Gritting crews on stand by for colder weather

It looks like we have another cold spell on its way with lower temperatures predicted over the coming weeks and I would like to remind drivers to take care when on the roads.  Although our team of gritters will be out when required, even when roads have been gritted people still need to slow down, drive to the conditions and allow extra time for journeys.  Following the County Council on Twitter @staffordshirecc is a good way of finding out if gritters are out and what road conditions are like.

Winter can also be a tough time for many elderly people living on their own, so please remember to keep an eye out for your older friends and neighbours, maybe popping round every now and again to make sure they are OK.  There is lots of advice and tips on staying safe and healthy and keeping warm and well during colder weather at

Good news in Cannock at the Kingswood Lakeside Business Park as plans are approved for the development of a new unit for the First Choice Group.  The company, which supplies spares for the catering sector nationwide already employs 130 people at the site.  The new Headquarters could now expand its operations in the new larger premises, enabling it to potentially double the number of employees,  providing a welcome boost to the local job market.

Kingswood Lakeside is now one of the county’s leading business sites and home to national leaders like environmental firm Veolia and APC Overnight – the UK’s largest delivery company.  This is further evidence of our success in attracting and supporting business expansion in Staffordshire and bringing with it more quality jobs.

Looking ahead to 1 May and with the county  to celebrate its first ever Staffordshire Day, I want to remind community groups about some funding that is being made available.  Staffordshire Day is our first ever celebration of all things great about the county and will see a host of special events taking place on the day.  But as well as this we also want people  to organise their own community activities and this is where our community arts funding can help.  Grants of between £100 – £1000 for arts based activities are being made available.  You can find out more at  The closing date for applications is 1 March 2016.

The date for Staffordshire Day was chosen to mark the creation of Staffordshire’s world-famous Wedgwood pottery company on 1 May 1795.  And, 2016 is also the year we celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the first recorded mention of Staffordshire in the old Anglo Saxon Chronicle.  You can read more about Staffordshire Day and how to get involved in celebrating our great county at

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