Useful Links

Blythe Centre

In 2016, Staffordshire County Council handed over the day-to-day running of many its branch libraries to local communities.
In Blythe Bridge, The Care & Fun Charity, working with residents, stepped forward to take on the overall responsibility. A team of volunteers now runs the centre.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council

You will find a list of all Staffordshire Moorlands District Council’s services on this site. If you want to report incidents of litter, fly posting, abandoned vehicles, noise nuisance, dog fouling, graffiti or flytipping by phone, the telephone number is 0345 605 3014. There is also an online facility for this – top right hand corner of their home page ‘Do It Online’ . You can also view all planning applications by visiting their home page, clicking on ‘P’ and then ‘Planning Applications Weekly List’. To access the site click on the link below:

Staffordshire County Council

You will be able to access a wide range of information and services from the Staffordshire County Council’s web site by clicking on the link below:

Highway Problems

Call Freephone 0300 111 8020 or email for problems regarding road and pavement potholes, blocked road drains, dangerous trees, broken street lights and signs, and problems with right of way or visit the County Council web site.

For anyone wishing to communicate by telephone, the number is 0300 111 8000.

Police Issues

Telephone 101 to report any concerns.

Forsbrook Community Village Website

Draycott Parish Council

Caverswall Parish Council

North Staffordshire Community Rail Partnership

A new website has been launched which features information about the partnership’s many projects to develop the North Staffordshire Line (Crewe-Stoke-Derby rail route.

Google Earth and Flash Earth

How to use Google Earth.

Google Earth is a computer programme that works as a virtual globe and map. It is absolutely free and easily sourced from the link below. Download to your computer by clicking on the big blue Download button. A file of about 34Mb downloads. Then you can launch the programme. A picture of the world rotates and zooms in and a text box allows you to type in where you want to go. Almost certainly you will start with where you live. So, enter the address and watch the image shoot in. Using the mouse, you can scroll up and down the map, zooming in and out with the mouse wheel. In Google Earth there are two circles in the top right of the map screen – one guides you around the terrain and the top one tilts the map. In some cities, such as London, some buildings are realised with 3D models – a striking visual effect and a helpful tool for getting your bearings if you’re about to visit an unfamiliar city. Some natural landmarks such as Mount Everest can be seen in 3D too. In the bottom left corner are a series of options, called layers. Click on the icons to switch on the 3D buildings layer or activate Street View. This is more limited but has a street level view photo placed to match the background. You can use Google Earth for directions. A box in the top left corner creates text boxes where you can type in your location and the desired destination and it will then give you written instructions as well as a bold purple line on the map. However, Google Earth has more to offer. For example, The Prado Museum in Madrid has just added 14 of its paintings for in-depth scrutiny. Click on one and you can zoom in so closely that you can see where the paint is cracked (closer than you’d be allowed to get in the gallery). Earlier this month Google announced the addition of places most of us will never visit: the sea floor in 3D and even the surface of Mars. This is a huge programme so it can take time to run smoothly and it requires a broadband connection.

Flash Earth is a similar site so try this one also.

Watchdog Alerts

Click on the link below to find out more about watchdog warnings and consumer advice and protection.


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