15 November set for Police and Crime Commissioner Elections

Election of a new Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will take place on November 15, 2012 with Stoke-on-Trent acting as the lead authority and being responsible for administering the election across the police force area.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Paul Hackney has been appointed as Police Area Returning Officer (PARO) designate. Continue reading

Stoke-on-Trent City Council Statement On Councillor Amjid Wazir

Stoke-on-Trent City Council have released the following statement in relation to Councillor Amjid Wazir facing the Standards Committee.

The compliant against Councillor Wazir was heard by the City Council’s Standards Committee (Hearings Sub-Committee) yesterday and it was ruled that he had breached the Members’ Code of Conduct and would therefore be suspended from all Council business, without pay, for a calendar month from to-day (June 30) until midnight on July 29. It was also decided that Councillor Wazir should send written apologies to the complainant, Mrs Mees, and two of her colleagues, within the next 14 days and retake full Code of Conduct training.

More Problems With Stoke-on-Trent Ward Boundaries Emerge

With less than 24 hours until the polling stations open, a further ward boundary issue has been highlighted to Pits n pots.

It has already been reported that a number of houses on London Road were placed in Springfields and Trent Vale instead of the Boothen and Oakhill ward, while properties on Leek Road are mixed up between Birches Head and Central Forest Park and Abbey Hulton and Townsend wards.

A number of properties on High Lane have been incorrectly placed in to Burslem Park ward when they should actually be in Little Chell and Stanfield ward.

In Blurton properties on Finstock Avenue should be in Blurton East ward but have been placed in the have mistakenly been registered in Blurton West and Newstead ward.

Now it appears that Wileman Street in Fenton has been placed in to the Mount Pleasant and Fenton West Ward when it is actually part of the Fenton East Ward. Victoria Road in Fenton forms part of the boundary between the two wards with Wileman Street being to the east but has been placed in to the ward on the west of the road.

This is yet another mess left by the Electoral Review which the citizens of Stoke-on-Trent are going to have to live with.

It is unfortunate these anomalies have happened but they are a very small percentage amounting to 3 or 4 streets out of over 6,000. I need to emphasise everyone entitled to a vote can still vote, no one has been deprived of a vote, and I would encourage them to use their vote tomorrow (Thursday).

The Boundary Commission decision on wards was very late, the end of January, these anomalies are a result of not having enough time to check everything before this election. After 5 May we will start to check the register thoroughly.

Do you know of any other streets or properties which have been placed in the wrong ward?

21 Month Long Dispute Uphold’s Sutton Victory.

A 21 month long disputed election result has upheld the original declared victor.

Dave Sutton was declared the duly elected candidate for the ward of Northwood & Birches Head in 2008 after a number of recounts.

Independent candidate Eve Maley disputed the result and claimed that she was the rightful winner.

A 21 month long legal process and bitter dispute ensued.

Yesterday after a whole host of High Court hearings, a two day public inquiry at Hanley Town Hall declared that the election and it’s result was lawful.

Mrs Maley was disappointed by the outcome and has now set her sights on standing as a candidate in the forth coming General Election in Stoke-on-Trent Central against sitting MP Mark Fisher.

Speaking in today’s Sentinel Mrs Maley said:

"I don’t regret doing this at all.

"The inquiry has shown that dozens of mistakes have been made, but they have still come down in the council’s favour.

"I’m not just going to give up. This council needs to be challenged and that is why I am going to stand as an MP."

Dave Sutton, who is a member of the Liberal Democrats, spoke exclusively to Pits’n’Pots today and you can hear this Audio Interview at the bottom of this article.

Dave speaks openly and honestly about the stress that this has caused him over the past 21 months.