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Business backs plans for employment site’s major extension


A Staffordshire business which was involved in the development of one of the county’s leading employment sites has backed plans for its extension. The western extension plans for i54 South Staffordshire have now been submitted to the district council. If approved, it would mean one large or several smaller employers could deliver 2,700 jobs on site and generate £600million investment. ...

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Near full employment continues with further job creation boost as development plans submitted

i54 South Staffordshire expansion

Staffordshire is continuing to see near full employment as plans for a major county business development are submitted. Figures released today show that just 1.3 per cent of Staffordshire’s population is claiming out of work benefits, lower than both regional (2.8 per cent) and national (2.1 per cent) averages. The Staffordshire figure has remained the same for the last three ...

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Council job scheme helps 1,000 people

A council job programme helping people get their foot on the career ladder has supported over 1,000 people. Staffordshire County Council’s Open Door programme helps prepare people for the world of work by offering them a twelve week work experience placement. The programme, introduced ten years ago provides placements with external organisations and within county council departments depending on the ...

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People urged to Staycation and explore Staffordshire’s magnificent canal network

With the summer holidays in full swing, families are being encouraged to explore Staffordshire’s extensive canal network and miles of towpaths. Boasting the most miles of canals amongst shire counties, waterways have been at the heart of Staffordshire ever since the great age of canal building. Today, it’s one of the prettiest ways to explore the county, providing a beautiful ...

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Centuries of life on Cannock Chase Retold in new exhibition at Stafford library

People interested in learning more about Cannock Chase’s fascinating history can now do so in a new pop-up exhibition touring the county’s libraries. Using the latest LIDAR and Aerial photography technology, the Chase through Time project has helped unravel over 2000 years of human activity across Cannock Chase. Amongst the discoveries are over 430 new archaeological sites, many of which ...

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Staffordshire ventilation company secures new blue-chip contracts after funding boost

A growing company specialising in mechanical design and ventilation services has won new blue-chip contracts after securing funding from the Staffordshire Business Loan Fund. Mech Tech Midland Ltd, based at Chaseview, Cannock Chase Enterprise Centre, secured a loan to help it win several new contracts from major companies such as HMRC and Rush Hair and Beauty. The company was recommended ...

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Crackdown on drivers ignoring road signs

Motorists taking illegal short-cuts along a town centre street face a crackdown from next month. A permanent enforcement camera will monitor South Walls, Stafford, from September. The only vehicles allowed to enter South Walls from the roundabout at the junction of Greengate Street and Mill Bank are buses, ‘Hackney cab’ taxis and bicycles. Cars, motorbikes and private hire taxis are ...

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Over 4,000 children sign up for Summer Reading Challenge

Over 4,000 children from across the county have signed up for Staffordshire libraries Summer Reading Challenge in the first three weeks. Activities have been running across the county’s libraries with this year’s theme ‘Mischief Makers’, inspired by the much-loved children’s title Beano, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary. The scheme is asking 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any ...

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Families urged to explore Staffordshire over the summer

Families are being urged to take advantage of the warm weather and explore the county’s many attractions over the summer. Whether it’s a story telling festival, bushcraft skills, family cycle rides in beautiful countryside, or treasure hunting, the county promises something for all the family over the holidays. The Just So Festival (Friday 17th – Sunday 19th August) in Rode ...

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Burton Bridge reopens three weeks ahead of schedule

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The iconic Burton Bridge is to fully reopen this afternoon  – after major improvement works to safeguard its use finished three weeks ahead of schedule. Highways crews have been racing ahead of schedule during the warm weather and completed the final resurfacing of the bridge over the weekend. Traffic diversion signs are now being removed and all four lanes will ...

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