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Staffordshire County Council to reduce senior leadership team

Staffordshire County Council Offices

In a cost-cutting move to meet unprecedented financial pressure, Staffordshire County Council is to reduce the number of directors on its senior leadership team. In September the County Council published its draft budget for 2019-20 and set out proposals to close a £35m shortfall in its budget next year. One of those measures will be to reduce the number of ...

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Consultation begins on special needs education

Plans to educate more special needs pupils closer to home are at the heart of a new plan under consultation. Parents, carers and schools are taking part in a countywide consultation over the future of Staffordshire’s special educational needs and disability (SEND) strategy for children and young people aged 25 and under. Future plans include improving support and inclusion for ...

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Parents claim millions of hours of childcare

Staffordshire parents are claiming millions of hours of funded childcare for their three and four-year-olds. Latest figures show more than 7.7 million hours a year of pre-school care are being claimed by nearly 6,800 children. Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “When we became one of the first authorities nationally to begin delivering ...

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Have your say on community proposals for patrols

People can their say on proposals to encourage more communities to support and fund their local school crossing patrol. Staffordshire County Council is proposing to no longer fund patrols from September 2019 as it needs to close a £35m budget shortfall next year. The authority already has a small number of community funded patrols and wants to support more communities interested ...

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Change of date for road opening

The date earmarked for a road closure to be lifted for a weekend has changed. New Road, Uttoxeter, is currently closed to traffic in both directions from the Shell garage entrance for approximately 400 yards west towards Tunnicliffe Way. It will be completely reopened to all vehicles for one weekend while overnight road closures take place on the nearby A50. ...

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Proposals developed for managing Cannock Chase

Proposals for a decade-long plan to look after Cannock Chase’s natural habitats have been put forward after more than a year of discussion. People, groups and organisations with an interest in Cannock Chase Country Park were asked for their views, before a working group developed the ideas for managing the land to prevent it becoming overgrown. The proposals now include ...

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New library, heritage and arts centre prepares for opening

A new £1.4m library and arts and heritage space in the centre of Lichfield will open in December. The investment in the former St Mary’s Church has opened up the ground floor to accommodate the library and tourist information centre, while the first floor will include a versatile gallery, heritage and performance space, as well as an access point for ...

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Roadworks lifted for a weekend

A local road closure is being lifted for a weekend while other work takes place nearby. New Road, Uttoxeter, is currently closed to traffic in both directions from the Shell garage entrance for approximately 400 yards west towards Tunnicliffe Way. But it will be completely reopened to all vehicles from 6pm on Friday, November 16th until 9.30am on Monday, November ...

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Crackdown on drivers ignoring road signs

Motorists taking illegal short-cuts along a town centre street face automatic fines if they break the law. A permanent enforcement camera will soon begin monitoring South Walls, Stafford, to deter drivers from cutting through. The only vehicles allowed to enter South Walls from the roundabout at the junction of Greengate Street and Mill Bank are buses, ‘Hackney cab’ taxis and ...

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Bridge foundations removed

bridge demolition

A series of phased closures are planned for the A50 this weekend to allow the removal of a demolished bridge’s foundations. Workers will remove the foundations of the abutments on either side of the A50 to a depth of one metre. The rest of the bridge, which carried the A522 over the A50 near Uttoxeter, was demolished last weekend. It ...

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