Last updated on: 23rd February 2024.
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Staffordshire County Council - 22nd February 2024
Community Strategy Consultation
Have your say in shaping Staffordshire's future!
As we step into the new year, you can help shape the future of our Staffordshire communities. Staffordshire County Council is inviting you to take part in a crucial conversation that will guide the development of their new Communities Strategy.
Your insights and experiences are essential in creating a vibrant, connected, and resilient Staffordshire. By sharing your thoughts about community life and involvement, you can help the county council understand what truly matters to our residents.
Take the Survey: Spare just 10 minutes to complete the survey and contribute to Staffordshire's tomorrow. Plus, you could win a family day pass to Trentham Gardens!
Share Your Story: Got a story of community spirit or support? Let Staffordshire County Council know. Your stories could inspire them and others to keep doing our bit for our communities.
Take the survey (cut-off date: Thursday 29th February).
Staffordshire Police Crime Prevention Campaign - 12th February 2024
Our new crime prevention campaign launches this week
Join the online chat on Thursday 22nd February, from 7pm.
To support our new crime prevention campaign, which runs from Monday 12th to Sunday 25th February, I'm getting in touch to share some burglary prevention advice as this week is likely to be a busy one for holidays and days out.
The majority of thieves prefer to target homes when the occupants are away, so any sign of someone being home can deter them. When you go on holiday ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property and take your bins out and put them away for you.
Although a lot of people use social media to share holiday snaps, thieves can also use this to see who will be away from their property. If you're going away make sure that you don't advertise this to others on social media and set your accounts to private.
Remember that it's not just your house that may be targeted, make sure that all garden equipment and tools are securely locked away in a shed and any high value items are kept out of sight. CCTV can act as a deterrent, this includes video doorbells, so make sure yours are visible and switched on.
If your neighbour is on holiday, keep an eye out for any suspicious activity at their house. If you do see anything that doesn't look right, contact us by calling our non-emergency 101 number, or by using the Live Chat function on our website. If a crime is in progress, always ring 999.
For more advice and tips, visit: www.staffordshire.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention.
Crime prevention online chat event
As part of our crime prevention campaign, we are holding an online chat on Thursday 22nd February, from 7pm to 8pm.
We'll be on hand to answer your questions about home security and how to protect vehicles and bikes from theft too.
View the online chat.
(Staffordshire Police, Communications Officer, Staffordshire)
B5027 Roadworks Update - 2nd February 2024
Signs have now appeared, indicating that the proposed carriageway repair work, will start on Monday 5th February. This date is now consistent with the road closure notice (TTRN), and one.network has been updated accordingly.
Note: For details, please see previous news item (6th December 2023).
Local Planning Application Update - 21st January 2024
A quick recap...
The land adjacent to Lichfield Road (& Watson's Scrap Yard), has had an outline planning application on it, since October 2018, (18/27783/OUT), 'An outline planning application seeking planning permission for affordable (local) housing and a local shopping and service centre including the provision of a local food store with all matters reserved for later approval.'.
The developer for the site, used the same misinterpretation of the C5A - Rural Exception Policy that Fradley Developments had used, to propose the building of affordable homes on the Blackies Lane site. Both sites are outside the settlement boundary and do not form part of the current Local (development) Plan for housing... However, this was 'Allowed' by Stafford Borough Council (on 7th October 2019).
The developer is required by the authorities, to have a contract in place with a housing association/provider, that will manage the houses. This was also 'Allowed' by Stafford Borough Council (on December 23rd 2023), even though it appears to contravene their own 'C5A - Rural Exception Policy' (22/36324/FUL).
Your opportunity to comment...
Variation/removal of conditions 12 (closing lay-by), 13 (pedestrian crossing), 20 (number of dwellings), and 21 (design brief) of 18/27783/OUT (An outline planning application seeking planning permission for affordable (local) housing and a local shopping and service centre including the provision of a local food store with all matters reserved for later approval.)
This latest amendment has not yet been approved, and you are invited to submit any comments by Wednesday 24th January, so you'll need to act fast, if you wish to have any influence on the council's decision. Select this link: 22/36505/REM, then select the 'Comments' tab to give your feedback. Alternatively, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staffordshire Police Online Chat - 18th January 2024
If you have a question, or want to find out more about your local policing team... then join the chat on Thursday 25th January at 7.30pm.
You can also join the chat, or ask a question in advance, via this link.