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Flying the Flag for the Commonwealth

Councillor Chris Smith, Mayor of East Staffordshire, will join other Lord Mayors and Mayors, Lord Provosts, town and parish councils, local authorities and local communities in flying the flag for the Commonwealth on Monday 11th March 2019 at 09.45am outside Burton Town Hall.

 

The Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth initiative is again catching the imagination of thousands of participants from all walks of life, inspiring them to join with others throughout the Commonwealth.

 

As a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, it enables participants to show appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds, and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth young and old citizens around the world.

 

Councillor Chris Smith said: “As Mayor of East Staffordshire Borough Council I’m honoured to play a part in flying the flag for the Commonwealth. It’s a fantastic way to link up with members of the Commonwealth.”

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Station Street Improvement Plans Continue

East Staffordshire Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council continue to move forward with ambitious plans to significantly regenerate the pedestrianised area of Station Street in Burton town centre.

The preferred design scheme, created by Amey Plc and Fira Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, was presented to the public in August 2018. Since then the Councils have continued to work collaboratively to fine tune the plans to allow this project to progress.

Cllr Richard Grosvenor, Leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council said: “Since its inception in 2017, the Burton Town Regeneration Programme has focussed on improving the appeal of Burton to residents, visitors and businesses. A number of Council projects have already been completed and the Station Street regeneration project will continue this work.

Together with Staffordshire County Council, we are committed to supporting the growth of the local economy. We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively and delivering this fantastic project as it is something Burton deserves and has needed for a long time.

“East Staffordshire Borough Council has set aside a provision of up to £1.4m for the delivery of the project. Both the final designs and costings are subject to approval by East Staffordshire Borough Council Members which will take place post-election. Once approval has been granted we hope to start work as soon as possible”.

Staffordshire County Council Leader Philip Atkins said: “Rejuvenation of our town centres is a vital part of the county’s continued economic growth. We want to ensure they are attractive places to live, shop, work and visit, so schemes like that in Station Street are important.

“Burton continues to grow and by working closely with the Borough Council we can enhance an already vibrant town centre.”

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Record Fair

Cannonball Records will visit Burton Market Hall for their Spring record fair. Featuring thousands of records and music Memorabilia all under one roof.

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Barton under Needwood Couple Successfully Prosecuted for Breeding Dogs Without a Licence.

An unlicensed dog breeding establishment has been prosecuted following a joint raid by Trading Standards and Environmental Health on the 6th March 2018.

Whilst the premises had a pet shop licence for selling dogs, they did not have a licence for breeding dogs, and following a complaint about a puppy sale officers visited and found that the premises were not complying with their licence conditions, along with breeding their own puppies without a breeding licence.

Stuart Ward and Tina Harris of T & S Four Paws pleaded guilty at the Newcastle Magistrate Court on Monday 4th March 2019.

Stuart Ward received a 12 month Community Order and has been ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work and attend 9 sessions for reading & writing skills. He was fined £1,275.41 with £81.00 surcharge to court. Tina Harris also received a 12 month Community Order and has been ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work. She has also been fined £1,275.41 with £81.00 surcharge to court. Both have been disqualified from having or obtaining a pet shop licence and breeding licence for 2 years. Over £2,500 in cash was seized during the raid, which will be retained to cover the Council’s costs.

Under The Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018, a licence for breeding dogs is required for:

  • Anyone breeding three or more litters of puppies per year (unless they can show that none of the puppies have been sold).
  • Anyone breeding puppies and advertising a business of selling them. This is irrespective of the number of litters produced per year. This is not restricted to registered businesses – individuals can also be classed as a business depending on the extent of their activities.

If you are unsure whether you need a licence further advice can be found at www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/licence-and-permits/dog-breeding-establishment or you can contact us on 01283 508578.

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East Staffordshire – a great place to do business!

Councillors at East Staffordshire Borough Council have been reviewing the business landscape for East Staffordshire and it paints a positive picture; the Borough is an increasingly enterprising place to do business.  Figures show that over the past 20 years the number of new enterprises within the Borough has increased by a staggering 16-fold, with 730 new businesses registered in 2018 compared to 43 in 1999.  The number of new businesses in the Borough has particularly increased since 2011 when the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) were formed, indicating that the support programmes delivered by the LEP are having a positive impact.

Other statistics are equally positive. Unemployment is low with just 1% of residents claiming benefit for unemployment related purposes, compared to 3% across the West Midlands. Skill levels are high with the percentage of the East Staffordshire population educated to NVQ level 4 or above higher than the regional average (32.8% compared to 31.8%). 

East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Enterprise Team spoke to a range of local businesses to understand more about the business landscape. Businesses identified four clear benefits to being based in East Staffordshire:

  • Location – being at the heart of the Country brings numerous benefits to businesses as suppliers and customers alike are easily accessible.Of course the great road links are invaluable.
  • Skills – as evidenced with the statistics, the strong skills of local people in East Staffordshire help businesses thrive in the borough.
  • Expertise – specifically in relation to the brewing industry, East Staffordshire continues to be the number one place to brew beer and this is supported by the strong level of expertise and talent of businesses that support the industry.
  • Pride in the area – something that keeps businesses in the borough is a strong level of pride in the area.

Councillor Julia Jessel, Deputy Leader for Regeneration, said: “This is welcome good news for East Staffordshire and shows it is a thriving area to do business.  As a Council we are always looking at ways we can help improve our local economy and whilst it is healthy at the moment, never being complacent, we will continue with our business support and investment in the area”.

Following on from this piece of work, East Staffordshire Borough Council will be conducting a survey of local businesses towards the summer.  If you are a local business and would like to be involved, please contact the Enterprise Team at East Staffordshire Borough Council to find out more: enterprise.team@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk.

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Businesses in East Staffordshire are to benefit from FREE advice and support from two business advisors over the next few months. East Staffordshire Borough Council is working in partnership with the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) Growth Hub to deliver the role to support businesses across the Borough.

Klaudia Haines and Louise Stolz have access to a range of services, initiatives and organisations that can help businesses tackle a variety of barriers to growth they may be experiencing. This includes the many workshops available through the Growth Hub itself and the Enterprise for Success programme, delivered by Blue Orchid, on an array of subjects from social media and marketing to tax and bookkeeping.

Sarah Gill-Townend from The Peel Aldergate Hotel and Christopher’s Restaurant is among those who have already taken advantage of the free help. She said: “Klaudia has been like a breath of fresh air, signposting me to various relevant organisations that can help me move my business forward. The Growth Hub will be instrumental in helping my future business planning.”

To arrange an appointment with a Growth Hub Advisor, contact:

Klaudia Haines at Klaudia-Haines@tamworth.gov.uk, or call 07528 630002.

Louise Stolz at Louise-Stolz@tamworth.gov.uk, or 07855 106383

To contact the Enterprise Team at East Staffordshire Borough Council please email us at: enterprise.team@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk