The proposal to set up a town council in Fenton is challenging and stimulating. Town councils are the cornerstone of democracy. By giving power to the people, they strengthen local government and create civic pride.
Like the other five towns, Fenton is dying. Burslem and Stoke have already become ghost towns. Tunstall and Longton face an uncertain future. Despite all the spin put out by public relations experts and newspaper columnists, Hanley is too small to become a regional capital and compete with Birmingham and Manchester. A town council will bring prosperity to Fenton’s traders. It will enable Art Venue to create a unique arts centre that will attract tourists who could inject millions of pounds a year into the local economy. More important than economic benefits is the impact a town council will have on the lives of local people. It will give them pride in their town and the confidence to work together to build a better life for themselves and create new opportunities for their children.
Although it has widespread socio-economic problems, Stoke-on-Trent is a unique city.
Each town has its own character and architectural heritage which must be used to regenerate our city. Local people are proud of the Potteries. They want to help make it a better place. Fenton needs a town council. One should be formed as soon as possible. Fenton is not alone. Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke and Longton also need town councils which will give them a voice on local issues that will be heard at the civic centre.
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