MARCH ON STOKE - FOR ALL RESIDENTS OF THE CITY OF STOKE-ON-TRENT - SAT 23RD FEB
MARCH ON STOKE IS FOR ALL RESIDENTS OF STOKE-ON-TRENT WHO HAVE NO CONFIDENCE IN STOKE-ON-TRENT CITY COUNCIL
IT IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH OR FUNDED BY ANY POLITICAL PARTY
During one of the worst recessions in living memory the city council have resolved to borrow AT LEAST £40m to build state of the art offices in Hanley abandoning Stoke and the rest of the city, its heritage and its people, in the process.
At massive cost the city council commissioned a STATISTICAL study to justify their decision. But even they had to admit the council's plans were ill conceived, finding only an 11% chance of "deliverability" and describing the selling off of the Civic Centre as "problematic". They advised AGAINST their plans.
The city council can draw upon NO BUSINESS PLAN to justify their decision to move, lock, stock and barrel. All they have is rhetoric and the promise of regeneration driven by retail - it seems they've missed the boat by several decades. Meanwhile the ordinary people of Stoke-on-Trent are treated with contempt by the city council and continue to face the most severe hardship due to central and local government cuts. Loss of libraries, swimming pools, care homes, children's centres, community centres and much of the city's heritage are transforming the city into place people wish to leave. As "officers" and councillors look after themselves in plush surroundings and worry about officer morale, the public are left to rot, literally, as highlighted in the BBC4 documentary The Year The Town Hall Shrank.
Objectives of the march
To remind councillors and officers that they work for us, not the reverse. To remind councillors that it is they who should be driving policy in Stoke-on-Trent not unelected civil SERVANTS who very rarely feel any sense of attachment with this city. Halt the building of a new civic centre; the existing Civic Centre is fit for purpose.Raise political awareness across Stoke-on-Trent so that ALL residents vote for the candidate not the party they represent.
JOIN THE MARCH AT 11.30AM ON SATURDAY 23RD FEBRUARY.
FROM THE VICTORIA ON THE SQUARE, HANLEY - KINGSWAY, STOKE.