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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

Improvement scheme starts for walkers and cyclists near Stafford school

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A scheme to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists along the A449 in Rising Brook, Stafford, gets under way this month. It will include new foot and cycle paths, improved crossing facilities, road junction widening and the introduction of a 20mph limit around the shops at Rising Brook. The scheme will be completed in March this year. The new shared ...

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Trader given suspended prison sentence for selling dangerous vehicle

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A car trader from Burton who sold a dangerously defective vehicle has been handed a five-month suspended prison sentence and been ordered to pay £2,000 compensation. Umar Khan, aged 40, of Uxbridge Street, Burton, was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court today after pleading guilty to two trading regulation offences and one product safety regulation offence at an earlier hearing. In ...

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Firework traders handed community orders for selling without licence

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Traders in Lichfield and Tamworth who sold fireworks they were not licenced to stock have been handed community orders after being prosecuted by the county council. The offences took place in autumn 2015 when both stores were visited by county council trading standards officers. Staffordshire County Council’s communities leader Gill Heath said it was a priority to keep people safe ...

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Calls for new laws to protect young people online welcomed in Staffordshire

Mark Sutton

Calls for New laws and a digital ombudsman to help protect children’s privacy online are being backed by Staffordshire’s Cabinet Lead for Children. Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People has welcomed todays proposals put forward by Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield. The proposals, outline in the Growing Up Digital report, call for new laws to ...

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Staffordshire residents in New Year’s Honours List

People from Staffordshire take their place alongside household names from sports, entertainment and the arts in the New Year’s Honours List. Olympians and Paralympians have been recognised for their golden achievements in Rio, while other county residents have been honoured with OBEs and BEMs for their services to charity, higher education and the community. Leading the way with a knighthood ...

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Businesses reminded of tobacco plain packaging laws in 2017

Staffordshire traders are being reminded that all tobacco products must be sold in plain packaging from May 20 2017. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team has issued the reminder as Public Health England launches a campaign to highlight the damaging effect smoking has on the heart. Plain packaging laws form part of a raft of legislation introduced recently to reduce ...

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Food outlets urged to be vigilant on allergen free orders

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Staffordshire food businesses are being urged to be extra vigilant with allergen free food orders following a rise in complaints from customers about service mistakes. The county council’s trading standards team has seen an increasing number of complaints about mistakes with orders which have led to reactions – some of which ending in hospitalisation. With over 4,000 food premises across ...

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Final Syrian refugee families welcomed to county

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Staffordshire has welcomed the final two refugee families into the county as part of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Scheme (VPS). The scheme has seen a total of 11 families—51 individuals—settled in Staffordshire, including children ranging from one to 17 years old. The first families were welcomed to the county in March of this year, with the final 2 families arriving ...

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Know your consumer rights during festive shopping period

Gill Heath

People looking for bargains online throughout the Christmas and New Year sales period are being urged to get to know their rights and avoid scams. New consumer laws were brought in last year, giving people greater clarity when they shop in store or online. The Consumer Rights Act clarifies consumer law and includes legislation to allow people to obtain a ...

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Thousands of pounds worth of counterfeit goods seized from car on M6

Counterfeit goods with a retail value of over £15,000 if they were genuine were seized from a car on the M6 in Staffordshire. The seizure was made by officers from the Central Motorway Police Group on Sunday and the goods handed over to Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team. Goods included potentially hazardous counterfeit perfume and electrical items. There were ...

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