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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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Fabulous firs on sale for Christmas

Perfect Christmas trees for homes of all sizes are available for sale at Cannock Chase this year. Enormous evergreens, captivating conifers and fabulous firs are available at the Country Park’s visitor centre at Marquis Drive every day from now until Christmas Eve. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, said: Choosing a tree to decorate is a traditional ...

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Proposals developed for managing Cannock Chase

Proposals for a decade-long plan to look after Cannock Chase’s natural habitats have been put forward after more than a year of discussion. People, groups and organisations with an interest in Cannock Chase Country Park were asked for their views, before a working group developed the ideas for managing the land to prevent it becoming overgrown. The proposals now include ...

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‘Welcome’ destruction of lorry used in illegal waste dumping

The destruction of a tipper lorry involved in illegally dumping a huge amount of waste at a local beauty spot is “extremely satisfying”, says a community leader. County Councillor Gill Heath spoke after watching the 20 tonne tipper lorry dismantled and the chassis sawn in two before it was taken to be crushed. The lorry, seized by Police in a ...

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