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Historic Listed Staffordshire bridge opens after year-long restoration

Ferry bridge

An historic Grade 2 Listed footbridge in Burton has opened to walkers and cyclists again after a year-long £1.5million restoration. Ferry Bridge, which crosses the River Trent from the town to Stapenhill, opened in 1889, replacing the ferry service. Staffordshire County Council maintains the bridge and strengthened its piers three years ago. A detailed restoration plan was drawn up by ...

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Staffordshire County Council starts flu vaccination drive in schools

Flu child

As part of a national programme children in Staffordshire will have their annual flu vaccinations in preparation for winter, as the county council reminds parents of the importance of protecting their kids from flu. Pupils in years one, two and new for this year, three in primary schools across the county will be given their annual flu vaccination. This is ...

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£1 billion tourism boom continues to draw visitors to Staffordshire


Latest figures on Staffordshire’s tourism economy published today prove that the county remains a popular destination amongst visitors. 2015 saw the county’s busiest year with over 24 million people, from home and abroad, enjoyed day or overnight trips to Staffordshire. This helped generate over £1.2 billion in direct spend on accommodation, entertainment, travel, shopping and food & drink. In addition to ...

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Record low claimant count in Staffordshire after two decades of JSA

Redhill Business Park

Staffordshire is continuing to see near full employment – two decades to the month after Job Seekers Allowance was introduced and when the number of claimants in the county was three times as many. Figures released today for September show the Staffordshire claimant count at 1 per cent of the local population. Job Seekers Allowance was introduced in October 1996 ...

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Statement from Leader of Staffordshire County Council on Children in Calais Camps

Philip Atkins

Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: The Government has announced it is speeding up actions to accept children from the migrant camps in Calais and councils have been put on stand-by to expect their arrival at short notice. Initially these will be children who have relatives living here in the UK Our children’s services will be working with ...

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People urged to stay safe and only buy fireworks from registered shops


Staffordshire people are being reminded that they should only buy fireworks from registered shops in the run-up to bonfire night events. The county council’s trading standards team has been working with traders to ensure they are storing fireworks safely and are displaying registration stickers. Shops registered to sell fireworks in the county will have been visited by the team in ...

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Adoption campaign asks ‘Could you make a Difference?’

team by bus #supportadoption

Families interested in adopting and making a difference to a child’s life are being encouraged to come forward in a new campaign by Staffordshire County Council’s Adoption Service. The latest campaign is part of National Adoption Week which runs from 17 to 23 October and is asking people to #supportadoption. The campaign wants people who might be interested in adopting ...

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European boost for Staffordshire tourism industry

Staffordshire has landed £500,000 of European Union development money to boost its tourism industry. The money will be used by Staffordshire County Council to promote an increase in the number of tourism businesses in the area and particularly the number of beds for visitors. Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Economic Growth, said: It remains to be seen ...

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Charges to cover cost of recycling non-household waste


Small charges to cover the cost of recycling non-household waste are being introduced on November 1st at Staffordshire’s household waste recycling centres. A big bag of soil and or rubble will cost £3; plasterboard will cost £4 per sheet, or big bag; and tyres will cost £4 each. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Environment and the Communities, ...

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