Shaping the future of Longton

Revived historic buildings, more public space and new homes are just some of the proposals residents are being asked to have their say on as part of the regeneration of a Stoke-on-Trent town.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is holding a series of consultation events over the next six weeks to help shape the future of Longton. The events, which will give residents the chance to have a first glimpse at proposals, are designed to help shape the town’s masterplan and guide future investment to the area.

On Monday 17 January, proposals will go on display for the first time at the Precinct Shop, between Boots Pharmacy and Iceland in Bennett Precinct, Longton, between 10am and 7pm to give residents the chance to have their say. Options in the proposals include the pedestrianisation of The Strand with the aim of creating new public space and increasing footfall in the shopping areas. To help businesses and residents to evaluate the proposal a six month trial of the pedestrianisation scheme is suggested to start towards the end of March, subject to the successful outcome of both the public consultation and comments from the Highways Agency.

On Monday the proposals for the trial pedestrianisation will be on display alongside the masterplan exhibition at the Precinct Shop between 10am and 7pm for residents to comment. Comments on the pedestrianisation trial can be received up until 28 January.

Other suggestions in the masterplan exhibition include increasing creative businesses, building new homes on former pottery sites and creating a heritage trail promoting historic assets.

The masterplan exhibition will be on display for six weeks at a series of locations until the end of February. The results will be collated to help determine a preferred option for the masterplan and further consultation events will then be held.

“Longton is a historic town with a wealth of heritage buildings. The masterplan is designed to help shape the future of the town centre and it is important people take the time to highlight changes they would like to see. This is the beginning of the process and will be the first time residents have had the chance to express their opinions on what they would like to see in the town.”

It is hoped by holding the consultation on the pedestrianisation trial and the masterplan in parallel it will help present all of the options for the town giving residents the opportunity to review proposals.

“It is important that we look at all options for increasing footfall and improving traffic movements in Longton. It is hoped the pedestrianisation trial will be a way of reviewing how the system would work and whether it is plausible. At the moment the city council is outlining the proposals and asking residents to comment on what they think about the scheme before a possible trial in spring. I would urge as many people as possible to look at the plans and help shape the future of this historic town.”

The masterplan covers an area of 118 hectares and is split in to four areas the Town Centre, Uttoxeter Road and Town End, King Street and South of the A50.

Comments for the trial pedestrianisation scheme need to be submitted before 28 January. However, events for residents to comment on the masterplan proposals will be held at the following locations:

*Monday 17 January 10am-7pm Precinct Shop, Bennett Precinct, Longton

*Tuesday 18 January 1pm-4pm Bentilee Community Centre, Dividy Road, Bentilee

*Thursday 20 January 10am-1pm Methodist Central Hall, The Strand, Longton

*Saturday 22 January 11am-2pm Strand Passage, The Strand, Longton

*Monday 24 January 2pm-4.30pm Blurton Community Centre, Poplar Drive, Blurton

*Thursday 3 February 11am-2pm Fenton Library, Baker Street, Fenton

*Wednesday 9 February 4pm-7pm Meir Library, Sandon Road, Meir

*Monday 14 February 4pm-7pm Longton Library, Lightwood Road, Longton

*Every Monday and Friday between Monday 17 January and Monday 28 February 10am – 1pm at the Precinct Shop, Bennett Precinct, Longton