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Adopted man and biological father both lollipop men

An adopted man who traced his biological father has discovered that they were both working in the same profession, for the same council.

When Darren Wardle met his biological father Paul Ferris, he found that they both worked as lollipop men for Staffordshire County Council.

Darren Wardle and his biological father Paul Ferris Credit: ITV News Central

Despite working just 15 miles away from each other, their paths never crossed.

Darren said: "It definitely runs in the family, because my wife, mother-in-law and my Dad are all in the job. My adopted mother was also a lollipop lady for years in Wednesbury where I grew up, so from an early age I knew what was involved and valued the job that they do."

Staffordshire County Council Leader: More jobs and economic growth for 2013

Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council has said in his New Year message that creating more jobs and economic growth remain the top priority in 2013.

I believe we face three key challenges across Staffordshire in 2013; creating more jobs and stimulating economic growth; ensuring our organisations are as efficient, innovative and as effective as possible; and working together to combine knowledge, expertise and financial power to make a real difference in our communities.

– Philip Atkins, Leader of Staffordshire County Council

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Close-up look at one of the biggest construction projects in the country

For the first time, cameras have been allowed in to take a close-up look at one of the biggest construction projects in the country.

Work is well underway on a huge new business estate - which will include an engine factory for Jaguar Land Rover.

Millions of tons of earth are being moved - and the very first foundations to the factory have now been laid.

First look at construction on new Jaguar Land Rover site

Laying the foundations at i54
Laying the foundations at i54 Credit: ITV Central
The first foundations at Staffordshire business site
The first foundations at Staffordshire business site Credit: ITV Central
The business site, once finished will create 750 jobs
The business site, once finished will create 750 jobs Credit: ITV Central
Hard at work at Staffordshire site
Hard at work at Staffordshire site Credit: ITV Central

The £335 million investment at i54 in Staffordshire will create 750 jobs.

It will include a new link to the M54 motorway right next door.

It's early days - but this is the start of big things to come, soon it'll be a factory covering 70,000 square metres.

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New planning laws to protect the environment and deliver jobs, says councillor

New planning laws announced today strike the right balance between protecting the environment and helping to deliver jobs, says Staffordshire County Council.

“The delivery of a less complex planning process which can help regeneration projects to get off the ground more quickly and stimulate job creation will add to Staffordshire’s drive for greater prosperity.

– Ben Adams, Councillor for Planning Policy at Staffs County Council

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