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Staffordshire residents in Queen’s New Year’s Honours List

People from Staffordshire take their place alongside household names from sports, entertainment and the arts in the New Year’s Honours List. Residents have been honoured with OBEs, an MBE and BEMs for their services to education, health, the community and to football. Recipients include Gordon Evans BEM, chairman of Stafford Town FC, which has provided sporting opportunities for hundreds of ...

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Gritters prepare for threat of snow on higher ground

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Gritters will be out again tonight, as forecasters predict some snow at higher levels and ground temperatures around freezing. Staffordshire’s fleet of more than 43 gritters was in action last night and this morning as the cold snap returned to parts of the county. Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: We’re expecting some snow ...

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Future plans based on past successes

Staffordshire’s leader says we should use the economic lessons of recent years to plan for our future prosperity. Writing in his New Year message to other local authorities and public services in Staffordshire, County Council Leader Philip Atkins says that in 2018 the authority will continue with its established, successful policy focusing on encouraging economic growth to help people help ...

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Gritters out overnight across Staffordshire


Gritters have been out on Staffordshire’s roads overnight to meet predicted bad weather. With snow forecast for the early hours of this morning in parts of the county, and low temperatures elsewhere, Staffordshire County Council’s fleet of more than 40 gritters was on the roads during the day yesterday before going out again overnight. Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet ...

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Deadline imminent for 30 hours’ childcare applications

The deadline for parents to claim 30 hours a week of funded childcare is just hours away. Places are available from January 1 for children who celebrate their third birthday between September 1 and December 31 2017. But to claim the funding parents must register at www.childcarechoices.gov.uk before January 1. Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and ...

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Newcastle street set for New Year improvements

A Newcastle street will undergo a £150,000 set of improvements in the New Year. Staffordshire County Council’s highways team will start four-week scheme in Wedgwood Street, Wolstanton, next Tuesday January 2. The first phase of the works will see kerbs replaced and pavements resurfaced before the road resurfacing is carried out between January 25 and January 31. While works on ...

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Deadline for primary applications looms

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Time is running out for parents to get their primary school applications in before the 15 January 2018 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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Nominations roll in for People’s Business Award in Burton

People's Business Award

Over 100 nominations have been received for the inaugural People’s Business Award in Burton since its launch last week. Burton residents are being urged to nominate their favourite local business for a new award which recognises great customer service in their community. The People’s Business Award is part of the county council’s Get Vocal About Local campaign. The award is ...

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Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 set to benefit Midlands and Staffordshire

The whole of the Midlands including Staffordshire will benefit from the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the county council leader said today. Staffordshire could host one of the events, with Cannock Chase being lined up to potentially stage the mountain biking competition if it is selected as one of the optional sports. Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins said: It is great ...

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Volunteers helping to make Cannock Chase parkrun a real success

Catherynne Henderson and Angela Pritchard are part of the army of volunteers helping to make Cannock Chase parkrun a huge success. The duo are part of a 350 strong team of volunteers who take turns, giving up their time each week, wind, rain or shine to ensure that the event runs smoothly. The event which started in November 2016 now ...

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