Improving quality of life in Staffordshire

Just come out of today’s Cabinet meeting, which agreed a couple of important items in our drive to further improve quality of life for everyone in Staffordshire.

The first of these was the County Reading Strategy – it’s often easy to forget the power of reading and its strong links to learning, economic prosperity, well-being and overall quality of life.  The strategy focuses on working with all of our partners to widen opportunities for and interest in reading across all of communities, and builds on the successes of the ‘National Year of Reading’ in 2008.  As an avid reader of many different types of book I am hugely looking forward to supporting the implementation of this strategy over the next few years.

The second item was dealing with an issue we are all unfortunately too familiar with – that of easy access into our major towns.  Stafford is destined to grow in the future, and needs the right road infrastructure to support that growth if traffic is not to become a major problem.  Following on from a wide ranging consultation Cabinet decided to submit a business case to release funding for major improvements to the western access to the town.  There is much further work to be done, but the hope is to start on construction within 4 years with the improved roads fully open by 2016.

That’s all for now – have a great rest of the week.



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