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Planning for success across Staffordshire

IC5 at Keele University

Countywide plans to boost residents’ access to good jobs, healthy living and promote strong communities living are to come under the microscope. Staffordshire County Council’s plan for delivering its priorities in each of the eight district and borough authorities has been scrutinised by a cross-party group of councillors interested in its implementation. Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: ...

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‘Welcome’ destruction of lorry used in illegal waste dumping

The destruction of a tipper lorry involved in illegally dumping a huge amount of waste at a local beauty spot is “extremely satisfying”, says a community leader. County Councillor Gill Heath spoke after watching the 20 tonne tipper lorry dismantled and the chassis sawn in two before it was taken to be crushed. The lorry, seized by Police in a ...

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Digital day at historic building

Historic Shire Hall is hosting a one-off digital skills event for adults and children. Stafford’s landmark building is the venue for the Microsoft UK Digital Skills Live event on May 24th, which will offer a day of practical help, advice and fun for people aged seven upwards. Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Economic Growth, said: “I am ...

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New roads merge into A50

Work at the A50

A multi-million pound road junction is moving closer to completion. Surfacing of the new slip roads and three roundabouts has been completed recently and the project at Uttoxeter is on budget and on schedule to open later this year. The new bridge across the A50, together with three new roundabouts, new slip roads, link roads and the removal of the ...

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New deal for Business Centre tenants

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Tenants facing eviction from a business centre can stay after Staffordshire County Council reached an agreement with the building’s owners. The authority had leased the Uttoxeter Business Centre from its owner since 2008 to provide much-needed office space for small businesses in the area. But the terms of the contract meant that when the county council gave up the lease ...

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Countdown to apply for 30 hours’ childcare

Early years

Parents wanting to claim 30 hours a week of funded childcare for their children should think about applying as soon as possible. The next places are available across the county 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, ...

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Multi-million pound backing to help families

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A £5 million scheme to help Staffordshire families has been backed by the Government. The funding means that Staffordshire County Council and partners can support families in need of help before their problems reach crisis point. Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Children and Young People, said: This money will help us make a real difference to lives ...

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Libraries consultation nears end

Time is running out to have your say on Staffordshire’s libraries consultation. More than 1,400 responses have already been received in advance of the April 1 deadline. A series of public events have been held at libraries and mobile and travelling library stops throughout the 12 week consultation. Discussions have included potentially using technology to maintain and extend opening hours ...

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Figures back council’s recycling approach

A new report shows no long-term increase in fly-tipping after the introduction of small charges for recycling non-household waste. Based on statistics compiled by Staffordshire’s eight borough and district councils over a 12 month period after charging began in November 2016, the report says that the number of fly-tipping incidents in different areas either stayed unchanged, or rose briefly before ...

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County backing for growth plans

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Moves to review public spending, revalue business rates and promote house building have been welcomed by Staffordshire’s leader. Reacting to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Spring Statement, Philip Atkins said an improving economy and promised investment in transport infrastructure would also support businesses to invest, export, and create jobs. Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: Staffordshire has come ...

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