Stafford County Council Election –  4 May 2017 Results

Stafford County Council Election – 4 May 2017 Results

The County Council Election took place on Thursday 4 May 2017.

Stafford went to the polls ahead of a snap general election with the Conservative party coming out with an overall majority.

The overall turnout was 33.86%


Eccleshall County Division

Jeremy Pert – Conservative Party Candidate – 2642 Votes

Gnosall and Doxey County Division

Mark Winnington – Conservative Party Candidate – 3065 Votes

Stafford Central County Division

Maureen Compton – Labour Party Candidate – 1451 Votes

Stafford North County Division

Jonathan Price – Conservative Party Candidate – 1417 Votes

Stafford South East County Division

Ann Edgeller – Conservative Party Candidate – 2537 Votes

Stafford Trent Valley County Division

John Francis – Conservative Party Candidate – 2573 Votes

Stafford West County Division

Carolyn Trowbridge – Conservative Party Candidate – 1635 Votes

Stone Rural County Division

Ian Parry – Conservative Party Candidate – 2546 Votes

Stone Urban County Division

Jill Hood – Independent Candidate – 1694 Votes

Highfields and Western Downs (2 Seats)

Victoria Jenkinson – Conservative Party Candidate – 650 Votes

William Taylor – Conservative Party Candidate – 620 Votes


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Stafford FM’s Crimeline: Do You Recognise this Man?


We need your help to find this man who Stafford Police would like to speak to in connection with a suspicious incident in Stafford.

At 5:30pm on Thursday 19 January a 15-year-old girl was walking along St Leonard’s Avenue when she walked past a man who was standing on the footpath.

As she walked past him, the man grabbed the girl. She screamed, pushed the man, and ran away.

The man then ran off along St Leonard’s Avenue back towards Fairway.

The girl was not injured, but left shaken by what happened.

The man is described as white, 5ft 7in tall with a slim build and aged in his late 20’s. He had stubble. He was wearing a dark coat and dark-blue jeans.

Stafford Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen this man in the area or who may know who he is and would urge anyone with information to contact them.

Anyone who recognises this man is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


30 reasons to enjoy Staffordshire


People in Staffordshire are being urged to opt for a ‘staycation’ over the holiday period and explore the county’s many attractions and hidden treasures. There’s a great video below which shows why….

Staffordshire has a thriving tourism economy with a wealth of great attractions, including many leading national sites, drawing in millions of visitors from across the UK and beyond.

For adrenalin seekers and families the county has two of the UK’s top theme parks in the Alton Towers Resort and Drayton Manor Park, as well as Tamworth’s SnowDome and Waterworld. All four of these fun-filled attractions can be visited using the value-for-money Thrill Hopper multi-attraction pass available online at

Staffordshire is also home to the National Memorial Arboretum, where HRH Prince William recently officially opened the brand new £15m Remembrance Centre. The county also boasts the national football centre at St George’s Park and the National Brewery Centre both in Burton upon Trent, as well as a wealth of smaller museums and attractions.


Darryl Eyers, Director for Economy at Staffordshire County Council explained that the county was a fantastic place to explore with something for everyone, with many more hidden and more quirky attractions just waiting to be discovered.

Darryl said: “We have a rich tapestry of attractions here in Staffordshire, many of which are nationally acclaimed, in addition to some that are perhaps less well-known but which play a vital part in our visitor economy.  Holidays offer a great opportunity to get out and explore some of our wonderful attractions right on our door step.  With so much to see here, I’d definitely urge people to consider a ‘Staycation’.”

The Trentham Estate is now the UK’s 4th largest paid-for garden attraction and the award-winning adjacent Monkey Forest is the only place in Britain where visitors can walk through the enclosure where the monkeys roam freely.

World of Wedgwood was launched in 2015, a major £34m redevelopment at the Wedgwood Factory in Barlaston, which created a brand new visitor centre integrated with the Wedgwood Museum, giving people even more reasons to visit Staffordshire.

There are historic houses and sites to visit like Lichfield Cathedral, the Shugborough Estate, Tamworth Castle, the Ancient High House and Weston Park.  And, Staffordshire is also a great place for the outdoors, from the Peak District National Park in the north to Chasewater and Cannock Chase AONB in the south and the National Forest in the east, not to mention hundreds of miles of footpaths, cycleways and a canal network amongst the largest of shire counties.

In 2015 alone almost 25 million people, from home and abroad, enjoyed a day or overnight trips to Staffordshire, helping generate over £1.7 billion for the local economy.  The tourism sector also supports 29,979 jobs in the county.

Since 2008, the overall sector spend has grown by 31%, overnight stays by 36%, day trips by 31%, and employment by 28%.

People can find out more about what Staffordshire has to offer here, Enjoy Staffs

Staffordshire Youth Endeavour Grants Award Launched To Help Young People Follow The Dreams



A new fund has been created to help young people living within a 20 mile radius of Stoke on Trent break down barriers and follow their dreams in a sport, hobby or pursuit. The Youth Endeavour Fund has grants of up to £500 available, per person, for those aged 14-25, for items including equipment, clothing, travel costs, educational trips and volunteering costs. Applications are now open until 20th September 2017.

Young people try new activities on a more regular basis than adults and can be restricted to engaging with a narrow range of pursuits due to costs. The Youth Endeavour Fund has no prescriptive list for what activities are included, and what is involved, but the fund advisors are more than happy to receive applications that detail the barriers faced as young people and how the financial help can help them overcome participation challenges. In previous years the Fund has donated to individuals across various projects including paying for travel to Kenya to help build a local school, specialist sports equipment for an Olympic hopeful and professional media equipment for a Performing Arts student.
Steve Adams, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation For Staffordshire who are managing the awards said: “Every year many young people have to give up on the next stage of their hopes and dreams because of a few small obstacles that they just can’t overcome. Often this is for the sake of a small amount of money. The Youth Endeavour Fund is here to help. It could be that someone has seen a new sport on the TV and wants to have a go but the nearest facility requires special transportation. Or they could be pursuing an activity and wish to make it to the next grade, but can’t afford the extra equipment. A small amount of money can make a huge difference and can be life-changing.”
He continued: “The grants are available to people aged 14-25 resident within 20 miles radius of Stoke on Trent. So that will include all of the Potteries, Stafford, Rugeley, Leek, western Shropshire including Market Drayton, East Cheshire including Nantwich and Crewe and Macclesfield and western Derbyshire towards Buxton and Ashbourne. The awards are now open and close on 20th September 2017 and we’d like to invite people to apply and awards will be made on merit and on a set of criteria. If you want more information call us now on 01785 339540 or visit
The Community Foundation is a team of professional local community fund and grant managers based in Stafford. Non-profit making, they create and administer benevolent funds and grant giving schemes for philanthropists, business, central Government and local authorities who want to create a lasting local legacy. They give away over £1m every year to Staffordshire voluntary organisations and charities, from their own funds, plus they manage the local distribution of Big Lottery Fund and Comic Relief money.

For more information please contact Julian Fisher, Townhouse Communications on 07970 715809.



By-election date set for seats on Stafford Borough Council


A by-election is to take place in May to contest two seats on Stafford Borough Council.

The vacant seats are for the Highfields and Western Downs ward in Stafford.

They became available after the two councillors representing the ward resigned due to them moving away from the Borough.

The by-election will go ahead on Thursday 4 May – which is also the date for the Staffordshire County Council elections.

Any person who is interested in standing in the elections should contact the Borough Council on [email protected] or 01785 619424. Nominations can be submitted from Tuesday 28 March and close at 4pm on Tuesday 4 April.

The last date to register to vote in the Borough by-election and the County Council election is Thursday 13 April.

If you require a postal vote for the elections then applications must be in by 5pm Tuesday 18 April. For more information go to

Borough Returning Officer, Tim Clegg, the Chief Executive of Stafford Borough Council, is urging residents not to miss out on the chance to vote.

“Electing councillors to represent you on local issues is really important as they will take key decisions on how services are provided in your neighbourhood.  Please take a few minutes to ensure that you are registered to vote; it is easy to do and will ensure that you have a say on how your local councils are run for you and your family.”

Residents have until the 13 April to register and it will only take a few minutes online at

The Highfields and Western Downs seats became vacant following the resignation of Councillors Maureen Bowen and Stephen O’Connor.