Spring forward; fall back

…for lighter nights and darker mornings, and who’s feeling that missed hour of sleep since last weekend??

And what a start to spring, Staffordshire County Council past & present members honoured Sir James Hawley KCVO for his 19 years service as Lord Lieutenant for Staffordshire. But as much as we want to commemorate the work that hasStaffordshire Hundred been done, we’re certainly looking to the future.

The debate at the Staffordshire Hundred event got hot when topics such as youth unemployment, elderly care, and much more were debated, as well as the key partnership issues of the day.

And two weeks ago I was put in the hot seat myself, doing a live interview with Stewart George from Radio Stoke, and had some very interesting questions.

I have been down to Rodbaston, hearing about the new Rural Enterprise Academy with £4.8m funding from the government. Which means more investment in Staffordshire’s future.  More good news.

I listened to Eric Pickles and Bob Neil at the Local Government Association and I did a presentation to the LGA about the West Midland Councils and the work past, present and future. After this I headed home on the West Coast Main Line Virgin Rail which only took 75 minutes to Stafford. This shows that transport is key to inward investment in Staffordshire. We should just let the county do it!

Back down to London again for the County Council Network’s Council meeting, discussing topical issues and listening to DEFRA’s Lord Taylor talk on Rural Proofing. 

I also travelled right past the Olympics site just the other day on my way to talk to Essex CC, and I can feel the excitement building here, especially with the torch bearers announced, and details of the entire route across Staffordshire. I have to say we’re really looking forward to greeting the Olympic torch twice to our county.

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