Rename town 'Meir Away'
I WOULD like to take this opportunity to congratulate KFC on getting planning approval from Stoke-on-Trent planning committee to open in Meir in November, just in time for the local children to enjoy a KFC bucket for Christmas dinner instead of a boring old turkey.
All credit to KFC, as they clearly know how the council think and what is important to the south of the city.
The 40 jobs will certainly be more than welcome.
Within a few hundred yards, the Community Centre had to fight "tooth and nail" to get the gym to stay open.
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One wonders if KFC had to fight as hard to get the planning permission?
Let's face it, there are not that many gyms in the city, whereas we have, quote: "Thirty similar businesses within a mile radius."
Another fast food outlet was obviously a major priority and just what we needed.
In view of the importance of these outlets, I would suggest that we could re-name the area 'Meir Away' so there is no ambiguity as to what this part of the city stands for.
I am also going to write to all the satnav companies to give them some suggestions/guidance for when they next update their software.
It would clearly benefit strangers to the area if we could say, go left at the Indian, third right at the chip shop, next left at KFC and straight on past the Chinese until you get to Pizza Hut in Longton.
Perhaps whilst at the ground floor stage we could get the council to persuade KFC to sponsor the new health centre across the road and offer a 10 per cent discount for obesity courses.
However, there is always a positive.
Not so long ago I remember a private pub chain that offered the opportunity to collect a stamp at each hostelry and then get a free T-shirt when the card was full.
Well, think about it logically, and we could do the same.
What an opportunity for the marketing people to put Stoke-on-Trent on the map and propose a similar idea for the Meir takeaways.
Get a card designed with a place for a stamp for each fast food outlet, and when full, they could swap the card for a voucher at Holland and Barratt or a visit to the chambers of the town council to meet the personnel who had made their dream come true.
Yes, we can say once again with absolute certainty that this council knows what is best for its constituents, because Meir needs another takeaway like Hanley needs another charity shop.
I assume a celebrity, such as the winner of 'The Biggest Loser', will be available to cut the opening tape?