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Countywide housing plan under construction

More houses could be built in Staffordshire as part of ambitious ideas being developed by the county council The proposals are part of the county council’s forward-planning to ensure there is the right mix of housing in Staffordshire to meet the needs of residents and the growing economy. Plans will also consider infrastructure needs across the county, including new roads, ...

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Nursery help for low-income families is just the ticket

Eligible parents of two-year-old children will be receiving their Golden Ticket soon offering their ‘prize’ of 15 hours funded childcare. Staffordshire’s Think 2 initiative means children from low-income families can claim 15 hours a week early education at a local childminder, pre-school, or nursery. The Golden Tickets are being posted next week to all those known to be eligible, but ...

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Public to see medical centre plans for first time

Plans for a new multi-million pound health centre go on display later this month. Neighbours, future patients and town residents can all see the proposals for the scheme on the site of the former Greenwood House Nursing Home in Burntwood. The site, on Lichfield Road, will be home to the Darwin Medical Practice and contain 13 new consulting rooms, five ...

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Bridge demolition scheduled

A bridge spanning one of the Midlands’ major roads is to be demolished in a single weekend. The bridge, which originally carried the A522 above the A50 dual carriageway near Uttoxeter, has been replaced by a new bridge nearby as part of a multi-million project to deliver a safer, better junction for the two roads. The new bridge is already ...

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Crackdown on drivers ignoring road signs

Motorists taking illegal short-cuts along a town centre street face a crackdown from next month. A permanent enforcement camera will monitor South Walls, Stafford, from September. 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 bicycles. Cars, motorbikes and private hire taxis are ...

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Burton Bridge reopens three weeks ahead of schedule

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The iconic Burton Bridge is to fully reopen this afternoon  – after major improvement works to safeguard its use finished three weeks ahead of schedule. Highways crews have been racing ahead of schedule during the warm weather and completed the final resurfacing of the bridge over the weekend. Traffic diversion signs are now being removed and all four lanes will ...

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Stay safe in the countryside this summer

Families enjoying day trips and outings to the countryside during the summer holidays are urged to stay safe. With the school holidays beginning and parents taking advantage of the sustained dry spell to enjoy Staffordshire’s beautiful countryside, the need to take care is greater than ever. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, said: We live amid the ...

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Multi-million pound civic centre opens for business

The opening date has been set for the new civic centre hub designed to boost a town centre economy and save taxpayers millions of pounds. The £15.4 million, four storey Castle House, next to Queens Gardens in the centre of Newcastle, will open at 9am on Monday, July 23. Construction has been managed by Staffordshire County Council and the building ...

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Libraries plan approved

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Proposals to use more volunteers in Staffordshire’s library system have been approved. Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet has passed plans for four more libraries to be offered for community management and to pilot the introduction of self-service technology to extend opening hours. Cabinet members heard that following a three month public consultation earlier this year, 16 groups have expressed an interest ...

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New library prepares for opening

Final preparations are underway for the opening of a new town centre library, which is part of a £15.4 million development. Newcastle library is moving a few hundred yards from its current base on Ironmarket to the new Castle House civic hub next to Queens Gardens. The current building, originally designed as a department store, will close at 6pm on ...

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