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You may have heard that First Potteries Ltd (PMT) are cutting all evening and Sunday bus services along London Road.  This will come into affect Church_street_resurfacing_02.jpgfrom 25th November 2017.  This is despite the First Group having an operating profit of £339m according to their Annual Report.  I believe this to be callous, leaving the elderly and vulnerable stuck in their homes and many workers unable to get to work.

I have been in discussions with the City Council about this situation and am pleased to announce that these services are not uneconomic as First Potteries Ltd have said.

Although we haven't yet been able to secure an operator for the evening services D&G Coach & Bus Ltd will be running Sunday and Bank Holiday services along London Road.  These will run hourly from about 9am until 6pm.  The full timetable will be published shortly.

Thanks to D&G - no thanks to First Potteries.

First PMT cuts bus services

You may have heard that First Potteries Ltd (PMT) are cutting all evening and Sunday bus services along London Road.  This will come into affect from 25th November 2017.  This...

058_The_Villas.jpgLast year Newcastle Borough Council stopped collecting refuse from private roads due to quite reasonable Health and Safety concerns.  Being aware of this I was worried for the only private road in Boothen and Oak Hill - The Villas.

The Villas is a very special area - the first conservation area in the city, the oldest Residents' Association in the city and unique and beautiful buildings.  However, people tend to buy the houses because they love them, often spending their last funds on the purchase.  The road surface is an issue but the residents have to maintain it themselves, often by means of work days where they all (or at least those who are willing and able) get to work on filling potholes etc..

When the City Council withdrew collections on The Villas several weeks ago I asked for a site meeting with the Residents' Association and Council officers.  I'm please to say there was compromise on both sides and several safe collection points were established along the road.  There was also an agreed plan to keep and even extend the areas for collection based on the maintenance of the road.

If you have a similar issue where you live please let me know on andy.platt@stoke.gov.uk

The Villas site meeting

Last year Newcastle Borough Council stopped collecting refuse from private roads due to quite reasonable Health and Safety concerns.  Being aware of this I was worried for the only private...

059_St_Mods.jpgYou may have seen that there is quite a lot of activity on the former Victoria Ground at the moment.  And there's going to be more when the Developers move on.  Currently, there is the site preparation works.  I have already commented on the removal of Japanese Knotweed and the other shrubs.

Yesterday (Wednesday 11th October 2017) I met the Developer and Principal Contractor on site.  See above with Rob Greaves, Emma Laventine and Aurie Cox of St Modwen Homes.

060_Road_1.jpgThere were several issues I raised with them:-

  1. I asked that there should be no vehicles entering or leaving the site during the hours when parents and young people are trying to get to and from school;
  2. That no vehicles entering or leaving the site use Lonsdale Street;
  3. For them to set up a viewing platform so that locals and other interested parties could see what is happening on the site;
  4. Carefully consider the pedestrian arrangements they make when they reconstruct Boothen Old Road in front of the site AND
  5. most importantly, that they let people know what their plans are!

I'm pleased to say that they were responsive to my comments and they intend to write to neighbours in the next week or so.

I shall meet regularly with them over the construction period and if you have any problems or queries please let me know on andy.platt@stoke.gov.uk and I shall raise those issues for you.

Edit:- I have subsequently requested that they install wheel washing facilities on site to prevent mud on the road. 

Site meeting with Developer at Victoria Ground

You may have seen that there is quite a lot of activity on the former Victoria Ground at the moment.  And there's going to be more when the Developers move...


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