Libraries in our District are administered by Staffordshire County Council.
Last Updated: 27/11/2020
Libraries in our District are administered by Staffordshire County Council.
Last Updated: 27/11/2020
Every year Cannock Chase Council cleans 350km of streets - picking up 2,050 tonnes of litter, and emptying 360 litter bins every week.
We all want to live in a litter free and clean environment, and give our streets a clean sweep, but we need to work together to achieve this.
Our aim is to:
Please help us by:
Litter bugs will get fixed penalty fines if caught dropping litter by a Cannock Chase Council Environmental Officer and will be issued with a fixed penalty fine.
Did you know that it was an offence to drop your cigarette butt?
Did you know that the average cost of cleaning gum from Town Centre streets in the UK is £20K? This has to be done a number of times a year. *
Work with us and next time you're out, before you drop that cigarette end, match stick, gum or sweet wrapper, stop and think and put your rubbish in a litter bin.
* Source ENCAMS
Fly tippers will be prosecuted. If caught fly tippers face a £20,000 fine.
If you see anyone fly tipping then call us on 01543 462621 with a vehicle registration number, description of the vehicle and individual and of course where the offence has taken place. All calls are completely Confidential.
Alternatively, the on-line reporting form for reporting fly tipping is HERE
Last Updated: 30/09/2021
No matter how good a manufacturer, or supplier of food is, there will be occasions when something goes wrong and the food sold is not acceptable to the customer.
The Food Safety Team receives many complaints relating to food each year. Foreign objects in food are one type of complaint, however not all pose a health risk
What food complaints do the Food Safety Team will deal with?
The Food Safety Team will deal with complaints that pose a public health risk.
Please note the Food & Safety Team will not get involved in any compensation claims. Compensation claims are a civil matter that you must take up with the manufacturer and, if necessary, through the courts.
Our team will deal with:
· food that is not safe to eat or actually makes you ill
· food that is so contaminated that it could not reasonably be eaten (such as a mouldy pie)
· food that contains a foreign object (such as a fragment of glass in a loaf of bread)
· chemical contamination of food and improper use of additives
The following complaints are dealt with by our colleagues in the Trading Standards Department at Staffordshire Council who can be contacted at https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/ or tel 03454 04 05 06
· composition of food (such as sausages containing less than the minimum percentage of meat)
· adulteration of foods
· labelling offences and misleading claims
· quality and nature of food (such as pollock being sold as cod)
In order for the Food Safety Team to take formal action there will have to be:
· a public health risk
· a good chain of evidence (such as details of where the food was bought, any relevant packaging)
· evidence that the company concerned has not taken all reasonable steps to prevent the problem
Any formal action must also comply with the Council’s Enforcement Policy.
Our team can be contacted on 01543 462621
When should I complain to a shop, manufacturer or supplier about a food complaint ? FAQ (R)
For relatively minor problems it is best to complain directly to the company that sold you the food. Instances where it is appropriate to contact the shop or supplier directly include:
· if you are not fully satisfied with the product and you just want your money back (most large supermarket chains have an efficient quality control and complaints procedure to enable customers to return an unsatisfactory food complaint and obtain a refund - supermarkets log these complaints and refer them to their suppliers, who can then identify trends, resulting in remedial action
· if the complaint is not of a serious nature (such as a part of a pea pod in a can of peas, or a ‘flat’ carbonated drink)
Last Updated: 23/09/2015
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We are a group of community volunteers working with Cannock Chase District Council to promote and support the regeneration of Hednesford Park. You can be involved by sharing your views and get involved in future events.
Our objectives are:
We have four subgroups which any member of the FOHP can join and support. These are:
Any member of the Friends can be a part of these groups and they will only work with your support. Groups will meet informally as and when required. If you wish to find out more or be a part of one of the sub groups please contact us.
Like our facebook page; www.facebook.com/friendsofhednesfordpark
Follow us on http://twitter.com/#!/TFOHP
Visit our website http://www.friendsofhednesfordpark.org.uk/
Last Updated: 25/02/2021
Old Hednesford Park is on the site of the old canal basins where the barges used to collect and transport coal countywide from the local Cannock mines before these closed.
It is now a well used undulating informal open space with streams and tree and shrub planting in the centre of which is a Council football pitch. On a part of the site adjacent to Hill Street there is an area planted with memorial trees to babies and the Newlife Foundation.
Old Hednesford Park can be accessed from Hill Street and Hemlock Way, Heath Hayes, WS11 7FG.
Last Updated: 18/09/2015
Elmore Park is located just a short distance from the Rugeley Town Centre.
This small town park has a number of features with a fenced play area, grass landscaped areas, formal annual bedding display, skateboard facilities [with larger facilities for "Skateboarders"] in the adjacent Hagley Fields site, the site also contains the very popular pets corner.
The site is dominated by the pool in the centre of the park,it's "Horseshoe" shaped island and the mix of newly planted trees and mature trees offering a landscape feature to the local community and visitors to the site.
The park is constrained by the private properties and roads on Crossley Stone, Elmore Lane and the main Western Springs Road [A51] on the remaining boundary. There are access gates in to the park located on Crossley Stone and Elmore Road with the remaining gates accessed of the Western Springs Road.
The components of the site are Park 1.405 hec. Lake 0,5578 hec and the island is 0.0842 hec.
The Pets Corner on the site is extremely popular with the community and visitors to the park, it has four separated sections, in section one, we have chickens, section two has Guinea Pigs, Canaries, Zebra, and Bengalese Finches, in section three there are Budgies and Quails and in the last section we have Rabbits and Guinea pigs.
The lake is fed by the Rising Brook stream, this stream has its origins at Brindley Heath and follows the glacial valley through the middle of Cannock Chase to emerge at Hagley Playing Fields where it is culverted beneath the Western Springs Road to emerge in to the park. The water exit's the lake in the park via a small weir and sluice gate near Elmore Lane entrance, from here its culverted underground all the way through the centre of the town of Rugeley.
Fishing is not permitted in the lake, as there are a healthy population of the native White Clawed Crayfish which is nationally a protected species, the following species of fish have been identified in the lake i.e. Brown Trout, Common Carp, Eel, Gudgeon, Perch, and Pike along with our resident Terrapins.
Feeding the ducks and birds on the lake especially for young children makes for a pleasant visit to the park, unfortunately processed bread is not the correct food for the birds as it is not a healthy diet in large amounts.
The above leaflet offers information on the Elmore Tree Trail a mix of 18 different species of trees making the park a mini-arboretum for the area.
Elmore Park was awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award for quality parks in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and again in 2018.
Last Updated: 25/02/2021
Staffed Parks Opening Hours 2020 - 2021
Cannock Park*, Hednesford Park, Elmore Park* and Ravenhill Park;
Autumn/Winter 26 October 2020 - 21st March 2021
Open 08:30 am and Close at 16:00 pm
22nd March 2021 - 31st October 2021
Open at 08:00 am and Closing at 19:30 pm
*Elmore Park will be closed half an hour earlier i.e. autumn /winter 15:30 and spring /summer 19:00 pm
*Cannock Park Car Park Gates off Park Road are opened at 10:30 am all year but closes in the Autumn / Winter 15:30 and Spring/ Summer 19:00 pm
Please note all pedestrian gates are open 24/7 365 days of the year.
Last Updated: 23/03/2021
During these difficult and upsetting circumstances our Bereavement Services team are working closely with Funeral Directors to provide families with a dignified funeral service within our cemeteries.
At the present time our cemeteries remain open to the public. Please also see the government link below.
Public Health England and the Department of Health & Social Care has issued updated guidance for managing a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic. This revised guidance applies in England.
The major updates include the following:
We appreciate that during this difficult time you will have to make important decisions about the funeral you would like and if you would like any information or if you have any concerns please contact Bereavement Services on 01543 462621.
If you are experiencing financial difficulty with the cost of a funeral, you can access the funeral expenses payment scheme which is operated through the department of work and pensions. Please refer to https://www.gov.uk/funeral-payments for advice.
For further help and advice there are organisations which can help:-
Bereavement Services Association www.bsauk.org
Beyond Life www.beyond.life/help-centre
Cruse email: email@example.com
Stile Cop Cemetery
Churchyards in the District
You can download the following leaflets and information sheets below.
For further information telephone Bereavement Services on 01543 462621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
All fees are multiplied by two for non residents of Cannock Chase District (Exclusions apply).
The fees below are applicable from 1 April 2021
Purchase and Interment fees for Burials
Purchase of Grave Space - £895.20
Excavation of a grave for a child including interment - (under 18 or stillborn after 24 wks - No charge
Excavation of a grave for one including interment - £362.40
Excavation of a grave for two including first interment - £717.60
Re-open of purchased grave including interment - £598.00
Excavation of public grave - £444.50
Coffins over 6'8" in length - £74.30
Coffins over 28" in width - £74.30
Purchase and Interment fees for Cremated Remains
Purchase of Grave Space - £895.20
Excavation of a grave for cremated remains including
interment - £242.20
Re-open of purchased grave for cremated remains
including interment - £242.20
Purchase of Cremated Remains Plot - £444.10
Excavation and interment of cremated remains plot
for a child - No charge
Excavation and interment of cremated remains - £242.20
Re-open of purchased cremated remains plot including
interment - £242.20
Scattering of Cremated Remains - £97.60
Walled Graves, Vaults and American Style Caskets
Purchase of Grave Space - £1381.80
Excavation of a grave for one including interment - £553.00
Excavation of a grave for two including first interment - £831.50
Burial - Actual Cost
Cremated Remains - Actual cost
Failure to provide Interment Form 48 hours before the interment - £62.80
Transfer of Exclusive Right of Burial - £77.70
Extension of Exclusive Right of Burial for 30 years - £258.80
Searches of Burial Records (per hour) - £25.00
Supply and install approved Memorial Bench with plaque -price on application)
Supply plaque to Communal Memorial Bench - £127.30
Supply and plant Memorial Tree on a ten year lease - £388.90
Supply Memorial Plaque to existing Memorial Tree - £106.00
Maintenance of Graves
Clean, provide soil and top up - £84.90
Provide and lay turf - £42.40
Maintain soiled or turfed grave - £118.90
Maintain and plant once per year - £169.10
Maintain and plant twice per year - £217.20
Headstone or other approved memorial - £247.80
Cremated Remains Plaque - £166.30
Stone Vase - £132.40
Additional Inscription - £101.90
Additional Charge for Memorial Work (headstones only) - £20.30
Stile Cop Cemetery has a limited number of both semi- mature and recently planted trees available as living memorials. The trees are leased for a period of ten years, after which you have the option to renew the lease. Each tree is situated within a gravelled square allowing you to place personal memorials around the base of the tree. The cost of the lease also includes a commemorative plaque wih an inscription of your choice. For the cost of leasing a memorial tree please contact Bereavement Services on 01543 462621.
Our distinctive memorial benches are made of recycled plastic, which has the benefits of being long lasting, durable and maintenance free. Each bench is supplied with a flush fitting stainless steel plaque with an inscription of your choice. The benches may be placed in a suitable position following a discussion with cemetery staff. For the cost of purchasing a memorial bench, please contact Bereavement Services on 01543 462621.
Memorials are not permitted on public graves, but may be erected on private graves subject to the permission being granted by the Council Officer to an approved memorial mason. Approved memorial masons are defined as memorial masons who have signed up to the Council’s Memorial Registration Scheme (list of these memorial masons is available from Bereavement Services). Notice must be given to the council officer on the approved form before carrying out any work in connection therewith. The Council may remove memorials from private graves when the period of the right of burial has expired. No grave mound, kerbing or other surround will be permitted in any section of a cemetery declared to be a ‘Lawn Section’ whilst the Council realise the need for personalized memorialisation this will not be permitted for an indefinate period and will be removed from graves. Any personal memorials/items put on the grass will be removed. Grave spaces will be turfed at ground level as soon as possible after an interment
1. Drawings and specifications of all memorials or alterations thereto and any inscription thereon shall be submitted on the form A2 obtainable from the Civic Centre.
Memorials on lawned sections must not exceed 915mm (3’) in height, 915mm (3’) wide, 455mm (18’’) depth and sited on a base not exceeding 1065mm (42’’) Cremated remains plaques must be a standard size of 125mm (5’’) in height, 305mm (12’’) wide and 455mm (18’’) depth. Block vases are permitted on the plaques but must be 150mm (6’’) high giving an overall height of 279mm (11’’). On approval, a permit will be issued via the Bereavement Services Office.
2. Memorials and vases of quarried materials shall have the number of the grave space cut conspicuously on the bottom right hand corner of the back of the memorial, the expense thereof being borne by the applicant. Trade inscriptions other than the supplier’s name and district will not be permitted. Only stones made from quarried materials of memorial quality will be permitted. The Council has the right to request a sample of the stone prior to the production of the headstone-memorial. Laser engraved images are permitted but cannot exceed 20% of the overall front of the memorial. Photographs of the deceased may be fixed to memorials provided they do not exceed an overall size of 100mm by 75mm. The inscription must be set out in full on the application form and if it is any other language than English, a full translation must be provided. The inscription will be at the discretion of the Council Officer. No inscriptions or images will be permitted on the back of memorials. Memorials will be in keeping with the type of memorials already in-situ.
3. A vase of quarried material bearing a personal inscription shall be regarded as a memorial and be subject to the fee payable.
4. Headstones – Lawn Sections
Vertical headstones only may be erected on payment of the appropriate fee. Headstones must be erected in the position indicated by the Council Officer. In sections where the Council has not provided foundations, memorials must be fixed on foundations, in accordance with the latest industry guidelines, currently the National Association of Memorial Masons.
5. Memorials and Monuments
All memorials and monuments in sections of the Cemetery not designated as ‘Lawn Sections’ may be erected only on payment of the appropriate fee in the position indicated by the Council Officer. Memorials must be fixed on appropriate foundations (as above).
6. Execution of Works
Works may not be commenced at the Cemeteries until any fees payable to the Council have previously been paid, when a receipt will be issued, with a permit for the execution of works. Stonemasons will only be admitted into the Cemetery upon prior request being made to Bereavement Services. All refuse, surplus soil, rubbish and materials shall be removed at the completion of the work to the satisfaction of the Cemetery Supervisor. No works may be executed on Saturdays, Sundays or other public or bank holiday and any other day set aside by the Council as a holiday without prior arrangement with the Council. Failure to comply with any of these regulations will amount to a warning under The Memorial Masons Registration Scheme, a copy of which is available from the Civic Centre.
A funeral director can advise you and help you make the necessary arrangements The majority of people choose to use a professional funeral director.
They can take control of all necessary arrangements for you and advise you about the options available. This can help at what is generally a stressful time.
Most funeral directors will provide the following services as a minimum:-
· Arrange for burial or cremation as appropriate.
· Care for the deceased prior to the funeral
· Make all the necessary arrangements
· Provide appropriate staff
· Provide a hearse to the nearest cemetery or crematorium
· Provide a suitable coffin
· Provide a coffin or casket if required
· Transfer the deceased from the place of death to the funeral directors premises
· Help you decide if applicable, where the body should stay until the funeral i.e. the chapel
of rest or even your own premises if so desired.
Chase Funeral Services
3 Wynns Venture Centre
Staffs WS11 0XL
Maguire Funeral Services
75 Broadhurst Green
Staffs WS12 4LA
Phillip Emery Funeral Directors
15 Bow Street
Staffs WS15 2BT
William Emery & Sons
13 County Road
Stafford ST16 2PU
Halliwell Funeral Services
68/72 Hednesford Road
Staffs WS12 3EA
Middleton & Wood of Burntwood
10-12 Rugeley Road
Staffs WS7 9BA
Norton Canes Funeral Directors
1 Shaw Court
Staffs WS11 9TD
70 Church Street
Staffs WS11 1DH
John Short & Son
3 High Street
Staffs WS7 3XE
30 Greenheath Road
Staffs WS12 4AR
F.M. & J. Wait
25 Bird Street
Staffs WS13 6PW
33 Market Street
Staffs WS15 2JH
West Midlands Co-operative Funeral Service
49 Park Road
Staffs WS11 1JN
West Midlands .Co-operative Funeral Service
17 Main Road
Staffs WS15 1DN
Cannock Cemetery was opened in 1882. The cemetery is approximately five hectares in size and is situated one mile from Cannock town centre. The main entrance to the site is gained off Pye Green Road, which leads directly into the cemetery, passing floral displays and the chapel. Off the main driveway are numerous feeder paths which allow access to all areas of the grounds. The cemetery is now closed for new burials but there are spaces available for new cremated remains interments.
Stile Cop Cemetery
Stile Cop Cemetery was opened in 1984. The cemetery is approximately 5.8 hectares. The cemetery is situated one mile outside of Rugeley town centre. The main entrance to the site is gained off Stile Cop Road which leads directly into the cemetery with a car park to the right. The main drive passes by floral displays with a summer house situated on the right. The cemetery is available for new interments in the Established, Roman Catholic,Childrens and new Cremated Remains sections.
Stile Cop Cemetery is a Green Flag Cemetery. This is the quality award for Parks, Cemeteries and Open Spaces. .
Wolseley Road Cemetery, Rugeley was opened in 1884. The cemetery is approximately 2 hectares in size and is situated one mile outside of Rugeley town centre. The main entrance to the site is gained off Wolseley Road, which leads into the cemetery following the driveway to the car park which has spaces for 5 cars. Off the driveway are feeder paths which allow access to all areas of the grounds. The cemetery is now closed for new burials and new cremated remains interments.
Bereavement Services also maintains the grounds of six closed churchyards.
What you can expect from us
Funerals – we will
Meet with you to offer help and advice if you are planning a funeral, showing you the different options and facilities that are available. Please make an appointment by contacting Bereavement Services on 01543 462621.
Provide services which meet the Charter for the Bereaved of which we are members. This helps to ensure all funerals are dignified and personal.
Host a memorial service once a year at Stile Cop and Rugeley cemeteries to remember all those buried in the cemeteries. We will display the dates in the cemetery notice board.
Cemetery grounds – we will
Cemetery grounds maintenance standards – we will
Memorials – we will
Staff and administration – we will
What you can do help us – please
Contact the Bereavement Services Team
The Council offices are open Monday to Friday from 9.00am until 5.00pm excluding public holidays, Christmas and New Year.
Telephone 01543 462621
Last Updated: 04/11/2021