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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.

 

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 JEANETTE.HINES@dwp.gov.uk or telephone 01283 505028.

Or the Enterprise Team at East Staffordshire Borough Council on 01283 508 664 or by email at enterprise.team@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk.

 
 
 
 
 
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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, www.nmtf.co.uk/campaigns/young-traders-market

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 markets@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

 
 
 
 
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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.”

 
 
 
 
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Volunteers across East Staffordshire are putting the finishing touches to the four local entries into the 2019 Heart of England in Bloom Awards. The entries include, Burton in the Small City category, Uttoxeter in the Town category and Winshill (through to the national award final) and Branston, both in the Urban Community category.

Local entries, maintained by volunteers, with support from East Staffordshire Borough Council, will be looking to make it 12 consecutive gold awards, when the judges visit the area between the 1st July and 11th July, with Winshill also being judged on the 7th August for their appearance in the national finals, following a category win in the 2018 awards.

For more information on East Staffordshire In Bloom, visit https://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/parks-and-open-spaces/in-bloom

 
 

At the Full Council Meeting held on Monday 24th June 2019 East Staffordshire Borough Council members endorsed the findings of the Burton upon Trent Regeneration Strategy.

In 2018 East Staffordshire Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council commissioned consultants to undertake the production of a Regeneration Strategy for Burton upon Trent. The consultants, led by Cushman & Wakefield, have produced a thought provoking Strategy that has analysed future opportunities which could lead to the creation of positive social and financial benefits for Burton upon Trent. This includes a range of short, medium and long term improvement projects and changes that, if implemented, could go on to create conditions to improve liveability and growth over the next 30 years to ensure “a Better, Brighter, Burton”.

Cllr George Allen, Deputy Leader for Regeneration and Planning Policy said: “Over the last 12 months a significant amount of work has been undertaken by the Consultants and both Councils and we are pleased to announce that the Strategy has been completed.

“We are well aware that Towns and Cities across the country are facing huge challenges. This strategy is another step in our Regeneration Programme which is geared toward creating a vibrant and attractive Burton which will have a unique place in the area’s economy and be well placed to adapt to the opportunities in the future.

“We remain committed to working with partners in both the public and private sector to improve and enhance Burton for the benefit of the taxpayer who entrust us with their money.”

Staffordshire County Council’s Economic Growth Leader Mark Winnington said: “We continue to work closely with the Borough Council to further regenerate Burton upon Trent and ensure it continues to be an attractive place to live work and visit for years to come. Burton is a thriving town and plays an important part in the county’s economic growth. A range of proposals have been suggested and we now look forward to fully exploring them.”

Jonathan Tutt, Associate at Cushman and Wakefield said: “Our time studying the town, working with the Councils and speaking with local organisations and business representatives, revealed a “can do” attitude underpinned by local pride, friendliness, and loyalty, which is being supported by continued investment. Whilst this is very encouraging, the purpose of the study was to be aware of the further potential of Burton leading up to 2050, and anticipating and tackling threats that could have an effect in later years if not addressed.

“In shaping a response to these challenges, we were very keen to emphasise the town’s location, positioning it as ‘by the River Trent’, ‘in the National Forest’ and effectively the ‘heart of the Midlands’. Helping people and businesses travel easily around the town is a theme at the heart of the strategy; the town’s connectivity must be “future proofed” at all scales, from ensuring that the town centre is easier to walk around and enjoy, through to safeguarding its reputation across the Midlands as being an “easy in / easy out” destination.”

The completion of the Strategy makes up another phase of the Councils’ Burton Town Regeneration Programme which was launched in February 2017 and focuses on improving the appeal of Burton to residents, visitors and businesses.