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Thousands expected in Staffordshire for Midlands Grand National

As Staffordshire prepares to host The Marston’s 61 Deep Midlands Grand National over the weekend, people are being reminded to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys. This Saturday (16 March) will see thousands of visitors descend on the county for the 50th Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter Racecourse. With the roads and traffic expected to be busier ...

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Management plan proposed for Countryside Estates

Plans to share management of Staffordshire’s country parks, picnic areas and greenways are set to move to the next stage. Under the proposals Staffordshire County Council will look to transfer management, but not ownership, of the sites to other organisations. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, said: Our priority is to ensure that our country parks and ...

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Stafford Castle becomes part of IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire run course


IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire is back for 2019, with a whole new run course to challenge competitors. Now in its fifth year, the new IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire run course will consist of two loops of Stafford, and sees runners take in the picturesque Stafford Castle on their route. The full event consists of a 1.2-mile swim at Chasewater Country Park, followed ...

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Proposals on show for managing Cannock Chase

People can see for themselves how proposals to look after Cannock Chase for the next decade would work. An open day is being held at the Cannock Chase Visitor Centre, Marquis Drive, between 10am and 3pm on Sunday, March 17th. The proposals, supported by Natural England, include a mixture of methods including cutting and controlled burning of heather, the cutting ...

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City centre island junction set to undergo improvements


Work to improve the road surface on a main road island junction in Lichfield city centre will take place this Sunday, March 17. One side of the Friary island will be resurfaced, with works being completed on the day. The eastern side of the island is being resurfaced and all traffic travelling in a south-easterly direction will be diverted. Vehicles ...

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Staffordshire’s children’s social services rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted

Mark Sutton

Vulnerable children in Staffordshire continue to be well looked after by the county council’s social services. An Ofsted inspection of children’s social care services published today confirms that the authority has retained its overall rating of ‘Good’ – one of only three in the West Midlands to achieve this rating. Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Children and ...

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Hospital problem parking tackled

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New parking restrictions are being introduced next week to ease parking problems near a hospital. ‘No waiting at any time’ restrictions will be imposed on both sides of the A34 in Newcastle adjacent to the entrance to the University Hospital of North Midlands following complaints that all day parking was impeding traffic. Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for ...

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Trees at accident spot to be cut down

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Road-side trees involved in fatal accidents will be cut down as soon as possible. The decision was taken after discussion between Staffordshire County Council’s head of Highways Helen Fisher, local county councillor Mark Winnington and representatives of Bradley, Derrington, Gnosall and Haughton parish councils. The trees, near the Villa Cattery on the A518 between Stafford and Newport, have been the ...

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Nine out of 10 parents allocated their first choice secondary school

School exam - older children

More than nine out of 10 parents will learn today that they have been allocated their first choice secondary school in Staffordshire. Of the 7917 applications made for transfer at age 11, nearly 92 per cent of parents have been allocated their first preference school, with 95 per cent allocated one of their top three preferred schools. This is despite ...

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