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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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Charges to cover cost of recycling non-household waste

Rubble

Small charges to cover the cost of recycling non-household waste are being introduced on November 1st at Staffordshire’s household waste recycling centres. A big bag of soil and or rubble will cost £3; plasterboard will cost £4 per sheet, or big bag; and tyres will cost £4 each. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Environment and the Communities, ...

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Government backs pioneering property scheme

Staffordshire County Council Offices

A pioneering scheme designed to save money for taxpayers and improve services is going to expand with Government backing. The Government Property Unit has committed £256,000 to the ‘One Public Estate’ project in Staffordshire to work alongside the county council’s existing Penda Property Partnership to accelerate property plans and allow the county’s public sector organisations to explore how they can ...

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Family scheme’s success pays for other initiatives

Staffordshire County Council Offices

A pioneering scheme helping troubled families improve their lives is changing lives, a report says. And not only does the project’s success save taxpayers’ money, because of the efficient way it is run the income from the Government’s payment by results is being invested in new community schemes. The Building Resilient Families & Communities scheme initially targeted families to get ...

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Find out chapter and verse about community libraries

A four hour event promoting community running of Staffordshire’s libraries will be held this week at one of the four still needing a management group. The informal session at Great Wyrley library between 11am and 3pm on Friday, September 30th, is open to both individuals and representatives of groups who may be interested, or simply want to find out more ...

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Free childcare scheme begins this week

Hundreds of parents will benefit this week as the new 30 hours’ free childcare scheme begins in Staffordshire. The county council has 415 places of 30 hours’ free childcare for three and four-year-olds to allocate after the authority successfully bid earlier this year to host one of eight national trial schemes. Key to the bid’s success was the council’s approach ...

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