Residents lodge objections to council's £55m Hanley HQ move
DOZENS of residents have lodged objections against plans for the first of two new city centre council offices.
Public consultation on proposals for the city council's new kaleidoscope-style HQ and central library in Hanley has ended.
Developer Genr8, which is building the Central Business District (CBD), is now expected to win planning permission for the £55 million scheme next month.
But a total of 25 people wrote to Stoke-on-Trent City Council to raise concerns about moving the Civic Centre from Stoke to Hanley before the deadline passed.
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Alan Barrett, of Campbell Road, Stoke, who wrote an objection letter, said: "No-one wants this new civic centre. The people of Stoke will lose out and by the time the council decides to regenerate it will be too late. The £40 million borrowing requirement will have to be paid back by us, our children and our grandchildren, with absolutely no guarantees of the costs being recovered in terms of addition city revenue."
The plans show the 100,000 sq ft five-storey complex on land between Broad Street and Warner Street will house a 13,600 sq ft library to replace the public section of nearby City Central Library.
Demolition work is underway to clear shops in Broad Street to allow the development to begin. A decision on the scheme is expected by March 20 and a planning application for the second council building is due to be submitted shortly.