Protesters to hand petition to councillors
CAMPAIGNERS attempting to block controversial council plans to relocate to a new £40 million headquarters in Hanley were due to address councillors today.
Representatives from the Save our Stoke group will present their petition to the city council's 44 members at a full council meeting tonight.
They are fighting the authority's plans to sell off buildings in Stoke and move 1,300 workers to a new headquarters in the Central Business District (CBD).
Campaign co-ordinator Graham Barrett, aged 61, of Honeywall, said: "We got more than 700 signatures in a matter of weeks from 12 retailers in Stoke.
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"If we had gone wider we feel we would have got a significant amount more, but we thought this was enough to show what people are feeling in general about these plans.
"We are going to put forward the group's view and ask them to consider an alternative proposal."
Mr Barrett added that traders feel the authority is 'sacrificing Stoke for the sake of putting more people in Hanley's shops'.
Town centre traders and residents in Stoke fear the exodus of council staff will put them out of business, but the authority insists it will be able to sell the Civic Centre, King's Hall and Spode to a major developer in order to plug the gap left behind.
Regeneration leaders believe the CBD is vital for Hanley's regeneration and say it will create thousands of jobs when it expands to include four premium office blocks, two hotels and a series of shops and cafes.
Tristram Hunt MP has called on the authority to reveal its plans for Stoke.