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People reminded of dangers of Chinese lanterns to farm animals

Chinese Lanterns

With bonfire night this Sunday, people are being reminded of the risks posed to live stock and farm animals when using Chinese lanterns. Many people will be considering buying Chinese lanterns for their bonfire celebrations but Staffordshire County Council’s Animal Health Team is warning people that lanterns can be harmful to livestock.  If the debris lands in rural areas, the ...

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County council increases work to reduce flood risk in Staffordshire

Breaking News

Work to reduce flood risk to Staffordshire communities which is being led by the county council is increasing and making a difference, a report published this week says. Flood risk blights communities and can damage the local economy. The county council is working with a range of organisations including the Environment Agency, district councils and Severn Trent Water to help ...

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Cannock Chase consultation draws good response

More than 300 people, organisations and groups have had their say on how best to look after Cannock Chase’s natural habitats. Individuals, parish councils and wildlife charities are among those who’ve responded to proposals on how best to manage the land. Initial engagement with those who use the Chase found support for current methods, including cutting heather and thinning trees, ...

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New flood defence project helps both people and wildlife

Gill Heath

Staffordshire’s leading nature conservation charity is helping protect communities and create new wildlife habitats by tackling flooding and improving water quality through its ‘Nature’s Flood Defence’ project. The project, led by Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, in partnership with Staffordshire County Council, Warwickshire County Council and the Environment Agency, aims to help protect people from flooding and create ...

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Successful applicants identified for countryside estate management

The first groups to manage and maintain parts of Staffordshire County Council’s countryside estate have been chosen. Subject to approval and agreement, Heath Hayes and Wimblebury Parish Council will take on the management and maintenance of Wimblebury Mound picnic area, while another group, which will be named in due course, will take on the management and maintenance of Consall Nature ...

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Clear-up operation of illegally dumped commercial waste ends

Madeley Heath after

Hundreds of tonnes of illegally dumped commercial waste have been cleared from the countryside. Staffordshire County Council, working with the Forestry Commission and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, coordinated the removal from a car park and public footpath at Gladings Wood, Madeley Heath, west of Newcastle. An excavator loaded 15 lorries over three days to take away 175 tonnes of rubbish for ...

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Pair receive permanent injunction for unlawful waste site

Breaking News

A high court injunction order has been served on an operative and landowner of an unlawful waste site in Staffordshire – prohibiting them from importing or processing material there. Staffordshire County Council served interim injunction order on the two men in November 2016. This latest ruling means that the order is now permanent, and means no material can be brought ...

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£70m regional partnership to create 700 jobs

IC5 Keel

Seven hundred jobs are set to be created and over 1,000 businesses supported as a result of a £70m research-led collaboration led by one UK’s top universities. Keele University will work in partnership with Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust to deliver ...

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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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Plan to manage Staffordshire’s mineral resources and protect communities takes a step closer

Quarry

Plans to protect local communities and the environment during future quarrying in Staffordshire have been approved by an independent inspector on behalf of the Secretary of State. The Minerals Local Plan shows how local communities and the environment will be protected and where sand, gravel and other minerals will come from over the next 15 years. The Plan follows a ...

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