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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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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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Proposals on show for managing Cannock Chase

People can see for themselves how proposals to look after Cannock Chase for the next decade would work. An open day is being held at the Cannock Chase Visitor Centre, Marquis Drive, between 10am and 3pm on Sunday, March 17th. The proposals, supported by Natural England, include a mixture of methods including cutting and controlled burning of heather, the cutting ...

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Staffordshire’s children’s social services rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted

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Vulnerable children in Staffordshire continue to be well looked after by the county council’s social services. An Ofsted inspection of children’s social care services published today confirms that the authority has retained its overall rating of ‘Good’ – one of only three in the West Midlands to achieve this rating. Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Children and ...

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Trees at accident spot to be cut down

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Road-side trees involved in fatal accidents will be cut down as soon as possible. The decision was taken after discussion between Staffordshire County Council’s head of Highways Helen Fisher, local county councillor Mark Winnington and representatives of Bradley, Derrington, Gnosall and Haughton parish councils. The trees, near the Villa Cattery on the A518 between Stafford and Newport, have been the ...

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Successful applicant takes over library management

Day-to-day management of a Staffordshire library has been successfully transferred to a local community group. Kidsgrove Care Solutions is taking on the daily management and delivery of services at Talke library. Under the agreement the locally based Community Interest Company, which helps adults and young people with disabilities in Staffordshire and Cheshire, will deliver the statutory library service and have ...

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County Council closes £35m shortfall to deliver a balanced budget

Staffordshire County Council today presented a balanced budget after taking early, decisive action to close a £35m forecasted shortfall in the next financial year. The final plans were presented to Full Council after the authority tackled the unprecedented challenge caused by the rising costs of care for increasing numbers of vulnerable adults and children. Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County ...

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Early Peak-Time Free Travel To Remain for Disabled People

Free peak time bus travel for disabled people in Staffordshire is set to continue – following feedback from a public consultation on concessionary travel. Staffordshire County Council is planning to follow national guidelines for concessionary travel, which means older people with bus passes in the county will still be able to travel for free between 9.30am and 11pm and at ...

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Rural plan targets profits for investment

Millions of pounds raised from some county council-owned farm sites will be used to support health and care, jobs, services and wider investment in Staffordshire. Up to £20 million could be generated over the next few years by the sale of the ‘non-core’ part of the estate to invest in health and care and the county’s infrastructure. Tenants at the ...

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Thousands congregate at new library in former church

Visitors to a new library building more than doubled in the first full month after opening its doors. Lichfield library welcomed 27,021 visitors last month to its new location, compared to 12,977 in January 2018. The 108 per cent year-on-year increase follows the move in December from the previous library to the former St Mary’s Church, after Staffordshire County Council ...

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