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South Staffordshire

South Staffordshire District
Non-metropolitan district
South Staffordshire shown within Staffordshire
South Staffordshire shown within Staffordshire
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region West Midlands
Non-metropolitan county Staffordshire
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Codsall
Incorporated 1 April 1974
 • Type Non-metropolitan district council
 • Body South Staffordshire District Council
 • Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Liberal Democrat (council NOC))
 • MPs Gavin Williamson
Jeremy Lefroy
 • Total 157.3 sq mi (407.3 km2)
Area rank 285th (of 326)
Population (mid-2014 est.)
 • Total 63,176
 • Rank 309th (of 326)
 • Density 400/sq mi (160/km2)
 • Ethnicity 98.0% White
Time zone GMT (UTC0)
 • Summer (DST) BST (UTC+1)
ONS code 41UF (ONS)
E07000196 (GSS)
OS grid reference

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.

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] 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 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 predecessors, between 1970–2010, 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:

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

Local Government

As of March 2011, the political make-up of the local council was as follows:[6]

Party Number of Councillors
  Conservative 42
  Independent 5
  Labour 1
  Liberal Democrats 1


  1. ^ "South Staffordshire Council: Directions". Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  2. ^ "South Staffordshire Railway". Leisure Services. South Staffordshire Council. Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Baggeridge County Park". South Staffordshire Council. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  4. ^ "Bluebell Walk at Smith's Rough". South Stafforshire Council. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  5. ^ "Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses".  
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