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New homes development will support county’s future growth

Plans for a 10,000-home development which will be supported by £750,000 government funding will bring further investment and community improvements, the county council leader said today. The garden village development at Coldmeece near Stone would be sited on former Ministry of Defence land. It is one of five planned new communities which will receive government funding, Minister for State for ...

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Schools gear up for Big Pedal campaign

Children, teachers and parents are being encouraged to travel to school by bike, foot or scooter as part of a national campaign. Organised by the walking and cycling charity Sustrans and backed by Staffordshire County Council, the Big Pedal starts today (25 March) and will run up to Friday 5 April.  During the 10 days, participating schools will compete with ...

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Public urged to suggest tracks for Made in Staffordshire playlist

Great Staffordshire musicians past and present are to be lauded as part of the 2019 Staffordshire Day programme, through a new online playlist. Tying in with the theme of this year’s celebrations, the Made in Staffordshire playlist has been set up on music streaming site Spotify by Destination Staffordshire, and features world-famous rockers Motorhead and Deep Purple, and pop star ...

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Statement on potential job losses at Wedgwood

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Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: Today’s news from Wedgwood is a huge blow to workers and their families, as well as the wider county. Staffordshire’s reputation as a home to design and manufacturing innovation and excellence dates back to Josiah Wedgwood’s time and that spirit and skill is still very much alive today. If these proposals come ...

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Council programme helping people back to work

Hundreds of people are getting their foot on the career ladder thanks to an innovative programme delivered by Staffordshire County Council. The Open Door programme, which was introduced in 2009, helps prepare people for the world of work by offering them a twelve week work experience placement. Over 1,000 people from across the county have already benefited from the programme ...

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Staffordshire skills increase supports new job opportunities

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A countywide skills programme to boost people’s job opportunities is ahead of target in getting people into work or training, while near full employment in Staffordshire continues. The £58million decade-long skills programme is administered by the county council on behalf of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership. Figures released today show that just 1.5 per cent of people in ...

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Staffordshire traders demonstrate responsible knife sales during trading standards operation

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Nearly all shops visited as part of a trading standards knife sales test purchase operation refused to sell to underage volunteers. During a week-long operation, underage volunteers working with the trading standards team were refused sales in all but one shop when they tried to buy knives. Twenty-four shops were visited in Newcastle, Stafford and Tamworth, with just one failure ...

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Thousands expected in Staffordshire for Midlands Grand National

As Staffordshire prepares to host The Marston’s 61 Deep Midlands Grand National over the weekend, people are being reminded to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys. This Saturday (16 March) will see thousands of visitors descend on the county for the 50th Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter Racecourse. With the roads and traffic expected to be busier ...

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Management plan proposed for Countryside Estates

Plans to share management of Staffordshire’s country parks, picnic areas and greenways are set to move to the next stage. Under the proposals Staffordshire County Council will look to transfer management, but not ownership, of the sites to other organisations. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, said: Our priority is to ensure that our country parks and ...

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Stafford Castle becomes part of IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire run course


IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire is back for 2019, with a whole new run course to challenge competitors. Now in its fifth year, the new IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire run course will consist of two loops of Stafford, and sees runners take in the picturesque Stafford Castle on their route. The full event consists of a 1.2-mile swim at Chasewater Country Park, followed ...

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