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Isabel Trail reopens

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The Isabel Trail in Stafford is to fully reopen later today (Friday 18th) – after highways crews completed the main site works this afternoon. The trail has remained partially closed as a precautionary measure following the death of Stafford resident Neville Scattergood when a tree fell onto the path. Although some minor footpath works still need to be completed early ...

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Switchstaffs supports Get Online as 80,000 benefit from faster broadband

Staffordshire communities are making the switch to superfast broadband thanks to a county council partnership which has enabled 80,000 properties to connect. Tens of thousands of homes and businesses are already benefiting from faster speeds thanks to work carried out by the county council’s £32 million Superfast Staffordshire partnership with Openreach and UK Government. The team is urging those still ...

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Long-term plan for new homes and economic growth finalised

A long-term plan to coordinate future development and economic growth opportunities across Staffordshire has been approved by the county council’s cabinet. The county’s Strategic Infrastructure Plan (SIP) will support the construction of new homes and ensure these communities are provided with job opportunities, high quality transport, leisure facilities and excellent digital connections. It will tie in with the county’s green ...

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Main road in Cannock set to reopen next month

MacArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cannock

Work to create access to a multi-million-pound designer outlet and improve surrounding roads will move to its next phase next month. The works being carried out by the county council will pave the way for the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands in Cannock, which is set to be completed in 2020. The scheme will provide access to the £160 million ...

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Continued focus on better paid jobs as county maintains near full employment rate


A drive to create better skilled and better paid jobs remains the focus in Staffordshire as the county continues to maintain near full employment. Figures issued today show that in Staffordshire just two per cent of the local population claims out-of-work benefits. This is lower than both regional (3.7 per cent) and national (2.8 per cent) figures. The county council ...

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Highways improvements to support new homes to start in October

Helen Fisher

Highways crews are to work six days a week to deliver a major new housing scheme in Blythe Bridge as quickly as possible. St Modwen has been granted planning permission to build almost 120 news homes locally and needs to construct a site entrance, change the existing road lay out and install utilities as part of the scheme. A new ...

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Staffordshire’s economic growth programme gathers strength

IC5 Keel

More jobs are being created at business development sites with county council involvement and its skills programme is exceeding its target, a new report states. An economic growth programme update details progress and achievements since it started in 2014 and in particular recent successes. One site developed with county council investment – Innovation Centre 5 (IC5) at Keele Science and ...

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Growth plan to improve economy and wellbeing in South Staffordshire

Gestamp South Staffordshire

An agreement which builds on an established partnership to grow the economy in South Staffordshire and further strengthen communities has been formed by the county and district councils.  The South Staffordshire Growth Agreement follows on from two successful district deals between the councils over the last six years which set out a range of regeneration projects and initiatives to increase ...

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Stafford firm Saint-Gobain Abrasives celebrate opening of brand-new headquarters and distribution centre

Unicorn House at Redhill

Stafford-based firm Saint-Gobain Abrasives UK has celebrated the relocation of its head office and distribution centre to a county council-developed business park. Previously based at the old Universal Grinding Wheel Co Ltd site in Doxey, the new Saint-Gobain Abrasives building, named Unicorn House, is now located on the Redhill Business Park, just off J14 of the M6. An opening event ...

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New town centre bollards set to be activated

A new set of rising bollards have been installed to help protect the pedestrian area in Tamworth town centre. The previous set had been out of operation for several years and needed replacing as they were beyond repair. Staffordshire County Council has worked with Tamworth Borough Council to install the new bollards with a £70,000 highways investment. They will be ...

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