OPEN LETTER TO JOHN VAN DE LAARSHOT & COUNCILLOR PERVEZ RE – REFUSAL TO RELEASE LAND TO THE POTTERIES SHOPPING CENTRE
Dear Mr van de Laarschot and Councillor Pervez,
I am writing to express mine and others very deep concern at the attitude of the council in refusing to release the council-owned land in Brewery Street and Bryan Street, Hanley, to Capital Shopping Centres and thereby effectively blocking the full expansion to the Potteries Shopping Centre. This seems to most people mean and petty and contradictory to everything that the council is espousing verbally and in its literature and appears completely counter to the so-called ‘Mandate for Change’.
Yesterday, along with my friend and fellow councillor Dave Conway, Leader of the City Independent Group, we met at the Potteries Shopping Centre with Mike Butterworth, Chief Operating Officer Capital Shopping Centres (which own the Potteries Shopping Centre along with many others in the UK), Martin Breeden, Director of Asset Management Capital Shopping Centres, and Paul Francis, General Manager Potteries Shopping Centre to discuss the various aspects of this decision, especially in light of the report contained in the document “Business Briefing: Stoke-on-Trent City Centre Updated Retail Capacity Analysis 2012”, commissioned by Capital Shopping Centres and produced by Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners, Planning Design Economics, and Lunson Mitchenall on behalf of Capital Shopping Centres.