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Completion of road scheme paves the way for major business development


Construction of a 2,200 job business development on one of Staffordshire’s largest brownfield sites will soon get under way following completion of a supporting road and infrastructure project. Organisations involved in the combined road and site development at Meaford near Stone marked the milestone with business and civic leaders today. Completion of the 12-month reconstruction of part of the A34 ...

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Rare archives shed light on conscription during WWI

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Stories of conscientious objectors and how bakers, butchers and farmworkers fought conscription are amongst a rare collection of Military Appeal Tribunal records being published for the first time. Conscription was first used by the armed forces in 1916 and those who sought exemption were brought in front of Military tribunals to make their case. After the war, the Ministry of ...

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Council scheme helps hundreds of people to find a new career

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Hundreds of people are getting their foot on the career ladder thanks to a programme being delivered by Staffordshire County Council. The Open Door programme focuses on helping people who face difficulties in finding work by offering them a twelve week work experience placement. Open Door, which was introduced in 2009 has supported over 600 people from across the county, ...

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Guidance issued to parents on holidays in term time


Staffordshire County Council has issued new guidance to schools and families on term time holidays, in light of a recent court ruling. As result of the judgement, the county council has put a temporary hold on fining parents who take their children out of school for 10 days or less. This is so a full-scale review of guidance can take ...

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£1m library investment approved

Proposals to move Lichfield library to St Mary’s for at least the next 30 years have been approved. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member responsible for libraries, said: The £1 million investment will ensure a first class library in the heart of Lichfield, safeguard the future of two landmark buildings and support shops and businesses around St Mary’s.” Preparatory ...

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Rail freight hub developers need continued open talks with communities, says economy leader

Four Ashes map

Developers behind plans for a national rail freight interchange in South Staffordshire need to ensure local communities are kept fully informed and must give detailed justification on its choice of location, the county’s economy leader has said. Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for economic growth, is calling for more information on the potential impact on traffic volume, the ...

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Families set for ’10 Minute Shake Up’ to keep healthy over the summer

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Children in Staffordshire are being invited to join in with ten minute bursts of fun physical activity as part of a national campaign. Staffordshire County Council is backing the latest Change 4 Life’s ‘10 Minute Shake Up’ project to help keep the county’s children healthy over the summer. The latest campaign, inspired by the new ‘Finding Dory’ Disney film will ...

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Libraries can help ‘take the pulse of nature’ with the Big Butterfly Count

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Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries Service can help residents take part in a nationwide survey aimed at assessing the health of our environment. The annual Big Butterfly Count was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world’s biggest survey of butterflies. Over 52,000 people took part in 2015, counting over 580,000 individual butterflies and day-flying moths across the UK. It’s ...

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Libraries all set for ‘Big Friendly’ challenge

Summer Reading Challenge volunteer

Staffordshire County Council’s Libraries & Arts service is setting a ‘Big Friendly’ challenge for younger readers The Big Friendly Read is this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, and young people are invited to join their local libraries in celebrating 100 years of the world’s favourite storyteller, Roald Dahl. The annual Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to read at least six books ...

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Teenagers unite to commemorate the Great War

group photo on cannock chase

Teenagers from across Staffordshire and Bremen in Germany have come together as part of an exchange programme to help commemorate the Great War. Focusing on the theme of building friendships, commemorations, peace and reconciliation the young people will take part in a range of activities during their two-week exchange. As part of the visit the young people have been cleaning and tending ...

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