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By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 04, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves and Abbey Buxton

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A PENSIONER was left stunned after he received a letter ordering him to remove his three wheelie bins from an alleyway or face court and a possible fine of £5,000 - despite him having nowhere else to store the waste containers. Edwin Clowes, of Southbank Street, Leek, was one of many residents in the area who had received the letter from the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council. A YOUNG girl had her long locks chopped off in aid of charity. Saffron Critchlow, of Leek, had 20 inches off her golden hair cut off and donated to the Little Princess Charity, and also raised £500 for the charity which makes wigs for children with cancer who lose their hair through chemotherapy treatment. MAJOR plans were announced by Cheadle Town Council to build a new community centre on land at Tean Road Recreation Ground in the market town. PEOPLE struggling for food in Cheadle and the surrounding district were given new hope after it was announced that a Cheadle Foodbank would be set up. It is now looking likely that this will be operational in the new year. LEEK Citizens' Advice Bureau reported a surge in the number of people in crisis.

It said 350 extra clients had turned to the service for help over the previous three months.

Bosses said most of the people calling at the organisation's Bank House base in St Edward Street were seeking advice for housing related problems including the spare room subsidy, dubbed the 'bedroom tax'. THE sun shone as around 2,000 people gathered at Leek town centre's Nicholson War Memorial for Remembrance Sunday.

The service was led by Reverend Roger Woods assisted by Geoff Robinson BEM of the Royal British Legion. Hundreds of people took part in the parade including: school children, Army and Air Cadets, veterans, Italian guests, and local dignitaries. LEEK'S town centre came in the top 10 high streets in the country. The Telegraph newspaper has been running an initiative to find out which town has the best high street as part of its 'Reinventing the High Street' campaign. The result of the winner is set to be announced this month, January. CHEADLE town centre was set for a resurgence after it was announced that a deal had been struck with Cheadle Town Council and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council worth around £20,000, which involved launching the successful Totally Locally initiative in the town. It is hoped this will take effect from the new year. CHEADLE was announced as the fourth best place to live in the country to settle down and bring up a family, according to a survey by mutual finance company Family Investments. COMMUNITY leaders raised fears that around 200 jobs could be lost from the former Britannia Building Society headquarters in Leek, which in turn raided concerns that one half of the twin-site premises could be shut. MORE than £700 was raised for Help For Heroes after more than 200 people turned out to take part in a Twilight Trek for Troops. The walk, organised by Helen Fox, who has a son serving in the Army, was followed by a live performance of a song written and now being sold to raise further funds for the national charity. A TEAM of divers and engineers began a £600,000 repair scheme at the scenic Rudyard Lake, near Leek. The Canal and Rivers Trust is carrying out the vital works to replace valves at the reservoir which control the rate that water is released into the canal network. JCB announced plans to invest £150 million to expand its operations in Staffordshire creating 2,500 by 2018.

The plans include the building of a brand-new, purpose-built 220,000 square feet factory on the Harewood Industrial Estate in Cheadle to expand existing JCB Earthmovers and JCB Compact Products operations, allowing JCB Utility Products to relocate to this site from a current smaller factory in Oakamoor Road. CHEADLE Post Office was named The National Lottery's Top Fund-raising Independent Retailer in the West Midlands after raising £2.9 million for life-changing National Lottery projects. TRADERS and councillors reacted with anger after it was revealed Leek faces more road works lasting almost seven months.

Staffordshire County Council issued a notice for road closures in Derby Street, and a series of other measures, to enable the final phases of 'public realm' works in the town. CANNABIS plants worth an estimated £87,000 were seized after a police raid on a terraced house in Leek.

Officers found more than 300 plants being grown at the property in John Street.

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