Monday, June 24, 2019

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Landlords Fined for Breach of Prohibition Order

Two landlords have been ordered to pay a total of £5,280.76 following a prosecution brought by East Staffordshire Borough Council after breaching the requirements of a prohibition order, served by the Environmental Health Team for serious disrepair at a residential flat in Stapenhill.

Brian Kite (67) and Beryl Kite (69) of Mill Hill Lane and Pickerings Avenue both pleaded guilty at North Staffordshire Justice Centre to committing Housing Act 2004 offences for allowing their tenant to remain in the flat known as 69b Main Street, Stapenhill, Burton upon Trent after Environmental Health had served a closure order on it.

The tenant complained to the council in 2017 and following an inspection carried out soon after, Environmental Health Officers found the property had no working heating, hot water, smoke detection and broken windows were found to be boarded over. 

Although some repairs were carried out initially by the Kites, not enough had been achieved to allow the tenant to remain in the property on a long term basis.

Having already provided the Kites suitable time to either renovate the flat, carrying out essential repairs or to evict the tenant in order to safeguard their health and safety, Environmental Health served them both a prohibition order.  The order required the property to remain empty until all disrepair had been remedied. 

However, the Kites failed to comply with the prohibition order as they continued to allow the tenant to reside at the property and failed to carry out suitable repairs as advised by the Environmental Health Team.

Brian Kite was fined £256 and ordered to also pay £2,378.88 in costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

Beryl Kite was fined £207 and ordered to also pay £2,378.88 in costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

The Kites stated in court the building is due to be sold and demolished. They also declared that they will never rent out another property again.

Councillor Bernard Peters, Deputy Leader for Regulatory Services and Community Support said: East Staffordshire Borough Council Environmental Health team will not tolerate landlords who rent sub-standard properties to tenants and are working hard to ensure they either improve the conditions of their properties or face the consequences.

Burton Market Hall to Host Jobs Fair

East Staffordshire Borough Council is pleased to announce that a Jobs Fair will be held at Burton Market Hall on Friday 7th June between 9:30am - 12:30pm.

The fair is delivered in partnership between East Staffordshire Borough Council, Job Centre Plus, Burton and South Derbyshire College, Trent and Dove Housing, Support Staffordshire and Burton and District Chamber of Commerce. 

Previous jobs fairs have gone from strength to strength.

If you are looking for staff then this is a fantastic prospect, by having a FREE stand and spending just a couple of hours attending the event, you can quickly make contact with a number of job seekers.

Employers offering vacancies include East Midlands Airport, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, Bet Fred, Randstad recruiting for Kerry Foods, Gi Group and Wincanton.

The day is open to people across East Staffordshire and beyond looking for work or a change of career and promises to be a successful event, full of employers and jobseekers alike from across the area.  A range of employers are already signed up to attend with some exciting job opportunities on offer.  As a job seeker, you don’t need to do anything today; simply drop in with some CVs and see if there is anything on offer for you. 

Comments from job seekers at previous events include:

“I have an interview at 9.30am tomorrow; I’m very pleased!”

“Excellent! Had some very good advice, some courses sounded great!”

“It was a very good jobs fair with loads of opportunities. Fantastic - well done!”

Councillor George Allen, Deputy Leader for Regeneration and Planning Policy said: “If you are looking for staff then this is a fantastic prospect, by having a FREE stand and spending just a couple of hours in the morning on Friday 7th June at Burton Market Hall, you can quickly make contact with a number of job seekers.

“The job fair is expected to be well attended by jobseekers with plenty of opportunities for businesses that will be able to bypass the long process of advertising positions and sorting through CVs, instead getting straight to potential candidates for their open positions”.

For any further information, please email Jeanette Hines at Job Centre Plus or telephone 01283 505028.

Or the Enterprise Team at East Staffordshire Borough Council on 01283 508 664 or by email at

Burton Market to Host First Young Trader Market

Markets are an ideal platform to launch a lean business. 2019 is the year of the young market trader and Burton Market Hall is working with a wide range of operators across the UK to support and develop traders of the future as part of the National Market Trader Federation's, Young Trader programme.

In a collaborative approach to nurturing and supporting young traders aged 16-30, Burton Market Hall will host a dedicated Young Trader market on Wednesday 26th June 2019 in Burton Market Place.

This market will be part of a national competition, which will see successful Young Traders progress into the regional finals, to be held in Derby in August 2019 and if successful into the national finals, to be held in Stratford upon Avon in September 2019.

Cllr Ed Barker, Deputy Leader for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: This is a fantastic opportunity for young entrepreneurs who are looking to start a new business. I am pleased the Council is continuing its support of the Market Hall in this way.

Young Traders interested in joining us for the East Staffordshire Young Trader Market can benefit from the following:

  1. Traders attending the Young Trader market on Wednesday 26thJune 2019 will be able to trade for free, and East Staffordshire Borough Council can provide necessary insurance cover for just £3 for the day.
  2. The top 4 traders, as selected by the judges, will have the opportunity to trade at the regional event representing East Staffordshire.
  3. The top 4 traders will also receive the opportunity to trade at Burton Market Hall for up to 4 weeks for free. 

You can find more information about the national programme by visiting,

If you’re aged between 16 and 30 and would like to trade at the East Staffordshire Young Trader Market on Wednesday 26th June, please email

Flag Set to Fly to Honour British Forces

Residents in East Staffordshire are being invited to stand with others from around the country to honour the men and women currently serving, or who have served, in the armed forces at a special flag raising ceremony this month.

On Monday, June 24th at 10.30am, East Staffordshire Borough Council will be joining other local authorities across Britain to raise a specially designed Armed Forces Day flag.

The ceremony marks the start of a week of preparations that will culminate with the country’s eleventh Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29th June.

Mayor of East Staffordshire, Councillor Colin Wileman, will be joined by The Friends of the Mercian Regiment, fellow Councillors and Aldermen for the ceremony.

Cllr Wileman said: “Armed Forces Day is a day of remembrance and an opportunity to say thanks to all the armed forces and their families for all the work that they do throughout the world.

“I am privileged and very proud to play a small part in these ceremonies, by being able to have the freedom to honour all who have risked their lives for us, and to show our thanks to the heroes who have given the ultimate sacrifice for us and our country.”