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£2m Cannock Chase conservation plan approved

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A 10-year plan to manage Cannock Chase’s natural habitat has been approved by the government’s nature conservation agency. The agreement with Natural England means Staffordshire County Council will receive more than £2 million in Government funding towards managing the nationally and internationally important wildlife areas on the country park. Mark Winnington, the county council’s cabinet member responsible, said: The Chase ...

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Conservation work on Cannock Chase

Routine spraying is underway on Cannock Chase to stop bracken choking other plants, hindering wildlife and reducing public access. Specialist contractors will be spraying bracken in the next few weeks in well signposted areas. The herbicide spray has been used for many years safely on the Chase and at other sites across the country, with no harm to animals, birds, ...

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County Council declares a climate change emergency

Staffordshire County Council has declared a ‘climate emergency’ on a day that saw record-breaking high temperatures across the UK. In a meeting of the County Council today (Thursday), councillors vowed to refresh the Council’s climate change strategy, continue their support to local councils in tackling climate change, and committed to providing a strong, unified voice on behalf of councils when ...

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Residents advised to take care and enjoy the heat safely

Staffordshire County Council is renewing calls for people not to cool off in potentially dangerous lakes, reservoirs and quarries, as temperatures are set to reach 30C in some parts of the county this week. The call follows the tragic death of Carl Storer who died trying to rescue a young girl who got into difficulties in Chasewater earlier in the ...

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Reminder of Danger of Cooling off in Open Water

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People are being reminded of the dangers of swimming in open water following the death of a 21-year-old man in Chasewater, in Staffordshire. While the circumstances of this tragic accident are still being investigated, Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member responsible for Chasewater, said that everyone is shocked by the news of the accident. Mark said: Everyone is upset ...

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Energy facility marks five years of reducing waste to landfill and powering homes

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Staffordshire’s energy recovery facility has now been operating for five years – diverting a million tonnes of non-recycled household waste from landfill to generate electricity. That’s enough to power the equivalent of 220,600 homes through energy generated into the national grid. Over 25 years the facility at Four Ashes in South Staffordshire will save the county council over £250 million ...

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Staffordshire residents urged to get composting with free bins

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**Please note that due to the overwhelming positive response all the bins have sold out**  Householders in Staffordshire are being urged to take up composting with the aid of free compost bins from the county council. This week is International Composting Week and people can now order a compost bin online to get them started. The county council has teamed ...

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Snake warning for dog owners

Dog owners are warned to be careful in the next few weeks as they walk their pets on Cannock Chase. Recent warm weather has brought snakes, including adders, out of their winter hibernation, but then cold spells leave them lethargic and more liable to be cornered by exploring dogs. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, said: Cold ...

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Management plan proposed for Countryside Estates

Plans to share management of Staffordshire’s country parks, picnic areas and greenways are set to move to the next stage. Under the proposals Staffordshire County Council will look to transfer management, but not ownership, of the sites to other organisations. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, said: Our priority is to ensure that our country parks and ...

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Owner of TB affected herd ordered to pay over £34,000 for illegal movement of cattle

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A Staffordshire livestock owner who illegally moved herds of cattle while his holding was under bovine tuberculosis restrictions has been ordered to pay over £34,000 in fines costs. Mark Pickford, of Kniveden farm, Mount Road, Leek, also breached important cattle ID rules by providing false information on Cattle Passports, misapplying an ear tag to an and failing to report the ...

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