Stoke-on-Trent News Stories

A CBeebies Land hotel to open that will make every child’s dreams come true.

There’s a new CBeebies Land Hotel coming to Alton Towers Resort. It’s the first hotel of its kind, designed by kids, for kids; bursting with music, stories and adventures for little ones to enjoy. Each room has been created to look like scenes straight off the television featuring all of your kids favourite characters like Upsy Daisy and Mr Tumble. The hotel has been uniquely designed strictly for little guests, children will rule the roost like nowhere else with a jam-packed entertainment schedule that runs from 7am until 9.30pm available exclusively for CBeebies Land Hotel guests. Each room will have [...]

By | February 1st, 2017|Categories: News Story|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Lidl plans to relocate to former Somerfield site in Longton.

Plans for a new Lidl 'concept' store have gone on show to the public. The German food retailer wants to replace its current branch in The Strand, Longton, with a 1,424 sq metre outlet on the former Somerfield site in Spring Garden Road. The new store - which could create an extra 20 jobs - would include a bakery, longer-style tills with 'dual packing facilities', customer toilets and more parking. A consultation event to gather public feedback on the proposals was held at The United Reformed Church in Longton yesterday. Faye Heeley, from Lidl, said: "The new store would be [...]

By | February 1st, 2017|Categories: News Story|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Stoke-on-Trent City Council plan for shorter school summer holidays.

Radical plans have been drawn up to change term times in Stoke-on-Trent's schools by reducing the six-week summer holiday for city pupils. Parents, staff and governors are being consulted over the proposal to reduce the summer holiday period to five weeks. The extra week would then be added to the October half-term holiday to create a two-week break from 2018/19. It comes as councils are reviewing their academic calendars after a landmark court victory by an Isle of Wight parent who was wrongly fined for taking his daughter out of school for a term-time holiday. Stoke-on-Trent City Council's consultation continues [...]

By | February 1st, 2017|Categories: News Story|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Care home in Leek threatened with closure after been declared ‘Unsafe’.

A care home has been ordered to make drastic improvements after being branded 'unsafe', 'uncaring' and 'poorly led' – or face being closed down. Ladydale Care Home in Leek remains in special measures after being rated inadequate across the board following two unannounced inspections. And the Care Quality Commission has warned if not enough progress has been made within the next six months the Fynney Street facility could be forced to shut. Now Aegis Residential Care Homes Limited, which runs Ladydale, has moved to reassure families they are taking action to address the issues. Among the catalogue of problems uncovered [...]

By | January 18th, 2017|Categories: News Story|Tags: , |0 Comments

Plans to relocate Post Office in Tean.

Villagers are being consulted over plans to relocate a post office. The Post Office is looking to move Tean's existing branch further along the High Street to Tean Pharmacy. It is hoped that the new branch will be open six days-a-week and the opening hours almost doubled. Now shoppers and traders have until February 15 to comment on the proposed relocation. Post Office regional manager Suzanne Richardson said: "We are making it easier for customers to get their cash, send and collect their mail and do their banking because we know how important these services are to local residents. We [...]

By | January 18th, 2017|Categories: News Story|Tags: , |0 Comments

Italian firm to create 100 jobs in North Staffs.

Italian firm creating 100 jobs in North Staffs has now bought Biddulph's Bakers Travel Transport giant Tundo Vincenzo Spa is driving forward with its North Staffordshire expansion - after snapping up a long-established coach firm. The Italian operator has already pledged to create 100 jobs in the Potteries after securing one of the contracts to provide school transport in Stoke-on-Trent. It has now continued its expansion with the takeover of Biddulph-based Bakers Travel The deal secures the futures of the 35 existing workers at Bakers Travel which has been in operation for 80 years. Source: The Sentinel

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: News Story|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

National cinema chain to open a 10-screen complex and café in city centre.

A national cinema chain has been signed up to open a 10-screen complex and café at a planned city centre shopping development. The Light Cinemas, which currently has six locations around the country, has been revealed as one of the anchor tenants at the forthcoming Unity Walk scheme in Hanley. It is due to include an IMAX screen – the first in Staffordshire – along with a fully licensed cafe-bar called The Green Room, a feature common to all its cinemas. The Light was founded in 2007 and claims to offer a 'premium cinema experience' at standard prices. Along with [...]

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: News Story|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Burslem to have a £500k facelift.

Plans for a £500,000 town centre makeover are set to be approved this week. Stoke-on-Trent City Council wants to transform Market Place, next to Burslem Town Hall, where Haywood Sixth Form Academy is now based. The former Ceramica site could then be used for small-scale public events. The first phase of work, which is expected to be given the go ahead by the city council's cabinet on Tuesday, will see new paving and benches fitted, trees planted, lighting improved and some public toilets built. It is expected to take up to 18 weeks and will also see pay and display [...]

By | January 16th, 2017|Categories: News Story|Tags: , , |0 Comments

A34 partially blocked due to accident involving lorry and motorbike.

A major road is partially blocked following an accident involving a motorbike and a lorry this morning. The A34 Stone Road is partially blocked due at the junction at the A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman confirmed they had sent one ambulance to the scene. The spokesman said: "We were called at 8.16am to reports of a collision involving a motorcycle and a lorry.   "We are treating one patient. A man." The man's injuries are not believed to be too serious at this stage – although the situation is ongoing. In other traffic news Reginald Mitchell [...]

By | January 16th, 2017|Categories: News Story|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

URGENT! Frozen Fish and Chicken Recall from Home Bargains

An urgent safety warning over a range of frozen fish and chicken products sold in Home Bargains has been issued by a food watchdog. The products have been repackaged in "unapproved premises" and are potentially unsafe, Food Standards Scotland (FSS) said. The products affected have been supplied by MDA Products and may also have best before or use by dates that have been extended beyond those set by the manufacturers. They were on sale in Home Bargains which is now recalling products and displaying notices in stores, FSS said. Anyone who has bought the affected products is being warned not [...]

By | January 15th, 2017|Categories: News Story|0 Comments

It’s Going To Get Hot Duck…

In just ten days, parts of the UK will be hit with a 'wave' of heat, forecasters say. Today the Daily Mirror even reported that the highest ever UK temperature recorded (38.5C) might be beaten this time around. North Staffordshire may be a little behind on receiving the sunshine, but when we do finally get it, we could be seeing temperatures of about 30C reached through June, July and August. But why do forecasters think this could happen? It's all due to intense "heat surges" being swept in from the Continent and Africa. Usually, the heat wouldn't be sent our [...]

By | May 23rd, 2016|Categories: News Story|0 Comments

Darts legend Phil Taylor receives a top honour

  Darts legend Phil Taylor has followed in the unique footsteps of Sir Stanley Matthews to receive a top honour from Potteries businessmen for his service to the city. The 16-time world champion has been feted by the Rotary Club of Etruria for his unparalleled success on the oche over the past 25 years. He had only just been starting out when the branch handed out the award the previous time – to Stoke City and England football legend Sir Stanley in 1991. Phil, from Burslem, took time out of his preparations for the upcoming World Championships to receive the [...]

By | December 9th, 2015|Categories: News Story|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Stoke City FC Flag To Blast Into Space

A Stoke City FC flag is due to be blasted into orbit later, in a supply ship destined for the International Space Station. Lifelong Potters fan Andrew Rushton persuaded British astronaut Tim Peake to pack the emblem. The Orbital Resupply Services Flight is due to leave Florida at 17:55 local time (22:55 GMT). Three astronauts, including Peake, are due to leave for the space station on 15 December from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The spacecraft is capable of delivering more than 7,700 lb (about 3,500 kg) of crew supplies, equipment and scientific experiments to the station. Because of size and weight restrictions, [...]

By | December 3rd, 2015|Categories: News Story|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

“Human Error” blamed for Alton Towers ‘Smiler’ Crash.

ALTON Towers has admitted 'lessons have been learned' following the devastating Smiler crash. An investigation has found 'human error' was to blame for this year's collision which left 16 thrill-seekers trapped in one of the carriages. Five of them were seriously injured and two visitors – Leah Washington and Vicky Balch – both lost a leg. Now Alton Towers has announced The Smiler will reopen next year following the safety review. It is understood an empty test carriage was sent onto the track following problems with the £18 million ride. Around the same time 16 passengers started on the ride [...]

By | November 25th, 2015|Categories: News Story|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Local Company Saving People Money On Replacement Misted Up Glass

Local Stoke-on-Trent based company, Potteries Windows are giving back to the local community by offering huge discounts on replacement misted up double glazed units. Their aim is to provide an alternative solution by replacing just the double glazed units to existing uPVC double glazing. These replacements can be just one or two units that have misted up or a complete full house replacement to the new A-Rated Argon filled units saving their customers money on their heating and reducing carbon emissions. David O'Sullivan, Managing Director of Potteries Windows says; "Many of the people we speak to are not aware that [...]

New Smithfield Council Offices Are Now Open In Hanley

COUNCIL staff have finally moved to the controversial £55 million Smithfield development. Around 50 workers at Stoke-on-Trent City Council have been relocated to the multi-coloured Smithfield building in Hanley. They include 10 customer service staff who were previously based at Hanley Local Centre in the East Precinct. Residents will now be able to access a range of services at Smithfield, including benefits, housing and council tax. Read More:

By | November 20th, 2015|Categories: News Story|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Asda (Tunstall) Urged To Scrap Parking Fee To Ease Town Centre Queues

The £1 parking fee at Tunstall's Asda store is being blamed for causing traffic problems in Scotia Road. It means some shoppers are choosing to park for free at Alexandra Retail Park – and then delay the traffic by using the pelican crossing to get across Scotia Road. It has left some motorists stuck in queues on Scotia Road for 20 minutes. Now Tunstall councillor Lee Wanger has written to Asda urging them to scrap the parking charge. Mr Wanger said: "This is affecting the vitality and viability of Tunstall and is putting visitors off coming to the town." The [...]

By | November 19th, 2015|Categories: News Story|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Stoke-on-Trent…Are you a Northerner or a Midlander?

Are you a Northerner or a Midlander? The former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell says Stoke on Trent should market itself as Northern and not Midlands. What do you think? Source:

By | November 19th, 2015|Categories: News Story|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Has Tesco Gone Too Far With This Chocolate And Cherry Christmas Sandwich?

Tesco has launched a bold new Christmas sandwich for 2015 and no one is quite sure what to make of it. Chocolate and cherry are two fillings that shouldn’t necessarily ever sit between bread, and yet the mavericks over in the Tesco sandwich creation department have defied conventional culinary wisdom and gone for it. To be fair to them, they haven’t just stuck the sweet filling between slices of average brown bread; instead Tesco has used cinnamon bread just to be sure that there isn’t even a hint of savoury about the meal. As soon as the sandwiches hit shelves, [...]

By | November 19th, 2015|Categories: News Story|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Weather Warning! Wintry Showers Forecast – Watch Out For Icy Roads On Monday

Weather Forecast in Stoke-on-Trent Throughout December The Met Office are expecting wintry showers over the weekend with the risk of icy patches for motorists to watch out for on Monday morning. Outlook for Saturday to Monday: Staying unsettled and becoming noticeably colder. Wintry showers are likely, but they will ease into Sunday. After a cold start Monday, it will gradually become slightly milder. UK Outlook for Monday 23 Nov 2015 to Wednesday 2 Dec 2015: A cold start is expected on Monday with frost in many parts and wintry showers likely around eastern coasts and on hills, giving a risk [...]

By | November 19th, 2015|Categories: News Story|Tags: , , |0 Comments