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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 the high twenties in some parts of the county over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Around 85% of accidental drownings occur at open water sites. Many of these drownings occur due to a lack of knowledge ...

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County prepares to celebrate Staffordshire history festival

Families from across Staffordshire are being invited to join two months of celebrations of the county’s fascinating past. The 10th anniversary of the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard and the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII are amongst the stories being explored as part of this year’s Staffordshire History Festival. Taking place throughout September and October, more than 100 ...

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More opportunities than ever for GCSE Pupils

Students in Staffordshire who are nervously awaiting their GCSE results are being told there are now more opportunities than ever to achieve a fulfilling career. Staffordshire County Councillor Philip White, Cabinet Member for Learning and Employability has said there are now lots of different options available to students post-GCSE, including A-Levels and apprenticeships. Philip said: “For many young people, today ...

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Exhibition is ‘distinctively Staffordshire’

A fascinating new exhibition will give people the chance to explore some of the extraordinary stories, objects and documents from across Staffordshire. The Distinctively Staffordshire exhibition, which runs from 20 August to 29 September at the Staffordshire Record Office, will showcase the diversity of the county. The exhibition features the local customs, identities, industries and people of Staffordshire, from pottery ...

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Review of HS2 Project Welcomed


News that an independent review of the HS2 scheme is to be carried out, has been welcomed by the Leader of Staffordshire County Council. The Government’s Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced the review today (August 21),with the findings expected to be ready by the Autumn. The  HS2 review will consider: Its benefits and impacts Affordability and efficiency Deliverability and scope ...

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£2m Cannock Chase conservation plan approved


A 10-year plan to manage Cannock Chase’s natural habitat has been approved by the government’s nature conservation agency. The agreement with Natural England means Staffordshire County Council will receive more than £2 million in Government funding towards managing the nationally and internationally important wildlife areas on the country park. Mark Winnington, the county council’s cabinet member responsible, said: The Chase ...

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Landmark for Staffordshire libraries

Staffordshire’s flagship community library programme is celebrating a major milestone. This month’s transfer of the day-to-day management and delivery of Penkridge library to Penkridge Parish Council is the 27th successful completion and marks the end of the fourth phase of this four-year programme. Staffordshire’s library service now has more than 950 volunteers contributing at its 27 community run libraries and ...

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Acclaimed children’s poet and author to visit Audley library

Families will get the chance to meet children’s poet and author Joseph Coelho when he visits Audley library as part of his ‘library joining marathon’. Joseph has set himself the challenge of joining a library in every local Authority in the UK in a quest to celebrate the inclusive, vital role libraries play in people’s lives. With his trusted campervan, ...

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Council scheme helps legal eagle Dolapo land dream job

Hundreds of people are getting their foot on the career ladder thanks to a work experience programme delivered by Staffordshire County Council. Dolapo Kunle-Ajayi from Stafford is the latest person to benefit from the scheme having landed her dream job in the council’s legal department. Dolapo did a series of twelve-week Open Door work placements before securing her position as ...

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Partners mark start of works for major new road scheme

Work is now under way on a multi-million-pound road project which will boost growth and ease congestion in Stafford The Stafford Western Access Route will enable millions of pounds worth of new housing and business development to take place. It will also improve traffic flow in the town centre, particularly by the railway station. The new road will link the ...

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