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Your Staffordshire Card scheme finishing at the end of the month

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Parents are being reminded that the Your Staffordshire Card (YSC) scheme is ending on 31 August 2019 and will no longer be accepted after this date. With the new school term just around the corner, the county council is encouraging parents and young people to check out the best deals with their local bus operator. The scheme is finishing after ...

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£2m Cannock Chase conservation plan approved

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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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Conservation work on Cannock Chase

Routine spraying is underway on Cannock Chase to stop bracken choking other plants, hindering wildlife and reducing public access. Specialist contractors will be spraying bracken in the next few weeks in well signposted areas. The herbicide spray has been used for many years safely on the Chase and at other sites across the country, with no harm to animals, birds, ...

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Millions of pounds invested in new Staffordshire schools

An anticipated £300 million will be spent on building new schools and creating extra places. The money will be invested to ensure there is enough capacity to meet the expected growth in demand as the county’s population grows. A new report for Staffordshire County Council says £60 million, plus land costs, has been invested in the last five years building ...

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Improvement ideas backed by national bodies

A development plan to improve services for children with special needs has been approved by Ofsted and the CQC. Now Staffordshire County Council will work with head teachers, the health service and parents in each of the county’s eight boroughs and districts to deliver the improvements. Mark Sutton, the county council’s cabinet member for Children and Young People, said: The ...

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Reminder of Danger of Cooling off in Open Water

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People are being reminded of the dangers of swimming in open water following the death of a 21-year-old man in Chasewater, in Staffordshire. While the circumstances of this tragic accident are still being investigated, Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member responsible for Chasewater, said that everyone is shocked by the news of the accident. Mark said: Everyone is upset ...

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Queen’s Birthday Honours for Staffordshire

A couple who have fostered more than 100 children, a football club chairman, a University leader and county council librarian shaping national policy on children’s reading are among the Staffordshire people recognised by Her Majesty the Queen in her Birthday Honours. Awards include a CBE for Professor Liz Barnes, Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University; an OBE for Dr Christopher Wakeling, Chairman ...

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Falling numbers and finances cause school to close

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An East Staffordshire primary school will close by the end of August, after a fall in pupil numbers meant it had to consult on closure for a second time. Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet considered the future of The Henry Prince School in Mayfield at their meeting on May 15, after recent consultation with parents, staff, pupils and the wider community ...

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Songs of praise for revitalising former church

A landmark restoration project which delivered a new library and arts and culture hub has won a major architectural award. The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) selected the St Mary’s project in the heart of Lichfield as the best building conservation in the West Midlands for 2019. Staffordshire County Council worked with the Trustees of St Mary’s and invested ...

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