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Staffordshire communities are the heart of our county and we want to make sure they are safe prosperous places to live and work.

We work with our partners across the county, including the police, fire authority, district and borough councils to get to the heart of what matters to local people

Stay safe and avoid counterfeits this Easter bank holiday

Real Deal Staffordshire

People are being urged to be vigilant and avoid buying counterfeit goods if they’re heading to one of Staffordshire’s Easter bank holiday markets or car boot sales. The first bank holiday weekend of the year also marks the beginning of the car boot sale and markets season. While providing a family day out where people can pick up a bargain, ...

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Campaign urges people to speak openly and honestly about death and dying

People in Staffordshire are being encouraged to speak openly and honestly about death and dying, in an effort to break the stigma and ensure their final wishes are known. A new campaign by the Staffordshire Health and Wellbeing Board, ‘Dying Matters, Staffordshire’ aims to help people drop the euphemisms about death, and instead talk openly about what they want to ...

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Full speed ahead – fibre fund boosts fast broadband roll-out to Staffordshire rural communities

Councillor Mark Winnington

People living and working in two Staffordshire communities are looking forward to getting some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country thanks to an innovative scheme to ensure the county’s most remote areas don’t miss out on the latest technology. Eight residents and businesses in Marchington Woodlands, near Uttoxeter, and 30 in Rushton Spencer, near Leek, are the latest ...

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Libraries to offer more arts and cultural events

Library staff

Visitors to Staffordshire libraries are set to experience more arts and performances as part of a new project to bring cultural activities to local communities. The new national Culture Offer developed by the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and Arts Council England will help libraries offer more people the chance to experience performance, arts, exhibitions, music and film. People will ...

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Rogue trader handed suspended prison sentence for money laundering

Latest News

A rogue trader who carried out unnecessary maintenance work on a Tamworth property has been handed a two-year suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay £5,000 victim compensation after pleading guilty to money laundering offences. Brian Hems, 44, from Buxton Close, Bloxwich, was sentenced on Monday for offences relating to laundering £34,250 in cheques from a single victim after carrying ...

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Helping More Staffordshire Families Own Their Dream Home – Key Priority For The County Council


Strong reform of planning policy is needed to help speed up the building of more homes in Staffordshire, Philip Atkins the Leader of Staffordshire County Council has said. Speaking after the Prime Minister Theresa May pledged that planning rules will be re-written to: Cut red tape, use land more efficiently, fast track planning permissions and put local plans in place ...

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Responsible knife sales vital to communities, says county trading standards leader

Gill Heath

Responsible knife sales are vital for community safety, Staffordshire’s cabinet member for trading standards has said following a test purchase operation. During a week-long operation in Stafford, underage volunteers working with the trading standards team were able to buy knives from six shops out of a total of 14 visited. In the coming weeks, trading standards officers will be visiting ...

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Tens of thousands of illicit cigarettes and haul of tobacco seized in Burton raids

Sniffer dog Yo-Yo

Tens of thousands of illicit cigarettes and 10 kilograms of hand rolling tobacco was been seized from Burton shops on Saturday. Staffordshire County Council trading standards officers, aided by sniffer dogs, visited shops in Burton on February 10. Four premises were targeted as part of an intelligence-led operation, with illicit tobacco found in two of them. In total, they found ...

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Couples encouraged to book their wedding on the myStaffs App

With love in the air and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, couples are being reminded that they can now plan their Staffordshire wedding on their smart phone. The myStaffs App, available on the App Store or on Google Play now allows people to plan their big day from ceremony choices right through to choosing their favourite music once the ...

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Superfast Staffordshire partnership reaches out to more rural communities on the day Britain achieves a major superfast milestone

The Superfast Staffordshire partnership – spearheaded by Staffordshire County Council and BT Group – today announced a major expansion which has seen it bring superfast fibre broadband to even more of the county’s smallest, most remote communities. The latest communities to benefit from the Superfast Staffordshire roll-out include: Blithbury, Brereton Cross, Brocton, Clifford’s Wood, Copmere End, Morston Court and Wetwood, ...

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