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Stay healthy this winter

The elderly and vulnerable shouldn’t hesitate this winter, but seek help at the first sign of an illness – even if it’s just a cough or a cold. That’s the message from health experts to the over-65s, the pregnant, parents of small children and those with long-term health conditions. Alan White, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Health, Care and ...

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Talks planned over countryside estate management

Talks on the best way to manage Staffordshire County Council’s countryside estate are planned to continue after a strong response from public and private groups. Initial consultation identified two groups willing to take on management of a nature park and a picnic area in the immediate future, while many others wanted further discussions about different management options. Gill Heath, Staffordshire ...

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Shire Hall planning moves forward

Pop-up businesses could be a good use of the historic Shire Hall until a long-term, sustainable use of the building can be found, according to heritage experts. The Prince’s Regeneration Trust (PRT) said that while it could take some time to identify a permanent use for the Grade II* listed building, short-term ‘pop-up ventures’ for businesses and not-for-profit groups in ...

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Sign up now for funded childcare places

Children celebrating their third birthday this autumn should be signed up now for 30 hours’ funded childcare. Families of almost 4,000 children in Staffordshire took up the offer of 30 hours’ funded childcare for three and four-year-olds when the scheme launched nationally in September. Now, more childcare places are available from January 1 for children who celebrate their third birthday between ...

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Property development scheme pays off

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A pioneering public and private sector property partnership designed to benefit taxpayers is unlocking millions of pounds of assets, saving money and paving the way for new housing to be built. Staffordshire County Council’s Corporate Review committee will hear that dozens of local authority-owned buildings or pieces of land potentially worth millions of pounds, have either been allocated to The ...

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Lichfield Southern Bypass Funding announced

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Lichfield’s Southern Bypass is a step closer to completion after Staffordshire County Council successfully bid for crucial funding. The Department for Transport has allocated £5 million towards the £17.3m scheme, which will include money from the county council, Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and a contribution from a housing developer. The money will allow the construction of an ...

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Overnight carriageway closure for A50

Part of the A50 is to be closed one-way for five nights in October in the next step of a bridge building project. The overnight closures at Uttoxeter are for the removal of safety equipment which allowed the bridge to be worked on for three months without affecting the flow of traffic on the dual carriageway below. The new bridge ...

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Staffordshire childcare success seen at first hand

Staffordshire’s work in helping parents get 30 hours a week supported childcare has been seen at first hand by the Government’s top official. Michelle Dyson, Director of Early Years and Childcare at the Department for Education, met county councillors and officers, before talking to business representatives and visiting nurseries in Staffordshire. Staffordshire County Council was one of eight authorities which ...

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Overnight carriageway closure for A50

Part of the A50 is to be closed one-way for five nights in October in the next step of a bridge building project. The overnight closures at Uttoxeter are for the removal of safety equipment which allowed the bridge to be worked on for three months without affecting the flow of traffic on the dual carriageway below. The new bridge ...

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Forward planning begins for library service

New out-of-hours options for libraries could be part of Staffordshire’s future, under suggestions to be considered this autumn. The idea is one of several to be examined by councillors next week as the county council’s library service plans ahead for the next three years. As well as making greater use of technology, other proposals on the table include increasing the ...

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