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Thousands congregate at new library in former church

Visitors to a new library building more than doubled in the first full month after opening its doors. Lichfield library welcomed 27,021 visitors last month to its new location, compared to 12,977 in January 2018. The 108 per cent year-on-year increase follows the move in December from the previous library to the former St Mary’s Church, after Staffordshire County Council ...

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Tribute issued to Gordon Banks OBE

Speaking after the death was announced of Gordon Banks OBE, Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: Gordon Banks OBE was a legend, revered by football fans in Staffordshire, England and around the world, yet everyone who met him would say that he was the most humble person, someone who had time for everyone. Throughout his battles with illness ...

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Statement regarding the tragedy in Sycamore Lane, Stafford

Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council, said: I was shocked to hear the terrible news of the deaths of four children in the heart of our community. We will support the family in any way and our thoughts and prayers are very much with all those who knew and loved these children and who now must cope with this ...

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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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School Crossing Patrols to Continue in Staffordshire

School crossing patrols are to continue to be funded by Staffordshire County Council – as final budget plans are drawn up. The council was considering moving to a community funded service as part of measures needed to close a £35m budget shortfall in 2019/20. After listening to public and staff feedback, Cabinet members have decided this is not the right ...

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Successful library applicants announced

Successful applicants have been named to take on the management and day-to-day running of five more Staffordshire libraries. Contracts have been offered to a parish council, local community group, business enterprise organisation and two Rotary Clubs to take on the daily management and delivery of Staffordshire County Council’s libraries at Cheadle, Cheslyn Hay, Clayton, Eccleshall and Penkridge. Gill Heath, Staffordshire ...

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Closure reminder to motorists

Motorists are reminded that an A-road will be completely closed this weekend. Work on the A522, north of the A50 between the new roundabout and JCB World Parts Centre, is planned from 8pm on Friday, January 25th until 5am on Monday, January 28th. The A522 will be closed to all vehicles in both directions to allow some surface finishing off ...

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Pledge for better working to support special needs children

Mark Sutton

Staffordshire County Council will bring partners and families together to improve services for children with special needs following a review. A joint report by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission into the delivery of Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) in the county that is commissioned and delivered by the county council and schools with support of the Staffordshire NHS ...

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Parking strategy to promote High Streets

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Improved on-street parking is being introduced to help town centres and communities in Staffordshire. The move follows consultation with district and borough councils, after Staffordshire County Council agreed the broad strategy in 2015. Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: We’re introducing a strategy designed to improve the turnover of on-street parking spaces in town ...

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