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Council Approves Record Spend on Care

  Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet on 1st February approved plans for a record £300 million spend for  on caring for the elderly, people with disabilities and vulnerable children. The spending proposal will now be presented to Full Council on February 16 for final approval along with plans to deliver a balanced budget for 2017-2018 The proposals will see council tax rise ...

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Aston Marina sees change of direction in 2017

Aston Marina

Stone’s highly regarded waterside foodie haven, Aston Marina, will see some exciting changes taking place early this year but at the expense of the farm shop. The Marina is set to expand its popular restaurant and events capacity following a busy first 12 months for its purpose built ‘Boat House’ wedding and event venue. Director Helen Webb explains: “We’ve had ...

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“Ambulance Service. Is the Patient breathing?”

For anyone who has ever needed to dial 999, the words are familiar; “Ambulance Service. Is the Patient breathing?” The phrase is said thousands of times a day, but it never becomes routine.For the control room call assessors, it’s the most important phrase of all. With a recruitment drive for the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in Stafford underway, 2017 could ...

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Quarrying Protection Plan Makes Progress

An independent inspector has approved plans to protect local communities and the environment during future quarrying in Staffordshire. Over the next 15 years, the Minerals Local Plan shows how local communities and the environment will be protected and where sand, gravel and other minerals will come from. The plan, which was formed after a two year consultation with local communities and ...

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Local apprenticeships see sharp increase

Tom Hassall

21-year-old Tom Hassall from Stone is a Level 2 Highways Maintenance apprentice with Amey. Tom, who’s one year into his apprenticeship said: “I love my apprenticeship and love the work I do. I enjoy being hands on and working outside so a job in highways maintenance is perfect for me and every day is different. The best thing about my ...

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Advent Windows for 2016 – Come and Look!

Stone Advent Calendar 2016

The community of Stone is set to come together again throughout December as the town is transformed into a giant Advert Calendar.  Entering its 7th year this years theme is Advent Alphabet. This modern day tradition is a real community event which if you haven’t experienced it before make sure you have a look at our stories, photos and videos ...

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Santa’s coming to Stone – 2016 tour dates

Santa

Santa Claus is coming to town, as Stone Round Table reveal the 2016 tour dates for this years charity drive. Father Christmas, and his Sleigh, will be completing the annual charity fund raising tour throughout December.  Stone Round Table and Santa have a special relationship that means the residents of Stone get a sneak preview of Santa before he sets ...

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Stafford Borough Council approve M&S Westbridge Park Store

Westbridge Park

A planning meeting at Stafford Borough Council saw a 9 votes to 3 majority in favour of the plans to develop a new Marks and Spencer food store on Stone’s Westbridge Park. There has been fierce campaigning on both sides over the redevelopment of the Westbridge Park’s leisure facilities but the council always stipulated that leisure facilities would only get ...

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24 million visitors generate £1.2billion for Staffordshire

Latest figures on Staffordshire’s tourism economy published today prove that the county remains a popular destination amongst visitors. 2015 saw the county’s busiest year with over 24 million people, from home and abroad, enjoyed day or overnight trips to Staffordshire. This helped generate over £1.2 billion in direct spend on accommodation, entertainment, travel, shopping and food & drink. In addition to ...

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Staffordshire Tourism Industry gets European Boost

Staffordshire’s tourism industry has landed a £500,000 investment to help increase the availability of beds for travellers in the area. The European Union development grant is being used in a three year project submitted by the Destination Staffordshire Partnership. It is hoped that over 100 existing small and medium businesses will benefit from the investment to support the creation of ...

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