The developer hopes to be on the site of the Victoria Ground very soon. They are hoping to start on their show homes which will be on Boothen Old Road before the end of the year.
Although contractors tend to be very focused on health and safety these days we all need to be vigilant during construction, especially with Stoke Minster Primary School being next to the site.
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The final arrangements for Boothen Old Road are also being considered carefully. These photos show the current situation.
The proposal is to widen the road for it to be a modern standard carriageway. I have stressed that the safety of parents and children going to Stoke Minster School should be paramount. I'm hoping that the junction of Boothen Old Road and Lime Street should make accessing the school a choice and not the obvious route. I hope this is accepted.
Following the consultation on street naming I have asked the city council to see whether they can name the roads as if we were standing on the Boothen End as many of us did.
Therefore, if that is followed we will have (in defence) Frank Soo Street closest to the Boothen End and Bob McGrory Street as the next road. In his 31 years at the club McGrory spent 14 playing (including 10 as captain) and 17 as manager and therefore it is appropriate that this road is expected to be the link road to the second phase of the housing development.
In attack (the Stoke End) we will have John Ritchie Street and Freddie Steele Street. There is one street that runs the length of the development and that would be Paul Ware Street. That seems appropriate for a midfielder who worked so hard for Stoke City FC.
The other names that were suggested will be put forward for the second phase which should be considered sometime next year.
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