Stoke City councilllors reject motion to stop £40 million Central Business District

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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.

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