1369 respond to Stoke-on-Trent school terms consultation

Stoke-on-Trent school terms are set to remain the same after a 14 week consultation with parents, teaching and support staff, pupils, school governors, trade unions and other groups which got 1,369 responses.

The council’s cabinet will decide next week on the pattern for Stoke-on-Trent school terms for the next academic year 2013-14 and beyond, the recommendation put to the cabinet will be to stay with the traditional three-term system, with breaks for Easter and Christmas, and a six-week summer holiday. Continue reading

Labour announce Joy Garner as their candidate for Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Staffordshire Police CrestJust coming in, Joy Garner has been announced as the Labour candidate for the role of Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner in the elections in November.

Joy  was up against former police authority chairman Michael Poulter in the vote and currently sites on Staffordshire Police Authority & Staffordshire Joint Police and Crime Panel. Continue reading

Eye Spy the By-election

So the by-election has finally been called for the vacancy for Office of Councillor for the Springfields and Trent Vale ward, it’s only taken since 27 April. So now the ballot boxes are being broken out and just in the nick of time… frustrated residents in Springfields & Trent Vale are already starting to petition the council over local issues, having begun to feel the effects of no local representation for the last few months.

Despite having more councillors than they know what to do with, Labour have not fallen over themselves to ensure residents have felt looked after, which is perhaps why there are rumblings that this by-election may see upwards of 8 candidates all vying to fix the numerous potholes and clear the litter on the yellow brick road from Trent Vale to Stoke. Hardly a ringing endorsement of previous incumbents…

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Springfields and Trent Vale By-election called

Some late breaking news out of the Civic Centre tonight.

It seems the Springfields and Trent Vale By-election has finally been called just under 2 months after Sarah Hill resigned from her seat there. The date for the By-election will be July 26.

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Artwork to be returned to Burslem Park after 50 years

A sculpture will be unveiled in Burslem Park on Monday over 50 years after its predecessor went missing from the same spot.

The newly erected Mayfly sculpture replaces a statue of a water nymph, donated to the park in 1894 by Sir Donald Doulton, which went missing through an act of vandalism in the early 1960s. The unveiling takes place just under a week before Burslem Park will be officially reopened following a two year multimillion pound restoration project. Continue reading

Stoke-on-Trent Business Loan Fund launched by BCRS

A loan fund created exclusively to help Stoke-on-Trent businesses unable to obtain finance from banks has been officially launched  by Stoke-on-Trent City Council in conjunction with the Black Country Reinvestment Society (BCRS).

Initially, £200,000 is available for lending to companies who are having problems getting the funding they need from traditional sources.

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Lidice Shall Live

Last week I had the great pleasure in working with a group of exchange students from the Czech town of Bustehrad. I met with them at the YMCA in Hanley where we broadcast an hour long radio show which was listened to by their school friends back home.

Not many people will have heard of Bustehrad, if I were to say that is the town just north of Lidice then I guess a few more people will know about the area and the strong historical links between Lidice and Stoke-on-Trent. (Sir) Barnet Stross a Doctor who practiced in Shelton led the campaign to rebuild Lidice after hearing about the town being destroyed under direct orders from Hitler.

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Stoke-on-Trent a city self sufficient in low carbon energy?

Some positive news for Stoke-on-Trent City Council which has been given Creative Council status by Nesta.

Creative Councils is a programme from Nesta and the Local Government Association to support innovators in local government across England and Wales to develop and implement radical innovations that address a long-term challenge that matters in their area. Continue reading