Stoke City councillors have defeated a late bid to scupper the city’s Central Business District plans for Hanley.
Councillors battled it out for two hours at the Civic Centre to decide on a motion which called for a “radical rethink” on the £40 million CBD proposals.
Cllr Paul Breeze, unaffiliated, and Cllr David Conway, leader of the City Independents, put the motion forward.
The CBD plan involves moving the cash-strapped council’s Civic Centre to Hanley, as well as building a new shopping centre, hotel and office spaces.
Many objectors are angry at what they see as a lack of proper consultation on the move.
But despite passionate arguing from both sides of the chamber and support from a packed public gallery at tonight’s meeting (January 24), the motion was defeated by a large majority.
Burslem Central Cllr Alan Dutton revealed yesterday to 6 Towns Radio that contracts had already been signed, despite concerns about the move.
Cllr Dutton, Cabinet member for Education, recently came under fire for not attending a meeting with his own constituents.