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Future plans based on past successes

Staffordshire’s leader says we should use the economic lessons of recent years to plan for our future prosperity. Writing in his New Year message to other local authorities and public services in Staffordshire, County Council Leader Philip Atkins says that in 2018 the authority will continue with its established, successful policy focusing on encouraging economic growth to help people help ...

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Gritters out overnight across Staffordshire

Gritter

Gritters have been out on Staffordshire’s roads overnight to meet predicted bad weather. With snow forecast for the early hours of this morning in parts of the county, and low temperatures elsewhere, Staffordshire County Council’s fleet of more than 40 gritters was on the roads during the day yesterday before going out again overnight. Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet ...

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Deadline imminent for 30 hours’ childcare applications

The deadline for parents to claim 30 hours a week of funded childcare is just hours away. Places are available from January 1 for children who celebrate their third birthday between September 1 and December 31 2017. But to claim the funding parents must register at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk before January 1. Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and ...

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Completion date in New Year for civic centre

The completion date for the new civic centre hub designed to boost a town centre economy and save taxpayers millions of pounds has been postponed to 2018. The £15.4 million, four storey Castle House, next to Queens Gardens in the centre of Newcastle, will open in the next few months once final work has been completed. The building will house ...

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Big freeze continues in Staffordshire

Gritter

The big freeze is set to continue in Staffordshire as road users are urged to keep taking care. Met Office forecasters say temperatures may get above freezing briefly during the daytime, before returning below zero after dark. Staffordshire County Council’s fleet of more than 40 gritters are heading out again tonight following earlier gritting, but the extremely low temperatures are ...

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Care needed despite overnight gritting

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Prolonged sub-zero temperatures means everyone should take care outdoors today. Gritters have been out across the county overnight, following another day’s gritting yesterday. Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support member for Highways and Transport, said: The temperature was well below freezing in parts of the county overnight and conditions will be extremely difficult today, even on gritted roads. With ...

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Gritting work continues in face of sub-zero conditions

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Staffordshire gritters will continue patrolling the county’s road network day and night as the cold snap remains in force. Having worked round the clock since Friday, Staffordshire’s fleet of more than 40 gritters is on the road again today in preparation for the anticipated fall in temperature overnight. Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support member for Highways and Transport, ...

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Major gritting operation continues in Staffordshire as hundreds of schools close

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Gritters have been working non-stop for the third night running as hundreds of schools across the county shut due to snow and ice. Staffordshire County Council’s fleet of more than 40 gritters was on the roads again, having worked round the clock since Friday. Weather forecasts had suggested the snow clouds would clear during Sunday night and the early hours ...

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Check whether school is open on Monday

Staffordshire parents can check if their child’s school is closed on Monday due to the weather. Go to the county council’s website www.staffordshire.gov.uk and searching for ‘school closure list’, or by clicking www.staffordshire.gov.uk/schoolclosure and following the instructions. Philip White, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support member for Learning and Employability, said: It’s down to each head teacher to decide whether to ...

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Gritting crews work round the clock on Staffordshire’s roads

Gritter gritting

Gritters have been working day and night throughout the weekend as the region experienced one of its heaviest snowfalls for some time. Staffordshire’s fleet of more than 40 gritters were out again today, some with ploughs attached, as the forecast heavy snow arrived. Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Support member for Highways and Transport, said: Our crews have been ...

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