Anger at idea to merge council

Members from Newcastle Borough Council have scoffed at the idea of merging with the city.

They roundly rejected the suggestion that Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Staffordshire County Council should form one super-power.

The hostility came as the public were invited to a discussion at Staffordshire University’s Film Theatre about whether Stoke-on-Trent should merge with the County Council based in Stafford.

Members of the audience from Newcastle expressed anger at the idea of merging any council in the area with Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Continue reading

Prayers answered with a compromise

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has come to a compromise with councilors who wish to pray at council meetings.

A motion passed at the last council meeting saw the entitlement to pray inside the meeting removed with councillors now being ordered to pray 15 minutes before proceedings.

It was decided that this proposal will be effective from the start of the municipal year this May to the next 12 months.

Supporters argued that it would: “provide clear separation of prayers from the formal business of the meeting.” Continue reading

Pits n Pots n Print

This week we are distributing of 50,000 copies of a special print edition of Pits n Pots to houses in Stoke-on-Trent, that is roughly and un scientifically a copy for every other house in the city.

If you are a new visitor to the site who has arrived here after getting a printed copy through your front door, then welcome! All the content in the print edition will be appearing on-line during the day and can be found by clicking here Pits n Pots Print Edition please feel free to leave comments and get involved with any discussions. Continue reading

Brewers dismiss proposed minimum price plans

Brewers in Staffordshire do not expect to be affected by Government plans to introduce a minimum alcohol price.

Titanic Brewery, which is based in Burslem and owns six pubs in the area, suggest that the price changes will only affect the cheapest alcohol.
David Bott, 53, who runs the brewery with his younger brother Keith, doesn’t expect the Government plans — to introduce a minimum of 40p per unit — to affect his business. Continue reading

Joan Walley MP on 25 years as an MP

Joan Walley will celebrate 25 years in June as the Member of Parliament for the Stoke-on-Trent North constituency.

She has witnessed the fall of Margaret Thatcher, the rise of New Labour and the coming together of the Coalition Government.

I spoke to the Labour MP about her life’s work

On June 11, 1987, Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party were winning a third successive term in Government.

The same day Labour candidate Joan Walley was elected to serve the Stokeon-Trent North constituency and replace John Forrester who had served for 21 years himself. Continue reading

Stoke’s Lost Pubs Mapped

As research from pub campaigners CAMRA suggests Stoke’s pubs are especially vulnerable, we have mapped the extent of recent closures (jump to map)

It’s a familiar sight – the boarded-up pub. And it’s increasingly common, as new data from pub campaigners CAMRA shows that more than 50 pub buildings are currently standing empty or being repurposed in Stoke, with more under threat.

The data indicates that around one in five pub buildings in Stoke is currently standing empty, or has been repurposed. Despite high-profile campaigns to save pubs in recent years, landlords continue to struggle with the smoking ban, high alcohol taxes, and competition from supermarkets. Continue reading