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Business backs plans for employment site’s major extension


A Staffordshire business which was involved in the development of one of the county’s leading employment sites has backed plans for its extension. The western extension plans for i54 South Staffordshire have now been submitted to the district council. If approved, it would mean one large or several smaller employers could deliver 2,700 jobs on site and generate £600million investment. ...

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Near full employment continues with further job creation boost as development plans submitted

i54 South Staffordshire expansion

Staffordshire is continuing to see near full employment as plans for a major county business development are submitted. Figures released today show that just 1.3 per cent of Staffordshire’s population is claiming out of work benefits, lower than both regional (2.8 per cent) and national (2.1 per cent) averages. The Staffordshire figure has remained the same for the last three ...

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Civic society members view major improvement project to town bridge

Burton Civic Scoiety bridge visit.

Members of Burton Civic Society visited the project team carrying out a major maintenance project on one of the town’s main bridges this week. The Burton Bridge project is progressing well and the last sections of historic tram track are now being removed. Original kerbing is also being reinstated to maintain the bridge’s heritage. The bridge’s plaques will be restored ...

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Vital improvements to Burton Bridge look set to finish ahead of schedule

Burton Bridge

Improvement work to safeguard the iconic Burton Bridge for future use are on track to finish ahead of schedule this summer. The scheme was expected to be completed in time for the schools returning in September, but now engineers are hopeful it could be completed with at least several days in hand before the August Bank Holiday weekend. Helen Fisher, ...

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Major bridge repair scheme on schedule for late summer finish

Burton Bridge

Footpaths on Burton Bridge are being surfaced this week with kerbs and drains also being installed as a major improvement project reaches its sixth week. This week the last sections of the old trams track have been removed, with some sections being stored by East Staffordshire Borough Council. Sections of track have also gone to Statfold Barn Railway near Tamworth. ...

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Superfast Staffordshire celebrates four year anniversary by extending reach to more rural communities

Mark Winnington

The number of Staffordshire households and businesses using superfast broadband has doubled in the past two years thanks to the Superfast Staffordshire roll-out – with many of the county’s smallest rural communities getting access to the technology for the first time. It’s four years since Kings Bromley and Yoxall became the first villages in the county to ‘go live’ as ...

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Extra funding to protect vulnerable children in Staffordshire agreed

Mark Sutton

A further £1.1m is to be invested in recruiting more children’s social workers to help manage caseloads in the county. Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet agreed the funding, despite the wider financial challenges facing the council, after recognising the increasing pressures on children’s services. The county council will now look to launch a recruitment campaign to take on at least a ...

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Plans to redevelop site into health centre for Burntwood gets backing from cabinet

Plans to breathe new life into the site of the former Greenwood House home in Burntwood has won the support of Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet. The project, which is subject to planning permission and final NHS funding arrangements, would see the county council owned site used by the Darwin Practice as a health centre. The council would also look for ...

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Businesses celebrate ten-year anniversary of enterprise centre

Flat Vision

Small businesses based at one of Staffordshire County Council’s enterprise centres have been celebrating ten years of its provision of commercial space to aid growth. Lymedale Business Centre in Newcastle opened in 2008 and is now home to 36 small businesses, offering a broad range of goods and services. Across the county there are eight enterprise centres, offering both office, ...

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