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Monthly Archives: December 2017

Backing for right to high speed broadband connection for all with Staffordshire already in strong position

Mark Winnington

A Government announcement that broadband providers will have a legal duty to connect every UK property to high speeds by 2020 could help the drive to find solutions for properties without current access, Staffordshire’s economy leader has said. Today the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced that a universal service obligation (USO) is necessary to offer certainty that ...

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County council moves forward with major road scheme to unlock future growth

Breaking News

A major road project which will see the final section of Lichfield’s southern bypass completed is progressing with the county council beginning the process of buying land along the route. The £17.5million scheme will connect the A5127 Birmingham Road with the A5206 London Road. It will involve building an underpass beneath the Cross City railway line. The 670 metre stretch ...

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Plan your journey in advance and enjoy the festive getaway

rainy motorway

People are being advised to plan their journey if heading away for Christmas or New Year with busy roads expected and some rail engineering work scheduled. Friday is expected to be the busiest day for travel with many people making the final commute before Christmas at the same time as people travel away for the holiday period. Both Saturday and ...

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Know your consumer rights ahead of the New Year sales shop

Gill Heath

People looking for bargains in the New Year sales are being urged to get to know their rights and avoid scams. Consumer laws were updated in 2015 and aim to give people greater clarity when they shop in store or online. The Consumer Rights Act clarifies consumer law and includes legislation to allow people to obtain a full refund on ...

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People reminded to nominate a designated driver for their Christmas nights out

Revellers planning their festive celebrations are being reminded to nominate a designated driver to make sure they get home safely. Over the Christmas and New Year celebrations, thousands of people will be out at work night outs and parties and the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership is reminding people to make sure they have a designated driver. Speaking on behalf of ...

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Thousands of illicit cigarettes and haul of tobacco seized in Staffordshire raids

Sniffer dog Yo-Yo

Thousands of illicit cigarettes and a quantity of hand rolling tobacco have been seized from Staffordshire shops during a December operation. Staffordshire County Council trading standards officers, aided by sniffer dogs, raided shops in Tamworth, Rugeley and Burton in recent weeks. The premises were targeted as part of an intelligence-led operation to tackle illicit tobacco sales. In total, they found ...

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Truth behind life on the home front in Staffordshire revealed

While the Tommies battled in the trenches on the Western Front, people were fighting their own battles on the home front to feed their families and help keep the war effort going. The war affected everyone. Edith Birchall, a young teacher wrote in her diary of the novel experience of a Zeppelin raid on Staffordshire while Ellen South energetically collected ...

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Council opening times over Christmas and New Year

Staffordshire County Council will be making its services available over the Christmas and New Year holidays to ensure people get the information and the support they need. The Council will be open for business as usual during most of the festive holidays, apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Most Council services will be open on 27, ...

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Earliest Iron Age gold ever discovered in Britain saved

Campaigners are celebrating after securing enough money to save ancient jewellery believed to be the earliest example of Iron Age gold ever discovered in Britain. Four exquisite artefacts that make up the Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs can now go on permanent display at Stoke-on-Trent’s Potteries Museum & Art Gallery after a successful campaign to raise the £325,000 needed to buy ...

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Stay safe during festive season and avoid counterfeit alcohol

People are being urged to stay safe during the festive season and avoid dangerous counterfeit alcohol. Staffordshire County Council has been carrying out an ongoing operation to stamp out counterfeit alcohol sales using Government funding awarded through the Proceeds of Crime Act in recognition of its work. There have been a number of prosecutions and licence reviews. The largest fine ...

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