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Drayton Manor Park hosts thrill-seeking tourists

Funding to fix

roads welcomed Cannock MP Amanda Milling has welcomed the news that Staffordshire will receive £2.2m from the Government’s £100m fund to help repair its battered roads. The funding was announced by the

Record tourism figures

Recent figures from Staffordshire County Council show that the region’s tourism economy generates a record breaking £1.7bn for the region. According to the Annual Economic Impact

Study, a report commissioned by the council, 2017 was the county’s busiest year on record. It was estimated that 25 million tourists visited Staffordshire, directly spending £1.3bn on accommodation, entertainment, travel and food and drink. The sector employs 31,000 people, who generate £485m of associated spend in the sector. These new figures represent record growth in

the sector. The sector has seen a marked increase in spend (42 per cent), overnight stays (36 per cent), day trips (40 percent) and employment (33 per cent) in the county since 2008.

New man at the

top of the toll Midland Expressway, operator of the M6toll, has announced the appointment of Andy Cliffe (pictured) as the company’s permanent chief executive officer. Mr Cliffe, from Lichfield, is picking up the

baton from acting CEO Graham Parcell. Mr Cliffe was previously managing director of East Midlands and Bournemouth Airports, part of the Manchester Airports Group (MAG). In total, he spent 19 years at MAG working in a

variety of finance, operations, commercial, real estate development, strategy and corporate development functions. Mr Parcell said: “Andy is a great addition to

the team. He has been at the forefront of developing East Midlands Airport’s business, which in turn has helped the local business community there. “He joins the M6toll at

an exciting time with the numbers of customers growing strongly and I am sure he can take that momentum on.” Mr Parcell will now

revert to his role as non- executive director at Midland Expressway.

42 CHAMBERLINK May 2018 Mark Winnington, cabinet member for

economic growth at Staffordshire County Council and deputy chair of Destination Staffordshire said: “Staffordshire is a wonderful county to visit

with a rich tapestry of visitor attractions. “Tourism is really booming and plays an

important role in our overall economy. Our local tourism businesses continue to do a great job, attracting more and more visitors, bringing in over £100m a month and sustaining jobs.” The Staffordshire region houses a number of

famous UK tourism destinations, including Drayton Manor Park, Alton Towers Resort, the Peak District National Park and the National Forest. Cannock Chase is also a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling. Staffordshire County Council has already pledged to spend an extra £5m on potholes and preventative treatments this year – on top of a similar sum spent last year. The Cannock Chase MP has described the

investment as ‘essential’ if local roads were to be brought up to an acceptable standard. She said: “The recent wintery weather

has caused some extensive potholes and considerable damage to many road surfaces across Cannock Chase. It is essential that Staffordshire County Council act quickly and use this Government funding to bring our worst pothole filled roads up to an acceptable standard.” Mr Grayling said: “People rely on good

roads to get to work and to see friends or family. We are giving councils even more funding to help repair their roads so all road users can enjoy their journeys.”

Support for chosen charities

Cannock Shopping Centre has announced the charities that they will be partnering with in 2018. The shopping centre will work with St Giles

Hospice, The Donna Louise and Leukaemia Care, to raise funds and awareness among shoppers. Centre manager Susi McCarthy said: “We were

blown away by the interest in and quality of applicants for our charity tender this year. There are such worthy charities across Cannock and Staffordshire and it was great to learn more about how they benefit our shoppers and their families. “This year we increased the number of charity

partners from one to three and while it was tough to choose just three partners we are really pleased with the end result and know they will bring engaging events as well as awareness and support to our shoppers.” Philippa Graty, corporate fundraiser for

Lichfield based St Giles, said: “It takes a community to make a hospice and we’d like to thank everyone for continuing to help us look after local families who need us.” The Donna Louise provides care and support

for children, young adults and their families, from initial diagnosis with a life limiting condition and throughout their journey. Chris Belyavin, regional fundraiser for The

Donna Louise, said: “Partnerships like this one with Cannock Shopping Centre are so important to us and we’re looking forward to working with

Helping hand (from left): Joanne Barlow (community fundraiser for St Giles), Chris Belyavin, Susi McCarthy, Emily Sweeney and Philippa Graty

the shopping centre in the coming months.” Leukaemia Care is a national blood cancer

charity supporting anyone affected by blood cancer by offering support to patients, their families and health professionals. Emily Sweeney, corporate fundraising officer

for Leukaemia Care, said: “The chance to work with the local community to raise awareness of blood cancer and raise funds means we can continue to be there for anyone affected by blood cancer.” The three charities will run a series of events

at Cannock Shopping Centre throughout the year.

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