Best Kept Village 2016

Thank you John and Pauline Jilbert, Sam Bailey and all residents who help to keep Denstone looking so lovely, not just for the Best Kept Village judging but throughout the year. I must also thank All Saints School for the wonderful posters they produce for the Best Kept Village and Bob Wright for putting these up throughout the village.

This year we were awarded a Highly Commended in our category with Bramshall coming first, Hoar Cross second and Kingstone third. I don’t have the judges’ comments as yet but will post these on-line and on the noticeboard in the Village once received.

Jacquie Payne
Chair of Denstone Parish Council

A50 Growth Corridor Update: July 2016

Controls put in place to protect residents

Material will begin arriving soon to be used in the foundations of the embankments which will support the new bridge across the A50.

Construction traffic will bypass Uttoxeter as much as possible and will not use New Road between The Three Tuns public house and the Shell garage, while no deliveries will take place at weekends.

At the same time a strict system of dust control will be in place, including routine visual inspections. There will be a damping down operation in place on the site, all lorries will have their wheels washed before leaving and unloading will be suspended if the wind is too strong.

On top of those measures, dust gauges will be installed in all directions around the site so we can regularly assess the effectiveness of the on-site controls.

Preparations are also underway at the moment to build a new 300m stretch of the A522, north of the A50, which will let us keep traffic flowing on the A522 while the embankment north of the A50 is completed.

Throughout the summer, the A50 will be largely unaffected, with only occasional night time closures of the nearside lanes. These will be listed on the Staffordshire County Council A50 Growth Corridor website when specific dates are confirmed.

Other overnight road works being carried out on the A50 are separate to this project and the responsibility of ‘Balfour Beatty Connect’. Please direct any enquiries about those to the Connect Roads website.

Importance of the A50

The A50 is the most important transport link between the East and West Midlands and the planned improvements will also benefit major employers and their employees between Stoke-on-Trent and Derbyshire, making journeys quicker, easier and safer.

Highways England’s investment in this key highway is part of a huge £1.8 billion investment to modernise the Midlands strategic road network. This investment will help create a safer, more accessible network and keep traffic moving, while unlocking economic growth with support for new jobs and homes. Staffordshire County Council is delivering these improvements on behalf of Highways England.

We will continue to update you as the project progresses.

The A50 Growth Corridor Team
A50 Growth Corridor Web Page.

Police Information

The Neighbourhood Watch page is now entitled “Neighbourhood Watch and Police” and includes links to two relevant Web sites that you may find useful:
Staffordshire Police
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Staffordshire

Important News from Neighbourhood Watch

Each household in the parish should have received an information sheet with the Parish Newsletter,  explaining how to get a SmartWater kit at a low price,  provided that you are (or become)  a member of the local Neighbourhood Watch.   Please contact Bob Crompton of Neighbourhood Watch if you have any queries or didn’t get your info sheet.

Please click the links below for details of the local “Smart Water Initiative”:
Download the NHW Bulletin regarding “Smart Water” (May 2012)
Download the NHW Newsletter (Issue 1 - April 2012)