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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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Owner of TB affected herd ordered to pay over £34,000 for illegal movement of cattle

Trading Standards

A Staffordshire livestock owner who illegally moved herds of cattle while his holding was under bovine tuberculosis restrictions has been ordered to pay over £34,000 in fines costs. Mark Pickford, of Kniveden farm, Mount Road, Leek, also breached important cattle ID rules by providing false information on Cattle Passports, misapplying an ear tag to an and failing to report the ...

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Fabulous firs on sale for Christmas

Perfect Christmas trees for homes of all sizes are available for sale at Cannock Chase this year. Enormous evergreens, captivating conifers and fabulous firs are available at the Country Park’s visitor centre at Marquis Drive every day from now until Christmas Eve. Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Communities, said: Choosing a tree to decorate is a traditional ...

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Proposals developed for managing Cannock Chase

Proposals for a decade-long plan to look after Cannock Chase’s natural habitats have been put forward after more than a year of discussion. People, groups and organisations with an interest in Cannock Chase Country Park were asked for their views, before a working group developed the ideas for managing the land to prevent it becoming overgrown. The proposals now include ...

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‘Welcome’ destruction of lorry used in illegal waste dumping

The destruction of a tipper lorry involved in illegally dumping a huge amount of waste at a local beauty spot is “extremely satisfying”, says a community leader. County Councillor Gill Heath spoke after watching the 20 tonne tipper lorry dismantled and the chassis sawn in two before it was taken to be crushed. The lorry, seized by Police in a ...

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Find out more about flood protection at county campaign event

Floods Happen campaign

People in Tamworth and surrounding areas can find out more about how they can better prepare for flooding and protect their properties at a town centre event next week. Tamworth’s Market Square will hold the Floods Happen awareness event from 10am to 2pm next Thursday May 17, where representatives from the county council, Environment Agency, civil contingencies unit and the ...

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Burton residents can find out more about flood protection at campaign event

Burton

People in Burton can find out more about how they can better prepare for flooding and protect their properties at a town centre event this Friday (April 20). Burton’s Market Square will hold the Floods Happen awareness event from 10am to 2pm, where representatives from the county council, Environment Agency, civil contingencies unit and the National Flood Forum will be ...

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Figures back council’s recycling approach

A new report shows no long-term increase in fly-tipping after the introduction of small charges for recycling non-household waste. Based on statistics compiled by Staffordshire’s eight borough and district councils over a 12 month period after charging began in November 2016, the report says that the number of fly-tipping incidents in different areas either stayed unchanged, or rose briefly before ...

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Talks planned over countryside estate management

Talks on the best way to manage Staffordshire County Council’s countryside estate are planned to continue after a strong response from public and private groups. Initial consultation identified two groups willing to take on management of a nature park and a picnic area in the immediate future, while many others wanted further discussions about different management options. Gill Heath, Staffordshire ...

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People reminded of dangers of Chinese lanterns to farm animals

Chinese Lanterns

With bonfire night this Sunday, people are being reminded of the risks posed to live stock and farm animals when using Chinese lanterns. Many people will be considering buying Chinese lanterns for their bonfire celebrations but Staffordshire County Council’s Animal Health Team is warning people that lanterns can be harmful to livestock.  If the debris lands in rural areas, the ...

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