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Bridge over the A50 demolished

bridge demolition

A bridge which spanned the A50 for more than 30 years has been demolished in a single weekend. Engineers worked round-the-clock from Friday evening until 3.15am on Oct 1 to remove the bridge which carried the A522 across the dual carriageway near Uttoxeter. It is being replaced by a new bridge, with three new roundabouts, new slip roads and link ...

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Cabinet Agrees Action Plan To Tackle £35m Shortfall As Care Costs Soar

An action plan to help tackle a £35m budget shortfall next year has been agreed by Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet. The council is facing the shortfall after seeing the cost of care soar by £100m in ten years – at the same time as national funding to councils has continued to fall. Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said ...

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First brand new High School for over 25 years opens to pupils

Staffordshire’s first brand new high school for over 25 years has opened to pupils for the first time. The £30 million John Taylor Free School in Tatenhill, Burton, has opened its doors to 210 year 7 (11-year-old) pupils. The school has taken two years to build, and features a specially-built dance studio with a sprung floor, drama studio, outdoor changing ...

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Pupils rise to the challenge of new grading system

School exam - older children

Schools in Staffordshire are getting to grips with the new GCSE grading system, as hundreds of pupils across the county nervously await their results this week. Numerical grades have replaced the previous A*-G grades, giving schools more opportunity to get the very best out of their pupils. According to Ofqual the exams regulator, a grade 7 is today’s equivalent of ...

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Opening delayed as new school targeted by thieves

Children looking forward to starting the new school year in a brand new primary school have been left disappointed, after thieves stole copper pipes and caused extensive damage to the school’s heating and water systems. Thieves broke into the under-construction Henhurst Primary Academy a few weeks ago, stealing a substantial amount of specially-made copper piping and associated fittings from the ...

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Hundreds benefit from healthy lifestyle advice

Healthy old man

Hundreds of people aged over 50 across Staffordshire are benefitting from advice on how to improve their healthy lifestyle behaviour. Since June, Everyone Health Staffordshire has established 105 clinics that people aged 50 years and over who reside in specific target areas can access. Already, 272 people have been given advice that has made a real difference to their lives, ...

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Vital improvements to Burton Bridge could finish in days rather than weeks

Burton Bridge

Improvement work to safeguard the iconic Burton Bridge could now finish in days rather than weeks – as crews pull out all the stops to finish the scheme as quickly as possible. The scheme was expected to be completed in time for the schools returning in September, but engineers continue to shave days off the programme to finish well ahead ...

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Plumbers ordered to pay back thousands to their victims

Trading Standards

Two plumbers who were jailed for fraud have been ordered to pay back a total of £77,000 to their victims. Peter Hawketts, aged 57, of Vardon Way, Kings Norton, Birmingham; and Patrick Thawe, aged 47, of Little Park, Quinton, Birmingham were originally jailed in August 2016 along with others after charging mostly elderly residents hundreds of pounds for simple plumbing jobs. In ...

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Cabinet to decide on Holy Trinity Expansion

A popular Burton primary school could be expanded to accommodate 70 more pupils. Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet will decide on whether to expand Holy Trinity CE(C) Primary School, and increase the school’s admissions number from 20 to 30.  This means the school will expand by 70 places in total. The discussion comes after the county council consulted local people on ...

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