The Olympic Torch Relay leaves Stoke-on-Trent

The Olympic Torch Relay has left Stoke-on-Trent this morning and headed off to Crewe and then on to Bolton for its next overnight stop.

Stoke City Manager Tony Pulis got todays relay started at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and ran the first part of the relay. Continue reading

Stoke-on-Trent Olympic Torch Relay Live Blog

We’ve linked up with My Tunstall and Knot FM to create an Olympic Torch Relay live blog so even if you can’t make it to Hanley Park for the event you should be able to keep up to date with what people are tweeting and saying on-line.

The live blog will run while the Olympic Torch is in Stoke-on-Trent on Wednesday night & Thursday morning. Continue reading

Stoke-on-Trent Olympic Torch Relay finale

A spectacular aerial acrobatics show is set to close the Olympic Torch Relay celebration event in Hanley Park tomorrow.

A capacity crowd of 13,000 people are expected to watch the evening celebration hosted by Geraint Hardy.  The event will see a host of guests and stars being interviewed by Geraint as well as Welsh indie rock band Kids In Glass Houses performing. Continue reading

Olympic Torch arrives in Stoke-on-Trent

An Olympic Torch arrived in Stoke-on-Trent this morning ahead of the Olympic Torch Relay which arrives on Wednesday evening.

The Olympic Torch arrived with members of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games who are now working with Stoke-on-Trent City Council in the final preparations for Wednesday afternoon’s spectacular Olympic Torch Relay celebrations in Hanley Park. Continue reading

1000 extra tickets released for Stoke-on-Trent Olympic Torch Relay

Stoke-on-Trent City Council have just announced that a further 1000 tickets for the Olympic Torch Relay celebrations in Hanley Park have been released. The total number of tickets for the event is now 13,000.

The extra tickets are available for collection only at the following venues. Continue reading

New Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent Terry Crowe

Picture of Lord Mayor Terry Crowe in ceremonial robes At the annual council meeting yesterday, Stoke-on-Trent City Council agreed to make Councillor Terry Crowe Stoke-on-Trent’s first citizen by giving him the office of Lord Mayor.

This is 66 year old Terry’s third spell on the City Council since his election in 1978 when he stayed in office for 22 years until 2000. Terry was re-elected in 2002 and again in 2011. During his terms of office as a councillor Terry has has held the positions of Vice-Chair of Education, Chair of Waste, Human Resources Committee and Children and Young People`s Overview and Scrutiny. He is also an honorary Alderman on Staffordshire County Council. Continue reading

City Council delivers £36m of savings

Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet will hear next week how, despite receiving the eighth worst financial settlement of all unitary authorities in England from the government, the council has delivered on its toughest ever programme of savings.

A report on the authority’s outturn for 2011/12 also shows that by focusing on essential spending only a £1.5m contribution to general reserves has been achieved and the repayment of temporary borrowing from earmarked reserveshas been accelerated. This has enabled the city council to be in a relatively strong financial position given the severity of the challenges faced. Continue reading

Is the Civic Centre to move to the Central Business District in Hanley?

Plans are set to go before the Cabinet next week that will see the Stoke-on-Trent City Council become the anchor tenant for the new Central Business District in Hanley.

The move away from the Civic Centre in Stoke could be the beginning of the end for this struggling town. It is widely thought that it is only council staff doing their shopping and buying lunches in Stoke that keeps the remaining shops open. Continue reading