Tourism is one of the largest industries in the UK, generating revenue of £125bn per annum and employing 2.7m people. The size, and the potential, of the industry is enormous.
Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOt6bTJ34JA to find out more.
A second protest song warning that government plans could put Wakefield Cathedral’s restoration in jeopardy has been released.
The song recorded in the Cathedral, a Grade 1 listed building, attacks the government’s budget proposal to introduce VAT on projects to restore listed buildings.
To listen to the song go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i26K2jvX6AQ
The first song can be heard at:
The Phoenix Trust has been commissioned to write a series of articles about architect A. R. Wood who designed Tunstall Town Hall and Middleport Pottery.
Wood was one of North Staffordshire’s leading architects and the trust will enjoy working on this project.
Extracts from these articles will be posted on this website from time to time.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has issued the following statement about Newham’s plans to send homeless people to The Potteries:
“We have received no approach from Newham Borough Council. They contacted a city housing association directly, and we understand they have given a clear refusal. However, we are very concerned about any impact another council’s plans would have on our city, and the capacity the city would have to accommodate such a request.
“In our Mandate for Change we make it clear that improving the quality of life for all our residents is a priority by promoting independence and healthy living. We do have a statutory duty to help homeless people, and where possible, prevent homelessness from happening.
“But this duty is very much focussed on helping the people locally, in our area, and any plan to home a family would need to take into consideration their welfare and support needs.”
At the request of local historians, CPRE Protect Kent has asked English Heritage to make Sittingbourne’s historic Magistrates’ Court a listed building to save it from demolition.
Built during Queen Victoria’s reign, the courthouse has been empty since May 28th last year when the Ministry of Justice closed the court.