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Hanley Community Fire Station Official Opening Today

Hanley Community Fire Station will be officially opened by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire, Sir James Hawley KCVO today.

As part of the officially opening ceremony, the four men who came to the aid of neighbours during a house fire in Bentilee, Stoke-on-Trent in December last year will also receive Chief Fire Officer bravery awards (see notes to editor).
Between them, the men rescued Christopher Maskery and four children from the burning property and will each receive certificates from Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford on Friday, October 28th.

The official opening of Hanley Community Fire Station ceremony seemed a fitting time to award the brave members of the community who helped save the lives of others during the tragic house fire on Housefield Road in December last year.

All four men acted with astonishing bravery that day and their main concern was not for their own safety but for the safety of their neighbours and that is not something we could overlook.

This station is not simply a brighter, shinier version of what we already had here”“ this is truly a community facility that happens to have fire engines parked in the bays ““ something that local people are using for a range of activities.

We are extremely proud of the new station and more importantly what it means to the communities we serve. This building represents a completely new way for our services to be delivered and provides a model for others to follow in the future.

We’re delighted to welcome the Lord Lieutenant to officially open the station in a ceremony that is set to capture the community spirit evident in Stoke-on-Trent.

Firefighters moved into the new community fire station, which comes complete with state of the art training and professional development facilities, in July. The building has been designed to provide a range of facilities for the local community and partners to use, including a community meeting room, a dedicated area for student firefighters, a gym for supervised groups and a partnership area. The station is crewed around the clock and 41 firefighters are based at the station.

Community and partner groups interested in booking the free community room facilities at Hanley, which seat up to 60 people, should email northerncommunityrooms@staffordshirefire.gov.uk or ring 01785 898760. Slots are available weekdays from 9am ““ 10pm and at weekends from 9am ““ 5pm.

Full council to meet for first time in the evening 20th Oct – 5:30pm

Stoke-on-Trent City Council

The first evening full council meeting will take place this Thursday (October 20) after councillors agreed to move the start time to 5:30pm.

In the past, meetings of the full council have started at 2:30pm. Now, it has been decided that meetings will begin three hours later to encourage better engagement of city’s residents in local democracy both in terms of attendance at meetings and getting more people from diverse backgrounds to stand for election.

Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Councillor Mohammed Pervez, said:

The decision by full council to move to evening meetings was made in order to get more people in the city involved with local politics. By widening access we hope to attract more young people to take an interest in local democracy and council decisions possibly even standing for election.

“Also by moving the time to evenings it would allow people who work during the day to either attend the meeting or watch the meeting “Ëœlive’ as agenda items are debated via our webcam services.

“I believe this is a positive step forward as we continue to make our decision making processes more open to the public and in transparent manner. If local decisions are accessible to people they can get more involved in the council services that matter to them.”

Nationally a number of councils already hold evening council meetings. The proposal was passed at the last meeting of the council on Thursday September 8, 2011. Councillors will meet, as usual, in the council chamber.

The meeting will be broadcast live via: http://www.stoke.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/66784

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Stoke Councillor talks about disappointed with the people of Stoke-on-Trent for not having Royal Wedding street parties.

Stoke on Trent Councillor Brain Ward has this week has criticised the people of Stoke on Trent in a Birmingham based newspaper, saying he was “disappointed” that not one application had been posted to hold a street party on the day of the wedding in the City.

He didn’t express his disappointment to the local press, but in a publication that many of us would be unaware existed (well if not for the magic of Google). The Paper quotes Mr Wards Frustration with us common and unpatriotic Stokies as saying:

I am very surprised that nobody has come forward

I don’t think people are as patriotic as they used to be, and communities just don’t seem to get together as much as they used to. It’s a real shame.

Local communities used to be organised round the working men’s clubs and pubs, but in many areas these have closed down.

Brian Ward - Mock up of how Brian could be dressed when celebrating the wedding
Mock up of how Brian could be dressed when celebrating the wedding.

I’m surprised that Mr Ward is surprised that no one has come forward.

Are Stoke on Trent lavished with lots of Royal Attention? Do the Royals visit our land, boosting our cities morale? A morale, that has also suffered so greatly at the hands of our Councils with all of the recent Cuts, of which Brian Ward sits on the cabinet that has been responsible for where the cuts will and will not fall.

Do we ever get to be made to feel special? – Charles and Camilla visited last year, but not to meet the people of Stoke, but to visit some tossed away trinkets from a bygone age.

Mr ward also tells us that we are no longer patriots, when in this day an age we no longer know what it is to be English, where Britain gets even more fractured and Europe looms bigger.

Mr Ward then goes on to talk about communities. Communities in Stoke on Trent again have been shattered, and divided and no longer feel complete. Communities no longer meet in the work place as they used to, and information spread. The very reason I started MyTunstall was because I didn’t feel like I belonged to a community.

I’ve discovered since that that isn’t true and Tunstall alone has many great community meeting places such as Tunstall Pool, Library, Market, Childrens Centres, Pubs and so on. Each and every one under threat at the minute in the form of council influence in the short or long term or by economic variables.

The Problem Is
Mr Ward can see to the heart of the problem.

I also think that people are unsure of how to organise these things. Local councils need to make it that much clearer and hopefully then we will have a rush of applications.

Bad Communications
The answer is simple. Stoke on Trent City Council and the Residents of this CIty set up these marvelous thinks called Residents Associations. Through them many people in a area come together to do work for other people.

Maybe the answer would have been to approach these to spread the information as they already have a network of people who work together already and then have a line of communication into the people of their groups area. But no one in the council offices thought to do this.

Probably because the people that communicate with these RA groups will now no longer have jobs, or will be in a different job. What about the city mag? Our council with it’s wonderful and expensive our city magazine might have posted some information in there. It’s what the mag is meant to be there for, so why not use it to infomr us of what we should be doing with our Bank Holiday firdays.

Lastly the point about how to put a street party together. On most estates, people are probably already organising them, themselves and are planning these events, unaware that council permission is needed. Or that the people of Stoke on Trent should be checking the Stoke Gov website daily for articles relating to street parties for one press release that will put them off than inform how to go about it.

Have a look at the Stoke Gov Website for putting in planning permission. http://www.stoke.gov.uk/ccm/content/et/highway-network-management/royal-wedding-street-parties.en

Source: My Tunstall

Witness Appeal – Man dies after fatal stabbing in Bond Street, Tunstall

Police in Stoke-on-Trent are investigating the death of a 30-year-old man who was discovered in Bond Street, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent following a report of a disturbance on Monday 22 November 2010. Police responded to reports of an incident of disorder in Bond Street at around 10.35 pm, after witnesses reported a number of people involved in a fight in the street.

When police arrived they discovered a male with what is believed to be a stab wound and paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to the scene to provide emergency treatment. The male was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, at 11.45 pm doctors confirmed they had not been able to save the man’s life.

Inspector Mark Hardern, Commander of the Tunstall Neighbourhood Policing Team said “Detectives and scenes of crime officers have begun a very detailed investigation into the circumstances which lead to the male being discovered in Bond Street and officers are speaking to a number of potential witnesses. Bond Street will remain closed until the forensic examination of the scene is completed and a number of items that could be connected to the incident have been recovered.

A number of people have been arrested in connection with the incident and they are being held at the Northern Area Custody Facility in Etruria where they will be questioned by detectives.” Local neighbourhood police officers will be on patrol in the area talking to local residents on Tuesday to keep them informed about our investigation and to support the detectives by identifying potential witnesses.

Anyone with information is urged to call Staffordshire Police on 0300 123 4455 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Tunstall Carnival 25th July (Sunday) 2010 – Tunstall Victoria Park

My Tunstall Promoting the Tunstall Carnival

One of the biggest events in Stoke-on-Trent is taking place this week, as this coming Sunday will see Tunstall Carnival back in the city.

The money raised goes towards local causes such as such as Christmas presents for  children and a local women’s refuge, financial help to aid the provision of a school trip for disadvantage/disabled children at a local school.

Don Wood – one of the events organisers from Stoke-on-Trent Lions, is really looking forward to the Terrier Racing, as they were so entertaining they had to book them again.

25th July 2010 – Tunstall Victoria Park – Pay at the gates

  • Jez Avery;s Motor/Mountain Bike Show
  • Quack Pack – Duck Herding Show
  • Roundabout Terrier Racing
  • Verbal Arts Rap Workshop
  • DJ & Dance Workshops
  • Charity & Trade Stalls
  • Kit/Classic Cars
  • Model Boats
  • Quad Bikes
  • Inflatables
  • & much much more

Gates open 11.00am – 5.00pm

Adults £2.00 | Children 50p |  Unaccompanied children £1

Disabled parking & facilities