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South Staffordshire Breast Screening Service returns to Uttoxeter Leisure Centre

Press Releases   •   Feb 27, 2015 10:43 GMT

East Staffordshire Borough Council is pleased to announce that it will be supporting the South Staffordshire Breast Screening Service by providing suitable space and utility supplies at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre.

South Staffordshire Breast Screening Service provides a mobile service for screening women as a preventative health measure.

Screening started at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre on Thursday 26th February.

Councillor Robert Hardwick, Deputy Leader for Culture Services, said: “I’m delighted that after a temporary absence, due to the refurbishment of the leisure centre, the breast screening unit has returned to Uttoxeter Leisure Centre.

“This is an important service to the people of Uttoxeter and I’m pleased that the council is able to support this service.”

East Staffordshire Borough Council is pleased to announce that it will be supporting the South Staffordshire Breast Screening Service by providing suitable space and utility supplies at Uttoxeter Leisure Centre.

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East Staffordshire Smokers Urged to be Quitters on No Smoking Day

Press Releases   •   Feb 27, 2015 10:32 GMT

East Staffordshire Borough Council is urging smokers to take the first step in giving up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day which takes place on Wednesday 11 March.

While studies show that two-thirds of smokers want to quit, nearly one in five UK adults continue to smoke.

Councillor Robert Hardwick, Deputy Leader for Cultural Services said: “This year’s No Smoking Day theme is ‘Proud to be a Quitter. In life we’re told never to give up, to keep going – but when it comes to smoking, being a ‘Quitter’ is a good thing. We’re using inspirational stories of ex-smokers to highlight the life-changing benefits of quitting.

“Leading up to No Smoking Day, on Wednesday 4th March Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust Stop Smoking Advisors will be available at the Meadowside Leisure Centre for those people who want to stop smoking.

“Participants will have the opportunity to have a carbon monoxide reading, lung age reading and the opportunity to sign up to the Time to Quit Service”.

Councillor Bernard Peters said: “Smokers come from all walks of life, each with their own reasons for wanting to quit. For some it’s part of a lifestyle change, to be healthier, fitter and have more money in their pocket. For others, it’s about how smoking affects the people around them; their family and little ones. Whatever your reason thinking carefully about your motivation and reminding yourself during the quitting process can really help you through the tough times.

“These sessions are another example of East Staffordshire Borough council’s commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of its residents through the Healthy Borough initiative”.

Session information

Day: Wednesday 4th March 2015

Time: 9.00 am – 11.00 am and 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm

Venue: Meadowside Leisure Centre

If you or a family member would like to stop smoking you can contact the Time to Quit – Stop Smoking Service on 0800 043 4304. Users of this service will be given 12 weeks of one to one support to stop smoking.

East Staffordshire Borough Council is urging smokers to take the first step in giving up cigarettes for good on No Smoking Day which takes place on Wednesday 11 March.

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Back to Netball

Press Releases   •   Feb 25, 2015 14:34 GMT

East Staffordshire Borough Council Sport Development Team have organised a Back to Netball session at Meadowside Leisure Centre.

The Netball sessions will take place every Thursday, from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Each session will cost £1.00. The last session will take place on Thursday 26th March.

Players do not have to have any experience of the game or worry that they are letting the side down; it is just a fun session that aims to get more people playing sport, while improving their health and fitness. The coach will introduce a new skill each week followed by a friendly game at the end of the session.

Councillor Robert Hardwick, Deputy Leader for Cultural Services said: “Netball is a great way to get fit and have fun. The sessions are aimed at anyone who wants to get fit and have fun. Everybody is welcome from school leavers to mums who have not played the game for a few years. There will be no team sheet, just good fun, turn up with loose fitting clothing, trainers and water.”

For more information, please contact Patricia Newman, East Staffordshire Borough Council on (01283) 508191 or email patricia.newman@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

East Staffordshire Borough Council Sport Development Team have organised a Back to Netball session at Meadowside Leisure Centre.

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​​​​​Council crackdowns on contaminated bins

Press Releases   •   Feb 25, 2015 14:31 GMT

Since the introduction of the blue wheeled bins for recycling in 2009, residents across East Staffordshire have helped the Council to achieve an overall recycling rate of over 50 percent.

The majority of residents are familiar with the recycling scheme and place the correct materials for recycling in their blue bins. Despite this, the Council has experienced recent problems with contamination and unfortunately it is becoming an increasing problem in some areas.

Contamination is placing the incorrect materials in the blue bin. The Council receives money for the quality of its recycled material which helps pay for the delivery of the service and keep down the level of Council Tax. Significant levels of contamination can lead to an entire vehicle load of about 18 tonnes being rejected by the processing facility. This has to be paid for by the Council.

Councillor Dennis Fletcher, Deputy Leader for Built Environment stated, “It is vitally important that residents place the correct materials in their blue bins. Our refuse collectors are trained to look for contamination, so a failure to follow the rules can result in their bin not being collected. The collection crew will help in identifying the reason for non collection by leaving a contamination sticker on the recycling bin. We then ask our residents to remove the contamination before the wheeled bin gets emptied on the next scheduled collection day”.

Particular items that should not be placed in the blue bin include nappies, food waste, clothes, bubble wrap and newspapers. Black bin liners should not be used in the blue bin, even if they contain recycling materials. This is because the contents cannot easily be identified. The recycling material should be placed loose in the bin, preferably after washing and squashing the items to help maximise capacity.

If any resident is unsure about which materials you can recycle through your blue bin, they can visit the bins, rubbish and recycling page of our website at www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk and click on ‘what goes into what bin’ link for more information and clarification. Alternatively, they may send an email to environment@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk or phone 0800 269098 for advice.

​Since the introduction of the blue wheeled bins for recycling in 2009, residents across East Staffordshire have helped the Council to achieve an overall recycling rate of over 50 percent.

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​​​​​​East Staffordshire’s Eighth Neighbourhood Plan gets to formal consultation stage

Press Releases   •   Feb 25, 2015 14:29 GMT

The Parish Council and the community of Yoxall have produced a Neighbourhood Plan for their area. This sets out policies and proposals that will eventually be used when deciding planning applications in their area.

The Parish Council ran a number of events to gather the views of local residents and businesses and find out what were the priorities for planning in their area. They consulted people on a draft plan, and now they have submitted it to the Borough Council.

The Borough Council are now advertising a further consultation period which runs from Monday February 16th 2015 – Monday March 30th 2015 (12 noon).

After this, the Plan will be examined by an independent Examiner. Finally, the Plan goes to a Referendum of the people of Yoxall, and if the majority agree (over 50%) the Plan becomes the main document used by the Borough Council for planning applications in the Parish.

The Plan and other submission documents can be viewed on the Council website at:

http://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/planning/planning-policy/neighbourhood-plans/yoxall

Hard copies of the plan can be found at:

  • Yoxall Parish Hall Meeting Room, King Street, Yoxall, DE13 8NF
  • St Peter’s Church, Yoxall, DE13 8NF

    Any formal comments on the Neighbourhood Plan can be made to East Staffordshire Borough Council no later than Monday March 30th 2015 12 noon via the Neighbourhood Planning page on the ESBC website, or by writing to Planning Policy, ESBC, PO Box 8045, Burton upon Trent, DE14 9LG, or by emailing: neighbourhoodplanning@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

The Parish Council and the community of Yoxall have produced a Neighbourhood Plan for their area. This sets out policies and proposals that will eventually be used when deciding planning applications in their area.

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Inclusive Dance Sessions come to the Brewhouse

Press Releases   •   Feb 25, 2015 14:21 GMT

An all new Inclusive Creative Dance Session has been added to the growing list of adult and junior activities available at the Brewhouse.

The new session which will take place every Wednesday from 1:00pm – 2:00pm starting from 25th February, combines fun and creative dance for adults who may have additional needs and require a carer, if required.

All abilities are welcome and sessions are priced at just £1.00. There’s no need to book, just come along.

Councillor Robert Hardwick, Deputy Leader for Cultural Services said: “This is a great addition to the activities on offer at the Brewhouse. It offers adults an opportunity to come and meet new friends, whilst developing their dance skills, creativity and confidence in a relaxed and social environment.”

An all new Inclusive Creative Dance Session has been added to the growing list of adult and junior activities available at the Brewhouse.

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Launch of the Civic Pride Awards 2015

Press Releases   •   Feb 25, 2015 14:19 GMT

East Staffordshire Borough Council and its partners are proud to announce their Civic Pride Awards 2015.

In partnership with Burton Albion, Burton and District Chamber of Commerce, Trent and Dove Housing and Trent Trophies residents and businesses who have made a positive contribution in their community by going the extra mile are set to be rewarded for their efforts as part of this year’s awards.

Residents and businesses can nominate those in the community that they think are worthy of scooping one of the awards available.

We are looking for your nominations in the following 7 categories:

Community Group

Business Supporting Communities

Best Kept Retail Premises

Best Kept Street

Community Champion – Adult

Community Champion (young person 17 and under)

Best Contributing School

The council is encouraging residents and businesses to nominate either a community group, business or individual that has made a difference to you or your community so that they may be recognised for the exemplary work they are doing. Don’t let their good work go unrecognised.

Winners will be announced at a gala evening on Thursday 11th June 2015 at the Pirelli Stadium and they will be handed a trophy and certificate.

Councillor Sonia Andjelkovic, Deputy Leader for Regulatory Services, said:. This is a scheme to encourage residents to take a pride in and responsibility for their community. This is an opportunity to recognise some amazing people, schools and businesses and highlight the good work being done in the community.

“The Civic Pride Awards are an opportunity to celebrate these achievements and I would like to encourage members of the public, friends and families to nominate local superstars.

“We are delighted to be linking with our partners to hear some incredible stories about those who live and work in our community.”

To enter visit our website at www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/civic-pride for application forms and further information.

East Staffordshire Borough Council and its partners are proud to announce their Civic Pride Awards 2015.

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WinterWalker presents Three Keepers at the Brewhouse

Press Releases   •   Feb 25, 2015 14:16 GMT

Welcome to Flounder Rock Lighthouse, where three men live and work, battling the elements, with only each other and the seagulls for company. When the storm of the century threatens, will disaster strike? Will the lamp shine true? Will the biscuits run out?

Derbyshire based physical theatre company WinterWalker are touring the Midlands in February and March 2015 with their first major production entitled “Three Keepers”. It is a play without words for everyone aged eight and over, and is a funny and inventive blend of physical theatre, dance and comedy inspired by the silent film clowning of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.

The tour will come to the Brewhouse Arts Centre in Burton upon Trent on Saturday 7th March, with the performance starting at 2.00pm.

The production has been made possible with an investment from Arts Council England’s National Lottery-funded Grants for the arts programme, and by Derby-based regional dance house Déda, which is supporting WinterWalker as Resident Artists, though the Déda Artists scheme.

Tickets are available now priced from just £6.00 at Box Office 01283 508100. Tickets are also available for online purchase by visiting www.brewhouse.co.uk

Welcome to Flounder Rock Lighthouse, where three men live and work, battling the elements, with only each other and the seagulls for company. When the storm of the century threatens, will disaster strike? Will the lamp shine true? Will the biscuits run out?

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East Staffordshire’s Seventh Neighbourhood Plan gets to formal consultation stage

Press Releases   •   Feb 25, 2015 14:12 GMT

The Parish Council ran a number of events to gather the views of local residents and businesses to find out what were the priorities for planning in their area. They consulted people on a draft plan, and now they have submitted it to the Borough Council.

The Borough Council is now advertising a further consultation period, running between Monday February 9th 2015 and Monday March 23rd 2015 (12 noon).

After this, the plan will be examined by an independent Examiner. Finally, the plan goes to a Referendum of the people of Branston, and if the majority agree (50% plus one) the Plan becomes the main document used by the Borough Council for planning applications in the Parish.

The plan and its daughter documents can be viewed on the Council website at:

http://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/planning/planning-policy/neighbourhood-plans/branston

Hard copies can be viewed at:

  • Rough Hayes Community Centre, Henhurst Hill, Burton upon Trent, DE13 9PX
  • Acorn Pub, Henhurst Hill, Burton upon Trent, DE13 9PX
  • Branston Village Hall, Clays lane, Burton upon Trent, DE14 3HS
  • St Saviours Church, Church Road, Branston, Burton upon Trent, DE14 3ER
  • Customer Service Centre, Burton Market Place
  • Burton Library, Burton upon Trent

Any formal comments on the Neighbourhood Plan can be made to East Staffordshire Borough Council no later than Monday March 23rd2015 12 noon via the Neighbourhood Planning page on the ESBC website (see link above), or by writing to Planning Policy, ESBC, PO Box 8045, Burton upon Trent, DE14 9LG, or by emailing: neighbourhoodplanning@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

The Parish Council and the community of Branston have produced a Neighbourhood Plan for their area. This sets out policies and proposals that will eventually be used when deciding planning applications in their area.

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Momentum by Barbara Colbert exhibiting at the Brewhouse Arts Centre

Press Releases   •   Feb 25, 2015 14:04 GMT

Barbara uses charcoal, collage, ink and gold leaf to create her bold and energetic drawings. The symbolism of animals, folk tales and mythology create a narrative aspect, inviting the viewer to create their own story. Barbara loves the vigour of life and this along with her love of animals, from the way birds soar in to the sky, to the secret world of beasts and birds, to their muscular forms, brings her images to life with a dynamic force.

Her choice of medium is interesting, she describes her process:

“I use charcoal as I enjoy the fact it is a natural material which is very empathetic to an artist’s touch and pressure. I work with my fingers to smudge the dust, vigorously mark making and even end up with splinters flying everywhere! Collage adds depth, like a stage set. I have also more recently included watercolour, gold leaf and even printed with charcoal.”

Barbara is a Derby based artist who returned to drawing after working for many years as a teacher and having a child and explains this move;

“I felt that it was time to return to making art. My son had started school, and a small group of like minded people got together to share a studio. I’m inspired by my daily dog walks in all weathers, (I love the change of seasons); as I walk along I am aware of the passage of time, I think having a child brings this home to you. Who has walked under these trees, or seen the same river flow by?”

The Brewhouse has a planned gallery programme exhibiting a broad range of both contemporary and more traditional artwork; offering opportunities for both established and emerging artists as well as supporting community led projects within East Staffordshire.

‘Momentum’ is showing at The Brewhouse Arts Centre and Cafe Bar until 7th March.

Momentum by Barbara Colbert, is a powerful exhibition exploring the passing of time, mythology, legends, folk-lore and fairy tales. The exhibition is currently on at The Brewhouse Arts Centre and Café Bar.

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