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Flood risk and traffic increase concern for controversial Winshill housing development

Concerns have been raised over an increase in traffic as well as flood risk claims as plans for 150 homes on the edge of Winshill are submitted.

An application to develop 28 acres of agricultural land off Sales Lane and Hawfield Lane, Bretby, has already led to criticism from Burton Mail readers who also claim it will put extra pressure on doctors and schools and lead to a loss of wildlife.

Read the full story here.

Accident involving four vehicles blocks A38

An accident involving four vehicles has blocked the A38 near South Derbyshire.

One lane of the A38 northbound at Mickleover is blocked after the accident at A5111 Kingsway (Kingsway Island).

Travel and traffic information website Inrix is reporting heavy traffic.

Success at Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Sports College after students achieve incredible 100 per cent pass rate

Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Sports College achieved 100 per cent pass rate in both A-level and BTEC Level 3 vocational courses - there was not one single U grade in any subject.

Students accomplished a record number of results at the higher grades: A*/A with 19 per cent of all A-level grades at A*/A and 37 per cent at A*/A or B.

Read the full story here.

A-level results joy for John Port School, in Etwall, sees huge improvement across the board

Both staff and students are celebrating at John Port School after announcing that their grades have significantly improved as compared to last year.

An incredibly impressive 30 per cent of grades achieved were either an A* or an A, compared to just 24 per cent in 2016. Also, impressively, 53 per cent achieved a grade B, A and A*, compared to the 47 per cent in 2016.

Read the full story here.

Four students from Ashby School ready for Oxbridge after exceeding A-level results

Student delighted with exam results spreads the word to family and friends. Illustrative picture
Student delighted with exam results spreads the word to family and friends. Illustrative picture (Image: Getty)

The percentage of top grade A-level passes went up at Ashby School this year with an impressive 51 per cent of passes at grades A* to B. Seventy six per cent of passes were at grades A* to C – up by two per cent compared to last year.

Four students managed to secure placed at either Oxford or Cambridge University and seven students achieved A* in three subjects.

Read the full story here.

John Taylor High School sees 56 per cent of students achieve at least a B on A-level results day

An excited John Taylor pupil reads her A-level results
An excited John Taylor pupil reads her A-level results

Staff at John Taylor High School are celebrating another outstanding year of A-level and BTEC results with more than half of their students achieving at least a grade B.

Seven students from the school in Barton under Needwood were hoping to getting into one of the two prestigious universities, Oxford or Cambridge. Those pupils have achieved high enough grades to get their places.

Read the full story here.

Pingle Academy students celebrate high-flying students with best-ever A-level results

Students arrive to collect their A-level results at Pingle High School in Swadlincote. Tom Petcher-Ellison, talking to James Done - Teacher
Students arrive to collect their A-level results at Pingle High School in Swadlincote. Tom Petcher-Ellison, talking to James Done - Teacher

There were smiles all round at Pingle Academy this morning, as students flocked to discover the grades that would seal their fate.

Staff at the academy, in Coronation Street, Swadlincote, say students exceeded their expectations and achieved their best ever results, with almost half of the students achieving 3 A* to C grades, an increase of 15 per cent from last year.

Read the full story here.

Crumbling hunting lodges in Measham are up for sale with £200,000 price tag

The lodges can be turned into homes
The lodges can be turned into homes

A buyer has the chance to snap up two disused hunting lodges along with more than four acres of land for £200,000.

Last used in 1966, the brick-built hunting lodges, at Whitehouse Farm, in Tamworth Road, Measham, are now a sad sight; vandalised and emptied with crumbling walls. However, the site is now up for sale.

Read the full story here.

Readers react to sad news that popular cycle shops close after failing to fight off internet

A notice confirms Sheffield Cycles has closed
A notice confirms Sheffield Cycles has closed

Keen cyclists have been sharing their memories of two popular shops which have closed, blaming the rise in popularity of internet sales.

The Burton Mail previously reported that Sheffield Cycles, in Station Street, Burton, had closed its doors after 30 years, and now Barton under Needwood’s Cadence Sports Shop, run by road cycling and triathlon specialist Adrian Timmis, is also closing.

Read the full story here.

Paget pupils heading to university after picking up A-level results

Students at a Branston school are looking to the future as they picked up their all-important A-level results today, Thursday, August 17.

Paget High School, in Burton Road, saw the highest achieving students achieve at least three A*/A or equivalent grades each.

Bosses said they are delighted to say that nine students achieved this feat, while three others recorded at least two A* grades among their passes.

Read the full story here.

Charlotte Doughty and Connie Jordan Turner are leaving their school life behind them after collecting their results from Paget High School.
Charlotte Doughty and Connie Jordan Turner are leaving their school life behind them after collecting their results from Paget High School.

Another year of record results for de Ferrers Academy, Burton, students who have taken A-levels

A Burton school is celebrating after another year of record A-level success as students look to the future after getting their results.

Students at de Ferrers Academy, in St Mary’s Drive, have had a successful year as the A-level average point score has increased, particularly for the academic subjects, with excellent results in art, chemistry, geography, PE and physics, and a wide range of subjects performing in the top 25 per cent nationally for progress.

In the “facilitating” subjects, bosses at the school said a greater proportion of students achieved AAB grades and there were a number achieving multiple A* grades.

Read the full story here.

Luke Huckerby, of de Ferrers Academy, with his A-level results
Luke Huckerby, of de Ferrers Academy, with his A-level results

Temporary traffic lights causing delays in Woodville

Temporary traffic lights are continuing to cause traffic to slow in Woodville this afternoon.

On Burton Road, where A514 Hartshorne Road and B5004 Moira Road, for the New Inn roundabout is seeing traffic slowed due to the roadworks in the area.

Crumbling hunting lodges in Measham are up for sale with £200,000 price tag

A buyer has the chance to snap up two disused hunting lodges along with more than four acres of land for £200,000.

Last used in 1966, the brick-built hunting lodges, at Whitehouse Farm, in Tamworth Road, Measham, are now a sad sight; vandalised and emptied with crumbling walls. However, the site is now up for sale.

It is being marketed as a redevelopment opportunity with permission to convert the buildings into homes. Whitehouse Farm is a large period property set in a rural position, but in need of improvement and refurbishment, said a spokesman. The property was once used as two hunting lodges and had kennels within the walled garden.

Read the full story here.

Whitehouse Farm hunting lodges need a bit of TLC
Whitehouse Farm hunting lodges need a bit of TLC

Slow traffic in Burton this afternoon

There is some slow traffic on Horninglow Road, in Burton this sunny afternoon.

At Shakespeare Road, temporary traffic lights have been put in place because of gas main work close to the nearby Navigation pub, which is causing slow traffic on the road.

Readers react to sad news that popular cycle shops close after failing to fight off internet

Keen cyclists have been sharing their memories of two popular shops which have closed, blaming the rise in popularity of internet sales.

The Burton Mail previously reported that Sheffield Cycles, in Station Street, Burton, had closed its doors after 30 years, and now Barton under Needwood’s Cadence Sports Shop, run by road cycling and triathlon specialist Adrian Timmis, is also closing.

While Sheffield Cycles is still running a repairs and warranty with collection service and Cadence is still operating a bike fitting service, both have ended their retail history, which has led Burton Mail readers to reminisce about the two shops.

Read the full story here.

The store could be turned into an Italian restaurant
The store could be turned into an Italian restaurant

Thomas Alleyne's High School pupils on cloud nine after top A-level results

Hundreds of anxious sixth formers this morning nervously opened the exam results that could change their lives forever. Many Thomas Alleyne’s High School pupils arrived at the school at 7.30am today, Thursday, August 17, to open their A-level results.

The Uttoxeter school has retained last year’s impressive 98 per cent pass rate, with the “vast majority” of students getting the grades to enter their first-choice unis. Students will now embrace varied further education options, ranging from Oxford University to higher apprenticeships. Some will jump straight into the world of work.

Read the full story here.

Thomas Alleyne's High School student saves dad's life only days before excelling in A-level history exam

An “astonishing” student got top A-level marks only 10 days after spending his 18th birthday dramatically saving his dad’s life. Adam Holding was opening presents on his landmark birthday when his father’s heart stopped.

Brave Thomas Alleyne’s High School pupil Adam, and mum Donna, administered lifesaving CPR before 55-year-old dad Andy was airlifted to the Royal Stoke Hospital’s critical care ward.

Read the full story here.

Thomas Alleyne's High School, Uttoxeter, A-level results day 2017. Adam Holding with mum and dad Donna and Andy.
Thomas Alleyne's High School, Uttoxeter, A-level results day 2017. Adam Holding with mum and dad Donna and Andy.

Barclays Bank will remain in Burton, Uttoxeter and Swadlincote as it closes branches across the UK

A bank which is closing branches across the country will remain in Swadlincote, Burton and Uttoxeter. Barclays has announced plans to shut a further 54 branches this year - a move which will bring its total number of closures in 2017 to 67 across the UK.

However, branches in High Street, Burton; Midland Road, Swadlincote, and High Street, Uttoxeter, have been saved from the chop.

In a statement, the bank said along with a number of high street lenders, the closures are linked to the growing demand for digital services - such as the increasing shift towards immediate online and app banking facilities.

Read the full story here.

Travellers still outside the Mercure Burton upon Trent Park Hotel in Newton Solney this morning

A group of travellers who were spotted pitching caravans outside a hotel in near Burton yesterday evening are still there this morning, Thursday, August 17.

The group are currently still outside the Mercure Burton upon Trent Park Hotel, in Newton Road, Newton Solney.

Duty manager at the hotel, Susan Holway explained that their operator, Jupiter Hotels is aware that the travellers are on the grass verge in front of the hotel.

Read the full story here.

A small group of travellers are still outside the Mercure Burton upon Trent Newton Park Hotel, on Newton Road, Newton Solney
A small group of travellers are still outside the Mercure Burton upon Trent Newton Park Hotel, on Newton Road, Newton Solney

Did you miss this drama in Burton yesterday?

A fire has broken out at the back of an Italian restaurant in Burton.

Smoke was seen billowing out of the back of Bella Italia, in Middleway Retail Park, today, Wednesday, August 16, at around 2.30pm.

Bosses at the Italian eatery called in fire crews who were quickly on the scene to put of the flames.

Read the full story here.

Bella Italia, Burton in Middleway Retail & Leisure Park
Bella Italia, Burton in Middleway Retail & Leisure Park

Feeling let down by your A-level results?

The first point of call would be to search through the Clearing service to see which courses still have spaces for students across the country.

Secondly, you could find out more information about exam re-marks. You’ll need to try and arrange the re-mark as quickly as possible and make sure you keep your university or college up to date with what’s going on.

If you can’t see any courses or universities you like through clearing, you can look into other options like a gap year, work or an apprenticeship.

Red our full results day guide here.

Are your A-level grades good, but not what you needed?

Have you collected your A-level results and they are good, but not exactly what you needed?

More often than not, universities and colleges are lenient with grade requirements when it comes to results day, so your choice may accept you anyway.

Depending on how well your exams go, you might get a place on your insurance choice.

You may be offered an alternative course by the university or college called a “changed course offer”, which you’ll then need to either accept or decline.

If you don’t get offered a place at all, you can search through the Clearing service to see what courses still have vacancies. If no decisions are showing, call your universities or colleges to find out more.

Read our full results day guide here.

Are your A-level results better than you thought?

Have you got your A-level results yet, and they are a lot better than what you were expecting?

If you’ve met or exceeded your conditional offer, you might be tempted to apply to courses with higher grade requirements.

If you’re lucky enough for this to be the case, you can visit the UCAS Adjustment service to reconsider your university choice.

Read our full A-level results day guide here.

Travellers still outside of Mercure Hotel

The small group of travellers who were spotted outside of a hotel in Burton is still there this morning.

The group are outside the Mercure Burton upon Trent Newton Park Hotel, on Newton Road, Newton Solney and their operator Jupiter Hotels has said that they are aware that the travellers on the grass verge in front of the hotel.

Read the full story here.

A small group of travellers are still outside the Mercure Burton upon Trent Newton Park Hotel, on Newton Road, Newton Solney
A small group of travellers are still outside the Mercure Burton upon Trent Newton Park Hotel, on Newton Road, Newton Solney

Traffic building on Stapenhill Road, Burton

More traffic in Burton this morning, on Stapenhill Road.

This is believed to be because of a missing drain cover, causing traffic to be slightly heavier than normal around the A511 Ashby Road.

Traffic monitoring website, Inrix has confirmed that the area is experiencing some slow traffic on the roads.

Issues on the train lines this morning

A broken down engineering train is causing delays for commuters between Leicester and Nottingham this morning on the train lines.

The delays are with the East Midlands Trains service and other services are diverting the problem by using the fast line which can cause some congestion.

Traffic starting to appear on the roads this morning

As commuters start heading to work on this miserable Thursday morning, delays are starting to appear on roads across Burton and South Derbyshire.

In Burton, on the A5121 Derby Road there is some slow traffic around Horninglow Road, affecting road users in both directions.

Also, in the high street in Woodville, traffic lights around Hepworth road are causing some slow traffic in both directions.

The traffic at Horninglow Road is now easing since the road has been reopened
The roads around Burton and South Derbyshire are looking like they are starting to get busier

Travellers set up camp outside Mercure Burton upon Trent Newton Park Hotel

A small group of travellers have pitched their caravans outside a popular hotel near Burton.

The Mercure Burton upon Trent Newton Park Hotel, in Newton Road, Newton Solney, says its operator Jupiter Hotels is aware that travellers and their caravans are camped out on the grass verge in front of the hotel.

The hotel remains open.

Read the full story here.

The hotel says it is aware and is investigating
The hotel says it is aware and is investigating

Delays in Overseal this morning

There is some heavy traffic in Overseal, on Burton road this morning.

Roadworks in the area are causing the delays on the A444 Burton Road, for both directions.

Particularly around the B5004 Woodville Road and Lullington Road, according to traffic monitoring website, Inrix.