Have your say on office plans
DOES anybody think borrowing £55 million to build new Civic Offices is a good idea? If so please declare yourself. From the letters in The Sentinel and from friends I have spoken to, I haven't found one council tax payer who wants their money squandered in this way.
Frail, elderly people are being turned out of care homes, nursery provision for young children is being cut, children's centres and community halls closed down in the least affluent parts of our city – yet we can afford to borrow a colossal amount of money for Civic Offices we don't need? It's obscene.
The council may not like being in Stoke, but tough.
A few years ago a former Labour council decided it wanted to be in Hanley so we had new civic offices built, then another labour council decided they wanted to be in Stoke so we had new offices, now this labour council want to be in Hanley so yet more new offices.
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I have read the whole idea is to save heating costs. Well, I know a much better way. Turn the thermostat down two degrees and wear a jumper.
The final public consultation meeting to discuss the budget cuts takes place tomorrow at Stoke Library, from noon to 3pm. Please go along and let the council know if you feel strongly about this.
The only thing that makes any sense to me is that they are planning to build the new offices on the site of 'Lunacy' House. How fitting.