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New poet laureate chosen for Staffordshire

Emily Rose Galvin from Lichfield has been chosen as the new Staffordshire poet laureate. Emily is the first female laureate and forth person to hold the prestigious role and will hold the post until 2019. Emily’s appointment was announced during the launch of the Staffordshire Poetry Collection as part of National Poetry Day on 28 September.  She now joins the ...

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Record overseas visitors to UK means boost for Staffordshire

As the UK enjoys a record 40 million overseas visitors to the country this year, Staffordshire’s tourism sector is also set to benefit from the boost. Tourist promotion agency VisitBritain forecasts overseas trips to the UK will increase 6% to 39.7 million with spending up 14% to £25.7bn this year. In Staffordshire, the sector is already worth over £1 billion ...

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Overnight carriageway closure for A50

Part of the A50 is to be closed one-way for five nights in October in the next step of a bridge building project. The overnight closures at Uttoxeter are for the removal of safety equipment which allowed the bridge to be worked on for three months without affecting the flow of traffic on the dual carriageway below. The new bridge ...

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Plans for social care funding escalated

Social Care

Plans to safeguard funding for health and social care services for some of Staffordshire’s most frail and vulnerable residents are to be escalated – after NHS England indicated money for the county council and the NHS could be withheld. Staffordshire County Council had been earmarked £19.5m this year for social care services in support of health as part of the ...

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County to sign up to Mental Health Challenge

Mental health

Work to support positive mental health and reduce inequalities caused by mental health issues could be taking an important step forward in Staffordshire. On world Mental Health Day (October 10), Staffordshire County Council has announced it is looking to sign up to the Local Authorities Mental Health Challenge, which ensures councils support positive mental health in their communities and work ...

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Investment to improve highways paying off

Pothole repair

A £5million investment into repairing Staffordshire’s roads is already having an effect on the county’s highway network. In the past year, more than 31,000 potholes have been repaired in the county as part of Staffordshire County Council’s continuing campaign to improve roads. In an average year, highways crews tackle around 20,000 potholes. A combination of traditional gangs repairing potholes, plus ...

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Three Lions Legend Gordon Banks launches 2018 UK Corporate Games

Businesses large and small joined sports personalities including Three Lions Legend Gordon Banks for the launch of the 2018 UK Corporate Games. The Games, which will return to Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent next year, are expected to attract thousands of amateur athletes from top companies and boost the local economy to the tune of around £3m. The event at Keele Hall ...

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Staffordshire to celebrate National Libraries week

Gill Heath Stafford Library

People are being urged to visit their local library and join the celebrations as part of National Libraries Week. The annual campaign, from 9 to 14 October, is a chance for people to discover the huge range of creative, innovative and diverse things they can do at their local library.  This year’s theme and message is simply ‘discover something new ...

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Final phase of access works for county employment site gets under way

Gestamp site

Work to create access to a major new Staffordshire employment site is continuing this month as the project reaches its final stage. Staffordshire County Council is carrying the works to create access to the Four Ashes site, paving the way for the relocation of automotive parts manufacturer Gestamp. The 52-acre site in South Staffordshire is being developed by Bericote Properties, ...

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Response to Legionella found at a hotel in Burton

Staffordshire Place

The Three Queens Hotel & Lodge in Burton-upon-Trent will temporarily close to the public as a precautionary measure on the advice of health professionals from Public Health England (PHE) in the West Midlands, East Staffordshire Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council. The move follows laboratory tests showing Legionella pneumophila bacteria present in water samples taken from the hotel plumbing, and ...

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