Cllr Pervez Answers your Questions

In the latest Stoke Town Regen Newsletter Cllr Pervez Answers your Questions

Q. How will the Council fund the buildings at the Central Business District?

A. If we assume that the Council needs to borrow all or some of the monies to pay for the build, then it will be part funded from Capital receipts from the sale of existing land and property, and any shortfall will, most likely, be borrowed from the Public Works Loan Board. The interest rates for this are around half that of commercial borrowing which makes borrowing to purchase a cheaper option than renting. Continue reading


Stoke on Trent Retail Capacity

The principal findings of work undertaken by NLP and Lunson Mitchenall are:

• Sustained economic uncertainty, a return to recession in 2012 and continued growth in the proportion of comparison retail shopping undertaken on-line has reduced considerably the demand for new high street floorspace; Continue reading

To Facilitate Development or Prevent Competition

How does the City Council align its refusal to sell Land to CSC in Hanley with planning policy statement 4? which states to promote –

competition between retailers and enhanced consumer choice through the provision of innovative and efficient shopping, leisure, tourism and local services in town centres, which allow genuine choice to meet the needs of the entire community (particularly socially excluded groups) and taking measures to conserve and, where appropriate, enhance the established character and diversity of their town centres

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Not just Potteries Centre that has Doubts

In July 2012 Indigo Planning Limited wrote to the City Council and had this to say..

Only an outline planning permission is currently in place and Condition 1 to the planning permission allows some seven years to secure the required reserved matters consents. As yet, no reserved matters applications have been approved or even submitted. The outline consent provides only parameter plans and the important matters of design, layout and scale must all be addressed. In a city centre location these can often take years to resolve. Continue reading

Hopi Elders’ Prophecy

You have been telling people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you
must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are
things to be considered. .

It is time to speak your truth.
Create your community.
Be good to each other.
And do not look outside yourself for your leader.

Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, “This could be a
good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and
swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on
to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer
greatly. Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let
go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes
open, and our heads above the water.

And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in
history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves. For
the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.

The time of the one wolf is over. Gather yourselves!
Banish the word ‘struggle’ from your attitude and your vocabulary. All
that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

The Big Sell Off

The City Council has now provided details of 31 of the 40 assets it is considering for sale to raise £25million to pay towards its possible £59 million loan to build a new Civic Centre, closure of some of these properties will also allow around 1100 employees to relocate to the new Civic Centre.

The ####### indicate redacted information, but being its in alphabetical order your welcome to have a wild guess. Continue reading

How many buildings does it take to make one Civic Centre

Council buildings are to be sold off in a bid to raise £25 million to go towards new Civic Centre in the proposed Central Business District, but the authority has so far refused to reveal specific sites.

The Sentinel has recently revealed the Council has sold 63 buildings since April 2010 raising £2.9 million, making an average of £46,031 per building over 2 years. Going at this rate the Council will need to sell 543 buildings taking 16 years.

Traffic Regulation Order – Hanley Bus Re-Routing


Full details of this proposal are contained in draft Orders which, together with maps showing the roads concerned and a statement of the Council’s reasons for proposing to make this Order, may be examined at my Continue reading

Did officers mislead Cabinet?

In the report to cabinet members on28th July 2011, officers told Cabinet members they were at risk of losing £4.5m from Realis if the didn’t agree to put plans in place to action future Compulsory Purchase Orders Continue reading

Coming to Hanley Update

According to latest plans at BCSC new tenants for City Sentral to include

JD sports
TK Maxx
Frankie & Bennys