Feb 27 2015

SOABOX: Stoke Council’s “pin the tail on the donkey” budget undermines democracy

I have been involved in politics directly and indirectly for 20 years. I have seen many things during that time – the Cultural Quarter fiasco – the Dimensions scandal – Worldgate to name but a few. But I have never quite seen a budget like that approved by Labour councillors on Stoke-on-Trent City council last …

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Feb 27 2015

Stoke-on-Trent Council approves £27m “mystery” budget cuts

Labour councillors at Stoke-on-Trent City Council last night approved £27m of cuts described by opposition councillors as a “mystery” – the opposing City Independents and two Conservatives voted against the proposals. An unprecedented £20m of the cuts were marked as “to be confirmed” and yet to be determined after the ruling Labour Cabinet gave PriceWaterhouseCoopers …

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Feb 27 2015

Taxpayer bill rises as council bring in legal experts to deal with structural problems at new Hanley HQ

Labour councillors are set to rubber stamp the appointment of legal advisors to deal with structural problems at the council’s controversial £55m new civic centre in Hanley –  first exposed exclusively by PotteriesEYE on 19 December last year. The extra cost comes after developer Genr8 informed the council that there are problems with the precast floor panels …

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Feb 27 2015

EVENT: North Staffs Pensioners’ Convention meeting – They want our votes

The Grey Power public meeting on Monday (March 2nd) from 10.30 am to 12.15 pm at the Potteries Museum Forum Theatre in Hanley, will focus on the upcoming General Election and local elections in Stoke-on-Trent. At the meeting they will be outlining our Home Care Charter. which is being drawn up in conjunction with Unison, the GMB …

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Feb 26 2015

Senior Stoke health leader urges residents to avoid A&E for non-emergencies

The chairman of the city council’s adult and neighbourhoods overview and scrutiny committee, Councillor Bagh Ali, is urging residents to avoid going to A&E at the Royal Stoke University Hospital if it is not an emergency. The appeal comes ahead of a discussion of a report on A&E by councillors at Stoke-on-Trent Council next week. …

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Feb 26 2015

Stoke-on-Trent “Homes for Heroes” plan scrapped as too expensive

Proposals to convert derelict terraced houses into  “homes for heroes” have been scrapped by Stoke-on-Trent City Council just six months after being announced. Twenty-five houses in Middleport were part of the plans to offer homes to ex-servicemen and women at 20% below the market value. But the excessive cost of renovating the properties in Travers …

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Feb 25 2015

Personally Speaking: Jan Zablocki – We need leaders connected with local people

Personally Speaking Jan Zablocki – February 2015  NORTH STAFFS GREEN PARTY Technology has allowed us to travel and see into places, peoples, cultures and happenings like never before.  There are no longer hiding places for tyrants and dictators to commit atrocities with social media, for example,  exposing the scale of atrocities committed in Syria  that …

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Feb 25 2015

Protest against cuts to be held outside Stoke-on-Trent City Council budget meeting

Members of the  Stoke and Newcastle Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) and the Stoke Socialist Party are to  stage a protest at austerity cutbacks made by Stoke-on-Trent City Council. The protest will begin at 4pm tomorrow prior to the city council’s annual budget meeting, which is set rubber stamp £26m of cuts, at the civic centre …

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Feb 20 2015

Cllr Paul Breeze funeral on March 3

The funeral of popular Stoke-on-Trent City councillor Paul Breeze, who suddenly died last week, is to take place on Tuesday 3 March, 2.45pm at Carmountside Crematorium. The 62-year-old, who lived in Hanley, was chairman of both Hanley One Residents’ Association and the Friends of Central Forest Park. Now friends, relatives and fellow councillors are being …

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Feb 19 2015

Campaigners celebrate after MOJ Fenton Town Hall sale delayed for at least six months

Campaigners trying to save Fenton Town Hall and a Minton tile war memorial containing 498  names inside are celebrating after it was revealed the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) cannot sell the building for at least six months. Fenton Community Association (FCA) and Urban Vision now hope this will give them enough time to submit an improved …

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