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Staffordshire wins £1.9 million bid for transport innovation

Keele University campus

Small businesses in Staffordshire will support the creation of innovative transport improvements at a university ‘living lab’ following a successful government funding bid by a county council-led partnership. The £1.9 million ‘live lab’ project at Keele University will develop, test and demonstrate how a smart highways network can be designed, maintained and extended to local roads. The project, which includes ...

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Job boosting scheme set to become latest Staffordshire success story

Midlands Engine

A major business development is set to generate over 1,800 jobs in north Staffordshire after plans were given the go-ahead. The Chatterley Valley scheme next to the A500 in Newcastle was approved by the borough council on January 29. Harworth Group submitted the application for the site off Peacock Hay Road. The development will see units of varying sizes up to ...

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Chance for people to shape disability services in Staffordshire

Adults with a learning disability or autism and their families will get the chance to help reshape day opportunities. Staffordshire County Council is asking people, including families, carers and providers for their views on what currently works and how services could run in the future. Staffordshire’s Adult Learning Disability 2022 Community Offer programme has previously been speaking to people who ...

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Extra Highways Funding to Support Local Communities


All county councillors are to be allocated £20,000 each to prioritise highways work in their own local communities. The one-off funding, which is on top of annual funding for highways, was confirmed today at a meeting of the county council’s Cabinet. Following the awarding of the Local Government Finance Settlement, the Cabinet presented an update on its budget and Medium ...

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New Safety Measures Introduced on Historic Staffordshire Bridge

New traffic measures have been put in place on the historic Chetwynd Bridge at Alrewas, to allow motorists to continue to use it safely. The Grade II listed structure, which dates back to 1824, spans the River Tame and was designed by Joseph Potter, the County Surveyor. In the long term, Staffordshire County Council hopes to secure funding to construct a ...

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Families urged to Staycation in Staffordshire for half term

Families visiting attractions in Staffordshire

Families in Staffordshire are being encouraged to get out and explore their local attractions during the February half term holiday. Whether it’s thrilling theme parks, pirate treasure hunts, visits to fun farms or captivating countryside walks there will be something for all the family this holiday. At Drayton Manor Park in Tamworth, Thomas Land reopens for half term week. There’s ...

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Staffordshire to celebrate Dignity Action Day

Dignity in Care awards

People are invited to join Staffordshire’s 200 Dignity in Care Champions as they prepare to celebrate Dignity Action Day. The day aims to promote dignity in care and to ensure people who use care services are treated as individuals and are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives. The national celebrations start on Friday 1 ...

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Measures aimed at reducing impact of HGV traffic come into force

Helen Fisher

Experimental traffic orders which could reduce HGV traffic movement along sections of a main rural road in Staffordshire are set to come into force next month. Communities living along the A515 have expressed concerns about increased use of the road by HGVs, rather than using the A38 and A50 trunk roads. Local parish councils and residents took these concerns to ...

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Latest figures show Staffordshire tourism worth £1.8 billion a year

Sunset over The Roaches

Staffordshire tourism is continuing to boom. According to the latest figures, there were more than 26.2 million visits to the county in 2017, made up of 24.6 million day trips and 1.6 million overnight stays – an increase of 1.9% on 2016. A study commissioned by Destination Staffordshire has revealed the total annual value of the tourism sector has surpassed ...

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More funding available to support armed forces communities

Organisations from across Staffordshire are being invited to apply for funding to help support their local Armed Forces Communities. The Armed Forces Covenant Local Grants programme is now open for local projects that help bring together Armed Forces and civilian communities or deliver local services to the Armed Forces Community. The scheme is open until 2 December 2019 and is ...

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