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Council is chasing funding for regeneration

Bid for funds: Councillor Diane Todd wants to transform down-at-heel Cannock town centre

Cannock Chase Council has submitted a bid for Government funding to assist with the regeneration of Cannock town centre. The Future High Streets Fund provides co-

funding towards capital projects to bring transformative change to the local area and make town centres fit for the future. The Government has made £675m available

and has invited local authorities to submit expressions of interest to outline their plans. Cannock Chase Council has bid for funding to

help deliver the vision for the future of the town centre and to maximise the benefits from the £160m McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Village, which is due to open in 2020. This development is on a 30-acre site very close to Cannock town centre and will create 1,000 retailing jobs. Cannock Council’s expression of interest was submitted at the end of March, and applications

are now being assessed. Successful applicants will be announced in summer 2019. Councillor Diane Todd, portfolio leader for

town centre regeneration said: “Our vision for Cannock town Centre is that by 2028 it will be an attractive market town with an excellent range of well-known stores and good quality outdoor markets, thriving independent sector and the growth of new leisure and residential opportunities. “The Government’s Future High Street

Funding is an excellent opportunity for us to get help from the government to achieve our vision and Cannock town centre is where we feel we can achieve the greatest impact. “I am delighted that we have received letters

of support from our partners and thanks to our officers for their hard work in applying for the funding. Fingers crossed we will be successful.”

Manager joins Addfield board

Staffordshire manufacturer Addfield Environmental Systems has promoted James Grant to business development director. Before his promotion, James had held the

position of business development manager at the firm for eight years. In his new role, James will now sit on the firm's board of directors. James has represented the firm globally and

has helped the firm become international leaders in the manufacturer of incineration machines. Steve Lloyd, managing director at Addfield

Environmental Systems, said: “James has worked extremely hard for the business since joining. “Coming from a completely different industry

James has shown some serious key skills and the determination required to get him where he is today. "He has played a key role in a lot of our recent

and ongoing business success, he also has his sights set firmly on new markets and major projects for the business in the coming years. "I would like to congratulate him on his new

position and continued success within the business.”

James Grant Addfield Environmental Systems is also

hoping to expand its sales team and global distribution network.

In Brief

Caught on camera: The Hytera body cam in action

A Cannock firm has introduced a new range of body cameras to help frontline workers such as security staff. The ‘Hytera’ devices produce high-quality

video images which can be used as evidence, if required, but are also an integrated communication system which allows users to keep in touch with other members of their team. The devices are being supplied by Connect

Mobile Radio, of Watling Court, Cannock, which supplies radio communication solutions to a wide range of industries, is adding Hytera body cameras to its range as a boost to both security and visibility. Connect’s Martin Mullins said: “If your

workforce faces situations that can make them feel threatened, upgrading radio communication to include a body cam will capture evidence of this and should help to act as a deterrent.”

Plans for a 10,000-home development near Stone which will be supported by £750,000 government funding would bring further investment and community improvements, the leader of Staffordshire County Council has said. The garden village development at

Coldmeece near Stone would be situated on former Ministry of Defence land. It is one of five planned new developments

which are in line for taxpayer-funding, according to Minister for State for Housing Kit Malthouse. Staffordshire County Council leader Philip

Atkins said: “The Millmeece development would bring much needed homes to the north of Stafford borough and attract more investment in the future. “We look forward to working with the

borough council to make this happen and importantly ensuring the right infrastructure is in place right from the start. "We have worked hard with our partners to

create an environment for business growth and job creation across Staffordshire and new housing will support this. “The plans are in their early stages, but it is

a crucial first step to receive this recognition from Government.”


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