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Developments are ‘still a top priority’

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 12, 2013

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DEVELOPING a new entertainment complex in Leek and securing the approval for a new link road in the Cornhill area of the town are still top priority a council leader said last week.

Also the district council is to look at promoting the use of recycling bins further after the waste collection has overspent by £120,000 last year.

The issues were raised at last week's meeting of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council's resources overview and scrutiny panel when council leader, Sybil Ralphs, outlined the council's first quarter year performance and financial review.

Ms Ralphs said: "We aim to adopt the Churnet Valley Masterplan and secure approval for a new link road at Cornhill in Leek. Design work of the link road was expected at the end of August and I can now confirm this is now with the authority.

"We are also supporting the development of a new entertainment facility in Leek. Sites are presently being assessed by the developer."

The council leader also announced that there were two significant area of overspend within the first quarter.

This involved the waste collection and the visitors services department which had overspent by £77,000. This was due to income from car parks 13 per cent down and income from market stalls which is running £17,000, on annual basis, below budget.

Ms Ralphs said: "Over the last few months there has been significant changes in waste collection. People are being more selective with the sorting criteria as loads are being returned. Having loads returned is having significant costs.

"One contamination bin gets the whole lorry load refused. We need to make sure things are put in the right bin."

Councillor Norma Hawkins, who represents the Horton Ward, said that waste was a hot topic.

She said: "Residents find which plastic is for the right bin a problem. However we do not need any more boxes. This is confusing people and we need more publicity."

Endon councillor Henry Jebb said that the waste overspend was substantial.

He said: "We need an education programme for the public."

The council leader added: "It is a good idea to look at publicity. Leaflets have been sent out. Adding more labels to the bins might be a good idea, which we will look at."

It was also announced that the district council has been awarded a £8,547 grant from the government to give local groups the right to express an interest in taking over the running of local authority services.

A further grant of £7,855 has also been award by the government to give local groups the right to bid for community assets threatened by closure and £46,093 for the localisation of council tax support.

A further £6,493 grant has been received for rural services.

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