Some of our elected councillors are claiming that without a new civic centre Hanley will continue to decline.
I struggle to grasp this as currently Realis are finalising the CPO requests, which will enable their £350million retail scheme to begin. Bringing in visitors from miles around.
How can a Town with such retail investment possible go into decline? It can only increase both investment, jobs and the environment.
Creating jobs, there is currently lots of interest in sites around Stoke, the train station, and Eturia Valley. If the claims that the new bus station will increase use of Public Transport, are proved true, all those employees will be travelling via Hanley and no doubt shopping there too.
Inward investors will then have the choice of 3 excellent sites within the city to decide where to move to CBD, Etruria and Stoke.
With all this potential I fail to see why our councillors need to be getting the City into even more debt.
Is the existing Civic Centre really vital to the regeneration of Stoke Town? It is only a small area of all sites on offer and there are talks it may not even be demolished. It will be interesting to see the plans from the 29 companies interested in Stoke to see how vital it is?
Under your code conduct you are permitted to see confidential reports, have you used this power to examine proposal coming forward for both Stoke and Hanley?
Sent as a Open Letter to Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Councillors and interested parties.