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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

Cannock Library to celebrate Get Online Week

People in Cannock are being encouraged to join the digital world and get online at their local library. Get Online Week runs from 17-23 October with events taking place in communities all across the county, showing people how the internet can make life easier, cheaper, and more fun. Backed by Staffordshire County Council’s Library Service, the 2016 campaign is the ...

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Funding now available to support Staffordshire’s armed forces communities

Alan White

Organisations from across Staffordshire are being invited to apply for funding to help support their local Armed Forces Communities. A new round of the £10 million annual fund available through the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Covenant opens on 23 September 2016. The funding offers financial support to organisations and projects to help integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities across ...

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Fireworks trader fined £300,000 for unsafe storage

Gill Heath

A national discount store has been fined £300,000 for unsafe storage of fireworks at its Tamworth premises. JTF Wholesale was prosecuted by Staffordshire County Council for its failure to store fireworks on sale in safe containers, breaching Explosives Regulations and the Health and Safety at Work Act. Trading standards officers visited the Tamworth store on November 4 2014. The company ...

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County’s Paralympic Superstar Makes Staffordshire Proud in Rio

Paralympic logo

The Leader of Staffordshire County Council today paid tribute to Staffordshire’s Paralympic superstar Lee Pearson after the equestrian hero and his horse Zion clinched silver in Rio. The silver medal added to Lee’s tally of 10 gold medals over five Paralympic games and Philip Atkins said he was an inspiration for everyone in the county. Philip said: In Staffordshire we ...

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Second phase of Chadsmoor War Memorial set to be unveiled

john henderson

A permanent memorial to more than 40 men from Chadsmoor who gave their lives during the Second World War is set to be unveiled by the Chadsmoor Community Trust. Saturday 17 September will see the names of servicemen who fell during WWII being remembered on the Chadsmoor War Memorial. This follows on from the dedication of the war memorial stone ...

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Second round of community library transfers announced

Staffordshire County Council has named the applicants set to take over the management and delivery of its community libraries. Eight contracts have been offered to community bodies, schools and a business enterprise group in the second phase of transfers, bringing the total number of libraries transferred, or in the process of transferring, to 19. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet ...

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Rural champion celebrates arrival of superfast broadband at its Midlands headquarters

Superfast Staffordshire

A national organisation which has campaigned for better broadband for rural businesses is itself now benefitting from faster fibre technology, thanks to the Superfast Staffordshire partnership led by Staffordshire County Council and BT. The CLA – formerly the Country Land and Business Association – which supports thousands of farmers and other rural businesses around England and Wales, has recently upgraded ...

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Cycleway improvements for popular Stafford route


Cyclists and walkers in Stafford who use the cycleway between Castletown and Haughton will soon benefit from improvements being made to the path. The project will include resurfacing of the cycleway, which is part of the NCN 55 (National Cycleway Network), improving access for all users and providing better drainage.  Vegetation, trees and hedges along the outer edges of the ...

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Slaughterhouse operative jailed for food safety and animal cruelty offences

Breaking News

A slaughterhouse operative has been jailed for ten months and banned from keeping farm animals for 15 years after pleading guilty to a string of food safety, animal cruelty and animal movement offences. Anthony Bagshaw of Back Lane, Butterton, near Leek, was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court today after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to a total of 24 ...

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Festival offers chance to celebrate Staffordshire’s history

Local history craft event

September sees the start of a major history festival across the county. Staffordshire’s Libraries, Arts, Archives and Heritage services will be taking part in a two month celebration of local and family history and the county’s cultural heritage. Local people can choose from over 90 events, activities, exhibitions and other opportunities to engage with Staffordshire’s history and heritage. County Councillor ...

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