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Take care with Christmas travel and potential severe weather

rainy motorway

People are being urged to travel with care on their festive getaways tomorrow with the effects of Storm Barbara potentially causing some disruption. Friday is predicted to be the busiest day for travel with strong winds and rain forecast. Weather warnings have been issued for between midday and 6pm on Friday. Staffordshire County Council’s highways team is monitoring conditions and ...

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Bridge installation progresses at Staffordshire regeneration site

Nurton Bridge

Construction of a new road bridge giving access to a multi-million pound business and housing development near Burton has progressed with the installation of its beams. The new bridge forms part of the access to the Branston Locks development near Burton. Staffordshire County Council is carrying out the project, which includes realigning Branston Road. It will lead to 400 acres ...

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Challenging Budget Still Aims to Deliver Record Spending on Care

Ian Parry

Plans by Staffordshire County Council to spend a record amount on the care of residents look set to go ahead – as the budget for spending next year is finalised. The council says despite facing an initial £14.7m funding  gap in its overall budget for next year, it still plans to earmark around £300m to help meet the increasing need ...

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Deadline for primary applications looms

Time is running out for parents to get their primary school applications in before the 15 January 2017 deadline. Last year, the county council offered nine out of 10 parents their first choice primary school, despite rises in pupil numbers putting pressure on school places. A total of 98 per cent were allocated one of their top three preferred schools. ...

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Lights to deter deer damaged in Burntwood

Deer sign

Lights designed to prevent deer from crossing the road and help keep drivers safe have been damaged in Burntwood. A series of 32 wildlife crossing guards had been installed along a 1km stretch of the Burntwood bypass, to deter deer from crossing the road next to a new housing development. The solar-powered crossing guards have a daylight sensor which activates ...

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Review of 2016: A Golden Year for Staffordshire

Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: It’s been a fabulous 12 months, with so many achievements in so many different areas for the county and its residents. “We all followed events in Rio with pride as Adam Peaty smashed the world record, Joe Clarke made the nation smile with his modesty and Lee Pearson carried the nation’s flag ...

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County’s recycling centres ready for festive rush

Waste recycling centre

Staffordshire’s household waste recycling centres are ready to take the extra strain from Christmas over the holiday period. Normal service will continue for all of the county’s 14 waste centres apart from on December 25th, December 26th and January 1st. All sites will be open until 5pm on Friday, December 23rd and until 3pm on Christmas Eve. They will open ...

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Plan your journey in advance and enjoy the Christmas getaway

rainy motorway

People should plan their journey if heading away for Christmas and use live traffic information for stress-free travel, the county’s transport leader has said. Mark Deaville said the county council had made every effort to ensure major works have been lifted in the run-up to Christmas, easing congestion during the busiest travel period of the year and enabling businesses to ...

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More five-year-olds than ever before ‘ready for school’

Early years

More children than ever before in Staffordshire are starting their school careers equipped to succeed, according to the latest figures. Statistics from the Department for Education show that the ratio of children classed as ready for school in the county has risen by 20 percentage points in three years from 53.6 per cent to 73.8 per cent. And for the ...

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Staffordshire’s top festive cycling and walking spots revealed

cyclist in morning

People interested in working off the extra helpings during festive parties and Christmas dinners are invited to stay active over the holidays and explore Staffordshire on foot and by bike. With acres of country parks, extensive canal towpaths and miles upon miles of cycle paths, Staffordshire continues to be a great county for walking and cycling, and promises to be ...

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