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Staffordshire tribute to neighbouring council leader

Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins has paid tribute today to his colleague at City of Wolverhampton Council leader Roger Lawrence, who has announced he is stepping down from the position. Cllr Lawrence has served as leader of the city council for 15 years and as a local councillor for three decades. Philip Atkins said: Roger has done a tremendous ...

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Staffordshire wins £1.9 million bid for transport innovation

Keele University campus

Small businesses in Staffordshire will support the creation of innovative transport improvements at a university ‘living lab’ following a successful government funding bid by a county council-led partnership. The £1.9 million ‘live lab’ project at Keele University will develop, test and demonstrate how a smart highways network can be designed, maintained and extended to local roads. The project, which includes ...

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Job boosting scheme set to become latest Staffordshire success story

Midlands Engine

A major business development is set to generate over 1,800 jobs in north Staffordshire after plans were given the go-ahead. The Chatterley Valley scheme next to the A500 in Newcastle was approved by the borough council on January 29. Harworth Group submitted the application for the site off Peacock Hay Road. The development will see units of varying sizes up to ...

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Measures aimed at reducing impact of HGV traffic come into force

Woman standing in front of road

Experimental traffic orders which could reduce HGV traffic movement along sections of a main rural road in Staffordshire are set to come into force next month. Communities living along the A515 have expressed concerns about increased use of the road by HGVs, rather than using the A38 and A50 trunk roads. Local parish councils and residents took these concerns to ...

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Staffordshire starts 2019 with continued near full employment

i54 South Staffordshire expansion

Foundations are being laid for more job creation in Staffordshire’s key industry sectors as the county starts 2019 with continued near full employment. Latest figures released today show that just 1.3 per cent of Staffordshire residents claimed out of work benefits in December. This is lower than both regional (3 per cent) and national (2.3 per cent) figures. The Staffordshire ...

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Gritting teams out in force as unexpected heavy snow hits north Staffordshire

Helen Fisher

Staffordshire’s gritting teams worked hard to clear roads in the north of the county last night as it was hit by unexpected snowfall – particularly in the Moorlands. Gritters were out from 4pm yesterday and continued as forecast rain later in the evening turned to heavy snow, causing difficulty to vehicles on the roads. With cold weather continuing into next ...

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Green light for extension at major Midlands business park

i54 South Staffordshire expansion

An extension to a major Midlands business park which could generate around 1,700 jobs and lever in up to £300 million of investment has been given the go-ahead. Work to extend i54 South Staffordshire by around a third of its current size can now begin. Plans to extend to the west of the current site on the county border with ...

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Get connected to fibre broadband in 2019

More Staffordshire residents are being urged to get connected to recent fibre broadband connection in 2019 and improve access to a broad range of services and opportunities. Faster broadband connection for things like on-demand video, online gaming and smart home apps is more important than ever. In the new year people may also be thinking of upgrading to faster broadband. ...

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Owner of TB affected herd ordered to pay over £34,000 for illegal movement of cattle

Trading Standards

A Staffordshire livestock owner who illegally moved herds of cattle while his holding was under bovine tuberculosis restrictions has been ordered to pay over £34,000 in fines costs. Mark Pickford, of Kniveden farm, Mount Road, Leek, also breached important cattle ID rules by providing false information on Cattle Passports, misapplying an ear tag to an and failing to report the ...

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