Staffordshire County Council

Election 2017 Results

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PartyConservative

Seats 201334 Seats 201751 Change+17

PartyLabour

Seats 201324 Seats 201710 Change−14

PartyIndependent

Seats 20132 Seats 20171 Change−1

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Latest Updates

  1. Schools could turn away key workers' children

    BBC Radio Stoke

    Schools in Staffordshire may have to turn away children of key workers this lockdown due to a rise in the number of people applying and safety concerns.

    Pupils heading to school

    In an open letter to parents, the county council said it would be a last resort if capacity was reached.

    Under government regulations, children of key workers are entitled to attend school during lockdown while other pupils have lessons online.

    But the council said schools were getting increased requests on the issue and there were issues over how many children could safely go into classrooms.

    The letter said schools would look into when pupils could attend to avoid turning down requests.

  2. Council plans 'difficult' 4.99% tax rise

    BBC Radio Stoke

    A near 5% rise in council tax in Staffordshire is being defended by the county council.

    The impact of the coronavirus pandemic has seen local authorities in England overspend on their budgets to support people affected by the virus coupled with a drop in income.

    Staffordshire County Council's logo

    Staffordshire County Council said it spent two-thirds of its budget, about £346m, on social services.

    Its proposals would see a 4.99% increase and the authority's leader, Alan White, admitted it would not be easy for some residents to hear.

    "Putting up council tax is always a difficult thing to do but what I do hope people recognise is we are a well run council," he said.

  3. Covid-19: People urged to get tests in new hot spots

    People living in parts of Staffordshire are being urged to get tests amid a spike in local cases.

    Person getting test

    Overall, the Staffordshire Moorlands saw the rate of new cases fall to 299.7 per 100,000 for the week to 20 November from 421.6 the week before.

    But the county council says places in the area including Cellarhead, Bagnall, Brown Edge, Cheadle and Upper Tean had been identified as hot spots with a lot of community transmission of the virus.

    People with or without coronavirus symptoms are being encouraged to get tested and a mobile test centre will be at the JCB plant in Cheadle from 25-27 November.

  4. Battle looming over planned changes to Cannock Chase

    BBC Midlands Today

    Parking changes on Cannock Chase look set to be a battleground as Staffordshire County Council considers a £7.8m package of measures designed to protect the heath and woodland.

    The majority of the 26-square-mile site is owned by the local authority and it is evaluating a plan put forward by a group of local organisations.

    Cannock Chase

    They include closing 51 small car parks and introducing parking charges at others.

    Victoria Wilson, the council's cabinet member for communities, has said the parking changes are part of a long-term need to change people's habits to protect Cannock Chase.

    "The reality is that while many small lay-bys will close, there will be more parking places overall, disabled access will be provided for and 50 locations across the Chase will still have free parking," she said.

    But the suggestions, which could be voted on next month, have been criticised by some local residents including Emma Hawley.

    "Pushing people on to these car parks is going to mean that the walking paths are a lot busier, you are going to be passing a lot more people, it is not going to be as quiet," she said.

  5. Road closure plan in bid to cut air pollution

    BBC Radio Stoke

    A road linking Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme could be closed at peak times to reduce pollution levels and avoid a congestion charge zone.

    Traffic heading west on A53

    The government had told Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council they had to cut the level of nitrogen dioxide on the A53 Etruria Road.

    Staffordshire County Council, which is the highways authority for the borough, said the proposals would see the westbound side of the road closed from the A500 junction during the morning and evening rush hours.

    The lcoal authority said motorists would face a charging zone unless the traffic reduction plans were introduced by late 2022.

    The proposals will be examined by all three councils before going forward for a decision.

  6. Cafes and councils offer free school meals to children

    BBC Midlands Today

    Businesses across the West Midlands are offering free meals to families from today to help stop children going hungry over half term.

    Children having meals

    Cafes, hotels, community groups and councils such as Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Telford & Wrekin and Staffordshire have stepped forward to offer food.

    It's after a campaign to extend the free school meals scheme over the holiday by footballer Marcus Rashford was rejected by the government.

    Kate Taylor in cafe

    Kate Taylor (pictured), from the Courtyard Cafe in Tardebigge, Worcestershire, said they would be offering free lunches for children this week.

    "We didn't have a lot when I was growing up, same as Marcus Rashford, so we just decided that, this is a new cafe, recently opened, so we thought we would offer something to the children."

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the community collaboration was "brilliant" - but said providing help through councils was "the best way to do this".

  7. Half-term food vouchers promised for families

    BBC Midlands Today

    Thousands of lower-income families in Staffordshire are being offered financial support during half-term.

    Children eating food

    The county council said it would give a £15 voucher to the families of 18,000 children to spend in supermarkets on food or essential supplies.

    The scheme will be available to those who are entitled to free school meals during term time.

  8. About 1,000 tested for Covid-19 in Stone

    BBC Radio Stoke

    About 1,000 people have been tested for Covid-19 after an outbreak at the Crown and Anchor pub in Stone.

    An NHS employee holds a sample at a testing centre near the Crown and Anchor pub

    So far, 19 people have tested positive in the town.

    Last week, police said officers had visited the Crown and Anchor after concerns were raised about social distancing. Footage also emerged of a packed beer garden.

    The has also been criticism from health officials of the standard of the pub's contact tracing information.

    The Crown and Anchor has yet to respond.

    The county council said a mobile testing unit finished its work yesterday and final test results were expected in the next couple of days.

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    Video caption: Coronavirus testing urged over pub outbreak in Stone

    Pub customers are being urged to get tested for Covid-19 after 10 cases of coronavirus were confirmed at a bar.

  10. Tests continue in Burton as Covid-19 cases start to fall

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Efforts are continuing to tackle a spike in Covid-19 cases in Burton upon Trent even as new figures show cases are now falling.

    Man being tested at mosque in Burton upon Trent

    Earlier this week, Staffordshire County Council set up a mobile coronavirus test centre in the town with 54 cases confirmed between 4 July and 18 July.

    Staff also started a pilot testing scheme for residents without symptoms at the mosque on Uxbridge Street which continues today.

    However, latest data from Public Health England shows there are now 15.2 people in East Staffordshire testing positive for every 100,000 population in the week up to 20 July - down from 29.5 the previous week.

  11. Caravans among tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Several caravans and about 20 tonnes of rubbish have been fly-tipped near an industrial estate.

    The fly-tipping

    The waste, at Chemical Lane, Newcastle-under-Lyme, is due to be cleared later by councils and a metal recycler.

    Describing it as a "major and costly incident", the authorities said the clean-up should be done in a day but the road would be temporarily closed.

    The borough council added it was considering installing CCTV cameras in the area to try and stop further fly-tipping.

    The fly-tipping
  12. Council to get new leader for first time in 11 years

    Staffordshire County Council is going to have a new leader for the first time in more than a decade.

    Philip Atkins is standing down after 11 years in charge of the authority and will be replaced by his deputy, fellow Conservative Alan White.

    Philip Atkins
    Image caption: Philip Atkins

    Mr Atkins will stay on as a councillor for Uttoxeter Rural.

  13. New test centre set up as Covid-19 cases rise

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    A mobile coronavirus test centre is being set up in Burton upon Trent this week amid a rise in cases in the town.

    A generic sign for a coronavirus test centre

    From 4-15 July there were almost 40 cases, mainly in the areas of Anglesey and Shobnall as well as some in Horninglow, Staffordshire County Council said.

    It added the figures included two families which had 14 people test positive for Covid-19 in the households.

    The local authority said it had no plans for any imminent lockdown measures, but was setting up the mobile centre at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium and urged people to get tested if they had any symptoms of Covid-19.

    As a comparison, Blackburn with Darwen, which is seen as England's latest coronavirus hotspot, has had 118 cases in the past week.