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Community & Living

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

Lights to deter deer damaged in Burntwood

Deer sign

Lights designed to prevent deer from crossing the road and help keep drivers safe have been damaged in Burntwood. A series of 32 wildlife crossing guards had been installed along a 1km stretch of the Burntwood bypass, to deter deer from crossing the road next to a new housing development. The solar-powered crossing guards have a daylight sensor which activates ...

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County’s recycling centres ready for festive rush

Waste recycling centre

Staffordshire’s household waste recycling centres are ready to take the extra strain from Christmas over the holiday period. Normal service will continue for all of the county’s 14 waste centres apart from on December 25th, December 26th and January 1st. All sites will be open until 5pm on Friday, December 23rd and until 3pm on Christmas Eve. They will open ...

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Stay safe during festive season and avoid counterfeit alcohol

People are being urged to stay safe during the festive season and avoid dangerous counterfeit alcohol. Staffordshire County Council has been carrying out an ongoing operation to stamp out counterfeit alcohol sales using Government funding awarded through the Proceeds of Crime Act in recognition of its work. There have been a number of prosecutions and licence reviews and the largest ...

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Staffordshire to celebrate Local Charities Day

group on stairs

People are being invited to celebrate the work of the county’s charities and the difference they make in their local communities. Local Charities Day is on Friday 16 December and will put small, local charities and community groups into the spotlight, helping them demonstrate the great work they do in their areas Staffordshire has thousands of charities, voluntary organisations and ...

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Staffordshire counterfeit goods seizure prompts sales warning

Counterfeit goods

People are being urged to be vigilant and avoid buying counterfeit goods following a seizure of thousands of items at a Staffordshire property. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team seized the haul of counterfeit items – including electrical goods and cosmetics – from a rented room in Burntwood. Other items included fake branded clothes, alcohol and cigarettes. A small quantity ...

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Thousands more Staffordshire households and businesses to get fibre broadband boost thanks to £5 million pound expansion

The Superfast Staffordshire broadband partnership has announced a major £5.1 million expansion that will enable around 6,200 households and businesses in some of the county’s smallest communities to access the information superhighway for the first time. Around 40 additional communities have been earmarked for upgrades as part of the multi-million pound roll-out, lead partners Staffordshire County Council and BT announced ...

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Thousands of illicit cigarettes seized from Staffordshire shop

Thousands of fake and illegal cigarettes have been seized in a large-scale raid at a Staffordshire shop. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team made the seizure in Rugeley town centre on Friday. They found 17,120 cigarettes, believed to be fake or illegal, and 10.35kg of fake hand rolling tobacco. The team was joined by tobacco detection dogs which uncovered hidden ...

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Get Switched On to consumer rights when buying electrical goods

Gill Heath

Staffordshire people are being urged to check their consumer rights when buying electrical goods as part of a national week-long campaign. The county council’s trading standards team is backing the National Consumer Week ‘Switched On’ campaign which highlights what people should consider when buying electrical goods and also to look out for counterfeit goods. The campaign focuses on any electrical ...

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Appeal for foster carers for unaccompanied refugee children

dee karim foster carer

Staffordshire families interested in supporting or fostering young asylum seekers arriving in the county are being encouraged to come forward. The call-out follows the ongoing refugee crisis that is affecting children and young people, specifically those dispersed from Calais following the closure of the so-called Jungle camp. Staffordshire County Council is currently caring for unaccompanied minors and has pledged to accept ...

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