Archive for February, 2010

Barabara supports and scores

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

The Shop Uttoxeter campaign, which encourages residents to support their local traders, has been in full swing and packed with events since September.Shop Uttoxeter 2

This week is no different with local resident Barbara Hutchinson winning £50 in the latest campaign competition.

Barbara’s name was picked at random from the hundreds of people who have signed up to support their local traders.

As Leader of the county council and county councillor for Uttoxeter rural I think it is so important that we support our local traders and producers, especially in the current economic climate.

There will be more prize draws taking place over the coming months. To be in with a chance of winning, you simply need to collect six stickers when buying goods from traders who are taking part in the scheme.

Anyone who wants to sign up as a Uttoxeter Loyalist should email in ring 0800 232323 and leave their name and address.

Below inflation tax rise

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Part of our manifesto pledge in June was to improve services in key areas while keeping tax as low as possible for the residents of Staffordshire. For this reason my Cabinet colleagues and I proposed a 1.9 per cent increase for this year’s council tax.

This is a below inflation increase and is the lowest increase for Staffordshire residents since council tax was introduced in 1993.

Im pleased to announce that his recommendation was supported today in Cabinet. Take a look at our latest news report.

Full Council will be asked to approve a final budget on Thursday February 11. Why not tune in to the webcast to see if our recommendation is rubber stamped in Full Council.

Tune in for our live webcast

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

imagesJust a short post to remind everyone that our Cabinet meeting will be webcast live tomorrow. You can tune in at 10am to get the final decision on our Council Tax proposals. All you need to do is go to , and click on the “SCC TV” icon on the homepage.

Bremen partnership

Monday, February 1st, 2010

For many years Staffordshire has worked in close partnership with the city of Bremen in Germany.

In March 1962, the County Council made a gift of some land to the German government which was turned into a German Military Cemetery. The cemetery which is on Cannock Chase is a memorial to some 5000 German war dead.

IMAG0039Each year since the memorial was established, parties of young Germans, mostly 16-19 years olds, have come to Staffordshire to work on the grave plots under the guidance of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission caretaker.IMAG0049

The relationship between Bremen and Staffordshire County Council has grown over the years and when the groups of young people visit they are invited to join local youth groups, sports clubs and schools to share ideas and promote youth democracy. Staffordshire young people will also join some of the groups at German military cemeteries on the continent.

This year it was Staffordshire’s turn to visit Bremen and I was lucky enough to join the young people on their trip over the last 3 days.P1280094

Throughout our stay we were treated to a wealth of trips including a meeting with the Bremen Parliament, visits to thriving businesses, a tour of their local museums and the great spectacle of the Bremen Music Show. But we also discussed how our partnership can progress to benefit our young people in the future.

My trip really highlighted the importance of building strong relationships and learning from other successful areas in Europe.