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Businesses optimistic about future as near full employment continues

Redhill Business Park

Staffordshire businesses remain optimistic about future profitability and about taking on new staff with near full employment continuing in the county. County council economy leader Mark Winnington said last week’s announcement that Spanish automotive parts supplier Gestamp had chosen to build a £70million new facility in Staffordshire was a big vote of confidence in the local economy and its workforce. ...

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Cabinet approves powers to press ahead with growth boosting road scheme

Stafford Western Access Road

Preparations for a road scheme which will pave the way for the future growth of Stafford will now move forward following the county council’s cabinet approval of powers to purchase land along the route. The Stafford Western Access Route will support the continued growth of the county town and enable thousands of new homes to be built, provide for new ...

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Changes to home care will reduce the need to long term care

Social Care

Over 2,500,000 hours of home care is provided to 5,500 elderly and disabled people in Staffordshire each year. Now, Staffordshire County Council wants to change the way this care is sourced so it focusses more on a person’s own personal goals, and reduces the need for longer term care. The proposals, which will go to the county council’s cabinet on ...

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Recycle for Staffordshire

Waste recycling centre

People can find out more about where their waste goes and how much more is being reused through an information drive by the Staffordshire Waste Partnership during national Recycling Week. Two information leaflets have been produced explain ‘what goes where’ in conjunction with waste resource company Veolia. Recycling Week runs until this Sunday, September 18. Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member ...

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Freight group set up to review HCV impact on county roads

A formal group is to be set up to continually assess the impact of heavy commercial vehicles (HCVs) on Staffordshire roads and agree on realistic mitigation measures. The Staffordshire Freight Forum is being set up in response to a county council select committee report into the issue earlier this year. Representatives from Highways England, the Road Haulage Association and Staffordshire ...

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New town centre crossing installation to begin

Councillor Mark Deaville

Work to install a new town centre zebra crossing in Leek begins this month. The crossing on Stockwell Street, positioned by the White Hart Tear Room, will improve pedestrian access from the Market Square north of the town centre. The pavement on the north side of the road will also be widened. Extensive consultation took place with the community to ...

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Bikeability cycle training puts young people safely in the saddle

kids on bikes

School children from across Staffordshire will continue to benefit from free cycling training over the next three years. Bikeability, the National Standard cycling proficiency scheme, run by Staffordshire County Council provides secondary school aged children with free biking lessons to encourage safer cycling. The training enables children to progress from traffic free riding to quiet residential roads, before building confidence ...

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Second phase of Chadsmoor War Memorial set to be unveiled

john henderson

A permanent memorial to more than 40 men from Chadsmoor who gave their lives during the Second World War is set to be unveiled by the Chadsmoor Community Trust. Saturday 17 September will see the names of servicemen who fell during WWII being remembered on the Chadsmoor War Memorial. This follows on from the dedication of the war memorial stone ...

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Staffordshire volunteer pitches in at Rio Paralympic Games

A Staffordshire County Council worker is jetting off to Rio this week to volunteer at the Paralympic games. Marie Johnson, 56, from Stafford, completed a four year selection process to earn her spot helping spectators in the Olympic Stadium for the para-athletic events. Now she’s taken time out from her job as a payroll co-ordinator at the County Council to ...

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Bestselling author to visit Staffordshire libraries

sarah beeson author

Book worms and library-goers can spend an afternoon with best-selling author Sarah Beeson MBE at a talk hosted by Staffordshire Library Service. ‘Our Country Nurse’ is Sarah’s second memoir from her 35 year career as a nurse, some of which she spent in Staffordshire, and tells the story of a newly qualified health visitor working her patch in 1975. Sarah ...

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