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Parking problems set to be alleviated on and around major new Stafford route

Problem parking on a Stafford estate next to the route of Stafford’s new western access road is set to be alleviated with new traffic orders.

Parking restrictions will be installed on roads around Castlefields, to the west of Stafford town centre. Double yellow lines will be installed along the length of Martin Drive – which will form the gateway to the new Stafford Western Access Road off the Newport Road. In addition, there will be double yellow lines laid along Redgrave Drive and both double yellow and time restricted parking along Rose Hill.

In early July these parking restrictions will be implemented and then Castlefields residents consulted about the impact in the following weeks.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington, who is also the local county councillor, said: “Parking restrictions are needed along Martin Drive as this will form the gateway to the Stafford Western Access Road from Newport Road. However we’re aware of parking problems being displaced and so after consultation with residents we will be extending restrictions along the principal roads around Castlefields. After their implementation the highways team will be monitoring the parking situation in the following weeks to measure the impact and make sure they are working effectively.  We are also keen to potentially extend new regulations to other areas which may be affected by parking displacement. We know parking has been an issue on these roads and so the new restrictions should improve visibility and safety.”

You can find out more and download a leaflet explaining plans for  The Stafford Western Access Route here, Stafford Western Access Route

Limited stalls still available for Stafford food festival


Only a limited number of trade stands are still available at this year’s Stafford Cheese and Ale Festival.

The two day festival takes place next month with spaces available from £85 for a stall on Saturday 17 June in the marquee in Greengate Street.

There are also stands available in the Market Square marquee for both June 16

and 17 for £140. Traders interested in this opportunity are advised to book quickly to avoid disappointment.

Around 30 different cheese, ale and food producers and suppliers display their wares alongside other complementary food and drink stalls. The festival takes place on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th June.

Top celebrity chef Jean-Christophe has also been confirmed to make a guest appearance at the festival on the Saturday, where he will be putting his culinary skills against a local chef in a ‘cook off’ as well as opening up the festival with a demonstration of his cooking talent – using Staffordshire produce.

Jean-Christophe is a 5 out of 5 AA Rosette and multi Michelin Star award winning chef. He has been a familiar household name over many years having appeared on a diverse range of TV programmes – including as a head chef in ‘Hell’s Kitchen,’ ‘A Question of Sport’ and ‘Countryfile.’

Around 45,000 people visited the town centre last year during the two days.

The event is organised by the Borough Council and Town Centre Partnership which boasts more than 110 members from retailers, leisure services and other businesses in Stafford.

To book a stand call Lisa Clemson  on  01785 619470 or email [email protected]

Stafford FM’s Crimeline: Do You Recognise this Man?


We need your help to find this man who Stafford Police would like to speak to in connection with a suspicious incident in Stafford.

At 5:30pm on Thursday 19 January a 15-year-old girl was walking along St Leonard’s Avenue when she walked past a man who was standing on the footpath.

As she walked past him, the man grabbed the girl. She screamed, pushed the man, and ran away.

The man then ran off along St Leonard’s Avenue back towards Fairway.

The girl was not injured, but left shaken by what happened.

The man is described as white, 5ft 7in tall with a slim build and aged in his late 20’s. He had stubble. He was wearing a dark coat and dark-blue jeans.

Stafford Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen this man in the area or who may know who he is and would urge anyone with information to contact them.

Anyone who recognises this man is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


30 reasons to enjoy Staffordshire


People in Staffordshire are being urged to opt for a ‘staycation’ over the holiday period and explore the county’s many attractions and hidden treasures. There’s a great video below which shows why….

Staffordshire has a thriving tourism economy with a wealth of great attractions, including many leading national sites, drawing in millions of visitors from across the UK and beyond.

For adrenalin seekers and families the county has two of the UK’s top theme parks in the Alton Towers Resort and Drayton Manor Park, as well as Tamworth’s SnowDome and Waterworld. All four of these fun-filled attractions can be visited using the value-for-money Thrill Hopper multi-attraction pass available online at www.thrillhopper.com.

Staffordshire is also home to the National Memorial Arboretum, where HRH Prince William recently officially opened the brand new £15m Remembrance Centre. The county also boasts the national football centre at St George’s Park and the National Brewery Centre both in Burton upon Trent, as well as a wealth of smaller museums and attractions.


Darryl Eyers, Director for Economy at Staffordshire County Council explained that the county was a fantastic place to explore with something for everyone, with many more hidden and more quirky attractions just waiting to be discovered.

Darryl said: “We have a rich tapestry of attractions here in Staffordshire, many of which are nationally acclaimed, in addition to some that are perhaps less well-known but which play a vital part in our visitor economy.  Holidays offer a great opportunity to get out and explore some of our wonderful attractions right on our door step.  With so much to see here, I’d definitely urge people to consider a ‘Staycation’.”

The Trentham Estate is now the UK’s 4th largest paid-for garden attraction and the award-winning adjacent Monkey Forest is the only place in Britain where visitors can walk through the enclosure where the monkeys roam freely.

World of Wedgwood was launched in 2015, a major £34m redevelopment at the Wedgwood Factory in Barlaston, which created a brand new visitor centre integrated with the Wedgwood Museum, giving people even more reasons to visit Staffordshire.

There are historic houses and sites to visit like Lichfield Cathedral, the Shugborough Estate, Tamworth Castle, the Ancient High House and Weston Park.  And, Staffordshire is also a great place for the outdoors, from the Peak District National Park in the north to Chasewater and Cannock Chase AONB in the south and the National Forest in the east, not to mention hundreds of miles of footpaths, cycleways and a canal network amongst the largest of shire counties.

In 2015 alone almost 25 million people, from home and abroad, enjoyed a day or overnight trips to Staffordshire, helping generate over £1.7 billion for the local economy.  The tourism sector also supports 29,979 jobs in the county.

Since 2008, the overall sector spend has grown by 31%, overnight stays by 36%, day trips by 31%, and employment by 28%.

People can find out more about what Staffordshire has to offer here, Enjoy Staffs