The weather seems to be set for a sustained cold spell with snow and ice. All the forecasters say so. The main issue in the local media is likely to be "Traffic Chaos" - Shock! Horror! Although the Tories and independents are running the city council it is still likely that there will be criticism however muted it may be.
However, I am asking you to be more concerned about those issues that tend to get overlooked at this time.
Firstly, imagine being homeless in this weather. This is not a priority for the Tory/independent city council as they are proposing to cut £1.3m from services to homeless people.
Yes, you heard right - 1.3 MILLION POUNDS (£1,300,000) from homeless support in Stoke-on-Trent over the next two years. However, most people I know are compassionate and care. How can the 6th richest country in the world have homeless people AND treat them like this!?!? If you are aware of anyone living on the streets or in danger of becoming homeless please use the contact details above and ring 0800 970 2304.
Secondly, think about the workers. Specifically, think about those workers that work outside doing those jobs that we value so much. The city council visit every house and street every week to collect waste.
Those bin workers are out in all weathers. Normally, the only weather that defeats them is snow and ice. Sometimes this is because the collection vehicles literally can not get down streets, sometimes because of other traffic and sometimes because of the risk of injury to the staff themselves.
I know this is a valued service because if there is a delay in collection for any reason it is reported. That's fair enough and helps the service monitor where issues are arising. However, please be patient because they will turn up. The normal advice is that if your collection hasn't taken place when you expected just leave your bin out - you will not be fined if the collection hasn't happened.
The weather seems to be set for a sustained cold spell with snow and ice. All the forecasters say so. The main issue in the local media is likely to...
Today, soon after 7pm, we are going to find out whether or not we have been chosen to be the UK City of Culture 2021. Whether we win or not we all know that there is much to celebrate in Stoke-on-Trent. Not just the industry. Not just the people. Not just the innovation. Not just the creativity. I could go on.......
Well that is my view. It would be brilliant to win and therefore 7th December would become a really significant day in the recent history of our city. Hopefully, it would be celebrated each year and be the ideal day in 2020 on which to launch the City of Culture for the following year.
I was thinking about this the other day and thought that perhaps it should have a title. A quick google surprisingly showed there was no "National Potteries Day".
Come on! There's "days" for all sorts of things from serious medical conditions to paella but not one for our city's most important ever product, the product that gave us our city, the product that continues to inspire.
I created a message on Twitter which received a great amount of support both in this city and beyond. "I propose that win or lose on Thursday #sot2021 that 7th December be "National Potteries Day" an annual celebration of the creativity of our city and industry......."
I now make this a formal proposition and look forward to your support for this long overdue celebration.
Today, soon after 7pm, we are going to find out whether or not we have been chosen to be the UK City of Culture 2021. Whether we win or not...
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 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.
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...