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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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Staffordshire Poets Laureate appointed

Two budding writers have been appointed as Poet Laureate and Young Poet Laureate for the county. 39-year-old Mel Wardle Woodend from Stafford is the new Staffordshire Poet Laureate while Ollie Hulme aged 17 from Weston Coyney takes up the role of Young Poet Laureate. The duo were appointed at a special event in Stafford library as part of National Poetry ...

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Cowboy builders jailed for bullying and ripping off vulnerable customers

Four rogue builders from Newcastle-under-Lyme who took advantage of their customers have been jailed. The court was told how the group overcharged for home improvements, left shoddy work behind and in most cases didn’t finish the job. They would also demand money upfront and then ask for extra payments, but when customers objected they were bullied and threatened and given ...

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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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Round two National Lottery funding bid for history centre to be submitted

Staffordshire could be home to a brand new £3.9m modern history centre, if a new round two bid for funding submitted to The National Lottery Heritage Fund is successful. The project has been given initial support and has been awarded £36,000 development funding to develop the project plans and apply for a full National Lottery grant of £3,964,000 at a ...

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