A time to celebrate

Spring really is here! The crocus and snowdrops are out now, so not long for summer! spring flowers
And what a summer it’s going to be.

You don’t need me to remind you but here are three words you’ve heard me talking about for a while now: ‘Diamond Jubilee’ and ‘Olympics’.

The 2 Big Events of the Year are getting closer and closer and the chances of seeing another double event like these in the same year is unlikely, at least not in this millennium.

We want everyone in Staffordshire to enjoy this fantastic summer of celebrations and with my leaders hat on, we want to make it as easy and straight forward for people to do this.

The County Council has pledged to cut any red tape and are giving the green light to events such as street parties, tree planting and any other ways people want to celebrate these special events.

We want people to enjoy this national celebration and be able to organise their own parties without unnecessary checks.

Our job as a council is not to stand in people’s way but to give them the advice and help they need to do things like plant trees, hold street parties and generally have fun celebrating this momentous year.

And we are kick starting the celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by offering the chance for 60 families of up to 5 people  to have their own ‘Diamond Jubilee Big Lunch’ and enjoy a day out at Shugborough Hall Estate on Sunday 3rd June.  You can apply for tickets on www.staffordshire.gov.uk/diamondjubilee 

Also looking forward to big things this year, I met up with David Sheepshanks, Chairman of St George’s Park, to talk about how the county council can help and work with the new FA Centre in Burton.  As its now been 1 year 1 month and 1 week since work started on it, we want to welcome it into our local community, ready for its opening later this year.

Nature can be a strange thing and while the seasons are bringing summer warmth, there is worrying news for livestock farmers. Veterinary experts met in London for a briefing called by AHVLA (Animal Health and the Veterinary Laboratories Agency) about the Schmallenberg virus and how it could progress in UK, the disease is thought to have been brought into the UK from infected midges blown across the Channel and can cause birth defects and miscarriages in livestock, it’s not a risk to public health but a worrying time for livestock farmers.

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