Give us a vote on council move
HAVING attended the Stoke-on-Trent City Council meeting on September 6, I watched and listened in a packed public gallery to a petition by Stoke residents and traders.
They asked the council to think again and for an open debate on the proposal to move the Civic Centre to Hanley and the effect this would have on Stoke town and surrounding area.
The response by Labour leader Mohammed Pervez and the controlling Labour group was both condescending and arrogant, with the attitude of 'we know best'.
The people in the public gallery vented their feelings on what they believed to be a stitch up, and a done deal.
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A proposal by opposition councillors to send the issue to a scrutiny committee for an open debate which gives all councillors an input was firmly opposed and rejected by the Labour group.
This proposed Civic Centre relocation is a £40 million plus gamble, which is loaded with many ifs and buts.
This decision was taken by 10 councillors (the cabinet). So much for openness and democracy.
The people of this city will inherit the bill. Implications for the future of all our six towns, in particular Stoke, should make us all take note.
But it is obvious very many people in this city are being ignored or taken for granted. It is not too late for a full debate. Ask your local councillor for their views, or maybe we should press for a referendum.
TED OWEN Burslem