Interesting times ahead for us all

Dear Sir, — I understand there has been a very good response from many Biddulph folk to the news that is circulating that “Aldi has won the battle to open a store in Biddulph on the Meadow’s School Site”. 
It was interesting to read that Aldi wish to consult with local people to get their opinions before putting in their formal planning application to Staffordshire County Council, so interesting times ahead for us all.
Other interesting information coming forward this week was that at the end of March this year a new operator will be taking over the running of Staffordshire’s household waste collections. 
The company is Amey, which will take over the day to day management responsibility for Staffordshire County Council’s 14 centres from the current contractor FCC. 
It seems that once FCC had made it clear that it wished to leave the contract, the authority acted swiftly to appoint Amey as it was able to step forward quickly and ensure there was no interruption of service to the public. 
There is a forward note for your diary: on 16th March Mow Lane will be closed to traffic from the junction with the A527 (Congleton Road) and further details will be given nearer the time.
I can advise you that nominations have now opened across the county for the 2020 Support Staffordshire Volunteer Star Awards. which take place in June. 
These have been described by a previous host as “Our own mini Pride of Britain Awards”, and as the events aim to publicly recognise and celebrate the outstanding achievements and commitments of volunteers and organisations who go that extra mile to support their communities nominations are eagerly awaited. 
This year we see the launch of additional events being held in Tamworth and Newcastle-under-Lyme, and nominations are being sought in the following categories: volunteering support for young people, volunteering support for the over 65s, personal achievements, business contribution to communities, trustee of the year, new volunteer team of the year, volunteer of the year, young volunteer of the year, and lifetime achievement.
Potholes continue to be reported, and with the extremely cold weekend weather — Saturday night was thought to be the coldest of the winter — it is unfortunate that more damage will be caused. I immediately pass on all those reported to the highway’s contractors, and I am certainly hoping to see those on Meadows Way receiving prompt attention.
As requested, I have also reported the illegal parking taking place on the double yellow lines from outside the rear of the town hall right up to the corner of King Street. This creates a blind spot that is a danger to both pedestrians crossing the road as well as motorists navigating the turns on to John Street, so please do be aware of this dangerous parking. Is it worth risking a fine by taking a chance to nip into the bank of the chip shop?
Tomorrow (Friday) the Conservative county councillors will be nominated for the period 2021 to 2025, and if you are a paid up member of the Conservative Party you are more than welcome to come along to the Conservative Club on the High Street at 6pm and have your input as to your preferred candidate.
I think that is about it for this week, other than to say in these changeable weather conditions please keep reporting problems that you become aware of, and, of course, if anyone seems to be needing some assistance and you are concerned please let your councillor know, or if you can help then I know that is always welcome.
Have a very good week. — Yours faithfully,

IAN LAWSON 
Tel: 01782 522614.
Mobile: 07553 293 343.
ian.lawson@staffordshire.gov.uk.