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Highways crews tackle fallen trees as Storm Doris hits Staffordshire

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Highways crews are out across Staffordshire as Storm Doris sweeps into the region bringing down trees and power lines in parts of the county. The Met Office has issued an amber warning for the area as winds of more than 60mph are expected, with heavy rain, and even snow over higher ground, forecast for later in the day. Crews have ...

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Motorists urged to take care as Storm Doris arrives

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Motorists are being urged to drive carefully as Storm Doris reaches Staffordshire today. The Met Office has issued an amber warning as winds of up to 80mph are expected, with heavy rain, and even snow over higher ground, also forecast. Drivers are being reminded to take care all day and to be aware that surface flooding could be present on any ...

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Changes to Shire Hall and Arts offer approved

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Changes to Staffordshire’s arts offer and proposals for the future use of Shire Hall have been approved by the county council’s cabinet. With the authority intent on balancing less income with the need to spend more than ever before on looking after the elderly, people with disabilities and children needing care, it has been agreed that funding for the arts ...

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Proposals for arts offer and Shire Hall revealed

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Several changes to Staffordshire’s arts commitment are being proposed as a consequence of the county council’s focus on providing £300m of care this year. With the authority balancing less income with the need to spend more than ever before on looking after the elderly, people with disabilities and children needing care, it’s being proposed that funding for the arts offer ...

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Staffordshire residents in New Year’s Honours List

People from Staffordshire take their place alongside household names from sports, entertainment and the arts in the New Year’s Honours List. Olympians and Paralympians have been recognised for their golden achievements in Rio, while other county residents have been honoured with OBEs and BEMs for their services to charity, higher education and the community. Leading the way with a knighthood ...

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County’s recycling centres ready for festive rush

Waste recycling centre

Staffordshire’s household waste recycling centres are ready to take the extra strain from Christmas over the holiday period. Normal service will continue for all of the county’s 14 waste centres apart from on December 25th, December 26th and January 1st. All sites will be open until 5pm on Friday, December 23rd and until 3pm on Christmas Eve. They will open ...

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More five-year-olds than ever before ‘ready for school’

Early years

More children than ever before in Staffordshire are starting their school careers equipped to succeed, according to the latest figures. Statistics from the Department for Education show that the ratio of children classed as ready for school in the county has risen by 20 percentage points in three years from 53.6 per cent to 73.8 per cent. And for the ...

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Hub on schedule to save money and boost town centre

Castle House under construction

A new civic building earmarked to save taxpayers £40m is on target to open next year as planned. The Civic Hub, overlooking the Queens Gardens in Newcastle, will bring together services from the borough council, county council and police under one roof in the heart of the town centre. And it was revealed today that the four storey building will ...

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New recycling centre ready to open

A new £1.5 million permanent household waste recycling centre will open next week. The development has been built on brownfield land off Dove Way, Uttoxeter, to replace the town’s previous permanent site at Pennycroft Lane after landowners East Staffordshire District Council earmarked it for housing. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Communities and the Environment, said: “The new ...

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European boost for Staffordshire tourism industry

Staffordshire has landed £500,000 of European Union development money to boost its tourism industry. The money will be used by Staffordshire County Council to promote an increase in the number of tourism businesses in the area and particularly the number of beds for visitors. Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Economic Growth, said: It remains to be seen ...

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