For Sale, Slater Street Stoke-on-Trent

Google Street View of Slater Street Middleport. Copyright Google..Stoke-on-Trent City Council are delighted to offer this former residential street in Middleport for sale.

A press release from Stoke-on-Trent City Council this morning says that the Cabinet have agreed to plans to negotiate the sale of the Slater Street site to Sanctuary Group and developer ID4Living, part of the Seddon Group for a mixed-tenure development.

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Extra Care Housing down to final 3 bidders

The number of bidders for Stoke-on-Trent City Councils Extra Care Housing project has now been reduced to 3 after the completion of the Invitation to Submit Outline Solutions stage of the PFI deal.

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Is the Civic Centre to move to the Central Business District in Hanley?

Plans are set to go before the Cabinet next week that will see the Stoke-on-Trent City Council become the anchor tenant for the new Central Business District in Hanley.

The move away from the Civic Centre in Stoke could be the beginning of the end for this struggling town. It is widely thought that it is only council staff doing their shopping and buying lunches in Stoke that keeps the remaining shops open. Continue reading

Road closures for Stoke-on-Trent Olympic Torch Relay

To facilitate the safe hosting of the Olympic Torch Relay and Evening Celebration on 30 May a number of roads forming and around the route in to Hanley Park in Shelton are to be closed.

The enforcement are for 3 days beginning on Monday 28 May and will remain in place until after the Olympic Torch Relay event in Stoke-on-Trent has been completed.

On the morning of Thursday 31 May a number of roads in and around Hanley and along the Olympic Torch Route towards Burslem and out of the city will be closed. Continue reading

£4m investment for Burslem buildings?

Ceramica sign on Burslem Town Hall Burslem, home of the Wedgwood Institute, Burslem School of Art and the historic Leopard Hotel has secured further support from the Heritage Lottery Fund which means it could be inline for a further investment of £1m to help renovate buildings is Burslem’s Historic Quadrant and breathe new life into some of the town’s finest heritage buildings through the fund’s Townscape Heritage Initiative.

This support, secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund, secured by Stoke-on-Trent City Council make Burslem only the second town in the country to have the opportunity of receiving three successive rounds of HLF cash. Together with match funding of £1.2m from the European Regional Development Fund and private investment, it will pump around £4m into the town. Continue reading

Stoke-on-Trent City Council Leader announces his new cabinet

Stoke-on-Trent City Council Leader Councillor Mohammed Pervez has given details of his new Cabinet after the reshuffle at Monday nights Labour Group AGM which saw Debra Gratton & Sarah Hill removed.

Sarah Hill subsequently resigned her position as a Councillor forcing a by-election in the Springfields and Trent Vale ward. Continue reading

Work to start on Central Business District

line drawing of Stoke-on-Trent proposed Central business DistrictWork is set to start on Stoke-on-Trent’s Central Business District in May when demolition work starts on the Andromeda building. The building was formerly home to Regimes nightclub and Rileys snooker club.

The Andromeda building along with 9 Broad Street, the former Job Centre building on Cannon Street and Crown Street Garage on Orb Street, was acquired by the former Advantage West Midlands and transferred to the Homes and Communities Agency as part of the Central Business District project. Continue reading

The hunger crisis in Stoke-on-Trent

Churches in Stoke-on-Trent are opening a food bank after discovering that the city has the third highest child poverty rate in the West Midlands.

Ron Willoughby, pastor of Wesley Hall Methodist Church, who are helping to run the food bank said

Living below the poverty line isn’t about not having the latest gadgets or Nintendo DS. It’s about going to bed cold and hungry and waking up cold and hungry. And we want to do something to stop children having to live like that in Stoke-on-Trent.

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Farewell to Oat Cuisine as Hole in the Wall shuts up shop

The world’s last traditional oatcake shop has closed its doors for the final time – marking the end on an era following council plans to demolish the premises.

The Hole in the Wall oatcake shop in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, was flooded with customers after news emerged that it would close.

The 115-year-old terrace house, which has served oatcakes through its front window since the 1920s, has become an iconic building on Waterloo Street. Continue reading

Albion and Parliament Square Proposals Go On Display

Shoppers are being given a first glimpse of the next stage of a multi-million pound transformation of public spaces in the city centre.

Proposals for the Albion and Parliament Square areas of the city centre are going on display this week as residents and visitors are encouraged to have their say.

Councillor Ruth Rosenau, Stoke-On-Trent City Council cabinet member for regeneration, said

The city centre will be transformed with new public spaces, seating, lighting and paving which will create a more visitor friendly atmosphere for shoppers. It is exciting to see the proposed designs for stage two unveiled and I hope that people take the time to have a look and comment on what they would like to see in the city centre.

The work is part of a multi-million pound refurbishment of city streets over the next few years to improve the city centre street scene creating a more inspiring outlook for visitors to the city and provide a strong link with the new bus station.

Work on the first phase of the project, which focuses on Tontine and Percy Street, is due to start in April.

The consultation for the second phase, which will run until Thursday 16 February, will look at proposals covering Albion Square outside the Town Hall and the small area outside Wetherspoons called Parliament Square.

Residents are being asked to comment on the proposals so that final designs can be drawn up for the scheme which is due to start in Autumn. The city centre improvements are designed to complement other major regeneration schemes in the city centre such as the Central Business District and £350million shopping and leisure complex City Sentral.

Information stands will be available in the city centre with questionnaires and design boards in the following locations

  • Victoria Hall – until Monday 13 February
  • Potteries Museum – until Thursday 16 February
  • The city centre indoor market – until Thursday 16 February

Representatives from the council will also be on hand in the city centre in Tontine Square between 10am and 2pm, Wednesday 15 February to help answer any questions.

Members of the public can get more information and leave their feedback on-line using the link below.