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Preparations continue for major engineering work

Engineers are preparing to remove around 20,000 tonnes of earth in one of the final, big steps towards completing a major new road junction. Workers will lower an embankment approximately 20 feet to allow the installation of new drains and utilities. They will also complete the outstanding stretch of the new A522 carriageway, footpaths and street lighting to connect it ...

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Apply now for 30 hours’ funded childcare

Children celebrating their third birthday this spring and summer should be signed up now for 30 hours’ funded childcare. Places are available from September 1 for children who celebrate their third birthday between April 1 and August 31 2018. But to claim the funding parents must register at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk . Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and ...

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‘No-barbecue’ appeal to countryside visitors

Visitors to Staffordshire’s countryside are being urged not to light barbecues during the hot spell. And they’re also being asked to avoid lighting camp fires and take great care with smouldering cigarettes and discarded glass, which could magnify sunlight. With weeks of hot weather and little rain, grass and undergrowth are extremely dry across the county. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County ...

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Next steps for Staffordshire libraries

More than a dozen groups have expressed interest in taking on one of the next four Staffordshire libraries to be recommended for community management. At the same time county wide consultation has revealed 445 more people willing to volunteer at their local library, to add to the 830 who already do so regularly. The news is in a report on ...

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Temporary road closure for major engineering work

Part of an A-road near Uttoxeter will be closed for 10 weeks to allow one of the final stages of a multi-million pound road junction. The A522 will be completely closed to vehicles, just west of Tunnicliffe Way, 24-hours-a-day from July 16 to September 28. The closure is to allow the removal of the embankment which raises the A522 up ...

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Staffordshire residents recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

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A range of Staffordshire people have been honoured by Her Majesty the Queen in her Birthday Honours. County residents are recognised for their work with victims of domestic violence, the Girl Guides, cancer research and emergency care with the award of MBEs and BEMs. Philip Atkins OBE, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, paid tribute to the recipients. He said: Everything ...

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Temporary home for pupils after flooding

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Children at a school closed by flood water will be taught at nearby schools while repairs are carried out. With effect from Tuesday, June 5th, pupils from St Paul’s CE (VC) First School in Coven will be based at St Mary’s CE (C) First School and Nursery at Wheaton Aston, and at Wolgarston High School in Penkridge. Parents will drop ...

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Children’s services reach out to more families

Mark Sutton

A reorganisation of Staffordshire’s children centres has delivered on its key promise of helping more vulnerable families. New figures show the percentage of vulnerable children aged 0-to-five being helped in the county has increased over three years from 48 per cent to 76 per cent. At the same time the percentage of five-year-olds classed as ‘school ready’ – having a ...

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UK first for Staffordshire library

A group with more than a million members worldwide is celebrating a UK first by taking on the day-to-day management of a local library. The Rotary Club of Rugeley is now running Staffordshire County Council’s library in Brereton. Ron Ashley, President of the Rotary Club of Rugeley, said: This is the first time one of Rotary’s 1,800 UK clubs has ...

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Council and NHS join forces to reduce IT costs

Joint working between two of Staffordshire largest public service sectors is saving taxpayers millions of pounds. Staffordshire County Council’s ICT department has been working with Staffordshire and Shropshire Health Informatics Service (SSHIS) to link the local authority and all NHS services in the county to the same computer network. The revised network, which was implemented in 2017, also connects Staffordshire ...

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