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Staffordshire communities are the heart of our county and we want to make sure they are safe prosperous places to live and work.

We work with our partners across the county, including the police, fire authority, district and borough councils to get to the heart of what matters to local people

Staffordshire superfast fibre broadband programme to reach most remote communities is UK first

An innovative programme to make superfast fibre broadband available in some of Staffordshire’s most remote communities is the first of its kind in the UK. Superfast Staffordshire – the partnership led by Staffordshire County Council and BT – launched its Community Fibre Partnership Support Fund at Norton Bridge Golf Club, near Stone, one of the rural businesses looking forward to ...

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Plans to manage Staffordshire’s mineral resources and protect communities approved

Quarry

Plans to protect local communities and the environment during future quarrying in Staffordshire have been approved. The Minerals Local Plan shows how local communities and the environment will be protected and where sand, gravel and other minerals will come from over the next 15 years. The Plan was approved at a meeting of full council on Thursday 16 February and ...

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Staffordshire registrars prepare for busy week of Valentine’s weddings

Wedding

Take a virtual tour of the magnificent County Buildings in Stafford With love in the air and the county’s registrars set for a romantic week of Valentine’s weddings, couples are being reminded that Staffordshire is a great place to get married. Valentine’s Day weddings remain a popular choice amongst Staffordshire’s ‘couples to be’ with 53 ceremonies taking place across the county ...

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Improvement scheme starts for walkers and cyclists near Stafford school

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A scheme to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists along the A449 in Rising Brook, Stafford, gets under way this month. It will include new foot and cycle paths, improved crossing facilities, road junction widening and the introduction of a 20mph limit around the shops at Rising Brook. The scheme will be completed in March this year. The new shared ...

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Trader given suspended prison sentence for selling dangerous vehicle

Seized car

A car trader from Burton who sold a dangerously defective vehicle has been handed a five-month suspended prison sentence and been ordered to pay £2,000 compensation. Umar Khan, aged 40, of Uxbridge Street, Burton, was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court today after pleading guilty to two trading regulation offences and one product safety regulation offence at an earlier hearing. In ...

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Firework traders handed community orders for selling without licence

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Traders in Lichfield and Tamworth who sold fireworks they were not licenced to stock have been handed community orders after being prosecuted by the county council. The offences took place in autumn 2015 when both stores were visited by county council trading standards officers. Staffordshire County Council’s communities leader Gill Heath said it was a priority to keep people safe ...

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Calls for new laws to protect young people online welcomed in Staffordshire

Mark Sutton

Calls for New laws and a digital ombudsman to help protect children’s privacy online are being backed by Staffordshire’s Cabinet Lead for Children. Mark Sutton, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People has welcomed todays proposals put forward by Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield. The proposals, outline in the Growing Up Digital report, call for new laws to ...

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Staffordshire residents in New Year’s Honours List

People from Staffordshire take their place alongside household names from sports, entertainment and the arts in the New Year’s Honours List. Olympians and Paralympians have been recognised for their golden achievements in Rio, while other county residents have been honoured with OBEs and BEMs for their services to charity, higher education and the community. Leading the way with a knighthood ...

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Businesses reminded of tobacco plain packaging laws in 2017

Staffordshire traders are being reminded that all tobacco products must be sold in plain packaging from May 20 2017. Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team has issued the reminder as Public Health England launches a campaign to highlight the damaging effect smoking has on the heart. Plain packaging laws form part of a raft of legislation introduced recently to reduce ...

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Food outlets urged to be vigilant on allergen free orders

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Staffordshire food businesses are being urged to be extra vigilant with allergen free food orders following a rise in complaints from customers about service mistakes. The county council’s trading standards team has seen an increasing number of complaints about mistakes with orders which have led to reactions – some of which ending in hospitalisation. With over 4,000 food premises across ...

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