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Snow and school closures 22nd March

Just in case you hadn’t realised, both St John’s and Madeley High are closed due to snow.  The County Council snow closure website seems to have crashed.


Closure of Hawthorns car-park on 26th/27th March

Due to a conference on the 26th/27th March, there will be restricted access to Hawthorns car park during these days.  Please be aware that this may have knock on effects in terms of traffic in the village, especially during the school drop off and pick up times.

County Council Proposals for parking restrictions on Quarry Bank Road

The County Council has produced a set of proposals for parking restrictions on Quarry Bank Road – these are set out in the documents that can be accessed via the links below:


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The County says that it will be carrying out a consultation with residents in due course – I would urge all residents with an interest in this issue to make your views known.  If you would like to discuss these plans with me further,  please do not hesitate to contact me.

HS2 – proposed route through our Borough.

This morning the Government announced it proposed route for the HS2 service from Birmingham to Manchester, which will run through Staffordshire. The section which runs closest to Keele can be seen here:
A more detailed map of the proposed route adjacent to Madeley can be seen here:

Newcastle Borough Council will be formulating a response to these proposals – I will keep Keele residents updated on these proposals and any consultations carried out by the Borough Council, but please do feel free to contact me if you have any comments or questions.

Street light on the Covert Cul-de-Sac

I have already spoken to all of the residents that have contacted me to express concerns about the long-running problems with the street light on the Covert, so this post is for information for those residents that have not contacted me.

I contacted the Vice-Chancellor and the Estates Manager to raise the concerns expressed by residents about the long period this light has been out of action and the lack of a street light as the winter nights are approaching. I subsequently had further discussions with the head of Estates about a time-scale for repairs.

There is currently a contractor on campus replacing electrical cables around one of the Halls of residence. Once that work if finished, the contractor will then come to the Covert to replace the faulty cables and restore power to the street light. This work will commence towards the end of October.

Residents of the Covert, please do contact me if you have any questions or queries

Film about the Sneyd

This film about the Sneyd on YouTube made me smile!

Community Open Day at Keele University

Keele University will be hosting a Community Day on Saturday, 23 June.

There will be interactive workshops, outdoor activities and live entertainment taking place acrosss the campus throughout the day.

Whether it is talks delivered by Keele academics, arboretum walks, handling reptiles, taking in live music, getting involved with the less conventional sports, or taking a penalty against Stoke City’s very own mascot, Pottermus, there will be something for everyone.

Anyone is welcome to attend the event that will run from 10:00am until

All activities and parking for the day will be free of charge.