Weekly News 304
Council and district news
Now out: New Review magazine
The latest edition of our Review magazine is now out.
The residents magazine features updates from across the council, with news about council tax, the latest from our leisure centres, information from our waste and recycling team, and information about what we’re doing to help mitigate climate change in the district.
It also includes news on fly-tipping figures – and what residents can do to help reduce littering in the district – plus information on what’s needed to vote in the upcoming elections.
There’s also news from our planning team, an update from the new Local Policing Commander for South Staffordshire, information around community safety, and the latest from our business team.
Read the latest edition of the Review magazine via our brand-new accessible page-flipping feature via this link (The Review magazine issue 81 | South Staffordshire District Council (sstaffs.gov.uk))
South Staffs businesses win six awards at prestigious event
South Staffordshire’s tourism and hospitality sector shone brightly last night, with three of the district’s businesses taking home a total of six accolades from a prestigious county-wide awards ceremony.
The 2023 Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism and Good Food Awards saw businesses from the district come away with two gold awards, one silver, two bronze – and a special award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in Staffordshire.
Weston Park was the district’s big winner of the night, coming away with a total of three accolades.
The landmark’s Holiday Cottages were named Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year, while its Granary restaurant won silver in the Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year category.
Weston Park chief executive, Colin Sweeney, was also presented with a special award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism in Staffordshire in recognition of his work to position the estate as a premier destination.
Play@ Lower Drayton Farm, near Penkridge, meanwhile, was named Small Visitor Attraction of the Year.
The Moat House at Acton Trussell came away with two bronze awards in the categories of Business Events Venue of the Year and Large Hotel of the Year.
- Customer Services General Advisors (Part & Full Time), closing March 26th.
All vacancies can be viewed in full and applied for on our new recruitment site: https://www.sstaffs.gov.uk/vacancies
Elections voter ID: Are you ready?
The UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at some elections.
This new requirement will apply for the first time in England at the local elections on Thursday, May 4th, 2023.
Find out which forms of ID you can use and more information via this link
Council Tax Bills
|Council tax bills and benefit letters will be posted out weeks commencing March 13th and March 20th, 2023.
To view a copy of your bill on “My Account”, set up a direct debit, request a single persons discount or record a change of circumstance please visit our NEW website today. www.sstaffs.gov.uk/council-tax
Bin collection calendars are out for delivery
Bin crews are hard at work delivering our new 2023-25 bin calendar booklets throughout the district.
Residents will receive their new bin calendar over the coming weeks. A copy of this will also be available on line on the new council website.
For any South Staffs residents there are no immediate changes to your bin collection day. Continue to present as normal.
Easter activities at the Leisure Centres
Easter Fayre coming soon to Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre
Great Wyrley and Cheslyn Hay Community Group are hosting an Easter Fayre at Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre on Saturday, March 25th. It will be free entry for all visitors and Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre is looking forward to welcoming small local businesses to the event. Tables are still available to be booked.
For more information and to reserve a table for your stall contact Cheslyn Hay Leisure Centre on 01922 417790.
Free School Holiday Activities and Food Scheme
As part of the activity camp provisions, children living in South Staffordshire and who are in receipt of free school meals are eligible to free camps and a hot meal as part of the ‘Holiday Activities and Food’ Scheme (HAF) which is funded by the Government. These are available at each of the leisure centres as follows:
- Cheslyn Hay from Tuesday, April 11th to Friday, April 14th.
- Codsall from Monday, April 3rd to Thursday, April 6th.
- Penkridge from Monday, April 3rd to Thursday, April 6th.
- Wombourne from Tuesday, April 11th to Friday, April 14th.
Bookings for the free activities and food will be available from 4pm on March 17th and customers booking these must have their unique reference to hand at the time of booking.
For more information about the free camps and hot food places, and to book visit https://www.aspire-sports.co.uk/active-camps/free-easter-activities
School holiday Activity Camps
Aspire school holiday activity camps are being held this Easter at South Staffordshire Council’s leisure centres. The camps provide young people aged 5 to 14 years old with access to sports based activities. Camps will be available between Monday, April 3rd to Friday, April 14th, 2023.
Discounts are available for siblings and emergency service workers.
Codsall and Wombourne Leisure Centres camps will be available from Monday, April 3rd to Thursday, April 6th; and Tuesday, April 11th to Friday, April 14th.
For more information and to book visit https://www.aspire-sports.co.uk/active-camps
Wolves Goalkeeping and Soccer Schools
Wolves Soccer School is coming to our Leisure Centres this Easter.
These sessions will run from 9am to 3pm and are suitable for children from reception to year 7. The cost is £40 for two days or £70 for 4 days.
Wombourne Leisure Centre
Dates: Monday, April 3rd to Thursday, April 6th
Penkridge Leisure Centre
Thursday, April 13th and Friday, April 14th
Cheslyn Hay Lesuire Centre
Tuesday, April 11th to Friday, April 14th
For more information and to book the Goalkeeping and Soccer schools, click here which takes you to the Wolverhampton Wanderers booking screen.
|Celebrate ‘Shakespeare Week’ at Perton Library with the ‘Hour Shakespeare’ group. The group will perform scenes from Shakespeare plays, take part in an audience Q&A session and you will also be able to request favourite pieces for the group to perform.
Venue: Perton Library
Date: Tuesday March 21st
Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm (Please arrive for 6:45pm to be seated)
FREE, but donations are requested to cover the groups expenses.
Refreshments will be available.
Please contact Perton Library for more information or to book on 01902 506050 or firstname.lastname@example.org