'Ditch HQ move': Stoke-on-Trent City Council urged to rethink CBD plans
OPPOSITION councillors will call on an authority to abandon controversial plans to move its headquarters.
A motion will be put forward at the full meeting of Stoke-on-Trent City Council next week calling for a rethink over plans to relocate its headquarters.
Unaffiliated councillor Paul Breeze, whose ward covers Birches Head and Central Forest Park, wants the council to ditch plans to move from Stoke to the proposed Central Business District in Hanley.
The motion calls for the council to suspend moves to borrow £40 million for the relocation and to call off the switch.
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Councillor Breeze's motion, which has been backed by councillor Dave Conway calls for the rethink because of 'the continuing dire economic circumstances globally, nationally and, particularly devastatingly, locally in Stoke-on-Trent.'
Thousands have signed petitions against the move, with Stoke traders also fearing the move could kill business in the town.
The full city council meeting will be held on Thursday, January 24 at the civic centre from 5.30pm.