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Residents advised to take care and enjoy the heat safely

Staffordshire County Council is renewing calls for people not to cool off in potentially dangerous lakes, reservoirs and quarries, as temperatures are set to reach 30C in some parts of the county this week. The call follows the tragic death of Carl Storer who died trying to rescue a young girl who got into difficulties in Chasewater earlier in the ...

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Apprentices take to the stage for graduation


Higher level apprentices Naomi Yates and Richard Cumberlidge are just two of over 150 apprentices who took to the stage at this year’s apprenticeship graduation ceremony. The apprentices, from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, representing over 15 sectors from Accounting to Mechanical Engineering were joined by their families and employers. Now in their fifth year, the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Apprenticeship Graduation ...

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Foundations for new jobs being laid as county maintains near full employment

i54 South Staffordshire expansion

Foundations are being laid for hundreds of new jobs in Staffordshire as the county continues to see low unemployment. Work is now under way to extend one of the county’s top employment sites, where there is potential to generate around 1,700 jobs. The current i54 South Staffordshire site has a workforce of 2,700 people with around half living less than ...

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County council steps up efforts to mitigate impact of HS2 on Staffordshire


Staffordshire County Council has agreed to become a “qualifying authority” on HS2, to help reduce the impact of Phase 2a of the scheme running from the West Midlands to Crewe. The council’s Cabinet today (Wednesday) agreed the move, which will give the authority some limited powers to influence the construction of the scheme which will pass through a further 33 ...

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Memories rediscovered in new exhibition

People in Cannock are being invited to explore the area’s rich history in a new touring exhibition at the town’s library. Using objects, documents and photographs from Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service collections, the ‘On Your Doorstep’ exhibition will help shine a light on local stories and memories from the past. Amongst the objects on display is a camera used ...

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Ten great reasons to staycation in Staffordshire this summer

Families are being urged to get out and about and explore the county’s many attractions over the summer school holidays. Whether it’s thrilling rollercoasters, an arts festival, family cycle rides in beautiful countryside, or a virtual trip to the moon, the county promises something for all the family over the holidays. At Drayton Manor Park in Tamworth there’s a Summer ...

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Fight against Tobacco crime continues

Sniffer dog Yo-Yo

More than 6 million illegal cigarettes and 350kg of hand rolling tobacco were seized last year by local authority Trading Standards services across the West Midlands region despite ingenious efforts to hide them. Sophisticated concealments using electronic magnets controlled by a switch, hydraulic compartments in floors and cavity wall compartments were all used by traders acting illegally in an effort ...

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County’s top carers recognised at special awards

Fiona Pattyson-Johnson from Stafford is celebrating after being crowned as Dignity Champion at the Staffordshire Dignity in Care Awards. Fiona was one of over twenty carers and care organisations from across the county who received an award at the event held at Newcastle College of Performing Arts. Winners were joined by family members, community groups and care organisations. The Staffordshire ...

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Children invited to blast off in Summer Reading Challenge

Children from across Staffordshire are invited to join in the Space Chase as part of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries Service are backing the campaign and are asking 4-11 year-olds to borrow and read any six library books during the summer holidays. The theme for the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase, inspired by the ...

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£15million road improvement works for major retail development progresses

MacArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cannock

The latest phase of a major road scheme to provide access to a £160 million retail development and improve traffic flow on the roads around will begin next week. The works being carried out by the county council will pave the way for the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands in Cannock, which is set to be completed in 2020. McArthurGlen ...

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