City Council assures commuters they DID send out gritters

The City Council have assured commuters they did send their gritters out last night – after ice and snow caused delays across Stoke-on-Trent this morning. Snow and ice overnight led to traffic delays across the city and the surrounding area with many motorists taking to social media to complain about the state of the roads. Taking to Twitter, Stoke-on-Trent City Council said their gritters had covered roads in the city last night – and emphasised that grit…

‘Pay on exit’ system to be introduced at Royal Stoke University Hospital?

Plans to install new meters at hospital exits have hit a barrier – because health bosses can’t afford to make the changes. University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) NHS Trust has looked at installing ‘pay on exit’ parking at Royal Stoke University Hospital to replace the current pay-and-display machines. The move came after UHNM’s finance and performance committee queried why the trust’s income for parking was ‘lower than planned’. In 2016, motorists…

Victory! Parking charges will NOT be brought in at city beauty spots and gym centre saved

Campaigners have won their fights against controversial plans to close a gymnastics centre and introduce new parking charges. Thousands of people signed petitions against the proposals which were included in Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s original budget for 2018/19. Residents said the mooted charges at Westport Lake and Central Forest Park would cause parking problems in nearby streets and discourage people from using the facilities. And families claimed that closing Stoke-on-Trent Gymnastics Centre in Burslem and moving classes across…

Disabled driver left feeling blue over £35 parking fine

Pensioner Terry Sweatmore has called for his parking fine to be cancelled after facing delays in getting his new blue badge. The 73-year-old, from Leek, had realised his disabled permit was three weeks out of date and immediately rang his home authority, Staffordshire County Council, to renew it. Three days later, he pulled up in a disabled bay in Old Hall Street, Hanley, and left a note on his car…