Urgent decision or just avoiding Debate

On 27 November 2014, Cllr Ruth Rosenau presented an urgent matter to the Cities Cabinet, Cabinet members agreed to her recommendations that, “The Director in consultation with the Assistant Director – Governance to commence legal proceedings against any the party (if so advised and if the Director is satisfied that there is a claim to answer) for breach of contract in relation to works carried out to the Princes Hall relating to the installation of the unsuitable temporary tarpaulin roof sheeting.”

Kier began repair works to the Queens Theatre in November 2012, following a reported theft of lead in April 2012, to this day the work remains incomplete with scaffolding left in place and a supposedly temporary tarpaulin left covering the roof.


This complete lack of care has caused great damage to the building, Cabinet members have finally agreed action needs to be taken as an URGENT decision, “as any delay would  risk of continued deterioration to the building if repairs to the roof structure were not carried out and also because of the risk of injury to visitors as a result of the continued deterioration of the building, particularly given the onset of Winter.” 
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Side Stepping Democracy

In April 2012 the theft of lead gutter linings and flashings occurred from the roof of the Prince’s Hall (and to a lesser extent the attached Queens Theatre). The Conditions of Lease required the
City Council to maintain adequate insurance in the event of loss or damage to the buildings.  On 12th November 2012 Stoke-on-Trent City Council appointed Kier (Stoke) Limited to undertake necessary repair and reinstatement work commenced on the East wing of the Hall, Scaffolding was erected during July/August 2013 at the West (Wedgewood Street) wing and a similar process of gutter re-lining commenced at the end of September 2013.

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