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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 no towns of major size, and many of the settlements within the district are considered dormitory villages for Stafford, Telford, and the West Midlands conurbation.
South Staffordshire District
South Staffordshire shown within Staffordshire
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Incorporated||1 April 1974|
|• Type||Non-metropolitan district council|
|• Body||South Staffordshire District Council|
|• Leadership||Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)|
|• MPs||Gavin Williamson|
|• Total||157.3 sq mi (407.3 km2)|
|Area rank||99th (of 317)|
|• Rank||213th (of 317)|
|• Density||710/sq mi (280/km2)|
|• Ethnicity||98.0% White|
|Time zone||UTC0 (GMT)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (BST)|
|ONS code||41UF (ONS)|
|OS grid reference|
Its council is based in Codsall, one of the larger settlements in the district, along with Brewood, Cheslyn Hay, Great Wyrley, Kinver, Landywood, Penkridge, Perton and Wombourne. Other villages in the district include Swindon, Coven, Essington, Featherstone, Gospel End, Huntington, Lower Penn, Pattingham, Seisdon and Trysull.
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 1974–2010, when he retired and the seat was won by Gavin Williamson for the Conservative Party.
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:
- South Staffordshire Railway Walk: A 5.5 miles (8.9 km) walk along the disused railway line of the Wombourne Branch Line.
- Baggeridge Country Park: A large and diverse country park located between Wombourne and Sedgley (in the Dudley Metropolitan Borough), which has won the national Green Flag Award for 11 years.
- Bluebell Woods, Perton: An internationally important site for Bluebells.
- Highgate Common: A large area of heathland near Swindon.
- Kinver Edge: A National Trust property, located in the south of the district which features the Holy Austin Rock Houses.
- Shoal Hill Common: A 180-acre (0.73 km2) site of lowland heaths and woodlands which can be found to the extreme north of the district.
As of June 2019, the political make-up of the local council was as follows:
|Party||Number of Councillors|
- "South Staffordshire Council: Directions" (PDF). Retrieved 16 October 2016.
- "South Staffordshire Railway". Leisure Services. South Staffordshire Council. Retrieved 28 February 2014.
- "Baggeridge County Park". South Staffordshire Council. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
- "Bluebell Walk at Smith's Rough". South Stafforshire Council. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
- "Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses". National Trust. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
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