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Road Closure Notice – Old Uttoxeter Rd, Combridge – 23rd July for one day


NOTICE is hereby given that the Staffordshire County Council on 18 July 2018 made an Order the effect of which will be to prohibit any vehicle from proceeding in that length of Old Uttoxeter Road in Combridge at its junction with Hook Lane unless the vehicle is being used in connection with the works; or unless the vehicle requires access to premises on the length of road or is being used for police, fire brigade or ambulance purposes.

An alternative route for traffic is available via B5030 Ashbourne Road, A518 Ashbourne Road, Stramshall Road, Creighton Lane, Hook Lane, Old Uttoxeter Road and vice versa. For more information, visit: tm=105981780.

The order will come into operation from 08:00 hours on 23 July 2018 and the said works will commence on or as near as practicable to that date. It is anticipated that the works will be completed by 17:00 hours on the same day.

The Order will remain in force for a period of 18 months, or until the blockage clearing works undertaken by A-Plant Lux Traffic Controls Ltd on behalf of BT Openreach, which it is proposed to carry out on or near the road have been completed, whichever is the earlier.
Date: 18 July 2018 John Tradewell, Director for Strategy, Governance & Change, No. 2 Staffordshire Place, Tipping Street, Stafford. ST16 2DH Ref: 4124618 Enquiries: Customer Contact Centre Tel: 0300 111 8000

Stramshall Village has a Micro Library

The residents of Stramshall are enjoying a new facility in the village, a micro library, which has been created inside a BT telephone box, that is located on the village green along the high street in Stramshall.

Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council adopted the red telephone box in the village for £1 from BT, when the decommissioning of telephone boxes happened and the villagers suggested a micro library.
Two residents, who wish to remain anonymous, kindly donated their time and skills to create shelving for books, and the books are being donated by all the villagers to share.
The rules of the library are displayed within the telephone box and include, “you don’t need to be quiet”, which is unique rule for a library. All the residents are encouraged to donate books and borrow books and return them in their own time.
Cllr David Oulsnam and Cllr Tom Ollerenshaw who started the project by painting the telephone box just after the Parish Council adopted it and commented, “We are thrilled that this village resource has been created by the two residents who created the shelving and are glad that residents are enjoying it so much”

On the white board inside the box, where residents are encouraged to write comments/suggestions for the library, a young resident has written, “Thank You”, which says it all.

Bramshall Inn – Neil Morrissey taking it over – opens 28th June 2018

The residents of Bramshall are pleased that the Bramshall Inn will reopen again on 28th June 2018.

Neil Morrissey’s company, who also run The Plume of Feathers in Barlaston, are currently refurbishing the pub.

The Parish Council welcomes the news and wishes everyone at the new establishment all the best for this new venture.

This news comes soon after the Stramshall pub was reopened to the public, The Olive Tree, has proved to be a great success with residents and with both pubs now open, it will bring the heart back into both villages.


A50 overnight closures information

Staffordshire County Council have advised that there will be five overnight closures of the A50 in June from the 13 to the 17 inclusive, to allow the integration of new slip roads on and off the dual carriageway. Details of that can be found lower down.

After that, the next thing on the horizon is the complete 24-hour-a-day closure of the A522 from 16 July to 28 September just west of Tunnicliffe Way.
The closure is to allow the removal of the embankment which raises the A522 up to the current bridge that crosses the A50 dual carriageway.
Workers will lower the area by approximately 20 feet, to allow the installation of new drainage and utilities and the completion of the final stretch of the new A522 carriageway, footpaths and street lighting to connect it to the new junction and bridge across the A50.
We appreciate this will cause inconvenience, so perhaps allow a little extra time for journeys, but we thank you in advance for your patience. To minimise disruption we have deliberately scheduled this important work to coincide with both the school holidays and the summer holiday closure of the JCB Heavy Products factory when traffic levels are lower.
Vehicles travelling west on the A522 will be diverted on to the A50 at the B5030 McDonald’s roundabout and then leave the A50 at the new junction, use the new bridge and re-join the A522. Those travelling east towards Uttoxeter will be diverted on to the eastbound A50 and at the B5030 roundabout traffic wanting Uttoxeter town centre will be directed left to follow the A518 The Dove Way.
Diversions will be signposted nearer the time and maps showing alternative routes posted on our webpage, while access to the Shell petrol station, which stands a few hundred yards west of the B5030 roundabout will be maintained at all times.

Pedestrians will still be able to travel in both directions by following a short diversion through Tunnicliffe Way and Torrance Grove and then along a temporarily-lit and resurfaced public footpath before re-joining the A522.

Date Closure Time

Wednesday, 13 June


Westbound carriageway closed.


Eastbound carriageway open as usual.



8pm to 5.30am


Thursday, 14 June


Eastbound carriageway closed.


Westbound carriageway open as usual.



8pm to 5.30am


Friday, 15 June


Carriageway closed in both directions.



8pm to 5.30am


Saturday, 16 June


inside lanes of both carriageways will remain closed.


Carriageway closed in both directions.




5.30am to 8pm




8pm to 5.30am



Sunday, 17 June



Carriageway closed in both directions



8pm to 5.30am


The closures have been scheduled so that on Thursday, 14 June traffic heading towards Stoke-on-Trent will be able to get away from the Ladies’ Night event at Uttoxeter racecourse without any difficulty. The dates of this work may change due to weather conditions and we will notify you if that is necessary.
There are also two overnight closures of the A50 planned for the nights of Saturday, 14 July, and Sunday 15 July, between 8pm and 5.30am.
During the closures of the A50, we will put a fully signposted diversion route in place, suitable for all vehicles, including HGVs. Highways England will put advance notices warning of the closures on its wider A-road and motorway network to encourage traffic to take alternative routes on the nights of the closures.
Traffic heading west will be diverted northwards from the A50 on to the B5030 for a few hundred yards to the roundabout with the A518. Traffic will turn right there, cross back over the A50 along Dove Way and continue on the A518 clockwise around Uttoxeter and follow the road towards Stafford. Vehicles will then follow the A51 and A34 towards Stoke-on-Trent and then on to the A500 and A50. The route is reversed from the west.
Importance of the A50
The A50 is the most important transport link between the East and West Midlands. The planned improvements will also benefit major employers and their employees between Stoke-on-Trent and Derbyshire, making journeys quicker, easier and safer.
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

East Staffordshire Voluntary Car Scheme for Elderly and those who are unable to use public transport

East Staffordshire Voluntary Car Scheme provides a service to help the elderly and those living in East Staffordshire who are unable to use public transport to make those essential journeys.
Volunteer drivers, using their own cars, offer a door to door service and will wait up to 90 minutes for the return journey.

The scheme can be used for the following:
1. Hospital, doctors or dentist appointments.
2. Hospital patient visiting.
3. Social visits.
4. Collection of prescriptions.
5. Shopping trips.

The following fees apply:
1. Fees in line with recommended passenger fare table; or 45p per mile plus 5p per additional passenger.
2. Escorts travel free of charge.
3. Service users can also join the scheme for a £5.00 annual membership.
4. Additional fees may apply, i.e., parking fees, toll fees, admin charge of £1.00 (to cover telephone calls).

East Staffordshire Voluntary Car Scheme
Telephone numbers:
Burton area – 01283 538385 1700 – 2100
Uttoxeter area – 01889 500731
Burton area mobile – 07716 417410
Uttoxeter area mobile – 07779 426730
In partnership with Staffordshire County Council