems in a certain area which are proving detrimental to the quality of life of local people. The PSPOs will impose conditions on the use of an area.

Stafford Borough Council is proposing to implement a PSPO for both Stafford and Stone Town centres to restrict people drinking alcohol on the streets and requirements for people to control their dogs in other locations across the area.

Councillor Jeremy Pert, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “This is a tool which allow us to work, with the Police, with communities to protect and enhance community life by removing the incidence of nuisance or anti-social behaviour. These powers allow us to address anti-social incidents – particularly when there are repeat offenders involved.

“It is not designed to be the first remedy but certainly one that we jointly need to have to support the communities that we live and work in.”

The draft policy is now available for public consultation for 6 weeks. People can give their comments on the draft policy until Thursday 27 July. The document can be found at http://www.staffordbc.gov.uk and a copy is also available to view at the Civic Centre, Riverside Stafford.

Or you can give feedback here, Survey

Any comments can be emailed to [email protected] or posted to Policy and Partnerships, Stafford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Riverside, Stafford ST16 3AQ

The Faculty Of Public Health Expo 2017

Stafford FM will be covering the Annual Faculty Of Public Health Expo 2017 live on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/wearesfm


The Expo is a great showcase of a range of health and living issues and charities that are here to support delicate issues.

It is free to attend if you fancy joining us in Telford.


The FPH Said

“As a public health community, we have an ever greater responsibility to implement the systems, policies and services that are as cost-effective and efficient as possible. Our 2017 conference in Telford is the opportunity to share the latest evidence, explore new ideas and ensure that current practice is the most effective we can deliver.

We want to bring together ideas, innovative practice and learning from all four UK nations and from across the full range of public health activities, from protecting against infection and environmental hazards to improving care delivery, from new screening programmes to improving health in the populations we serve. Evidence supports all parts of public health – come and share it in Telford.

Delegates will be grappling with such thorny issues as:
  • How can public health save the planet?
  • The UK’s humanitarian role post-Brexit
  • What will the public health workforce look like in 10 years’ time?”

Find out more information on the website http://www.fph.org.uk/fph_annual_conference_and_public_health_expo_2017

Watch our roundup video:


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