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Thousands more Staffordshire households and businesses to get fibre broadband boost thanks to £5 million pound expansion

The Superfast Staffordshire broadband partnership has announced a major £5.1 million expansion that will enable around 6,200 households and businesses in some of the county’s smallest communities to access the information superhighway for the first time. Around 40 additional communities have been earmarked for upgrades as part of the multi-million pound roll-out, lead partners Staffordshire County Council and BT announced ...

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Hub on schedule to save money and boost town centre

Castle House under construction

A new civic building earmarked to save taxpayers £40m is on target to open next year as planned. The Civic Hub, overlooking the Queens Gardens in Newcastle, will bring together services from the borough council, county council and police under one roof in the heart of the town centre. And it was revealed today that the four storey building will ...

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Drivers urged to slow down as stats show rain is more dangerous than snow

rainy motorway

Drivers are being reminded to slow down when it rains in a new campaign being supported by the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership. Highways England launched the road safety campaign after the latest statistics showed that people are 30 times more likely to be killed or seriously injured on the roads in rain than in snow. The figures also reveal that ...

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Designated drivers rewarded in ‘I’ll be DES’ campaign

Councillor Mark Deaville

Revellers planning their Christmas nights-out are being reminded to nominate a designated driver to make sure they get home safely. Designated drivers from across Staffordshire will be rewarded in more than 100 pubs over the Christmas period as part of this year’s ‘I’ll be DES’ campaign. For staying off the drink, DES’s will be rewarded with free or reduced rate ...

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Tendering process begins for council’s countryside estate


Groups and organisations interested in managing the county’s countryside estate are being invited to make their applications. Over 60 groups attended two open days in September to find out more about taking over management of the sites. Now applications for the tendering process, the formal start to finding the sites’ new caretakers, are being taken. Groups have until 17th March ...

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Commitment to creation of quality jobs at Staffordshire innovation centre

IC5 Keel

A commitment to support the construction of a new innovation centre at one of Staffordshire’s leading employment sites is set to be made by the county council next month. If agreed by the cabinet in January, the county council would invest £2.02million in Innovation Centre 6 (IC6) at Keele University Science and Innovation Park. It follows the completion in August ...

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Christmas campaign dispels the myths on who can foster

12 myths logo

You need to ‘be a certain age’, ‘be married’, ‘have qualifications’  or ‘own your own home’. These are just some of the myths holding people back from considering fostering according to Staffordshire County Council. Now, as part of its Christmas campaign to highlight the urgent need for foster families, the Council has set out to dispel commonly held misconceptions about ...

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New recycling centre ready to open

A new £1.5 million permanent household waste recycling centre will open next week. The development has been built on brownfield land off Dove Way, Uttoxeter, to replace the town’s previous permanent site at Pennycroft Lane after landowners East Staffordshire District Council earmarked it for housing. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for Communities and the Environment, said: “The new ...

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Christmas Card Competition winner is a real cracker


Each year Staffordshire County Council invites all schoolchildren to participate in a competition to design the official council Christmas card. From the hundreds of wonderful entries, a winner has been selected – and it’s a real cracker.  The winning design is from Harriet Cameron, aged nine, who will be presented with a framed printed version of her design along with ...

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