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Roadmaster Takes to the Highways to Help Tackle Staffordshire Potholes

Roadmaster

Three new pothole “zapping” machines are being rolled out on Staffordshire roads as part of a package of measures to help speed up repairs on the county’s highway network. Earlier this year, Staffordshire County Council was awarded just over £1 million from the Department for Transport to help manage the challenge of repairing potholes and defects in the roads. As ...

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Rural champion celebrates arrival of superfast broadband at its Midlands headquarters

Superfast Staffordshire

A national organisation which has campaigned for better broadband for rural businesses is itself now benefitting from faster fibre technology, thanks to the Superfast Staffordshire partnership led by Staffordshire County Council and BT. The CLA – formerly the Country Land and Business Association – which supports thousands of farmers and other rural businesses around England and Wales, has recently upgraded ...

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Update: GCSE results buck national trend

Breaking News

Staffordshire County Council is still awaiting confirmation from a number of schools across the county which will affect overall GCSE results. However, early indications for the figures collated from 40 schools show that 59.5 per cent of students achieved 5 A* – C including English and Mathematics. This is compared to 56.1 per cent last year.  Total GCSE passes at A* – ...

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GCSES: Students must have the right skills to get the benefit of a fast-growing economy

Secondary school children

Students receiving their GCSE results have a wide range of opportunities and options to get into work or to take their education and training further, according to the county’s education lead. Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills Ben Adams said there are lots of opportunities on offer for Staffordshire pupils, and giving them and their parents as ...

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Completion of latest business innovation centre at Keele University

IC5 Keel

Building work on a £7million centre for business innovation in Staffordshire has been completed – with the first companies already set to move in. The joint project between Keele University and Staffordshire County Council is the latest facility designed to support the development of local businesses and the creation of high value jobs in the area. Innovation Centre 5, located ...

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Improvements to town’s rail station gateway begin

Victoria Road

Improvements to the gateway between Tamworth rail station and the town centre started this week. The £500,000 improvements to Victoria Road are part of a wider project to improve transport links in the borough. The 21-week scheme will see enhancements to Victoria Road taking in its junctions with Bolebridge Street, Marmion Street, Albion Street and Alexandra Mews. The project will ...

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Cycleway improvements for popular Stafford route

Greenway

Cyclists and walkers in Stafford who use the cycleway between Castletown and Haughton will soon benefit from improvements being made to the path. The project will include resurfacing of the cycleway, which is part of the NCN 55 (National Cycleway Network), improving access for all users and providing better drainage.  Vegetation, trees and hedges along the outer edges of the ...

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Slaughterhouse operative jailed for food safety and animal cruelty offences

Breaking News

A slaughterhouse operative has been jailed for ten months and banned from keeping farm animals for 15 years after pleading guilty to a string of food safety, animal cruelty and animal movement offences. Anthony Bagshaw of Back Lane, Butterton, near Leek, was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court today after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to a total of 24 ...

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Exhibitions to take Staffordshire’s heritage into local communities

snow white and the seven dwarves puppet

People across Staffordshire will get a taste of the county’s fascinating history in two new exhibitions set to tour the county. The ‘Moving On’ project will include two themed touring exhibitions in 2017 and 2018, bringing to life the Staffordshire County Museum collections. The first exhibition will use toys, games, clothes, textiles and domestic items to explore and tell the ...

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Festival offers chance to celebrate Staffordshire’s history

Local history craft event

September sees the start of a major history festival across the county. Staffordshire’s Libraries, Arts, Archives and Heritage services will be taking part in a two month celebration of local and family history and the county’s cultural heritage. Local people can choose from over 90 events, activities, exhibitions and other opportunities to engage with Staffordshire’s history and heritage. County Councillor ...

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