500 Words From Paul Breeze




Since 1995, 15 years voluntary co-founder, driving force and continuing chairman of Hanley One Residents Association.

2003-2007, fully independent “Ëœno party’ city councillor (proud Deputy Elected Mayor, 2003-2005, to Mayor Mike Wolfe).

Terms as local High School, Junior School governor, also Hope Children’s Centre & Hope Centre board member.

2008, leader, city-wide “ËœPeople’s Choice’ campaign to champion and protect Stoke-on-Trent residents’ democratic rights to choose our own city council leader.

Establishing other local residents associations.

Working with Police & Council to obtain Alcohol Restriction Zone, CCTV & ASBOs, Job Centre & Central Forest Park.

Significant input bringing Central Forest Park improvements skatepark, children’s playground, lake.

Northwood Alleygating & Resurfacing of rear alleyways.

Instigating allotments improvements.

Introduction of local recycling facilities.

Introduction of local large items refuse collections.

Traffic calming and bus lane enforcement.

Puffin crossings adjacent to Grove Junior School.

Organiser Northwood Park Centenary 1907-2007 & return to Northwood Park of the ancient Roman Goddess statue “ËœTemperantia’.

Introduction of local Sports Court facilities.

Working with & supporting Citizens Advice Bureau to provide much needed help & advice for residents across our deprived area.

Working with residents, council and various agencies to draw up a neighbourhood delivery plan.

I am 58 years of age; have lived in the Northwood/Birches Head/Hanley area for almost forty years, the last thirty of which in the same multi-racial, multi-cultural terraced street. I have been a dedicated single parent to three sons since they were 4 years, 2 years, and four months old, respectively. Each attended our local schools: Broom Nursery, Northwood Infants, Grove Juniors, Birches Head High, then Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College; all have graduated through university.

I continue to believe that love, reasonable discipline, personal responsibility, social behaviour, education and citizenship should all begin in the home and be reinforced and supported by schools, police, council and local communities.

My values and integrity have remained constant throughout all my adult life:
AGAINST all political and religious EXTREMISM.
AGAINST all criminal and anti-social behaviour.
FOR a culture of mutual respect, tolerance and harmony.
FOR individual, family, community and wider social responsibility.
FOR promoting opportunity and education for all.
HELPING everyone regardless of age, race, gender, sexuality, religion, ability, disability or background.

I have no party political affiliations, no “Ëœsingle issue’ agenda, and no personal axes to grind. I am in continuing contact with all relevant council departments, local community police officers, PCSOs, schools, residents associations and community groups, as well as helping, whenever possible, with many local residents’ personal problems.

If elected, I will work conscientiously, realistically and responsibly with fellow elected councillors, police, local residents, and all agencies to serve our local communities and to strive to make Northwood, Birches Head, Hanley, and our City of Stoke-on-Trent a better place for us all to live. It would be an honour to be elected as a representative to serve our area and city.

Stoke-on-Trent pupils put the brakes on problem parking outside schools

Stoke-on-Trent pupils will be helping police officials to crack down on problem parking outside city schools.

The scheme, being run by Staffordshire Police and Stoke-on-Trent City Council, will see two pupils with a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or Civil Enforcement Officer (CEO) hand out advice cards to parents parking inappropriately at the school gates.

On Wednesday, 6 October, children from St George and St Martin’s Catholic Primary School, in Birches Head, will kick off the scheme by taking to the streets to raise awareness of the problems inconsiderate parking can cause outside their school.

“Parking can often cause problems outside schools as parents try to pull up as close as they can to the school gates. This scheme will help to make both drivers and children think about the dangers cars can cause around schools.”

The project is being piloted at St George and St Martin’s Catholic School until half term, October 22, and if successful could be rolled out across the city.

Each of the visits to schools will be pre-arranged and pupils will be asked to help identify cars causing problems such as parking on zig zag lines, across driveways or blocking pavements. Pupils and PCSOs will then hand out advice to drivers to help raise awareness of the problems that parking can cause.

Pupils will be on patrol at different times through out the week and will complete a traffic survey detailing how many advice cards are handed out at different times.

“The dangers that illegally and dangerously parked cars pose are often overlooked for the sake of convenience for the driver. We have successfully reduced the numbers of people killed or seriously injured on the city’s roads by working to target the specific issues that put us in danger and this is the latest phase of this vital work. As an officer that has had to tell a parent that their child has been involved in a serious collision I know that we all have to do everything we can to prevent a child being involved in such a collision.”

BNP to admit non white members

The only time I came across the leader of the BNP was following the 2006 City Council Elections when I was helping out Jean Bowers in Birches Head. I went to the Wheatsheaf Pub in Stoke afterwards before the count with my brother. The pub was full of BNP supporters who were expecting big gains in the elections- they were to be disappointed. Sitting at a table enjoying a meal was the leader of the BNP surrounded by muscular, shaven headed men in suits. Griffin was eating a curry.

I tipped off the Guardian about Griffin’s multi cultural tastes and got £50 for my scoop.

The BNP were in the news again yesterday. A speedily arranged meeting was arranged in Essex following a decision by the courts which told the BNP that they were acting illegally in refusing membership to non whites. The party was ordered to amend its constitution to comply with race relations laws or face legal action by the Equality Commission. After the hearing on 28 January, the BNP rushed out letters to its 14,000 members in order to allow for the 14 days needed to alert them to the proposed changes.

The meeting was not without incident. As reported on the Harry’s Place blog.

“BNP security guards assaulted and expelled Dominic Kennedy, the Times journalist who was reporting the party’s meeting
Nick Griffin, the BNP leader, declared after the meeting: “We will carry on throwing The Times out until they report the truth. That’s all we ask.” The Times meets that request with journalistic scrupulousness and no little incredulity. If Mr Griffin wants the truth to be told about the BNP, we can recount it from direct observation. The BNP purports to be a legitimate party; yet its behaviour reveals it at every turn to be exploitative, cynical, xenophobic and thuggish.
Political parties by definition have a point of view. A newspaper’s responsibility is to report their actions and statements fairly but with critical detachment. When Mr Kennedy entered the BNP’s press conference, Richard Barnbrook, a BNP member of the London Assembly, demanded that he leave. Mr Barnbrook had taken exception to a profile of him published in Saturday’s edition of The Times. That was enough.

Mr Kennedy was not attending the meeting covertly. He had expressly been invited to report on it by Simon Darby, the party’s national press officer. On pointing this out, Mr Kennedy was physically ejected. His nose was grabbed, twisted and bloodied. A punch was thrown. He was pushed into a parked car outside the building.
The BNP now likes to pose as a normal British political party. In fact, they are no such thing. In this country, it is not normal for political parties to rough up journalists. In this country, it is not normal for people to disown racism for reasons of convenience, rather than conviction. In this country, it is not normal to hijack the birthday celebrations of a wounded soldier for electoral gain. The BNP like to boast their Britishness but seem to have forgotten the most essential British values: free speech and fairness, compassion and respect. Yesterday, the BNP showed they are many things, but not British”

Meet your local police officers

By Pits n Pots Reporter

A number of police surgeries and Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meetings will be held across Stoke-on-Trent over the weekend.

Officers from Neighbourhood Policing Units (NPUs) across the division will be on hand to meet visitors, and also offer crime reduction advice.

Residents are encouraged to attend the meetings to discuss any issues they have with their local officers.

On Saturday 24 October officers from Longton NPU will be at the town’s market between 9.30am and 12noon.

Residents in Birches Head are invited to a number of street meetings taking place on Saturday.

Officers will be at the King George V playing fields, Kelvin Avenue, between 1pm and 2pm and the fields on Derek Drive between 2.15pm and 3pm. They will then move on to a street meeting in Monsal Grove, which will take place between 3.15pm and 4pm, and then on to the final meeting at the shops on Diana Road between 4.15pm and 5pm.

On Sunday 25 October local officers from Longton NPU will be working from Tesco, Baths Road, between 2pm and 4pm.

On Monday 26 October officers from the City Centre NPU will be working from Tesco, New Hall Street, Hanley, between 10am and 11am.

Officers from Tunstall NPU are hosting a Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meeting on Monday. They will be working from the mobile police station on Hamil Road, by the Burslem Park gates, between 4pm and 6pm.

Officers from Longton NPU are also holding a PACT meeting on Monday. They will be at Normacot Grange Neighbourhood Centre, Bordeaux Road, Meir, between 5.30pm and 7pm.

Officers covering the Fenpark and Fenton East areas of the city are also hosting a PACT meeting on Monday evening at Clarice Cliffe Primary School, Goldenhill Road, between 7pm and 8.30pm.

Update 21/4: Council election dispute back in the High Court

By Matt Taylor

Update 21/4:

The case over a Hanley woman who took legal action against the council over a disputed election result has still not been resolved despite spending the last two days in the High Court.

Eve Maley took the city council to court over the election for Northwood and Birches Head because she felt aggrieved that the Liberal Democrats were allowed multiple recounts which led to the eventual announcement of their representative Dave Sutton being declared the winner by one vote, when Eve had been ahead in the previous three totals.

There is now debate over a missing postal vote which could hold the key to Eve achieving her aim of changing the result of the election with the possibility of a re-run.

But although these were counted yesterday, no decision has yet been made and there will now be a further hearing, which is to happen next Friday, 30th October, at an as-yet undisclosed location.

The battle thus far has cost Mrs Maley seven thousand pounds, with further costs still adding up paid for by legal aid, as well as mounting costs to the taxpayer for lawyers representing the city council.

As published on October 19th:

Eve outside her home in Eaton Street

Eve outside her previous home in Eaton Street (now subject to a CPO)

Eve Maley, aged 64, from Hanley, took umbridge when the vote to elect a councillor for Northwood and Birches Head last year went against her by one vote – after several recounts.

In the first three counts Eve was found ahead in the ballot. But with Dave Sutton being second in the running, the Lib Dems called for the multiple recounts which led to the fourth overturning the decision, instead putting Sutton one ahead. It was when this occurred and after Eve was refused the right to a recount herself, that she decided to take action against the council.

But a year-and-a-half on, several hearings in the Royal Courts of Justice, and costly appearances by QCs on behalf of both Eve and Stoke-on-Trent City Council, nothing has been resolved. And today’s hearing before a commissioner was no exception.

However, it does seem as if the long battle is coming to a long-awaited conclusion.

The case has taken a turn from what it was originally concerned with, as the count of votes which were delivered by the city council to the courts did add up to the tally declared in the final count. Now it has come down to postal votes, because the numbers published by the Returning Officer did not add up correctly, meaning there was one missing vote. Since this vote could have been for Eve, the argument is that, of course, it would have led to a draw.

The postal votes and spoilt ballot papers therein will be examined tomorrow, when Eve returns for another appearance in the big smoke. But this could still not be the last, with a possible final hearing to happen in Stoke before the matter is ultimately resolved. Eve said:

“We got what we wanted in that they are going to check the postal votes. There’s one missing and they can’t account for that. So it could have been declared a draw.

“The commissioner wasn’t happy that the whole thing had taken 18 months.

“But it could still not be sorted tomorrow and if not will be completed in Stoke. It’s been a nightmare.

“If they had just given me a recount in the first place, then either way the result went, none of this would have happened.

“The best outcome is the truth – what went on needs to come out. People who voted for me need to know the truth.”