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Community & Living

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

People to have their say on protecting Cannock Chase’s natural habitat

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People are being invited to have their say on the best ways to look after Cannock Chase’s natural habitat. Cannock Chase Country Park, Bevin’s Birches and the adjoining land are much loved by visitors and tranquil areas to walk dogs, ride bikes or horses and explore the wildlife. They also lie within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a ...

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Trading standards team reminds people of e-cigarette dangers

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Staffordshire people are being reminded of the potential dangers of e-cigarettes by the county council’s trading standards team following a warning by burns surgeons. The warning comes after a rise in the number of people being treated by surgeons for burns caused by exploding e-cigarette batteries. Trading standards officers have said people should only buy e-cigarette products from reputable retailers ...

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Thirty months’ imprisonment for north Staffordshire fraudster

A fraudster has been jailed for 30 months for conning people out of money for window repairs which were not carried out. Anthony Mander, aged 54, of Hartshill Road, Stoke-on-Trent, was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court today for four fraud offences, which took place across north Staffordshire between May 2014 and August 2016. He gained over £4,000 from his victims, ...

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Blythe Bridge library open day to showcase services and reveal new name

Gill Heath

People are being invited to a celebration event to showcase the services and activities available at Blythe Bridge library on Saturday 8 October. The library, which is run by a dedicated team of volunteers from The Care and Fun Club charity, are also celebrating their 10th anniversary. As well as the chance to meet volunteers at the library and find ...

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Staffordshire shop managers reminded of e-cigarette age restriction

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Staffordshire shop managers are being reminded that e-cigarettes should not be sold to under-18s after half of premises visited during a test purchase operation failed. The reminder comes one year after new age restriction laws were introduced and follows a test-purchase operation across all eight district and boroughs in Staffordshire. Fourteen of the 28 premises visited by county council trading ...

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Family scheme’s success pays for other initiatives

Staffordshire County Council Offices

A pioneering scheme helping troubled families improve their lives is changing lives, a report says. And not only does the project’s success save taxpayers’ money, because of the efficient way it is run the income from the Government’s payment by results is being invested in new community schemes. The Building Resilient Families & Communities scheme initially targeted families to get ...

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Broadband speeds set to soar in Staffordshire community thanks to pioneering deal

Households and businesses in a hamlet near Stone have made a giant leap towards joining the information superhighway thanks to a ground-breaking agreement which will deliver some of the fastest broadband speeds in the country. Cotwalton residents joined forces to find a way of getting high-speed broadband after finding out their community was not part of any current fibre broadband ...

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Cannock Library to celebrate Get Online Week

People in Cannock are being encouraged to join the digital world and get online at their local library. Get Online Week runs from 17-23 October with events taking place in communities all across the county, showing people how the internet can make life easier, cheaper, and more fun. Backed by Staffordshire County Council’s Library Service, the 2016 campaign is the ...

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Funding now available to support Staffordshire’s armed forces communities

Alan White

Organisations from across Staffordshire are being invited to apply for funding to help support their local Armed Forces Communities. A new round of the £10 million annual fund available through the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Covenant opens on 23 September 2016. The funding offers financial support to organisations and projects to help integrate Armed Forces and civilian communities across ...

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Fireworks trader fined £300,000 for unsafe storage

Gill Heath

A national discount store has been fined £300,000 for unsafe storage of fireworks at its Tamworth premises. JTF Wholesale was prosecuted by Staffordshire County Council for its failure to store fireworks on sale in safe containers, breaching Explosives Regulations and the Health and Safety at Work Act. Trading standards officers visited the Tamworth store on November 4 2014. The company ...

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