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Pupils and staff to return to Flash Ley in the New Year

School boy

Flash Ley school will reopen to pupils and staff on 6 January. Remedial works have now finished in the Early Years area of the school building, and the air has been continually tested to ensure the whole site is safe. This means staff can now start preparing classrooms ahead of a return to site. Although there is still a small ...

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Backing Staffordshire enterprise on Small Business Saturday

Small business success in Staffordshire is being marked by the county council as part of a national event on Saturday December 3. The county council backs hundreds of small companies through its business support package which includes its enterprise centres for start-up and fledgling businesses and a business loan scheme. It also helps to deliver the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth ...

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Plan to manage Staffordshire’s mineral resources and protect communities takes a step closer


Plans to protect local communities and the environment during future quarrying in Staffordshire have been approved by an independent inspector on behalf of the Secretary of State. The Minerals Local Plan shows how local communities and the environment will be protected and where sand, gravel and other minerals will come from over the next 15 years. The Plan follows a ...

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Drivers urged to take care on country roads

Councillor Mark Deaville

Drivers are being reminded to take care when on the county’s rural roads in the latest campaign being supported by the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership. Staffordshire roads continue to be amongst the safest in the country, and as a rural county has many smaller country roads. The campaign is targeting younger drivers aged 25 – 34 with the message ‘break ...

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Thousands of illicit cigarettes seized from Staffordshire shop

Thousands of fake and illegal cigarettes have been seized in a large-scale raid at a Staffordshire shop. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team made the seizure in Rugeley town centre on Friday. They found 17,120 cigarettes, believed to be fake or illegal, and 10.35kg of fake hand rolling tobacco. The team was joined by tobacco detection dogs which uncovered hidden ...

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Staffordshire backs Uttoxeter’s Adam Peaty for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Adam Peaty

People from across Staffordshire are being urged to get behind Uttoxeter swimmer Adam Peaty who has been shortlisted for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the third year in a row. It’s been a fantastic year for the 21-year-old Uttoxeter sportsman who clinched 100m breaststroke gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics, smashing his own world record and scoring Team ...

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Funding To Help Tackle Staffordshire’s Potholes Announced


Funding to help towards tackling the worst potholes on Staffordshire’s roads has been welcomed by the county’s highways chief. As part of the national Pothole Action Fund, Staffordshire County Council has been awarded almost  £1.6 million to help towards repairing potholes in the county in 2017/18 – an increase of around £500,000 on this year. Although the core grant for ...

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Get Switched On to consumer rights when buying electrical goods

Gill Heath

Staffordshire people are being urged to check their consumer rights when buying electrical goods as part of a national week-long campaign. The county council’s trading standards team is backing the National Consumer Week ‘Switched On’ campaign which highlights what people should consider when buying electrical goods and also to look out for counterfeit goods. The campaign focuses on any electrical ...

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Gritters ready as temperatures set to plummet tonight

Mark Deaville

Staffordshire County Council’s gritting teams are bracing themselves for a cold snap that could see temperatures plummet to as low as -6 in some parts of the county. The latest forecast from the Met Office shows that a widespread frost will occur over much of the county tonight and tomorrow, with temperatures dropping to as low as -6C in rural ...

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High court injunction order served on unlawful waste site operatives

Gill Heath

A high court interim injunction order has been served on two operatives of an unlawful waste site in Staffordshire – prohibiting them from importing or processing material there. Staffordshire County Council served the interim injunction order this week, meaning no material can be brought onto or processed at Oak Tree Farm at Slitting Mill near Rugeley. Waste material has been ...

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