South Staffordshire

South Staffordshire is a local government district in Staffordshire, England. The district lies to the north and west of the West Midlands county, bordering Shropshire to the west and Worcestershire to the south. It contains notable settlements such as Codsall, Cheslyn Hay, Great Wyrley, Penkridge, Brewood, Coven, Essington, Huntington, Weston-under-Lizard, Bilbrook, Wombourne, Himley, Perton and Featherstone. Codsall is the main administrative centre of South Staffordshire District. Many of the villages form both commuter and residential areas for the nearby towns of Cannock, Stafford and Telford. As well as the wider West Midlands County.

South Staffordshire District
The district offices in Codsall.
The district offices in Codsall.
South Staffordshire shown within Staffordshire
South Staffordshire shown within Staffordshire
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionWest Midlands
Non-metropolitan countyStaffordshire
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQCodsall
Incorporated1 April 1974
Government
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodySouth Staffordshire District Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPsGavin Williamson
Theodora Clarke
Area
 • Total157.3 sq mi (407.3 km2)
 • Rank99th (of 309)
Population
 (mid-2019 est.)
 • Total112,436
 • Rank212th (of 309)
 • Density710/sq mi (280/km2)
 • Ethnicity
98.0% White
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code41UF (ONS)
E07000196 (GSS)
OS grid referenceSJ8701803171
Websitewww.sstaffs.gov.uk

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, by the merger of Cannock Rural District (in the north) and Seisdon Rural District (in the south).

Its council is based in Codsall,[1] The district covers a similar geographic area to South Staffordshire parliamentary constituency, although the north of the district is covered by the Stafford constituency. Sir Patrick Cormack of the Conservative Party held the South Staffordshire seat, and its predecessor, Staffordshire South-West, between 1974 and 2010, when he retired and the seat was won by Gavin Williamson for the Conservative Party.

Among the council's responsibilities is the provision of the 'South Staffordshire Link', a minibus service serving rural communities in the area. Providing journeys on different routes on set days, this service is open to anyone unable to access normal bus services. Potential customers have to book in advance.

CountrysideEdit

There are many beauty spots within the South Staffordshire district, for example the village of Wombourne has the Wom Brook Walk and the Bratch Locks on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal in the nearby village of Bratch. Other sites include:

Bunkers Tree Wood is also in the area and contains a large Corvid roost.

Local GovernmentEdit

As of June 2019, the political make-up of the local council was as follows:[6]

Party Number of Councillors
Conservative 37
Independent 7
Green 3
Labour 1
UKIP 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "South Staffordshire Council: Directions". Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  2. ^ "South Staffordshire Railway". Leisure Services. South Staffordshire Council. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Baggeridge County Park". South Staffordshire Council. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Bluebell Walk at Smith's Rough". South Stafforshire Council. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses". National Trust. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  6. ^ "CMIS > Councillors".

Coordinates: 52°37′33″N 2°11′30″W / 52.6258°N 2.1918°W / 52.6258; -2.1918