Last Friday morning saw the election of all forty-four of our City Councillors in Stoke-on-Trent. These are the people who govern the important everyday services which we all depend on and can take for granted when they are working, but which are so frustrating when they are not.
Small businesses account for over 99 per cent of UK private sector businesses. There are some 5.6 million of them. But not enough of them export anything despite the very great deal of information, advice and assistance available to potential exporters. Why?
Did you know that Fenton is the largest of the six towns, covering the largest geographic area and a high population living actually in the town? As you can see from the top of Fenpark which boasts some of the best views in the whole city, it is a huge area (see photo).
In the last few weeks we have seen stabbings in Meir and Fenton. Thankfully these incidents are relatively rare here and the fact this shocks us is perhaps a good thing for our city. However, it is essential that shocking crimes like this are treated with the seriousness they deserve.
Our city has six towns. Six unique centres, with six high streets and suburbs clustered around six distinct locations. To people from the Potteries, this is entirely normal. In fact, we are rightly proud of our city and the communities we are from.
Copyright 2019 Jack Brereton MP Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent South. All rights reserved.