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Transport bosses defend decision not to grit road after drivers were forced to abandon cars at Lichfield Trent Valley station 

13 Dec

Transport chiefs have defended their decision not to grit the access road to Lichfield Trent Valley station.


Sex offences by children under TEN soar 

13 Dec

The number of recorded offences in the region has risen from 140 between 2012 and 2013 to 217 in the last financial year...


Delays for drivers as broken down lorry causes traffic chaos in Lichfield 

13 Dec

Drivers in Lichfield are facing delays after a broken down lorry caused gridlock on city roads.


Lichfield school criticises Staffordshire County Council’s decision not to grit “treacherous” road 

13 Dec

The principal of a school in Lichfield has criticised councillors for refusing to grit a local road during the recent winter weather.


Lichfield traffic delays due to A38 incident AND broken down lorry on A5192 blocking Cappers Lane 

13 Dec

Stranded vehicle and separate incident on A38 cause massive delays around Trent Valley area of city...


Man charged with murdering Kinver woman 

13 Dec

John Broadhurst, aged 39, of Blakeshall, Wolverley, appeared in court earlier today in connection with the death of Natalie Andrews...


Peaky Blinders-style Tommy gun and AK47 part of HUGE firearms haul handed in to police 

13 Dec

Ammunition, silencers and air weapons were also given in to police in two-week long amnesty...


Four arrested for murder of 87-year-old Arthur ‘Bob’ Gumbley 

13 Dec

FOUR people from Birmingham have been arrested for murder after an elderly man who was viciously beaten and robbed in his own home sadly passed away in hospital.


Brave mixed martial arts fighter helped police officer restrain ‘dangerous criminal’ 

13 Dec

Abu Khauteeb rushed in to assist an officer who had tried to single-handedly arrest a wanted man he had spotted in the street...


Tamworth pub ‘snubs’ filmmakers making movie on theft of European Cup 

13 Dec

The press office of the pub has stated they have a no-filming policy, but will be investigating the situation...


Police hunt armed robber after raid at Poundland store in Great Barr 

13 Dec

A man armed with a knife stole cash from a Poundland store in Walsall Road...


Murder arrests made after Sutton Coldfield pensioner beaten up in home dies 

13 Dec

Arthur 'Bob' Gumbley died in hospital weeks after an attack at his home in Endwood Drive...


Gang who used drones to smuggle £370k worth of drugs into prisons JAILED 

13 Dec

Remote-controlled drones, equipped with a fishing line and hooks, were flown to cell windows where inmates used tools such as an extendable broom handle to retrieve smuggled items...


Bin backlog set to continue as Lichfield and Burntwood collections are called off for third day 

13 Dec

The Lichfield and Burntwood bin backlog looks set to continue after collections were cancelled for a third day.


Working people ‘worse off this Christmas than decade ago’ 

13 Dec

Ashwin Kumar, chief economist at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, said 2017 had been a year of stress for family finances...


Disadvantaged pupils ‘shouldn’t be used as excuse for under-achieving schools’ 

13 Dec

Amanda Spielman, the education watchdog's chief inspector, hit out at a culture of disadvantage one-upmanship as she unveiled her first annual report...


Cannock | Lichfield | South Staffs | Tamworth


Blogs

Walking Football for the Over 50’s Coming to Tamworth 

12 Dec

A new initiative to help people aged 50 and over stay active and enjoy a kick-about is shooting into Tamworth in the New Year.


Gritting crews working round the clock 

11 Dec

Having been working round the clock since Friday to tackle sub-zero temperatures and snow, our gritting crews are continuing their work to keep the roads clear.


Senior Managers’ Conference, and a thanks to our highways teams 

11 Dec

We had our Senior Managers’ Conference last week.


Creature feature 

8 Dec

Here's one to check out if you're up at Chasewater in the week, or maybe this Sunday at the Christmas Fair - a great looking exhibition by local Artist Lesley 'Will' Littleton, which runs at the Innovation Centre until December 21st 2017, open from ...


2017 Christmas Fair and Lantern Parade at Chasewater this Sunday! 

7 Dec

There's a further chance to get into the Christmas spirit this Sunday (10th December 2017) -  there's the Annual Christmas Fair and Lantern Parade being held at Chasewater Innovation Centre.


Carols by the canal – and memories of great friends 

7 Dec

Just a quick note to point out that the Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust are holding a carol evening at their Fosseway Nature Reserve site, just off Falkland Road, Lichfield on Saturday 16 December 2017 from 7-9pm and all are ...


Lichfield MP in the stocks after sparking war of words with neighbouring Tamworth 

4 Dec

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has been put in the stocks as punishment for sparking a war of words with Tamworth.


The Digital Revolution 

4 Dec

We seem to be making real progress on the Smart Staffordshire work, in which the county council is working with our universities, businesses and the Staffordshire public sector.


Any road up? 

4 Dec

I've been busy with real-world work most of this weekend, so apologies for the reduced power in transmission, but here's the first of two interesting articles I've had in from Ian James, both regarding the history and physical geography of Chasewater.


Cannock | Lichfield | South Staffs | Tamworth


Blogs

Review: Jack and the Beanstalk at the Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton 

13 Dec

Well it’s that delightful time of year again when even the most dedicated culture vultures have the chance to stop being so posh, cosy up and start channelling their inner child – in other words, the fun starts here because it’s panto time ...


Christmas Gift Ideas For Sun Worshippers 

13 Dec

For some people, a perfect Christmas is one spent a thousand miles away from the cold, crisp winter.


Jack And The Beanstalk Is Brilliant Fun At Wolverhampton Grand 

13 Dec

What are the ingredients of the perfect panto? A handsome lead man and a beautiful leading lady? A fabulous dame with a series of eye popping costumes? A comedy sidekick who has all the best lines but doesn’t get the girl? A fairy who holds the ...


Music and ale fans ready to raise a post-Christmas toast to the 2018 Lichfield Winter Beer Festival 

13 Dec

People will be able to banish the post-Christmas blues when the 2018 Lichfield Arts Winter Beer Festival returns in January.


Morning Prayer – Wednesday 13 December 2017 

13 Dec

Lucy, Martyr at Syracuse, 304 Samuel Johnson, Moralist, 1784 Ember Day Psalm 62 On God alone my soul in stillness waits; from him comes my salvation.


December 10th – I continued from Chasewater up around Engine… 

13 Dec

December 10th - I continued from Chasewater up around Engine Lane and down to old railway trail to the old cement works bridge overlooking the council depot, where gritters and ploughs were coming and going in a constant stream.


December 10th – They say things come to those who wait, and… 

13 Dec

December 10th - They say things come to those who wait, and overnight between Saturday and Sunday someone turned on the celestial snow machine.


December 9th – Lichfield has a little secret that I’d love to… 

13 Dec

December 9th - Lichfield has a little secret that I’d love to share: Melbourne Coffee.


December 9th – Lichfield Food Festival was huge, and very busy…. 

13 Dec

December 9th - Lichfield Food Festival was huge, and very busy.


December 9th – I was looking forward to a snowy ride out to a… 

13 Dec

December 9th - I was looking forward to a snowy ride out to a couple of food fairs - one at Whittington, and one at Lichfield.


Sounds of the sixties and music of Cilla Black to be celebrated in 2018 show at the Lichfield Garrick 

12 Dec

The musical talents of Cilla Black and the hits of the 1960s will be celebrated when a hit show comes to the Lichfield Garrick in 2018.


Hammerwich author Tim Hayes to launch new book in Lichfield 

12 Dec

A Hammerwich author is launching his new book in Lichfield.


Cannock | Lichfield | South Staffs | Tamworth


Sport

This is what pleased Alan Pardew the most about West Brom’s draw against Liverpool 

13 Dec

Alan Pardew is a happy man after watching West Brom draw to Liverpool...


“That feels like a win!” – West Brom fans jubilant after draw at Liverpool 

13 Dec

This is what the West Brom faithful had to say after the draw against Liverpool...


West Brom player ratings: Ahmed Hegazi leads the way, here’s how everyone else did against Liverpool 

13 Dec

How Gregg Evans rated the West Brom players in the match against Liverpool...


Aston Villa Under-18s 2  Coventry City Under-18s 1 (FA Youth Cup third round) 

13 Dec

Here's how Aston Villa's youngsters got on...


The lowdown on 17-year-old West Brom youngster Nathan Ferguson 

13 Dec

Nathan Ferguson makes the bench against Liverpool, but who is the West Brom youngster...


Danny Ings and 8 more players YOU think West Brom should sign in the January transfer window 

13 Dec

These are the players that you want West Brom to sign in January...


Liverpool vs West Brom: Grzegorz Krychowiak and James McClean are included by Alan Pardew 

13 Dec

This is how West Brom will line-up against Liverpool at Anfield...


Cannock | Lichfield | South Staffs | Tamworth


Business

Bin collections and leisure centres in Lichfield and Burntwood facing winter weather disruption 

11 Dec

A number of services are facing disruption as Lichfield and Burntwood continues to deal with the aftermath of a weekend of wintry weather.


This is when the Bicester-style outlet village 30 minutes from Birmingham will open 

6 Dec

The latest news on the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Village in Cannock...


New partner appointed at Lichfield law firm 

6 Dec

A Lichfield law firm has appointed a new partner.


Burntwood building firm hoping £230,000 section 106 payment will boost local communities 

6 Dec

A Burntwood building firm says it hopes a £230,000 payment will support community initiatives.


HS2 rail link to Staffordshire and Crewe confirmed by Sir David Higgins 

24 Nov

After a four month consultation, the boss of HS2 has confirmed the new rail line WILL be ploughing through Staffordshire and Crewe.


Lichfield businesswoman offers Black Friday deal to support St Giles Hospice 

23 Nov

A Lichfield businesswoman is using Black Friday to support a local charity.


Plans unveiled for 24-hour gym on site of former Burntwood supermarket 

22 Nov

Burntwood could get a 24-hour gym if plans for a former supermarket site are approved.


Cannock | Lichfield | South Staffs | Tamworth


Staffordshire at Westminster »

Enterprise Zones | Oral Answers to Questions – Treasury | Commons debates 

21 Jul

My right hon.


Compulsory Purchase: Capital Gains Tax | HM Treasury | Written Answers 

21 Jul

To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on reform of capital gains tax in relation to compulsory purchase.


NHS Reform | Business of the House | Commons debates 

16 Jul

We in Staffordshire know better than most what the denial machine that the Secretary of State referred to meant to local people, so I congratulate him on his commitment to transparency and consistency.


Ways and Means – Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation – Amendment of the Law | Bill Presented – National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill | Commons debates 

14 Jul

The hon.


Ways and Means – Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation – Amendment of the Law | Bill Presented – National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill | Commons debates 

14 Jul

The hon.


Petition – Closure of Fire Stations in South Staffordshire | Commons debates 

8 Jul

I rise to present a petition signed by 2,824 of my constituents who are backing my campaign to keep open the fire stations in Kinver, Brewood, Codsall and Bilbrook.


Engagements | Oral Answers to Questions – International Development | Commons debates 

8 Jul

May I associate myself with the Prime Minister’s remarks about the families of the victims of Tunisia, particularly the family of my constituent, Sue Davey? In the past three years, unemployment in Tamworth has fallen faster than anywhere...


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  • FlowLines

     on flickr 8 Dec 17
    I just thought the branches of this tree looked like stream lines. On Gun Hill near Meerbrook, Staffordshire







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