Dec 19

EXCLUSIVE: New £60m Hanley Civic Centre Smithfield development hit by construction problems – opening delayed

ANOTHER POTTERIESEYE EXCLUSIVE Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s new civic centre project looks to have hit a major setback sources have revealed. PotteriesEYE has been told by one source that building 2, next to the glass mosaic building one, has serious structural issue with its floors and may have to be at least partially demolished and rebuilt. Our …

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Dec 19

Review finds Stoke-on-Trent City Council officers broke rules and overspent on consultants

Stoke-on-Trent City Council officers broke rules and overspent using £9.8million of taxpayers cash on consultants and agency staff a councillor led review has revealed

The review headed by Cllr Martin Garner uncovered a ‘lack of accountability, transparency and consistency’

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Dec 19

Police warn public to be careful when withdrawing cash from ATMs

Staffordshire Police have urged the public to take precautions when withdrawing cash from ATM machines as a 32-year-old man appears in court on charges of fraud. Catalin Petre Lita, who lives in Nottingham, was arrested on 17 December. He is charged with six counts of fraud, five of which using a camera and card catcher at …

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Dec 19

Stoke-on-Trent City Council put controvertial Normacot land up for auction

Stoke-on-Trent City council cabinet has agreed to put a controversial plot of land in Normacot up for auction for a third time.

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Dec 19

Stoke-on-Trent City Council CEO “most difficult Christmas message” to staff

Christmas message sent to council staff by Stoke-on-Trent chief executive and council leader

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Dec 17

Former Labour Stoke-on-Trent councillor joins City Independents to block cost cutting consultants

Stoke-on-Trent councillors have today “called-in” the Labour Cabinet’s decision to approved the use of consultants to find £19m of savings – set to cost taxpayers more than £2m. Last week Mohammed Pervez and his cabinet approved the consultants PriceWaterhouseCooper(PwC) to find savings in “a massive overhaul in public services” and delegate further decisions to CEO, John …

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Dec 17

Councillors fail to support any budget cuts in Stoke-on-Trent Children’s Services

Councillors sitting on a Stoke-on-Trent City Council committee today failed to support any of the cabinet’s proposed cuts to Children’s Services. Members of the local authority’s Children and Young People’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee discussed eight savings put forward by Mohammed Pervez and his Labour team. These included the loss of school crossing patrols, cuts to …

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Dec 16

Struggling £12.9m national refurbishment centre CoRE needs city council backed loan to remain viable

Struggling Longton project CoRE – the national centre for sustainable building refurbishment – is set to get a Stoke-on-Trent City Council £200,000 “guaranteed” loan otherwise its “on-going viability and sustainability” will be under threat, it has been revealed.

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Dec 16

Councillors to discuss £4.5m Hanley Park regeneration plans

Senior councillors are set to discuss plans to transform a Stoke-on-Trent park with a multi-million pound bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
Officers are recommending approval of a £4.58 million round two bid to the fund in a report to the local authority’s cabinet on Thursday, after it secured £420,000 in 2012 from the HLF and the Big Lottery Fund.

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Dec 14

As I See It: The public should take ownership of local democracy not the new Civic Centre

Council leaders want the public to take ‘ownership’ of the new Civic Centre being built at the heart of Hanley’s Smithfield central business district. Councillors want residents to see the multi-coloured Smithfield 1 building, due to be handed over by the developers early next year as a public space and not just civic offices. The …

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