A £500 million scheme that could see a hotel, top of the range office space, and new homes in Stafford will be discussed by senior councillors next week.

The ‘Stafford Gateway Masterplan’ would develop land near to the railway station and has been planned on the back of HS2 which will see journey times to London slashed to under an hour from the county town.

A report on the scheme is expected to go before members of the Borough Council’s cabinet for the first time on Thursday (6 July).

Developers have shown interest in the site which could see 650 apartments, 150 houses, and a new multi storey car park with 1400 spaces.  And leading leisure chains have already expressed an interest in building a hotel with conferencing facilities.


The Council would work with other local authorities, who form the ‘Constellation Partnership,’ and Government to progress the plans on the back of the opportunities which HS2 will bring. Stafford is a hub station for HS2 which will see the high speed trains stopping at the town.

The 28-hectare site is next to the Stafford railway station and was home to manufacturing, industrial and rail-related use – with much of it now ceased.

Improvements would see another entrance to open up the railway station on both sides and enhanced walking and cycle routes through to the town centre.

Councillor Patrick Farrington, Leader of the Borough Council, said: “Our borough is growing and we have big ambitions for it.

“HS2 has presented an opportunity to deliver substantial economic growth and regeneration across the town. We want to ensure we have a vibrant town centre for the future – knowing that more residents and office workers in town will provide a boost to the High Street – and we will be studying these exciting plans very closely to ensure we are creating the right environment for businesses to flourish, for people to live, work and enjoy the area, and for communities to prosper.”

Stafford Borough has seen considerable growth over recent years including the £100m Riverside retail scheme in town, huge expansion of the army barracks, and hundreds of new homes. And work is underway on a new cinema in Stafford and an 83-acre business park at Meaford in the North of the Borough. Work will get underway this year on a nearly £10 million leisure scheme in Stone and there are advanced plans for a £2.5 million restoration of the county town’s award winning Victoria Park.

Councillor Farrington continued: “Our Borough is rightly seen as a great place to invest because of our position at the centre of the UK, with fantastic transport links. Recent figures show more than £1.5 billion has been invested in, or planned for, the area but we will not forget to protect what we already have – a safe, clean and green borough with an excellent quality of life.”

The cabinet will be asked to back the Station Gateway Masterplan and allow it to form part of the local plan review. The local plan governs development across the borough.

The full cabinet report for the meeting on 6 July will be available HERE  from Wednesday afternoon (28 June).



Residents and businesses are being asked for their views on changes to rules that can help stop people causing anti social behaviour in areas of Stafford Borough.

New national legislation comes in to force in October that places restrictions on, for example, where people can drink alcohol or the number of dogs a person can walk at any one time.

The new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) will replace orders which govern alcohol restriction zones and Dog control orders – which were both part of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2014.

The new PSPO’s are intended to deal with particular problems in a certain area which are proving detrimental to the quality of life of local people. The PSPOs will impose conditions on the use of an area.

Stafford Borough Council is proposing to implement a PSPO for both Stafford and Stone Town centres to restrict people drinking alcohol on the streets and requirements for people to control their dogs in other locations across the area.

Councillor Jeremy Pert, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “This is a tool which allow us to work, with the Police, with communities to protect and enhance community life by removing the incidence of nuisance or anti-social behaviour. These powers allow us to address anti-social incidents – particularly when there are repeat offenders involved.

“It is not designed to be the first remedy but certainly one that we jointly need to have to support the communities that we live and work in.”

The draft policy is now available for public consultation for 6 weeks. People can give their comments on the draft policy until Thursday 27 July. The document can be found at and a copy is also available to view at the Civic Centre, Riverside Stafford.

Or you can give feedback here, Survey

Any comments can be emailed to [email protected] or posted to Policy and Partnerships, Stafford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Riverside, Stafford ST16 3AQ

The Faculty Of Public Health Expo 2017

Stafford FM will be covering the Annual Faculty Of Public Health Expo 2017 live on our Facebook page


The Expo is a great showcase of a range of health and living issues and charities that are here to support delicate issues.

It is free to attend if you fancy joining us in Telford.


The FPH Said

“As a public health community, we have an ever greater responsibility to implement the systems, policies and services that are as cost-effective and efficient as possible. Our 2017 conference in Telford is the opportunity to share the latest evidence, explore new ideas and ensure that current practice is the most effective we can deliver.

We want to bring together ideas, innovative practice and learning from all four UK nations and from across the full range of public health activities, from protecting against infection and environmental hazards to improving care delivery, from new screening programmes to improving health in the populations we serve. Evidence supports all parts of public health – come and share it in Telford.

Delegates will be grappling with such thorny issues as:
  • How can public health save the planet?
  • The UK’s humanitarian role post-Brexit
  • What will the public health workforce look like in 10 years’ time?”

Find out more information on the website

Watch our roundup video: 

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The Borough Council has responsibility for ensuring taxi drivers are competent and that people can travel in safe, well maintained vehicles. Now the local authority is asking for views on a draft policy which outlines licensing conditions to make sure this happens.

Letters have gone out asking taxi and private hire drivers to have their say as part of the six-week consultation which began on Monday (12 June).  As well as vehicle conditions the document also sets out rules governing drivers ‘dress code’ and the effect criminal convictions can have on holding a taxi licence.

Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet member for Environment and Health, said: “People rely on taxis especially when they have no other way to travel around Stafford Borough so we appreciate how vital the trade is for the community.

“Therefore it is important that members of the public can have trust in the person who is driving that cab, and that the vehicle they step in to is safe.”

People can give their comments on the draft Taxi Licensing Policy and Licence Conditions 2017 policy until Monday 24 July. You can find it at A copy is also available to view at the Civic Centre, Riverside, Stafford.

Email comments to [email protected] or by post to Mrs J Wallace, Licensing Officer, Stafford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Riverside, Stafford ST16 3AQ.





Sun-starved Brits may welcome high-end temperatures this summer, but over-hot nights can play havoc in the bedroom.

“When the sun comes out we can enjoy days in the garden, a picnic and dusting off the BBQ – but we forget the effect the warm days can have on our bedrooms at night,” said Simon Williams of the National Bed Federation (NBF).

“A baking bedroom can impact on our comfort and sleep. An ideal bedroom temperature should be around 16-18°C (60-65°F) but it can be difficult to get comfortable and fall asleep in a hot and stuffy bedroom, leaving many suffering from a disturbed night’s sleep.

Continued Simon: “Your body temperature needs to drop slightly before you go to sleep which is why you just can’t sleep when you’re too hot. Below are some simple, very effective steps to take to ensure you stay cool and comfortable in bed this summer.”

  • Keep windows and doors open to allow air to circulate.
  • Keep curtains or blinds drawn during the day to keep the sun out.
  • If you’ve got an attic, try opening the hatch. Hot air rises and this will give it somewhere to go.
  • Get rid of the duvet and blankets – just use a cotton sheet. Or a duvet with a low tog rating.
  • Wear light cotton nightwear. This is actually better than wearing nothing at all as natural fabric will absorb any perspiration.
  • If you’ve got long hair, tie it back. Hair around your neck can make you feel warmer.
  • Have a cool shower or bath before bedtime to lower your core body temperature.
  • Drink plenty of cold water during the evening and keep a glass by the bed.
  • Avoid too much caffeine, alcohol or a big meal. They can all make you feel hot and steamy in the middle of the night through dehydration and over-active digestion.
  • Put a hot water bottle filled with ice cold water in bed.
  • Cool a pillow case in the fridge before bedtime or try one of the new cooling pillows that are available to buy.
  • Cool socks in the fridge and wear them. Cooling your feet lowers the overall temperature of your skin and body.
  • Use an electric fan – the remedy for 20% of people. If it’s really hot, put a tray of ice and a little water in front of the fan which will cool the air even more.
  • Next time you buy a new bed, look out for one that incorporates new temperature regulating technology.
  • And, if you share a bed, make sure it’s big enough for two people, so you can sleep without disturbing each other: 5ft wide should be your minimum.

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can have both positive and negative effects on human health, there’s some useful tips to protect yourself from the sun here,