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New report sets out high speed rail plans for regions


A new report published by HS2 Limited today sets out its vision for local economies to benefit from the high speed rail project – including a hub in Stafford. In his report “Changing Britain: HS2 taking root”, Sir David Higgins, Chairman of HS2 Limited, said  the “commitment to the link between the HS2 line and the West Coast Main Line ...

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Cyclists and runners urged to be seen at night as clocks set to go back

three people one bike

As the UK’s households prepare to put their clocks back this weekend, cyclists and runners are being reminded to make sure they can be seen when they’re out during the darker evenings. This Sunday the clocks will go back one hour which means sunset on Sunday will be at 4:38pm. With the evenings drawing in and cyclists, runners and walkers ...

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Staffordshire’s business success highlighted in Parliament

Mark Winnington

Staffordshire’s success in attracting and retaining global businesses has been highlighted in Parliament today. MPs welcome the news that General Electric (GE) has started construction on the second of its two new world class research and manufacturing facilities at Staffordshire County Council’s Redhill Business Park in Stafford. The success was highlighted by Stafford MP Jeremy Lefroy as part of Prime ...

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Leaders Focus on Staffordshire Post Brexit

Philip Atkins

How to shape a strong Staffordshire after the UK leaves the EU was the focus of leaders from the public and private sector at a Brexit summit in the county today. Members of the Staffordshire Strategic Partnership – which includes county and city councils, business leaders, police, fire, health, education and housing partners, came together to agree the priorities for ...

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Crematorium owner fined again

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A crematorium owner who claimed he’d cremated a horse but actually failed to do so has been fined and given a suspended prison sentence. Allan McMaster, 52, owner of Swan Pit Crematorium in Gnosall, Staffordshire, pleaded guilty at North Staffs Magistrates Court yesterday (October 24) to making a false representation, as well as three animal by-product offences involving three other ...

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Staffordshire’s spookiest cycling routes revealed

spooky cyclist

Staffordshire’s cyclists can put some spooks in their spokes this Halloween by exploring some of the county’s eeriest cycle routes. Criss-crossing Staffordshire are miles of cycle lanes and national cycleways all of which are used every day by the county’s cycling community. But some routes are shrouded in legend and ghostly encounters and can add a new thrill to an ...

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Call for budding Staffordshire poets to celebrate where they live

Bert Flitcroft in library

Undiscovered writers are being encouraged to bring out their inner bard and write a poem about where they live. The call comes as part of a new series of workshops organised by Staffordshire County Council’s Library Service being presented by Staffordshire’s Poet Laureate, Bert Flitcroft. Called ‘So this is where we live,’ the workshops will show people how much fun ...

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Less than a week to apply for a secondary school place


Parents and carers applying for secondary school places in Staffordshire have less than a week to do so. Applications close on October 31, after which Staffordshire County Council’s admissions team will begin the mammoth task of allocating school places. Last year, nine out of 10 parents were allocated their first choice secondary school, with 98 per cent allocated one of ...

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Stay safe at Halloween

Halloween kids

Young people, parents and guardians can have a safe and enjoyable Halloween by following a few simple tips, the county’s communities leader has said. They include ensuring costumes are safe and flame resistant, making sure adults accompany younger children when out and about and being careful if using candles. Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for communities and the environment Gill ...

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New bus service to help connect villages between Burntwood, Lichfield and Rugeley

pensioners on bus

People living in rural areas between Burntwood, Lichfield and Rugeley will soon benefit from an on-demand bus service that will pick them up right from their doorstep. The new ‘Rugeley and Lichfield Village Connect’ service will provide door to door journeys for people who have no local bus service or are unable to access local bus services. The service will ...

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