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New library, heritage and arts centre prepares for opening

A new £1.4m library and arts and heritage space in the centre of Lichfield will open in December. The investment in the former St Mary’s Church has opened up the ground floor to accommodate the library and tourist information centre, while the first floor will include a versatile gallery, heritage and performance space, as well as an access point for ...

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Staffordshire Leader’s Reaction To Chancellor’s Budget

Staffordshire Leader’s Reaction To Chancellor’s Budget Pledges for additional short-term funding to ease the funding pressure on adult social care, extra money to tackle potholes and £1.6bn to deliver the industrial strategy were today welcomed by Staffordshire County Council’s Leader. Chancellor Philip Hammond outlined the measures together with more details of the £20bn for the NHS – and the extra ...

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Roadworks lifted for a weekend

A local road closure is being lifted for a weekend while other work takes place nearby. New Road, Uttoxeter, is currently closed to traffic in both directions from the Shell garage entrance for approximately 400 yards west towards Tunnicliffe Way. But it will be completely reopened to all vehicles from 6pm on Friday, November 16th until 9.30am on Monday, November ...

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Crackdown on drivers ignoring road signs

Motorists taking illegal short-cuts along a town centre street face automatic fines if they break the law. A permanent enforcement camera will soon begin monitoring South Walls, Stafford, to deter drivers from cutting through. The only vehicles allowed to enter South Walls from the roundabout at the junction of Greengate Street and Mill Bank are buses, ‘Hackney cab’ taxis and ...

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Staffordshire’s spookiest cycling routes revealed

Staffordshire’s spookiest cycling routes revealed Staffordshire’s cyclists can mix spooks with spokes this Halloween by exploring some of the county’s eeriest cycle routes. Criss-crossing Staffordshire are miles of cycle lanes and national cycleways all of which are used every day by the county’s cycling community. But some routes are shrouded in legend and ghostly encounters and can add a new ...

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Army of Gritters Ready to Roll as Winter Officially Gets Under Way

Helen Fisher

Staffordshire’s army of gritters are primed and ready for action – as winter in Staffordshire officially gets underway. As we head into November the county council’s fleet is now ready to roll when needed to help keep the county safely on the move. The county council’s fleet of 40 plus gritters and snow ploughs will be ready to roll if ...

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Company and directors handed £50,000 fines for carrying out aggressive sales

Trading Standards

Three company directors whose company used aggressive trading practices and overcharged vulnerable residents for work carried out have been handed fines totalling £50,000. Jason Walchester, of Franklin Drive, Stoke-on-Trent, Paul Birks of Crackley Bank, Newcastle and Christopher Davies of The Crossway, Newcastle, traded as Ecoseal Home Improvements Ltd. They pleaded guilty to 15 consumer protection offences at an earlier court ...

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Fostering film shortlisted for prestigious award

A short film to highlight the urgent need for foster carers in Staffordshire has been nominated for a prestigious television award. Staffordshire County Council’s Fostering Service worked with 15 other local authorities and film production company ReelTwentyFive, to produce the film showing the story of a teenage boy and how the crucial addition of a foster carer shaped his life ...

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People and businesses reminded of firework sales safety


Staffordshire traders selling fireworks have been reminded of legal responsibilities in terms of the safe storage and sales by the county council’s trading standards team in the run-up to bonfire night celebrations. Trading standards officers have been visiting premises across the county selling fireworks to ensure they are being stored safely and only being sold to adults. All firework traders ...

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Railway footbridges set to be replaced as line improvements are carried out

Two rail footbridges in the south of the county are being removed and replaced as work is carried out to electrify the line. The electrification of the Chase Line between Rugeley and Walsall involves the installation of new overhead wires. It will mean faster and quieter trains will be able to use the line, improving services for Rugeley, Cannock and ...

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