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Wildlife habitat to be enhanced as part of major road scheme

A nature reserve and section of river in Stafford will be improved to create better wildlife habitats as part of wider works to build a new relief road. The habitat improvement at Doxey Marshes nature reserve, which is a Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) will involve lowering an area of land to create ideal wet-grassland nesting conditions for birds such ...

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Broadband speeds set to soar in Staffordshire community thanks to pioneering deal

Households and businesses in a hamlet near Stone have made a giant leap towards joining the information superhighway thanks to a ground-breaking agreement which will deliver some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country. Cotwalton residents joined forces to find a way of getting high-speed broadband after finding out their community was not part of any current fibre broadband ...

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Motorists advised of A50 lane closures at Uttoxeter

Motorists are being advised of overnight lane closures on the stretch of the A50 at Uttoxeter early next week. The closures will take place on the stretch between the A522 and B5030 junctions as part of the A50/A522 junction improvement project being carried out by Staffordshire County Council. Overnight on Monday (September 26) there will be a lane closure eastbound ...

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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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Exhibition celebrates Tolkien’s link with Staffordshire

Tolkien mannequin in uniform

People from Stafford will get the chance to see a new exhibition celebrating the author of The Lord of the Rings’ links with Staffordshire. This fascinating insight into the early years of JRR Tolkien, one of the world’s best-loved writers, and his time spent in Staffordshire, has already been seen by over 40,000 visitors since it launched in March 2016. ...

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Burton Library to celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary

Burton Library is celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary year with a special abridged performance of one of the Bard’s most famous plays Oddsocks Productions will be performing a 90-minute version of Romeo and Juliet on Saturday 22 October at 3pm in Burton Library.  Billed as the ‘Bard’s Best Bits’, the show aims to entertain family audiences with a comedy adaptation of ...

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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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People looking for a challenge urged to consider fostering


With children back at school, or teenagers off to university, many parents can feel ready to take on a new challenge. As part of its latest campaign to fill the urgent need for foster families, Staffordshire County Council is asking people to consider fostering as the next step in their lives. Staffordshire needs 150 foster families over the next three ...

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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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