|SCC: Staffordshire County Council is to continue to proudly fly its county flag
The design promoted by Staffordshire County Council is in fact a flag, or banner, of the coat-of-arms of Staffordshire County Council.
SCC: – despite attempts by a group from outside the county to register an alternative design.
No application attempt to register an alternative design has been made by any group ‘outside the county’.
SCC: The council had hoped to have the flag flown by the council, local parish councils and schools for years to be endorsed by the Flag Institute, but is now withdrawing its bid after losing faith in the organisation.
The Flag Institute does not rubber-stamp applications to register flags in its UK Flag Registry. The Flag Institute has not received any notice withdrawing the application of either applicant.
SCC: This follows submissions by the county council and the Association of British Counties, whose membership address is in Wales, to register a design.
The Flag Institute has not received an application from the Association of British Counties in this matter.
SCC: On launching a public vote today the institute now names the second applicant as the Staffordshire Heritage Group, rather than the association and has also opened up the poll to people who live outside the modern day Staffordshire – even though the Black Country, for example, already has its own registered flag.
The application to register an alternative design for a flag of the historic county of Staffordshire has been made by the Staffordshire Heritage Group, supported by 16 other Staffordshire based organisations.
The Flag Institute does not register flags specific to modern County Council administrative areas. The “county” most people identify with is the historic one, not the modern administrative areas. We are sure the people of Stoke would be surprised to hear that they didn’t, in the opinion of SCC, come from Staffordshire! The Black Country is not a county, neither modern nor historical, and the flag registered is a regional flag, not a county flag. The government have made it clear that changes to administrative areas do not effect the historical counties.
The Flag Institute exists to aid the people of the United Kingdom develop and register flags which they feel represent them, and so it is identity that is important, not administration.
SCC: As the Staffordshire Heritage Group says it has not designed or submitted any flag to the institute, although it had been contacted to support the out-of-area bid, the county council no longer wishes to proceed with the registration by the institute.
The Staffordshire Heritage Group has applied to register the alternative design. After the Flag Institute made the Staffordshire Heritage Group aware of Staffordshire County Council’s claim to the contrary, the Chair of Staffordshire Heritage Group issued a written statement from which the following are excerpts:
“Thank you for drawing the press release from the Staffordshire County Council to my attention.
As the Staffordshire Heritage Group we must clear up this misunderstanding. The Association of British Counties (ABC) brought the issue of the proposed County Council flag to our attention. We supported the alternative proposal of a simple Chevron & Knot, which was designed by one of our Staffordshire Groups.
Therefore, we confirm our registration and endorsement of our proposed Chevron & Knot design as an alternative choice to the Staffordshire County Council flag.
We feel that if the County Council had consulted with the people of the county this misunderstanding and hasty decision making could have been avoided. I hope that this clarifies the situation and that we can still proceed with the vote.”