Apr 17

Councillors defy officer recommendation and approve Longton Asda planning application

A £20m planning application for an Asda superstore and doctors surgery has been given the go ahead by city councillor. In the surprise move at a council planning meeting today councillors voted 8 to 1 in favour – despite planning officers recommending refusal of the scheme. Now work is set to begin to transform the …

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Apr 17

Stoke-on-Trent towns centres lose out to Hanley in council regeneration spending

Two of the six towns had nothing spent on them for regeneration by Stoke-on-Trent City in 2013 – Fenton and Tunstall a Freedom of Information request has revealed. Three others – Longton, Stoke and Burlsem – had a combined total of just under £1/2m of spend, whilst taxpayers spent £12m on regeneration for Hanley. The …

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Apr 17

Is HS2 station in Stoke-on-Trent still possible?

Following information from HS2 Ltd that they “are not able to accept further submissions to the consultation once the deadline has passed and will not be included in the final report, these comments will then be dealt with internally and any questions asked will be responded to. ” I wrote to the Chief Exec of Stoke on Trent and the City Council Leader Cllr Pervez.

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Apr 17

Britain’s hunger crisis: One MILLION food parcels handed out despite UK having sixth richest economy

Campaigners last night demanded David Cameron scrap his savage welfare reforms after the number of emergency food parcels handed out soared to more than a million. Furious anti-poverty groups and church leaders said it was beyond belief that people in 21st century Britain are going hungry and relying on charity. The number of food parcels given out …

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Apr 17

Residents bitter sweet victory in battle over former Dredsen School planning application

Residents in Dresden, Stoke-on-Trent, are celebrating this week after plans by Pak Foods to build shops and flats on the former Dresden Primary School site were withdrawn by the applicants. But the hundreds of locals who have fought the plans are now worried after learning the owners intend to submit another application in its place. …

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Apr 16

140 staff want out of cash strapped Stoke-on-Trent City Council

A cash strapped council has received more than 140 request for voluntary redundancy in the last five months. Since Stoke-on-Trent city council started consultations November, 77 staff have already been giving approval for their request with another 67 set to go go soon. In February the Labour-run authority approved £19.6m of budget cuts including the …

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Apr 16

Stoke-on-Trent City Council: £26,000 survey – “worst satisfaction figures we have seen”

A £26,000 “reputation” survey conducted by consultants Westco found only half of residents satisfied with how the council is run and Westco say that these were the worst figures that they had seen. The expert consultants said that the figures were due to the city council’s “decades of under-performance”. The council commissioned the report after Labour were …

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