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Sandyford and Goldenhill Residents Association (S.A.G.E.)

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A residents association uniting the two villages of Sandyford and Goldenhill since 1999

An organisation that aims to improve the environment and lifestyle for all its residents who live in our community

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FREE SKIPS – Goldenhill & Sandyford

Goldenhill & Sandyford Ward

Six free skips will be available for residents in the area to use. The skips are being funded by your local Ward Councillor, Councillor Kanneganti & monitored each day by Sandyford & Goldenhill Residents Association. They will be sited from 9.30am.

Mon 26 February – Hollywell Lane by junction with Burnaby Road and Lewisham Drive green space at the end of Cul-de-Sac

Tue 27 February – 2 skips at Goldenhill Community Centre

Wed 28 February – Chatterley Whitfield and Spitfire Way

Under no circumstances can rubbish be left by the skip, this will be deemed as fly tipping and you may be prosecuted.

Unfortunately, no white goods are to be put in the skip. For bulky waste collections please contact the council by visiting www.stoke.gov.uk or call 01782 234234.

Be “PHONE FREE” When You’re Driving

Most drivers don’t use a phone at the wheel, but those that do put themselves, and other road users in danger as using a phone while driving makes you four times more likely to have a crash.

On top of that, anyone caught using a phone whilst driving can end up with six points on their licence and a £200 fine, making a trip out very expensive indeed.

Although it can be tempting to give your phone a quick check, taking your eyes off the road can cause you to swerve, miss important road signs, and most importantly, miss what’s going on in the road ahead.

Most people know that they shouldn’t pick up their phone to call someone, but you may not realise that you can also receive points and a fine for touching your phone for any reason while driving, even if you’re not holding it. Touching the sat nav function on your phone, changing tracks, looking at photos or enabling the camera function all count as phone use.

To encourage everyone to fully concentrate on the road until they’ve reached their destination we’re promoting the #PhoneFree campaign.

This campaign supports the year-round operational and educational work of our officers to try and reduce the number of people using phones while driving on Staffordshire’s roads.

Here’s how you can support the campaign and make a difference to road safety in Staffordshire: Put your phone out of reach in a bag or glove box so you won’t be tempted to take a look whilst you’re waiting at the lights, or in traffic. Use safe driving mode to mute any calls or texts whilst you’re driving. You can always catch up with your friends and family when you reach your destination. If you phone rings and you need to take the call, pull over where it’s safe and turn your engine off before you start the call. Handsfree is still legal, but can be distracting, so we’d recommend not using your phone at all when driving.

Your friends, family, or work colleagues won’t mind waiting for a text, call or message if you’re driving. They’d rather you get to your destination safely than not at all. If you need to make a call or text, park up somewhere safely and turn the ignition off before looking at your phone.

Using a phone behind the wheel is one of the most common causes of serious injury or death on the roads.

If you’d like to know more about the laws around using a phone in a vehicle you can find more information on our website: https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/rs/road-safety/driving-mobile-device-use/

Charging an electric car is now MORE expensive than petrol

  • The cost of charging electric cars in public has more than doubled in two years 
  • In some cases, it is now cheaper to run a petrol or diesel car than an electric 

Electric car owners without access to a home charger are now paying up to a 1,500 per cent premium by being forced to top up their vehicles on the streets. 

Homeowners with a dedicated charger, smart meter and electric car tariff from their energy supplier can pay as little as 5p per kWh to replenish the vehicle’s batteries overnight. 

However, a neighbour relying on a council-backed on-street charger can face rates of 65p per kWh – meaning the same car could be filled for as little as £2.56 or as much as £41. 

Worse still for the second person, they can also face ‘idle fees’ of up to 6p per minute, if they remain attached to the charger once their vehicle is filled up. 

Also, someone charging at home pays VAT at a rate of 5 per cent, while those charging publicly are stung with a 20 per cent rate – which is an increasingly lucrative revenue stream for the government. 

Some motorists, including Blackadder actor Rowan Atkinson have expressed their dismay about their experience driving an electric car and finding places to charge it. 

While residents have complained that selfish electric car owners who do not have a driveway often leave cables along the pavement before topping up their vehicles. According to the National Federation for the Blind, trailing cables across the pavement is a trip hazard.   

The government has pledged to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 and wants to increase the availability of public electric charging units. But motorists have complained that the system is confusing, with many providers requiring drivers to download their own specific app to access their service. 

Five years later, the government said the sale of new hybrid cars will also be prohibited.  

The RAC have been tracking the cost of charging electric vehicles since October 2021 and comparing them with traditional cars powered by electric and diesel. 

Tunstall Town Centre Community Association

Tunstall Town Centre Community Association are holding their public meeting TONIGHT at 7pm at Christ Church for residents to go along and raise any issues relating to Tunstall Town Centre. 

If you have any issues with fly tipping or dumped waste in Tunstall, Dominic Gratty the Environmental Crime team manager at Stoke-On-Trent City Council will be on hand to speak to residents. 

Sandyford Service Station Opens Tomorrow

The Kay Group who are a family run business and operate service stations across the North West of England and Midlands, officially open their new Sandyford Service Station tomorrow 09.02.24.

The Service Station located at the KFC roundabout (Sandyford) will sell BP fuel as well as having a Londis Convenience Store, Greggs Bakery Shop and a Subway.

Anyone filling their vehicle with BP fuel are advised to download the bp rewards app online at bpmerewards.co.uk

BPme Rewards is here, helping you earn those little treats more often. Once you’ve picked up your BPme Rewards Card, or signed up via the BPme app, you’ll be able to earn points on qualifying bp transactions, either when you buy things in-store, or when you purchase fuel. You can even earn points on your BPme transactions. 

Once you’ve earned your points, you can redeem them in-store on fuel or shop purchases. Or you can trade them in for vouchers from our great partners, such as Amazon.co.uk, Marks & Spencer and Love2Shop. Nice!

Cuckooing – What Does it Mean

Cuckooing is the term used when someone’s house is taken over for criminal activity, including dealing drugs.

Staffordshire Police say are you aware of cuckooing? Do you know what to look out for in relation to cuckooing? Would you report it if you had concerns? The police are relying on residents to highlight concerns that maybe impacting on there community to reduce the issues that come with cuckooing and the harm it causes. 

For more information click on the link to know more and please report if you are concerned about a vulnerable neighbour. Cuckooing by Staffordshire Police (youtube.com)

Volunteers Needed to Scrutinise Police Powers

Could you volunteer to review Police powers to ensure they are being used correctly?

The Commissioner’s Independent Scrutiny Panel is looking for a diverse group of people to scrutinise Police powers. In particular, volunteers will be asked to evaluate the use of force during incidents.  

Volunteers will help interrogate information and body worn video to identify issues and be involved in suggesting solutions.

Applications are now open.

Find out more or apply: Independent Scrutiny Panels – Staffordshire Commissioner (staffordshire-pfcc.gov.uk)

Sandyford Service Station “Official Opening”

The Kay Group who are a family run business and operate service stations across the North West of England and Midlands, are to officially open their new Sandyford Service Station on the morning of Friday 9th February.

Sandyford Service Station located at the KFC roundabout (Sandyford) will be offering BP fuel as well as having a Londis Convenience Store and a Greggs Bakery Shop, which will also open on the 9th February. Subway are also expected to open their fast food restaurant at the site, which should be soon after the official opening date.

Young Lads Causing Antisocial Behaviour Around Tunstall Retail Parks

Staffordshire Police have noticed an increase in the number of incidents of Anti Social Behavior around the retail parks in Tunstall.  A number of the incidents involve groups of up to 20 young lads on pushbikes , scooters and on foot, the ages range from 9 to 16. The police have footage of the youths and will be identifying them through the local schools. 

A number of these individuals think its acceptable to swear and shout at staff in front of customers who are often with young children, they have been refusing to leave when asked by staff. 

Shop workers do not go to work to be abused or intimidated. Its often only a  few of the group that cause the issues, however if your child is in the group, even if they are just hanging around watching what  others are doing they will be barred from the shops and leisure centers, these businesses are private property and they can ban any child who is deemed to be or is likely to be involved in Anti Social Behavior. Often the police will issue these banning notices on behalf of the business premises. 

If your child goes out in a group please advise them that they may find themselves barred if they are in the groups currently causing issues. Your Child may also be asked for their name and address by a PCSO. Under section 50 of the police reform act PCSO’s in Staffordshire  have the same powers as a police officer, if an officer in uniform has reason to believe you have been or are involved in anti-social behaviour, the police can demand your details under Section 50. Refusing to give your details is a criminal offence, and you can be arrested.

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