There is widespread support for the campaign to give Fenton a town council. The Phoenix Trust believes the proposal is challenging and stimulating.
As we have shown in our series “Power to the People”, 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 are already ghost towns. Tunstall and Longton face an uncertain future. Despite the spin put out by public relations experts, professional politicians and newspaper columnists, Mandate for Change is a recipe for disaster. Hanley is too small to become a regional capital and compete with Birmingham and Manchester.
The group working to reform local government in Fenton has already produced a “Manifesto” listing some of the things a town council could do.
- Taking steps to protect the town hall and the building which housed the library.
- Lobbying Stoke-on-Trent City Council on behalf of local residents.
- Organising a Fenton Carnival and providing Christmas lights.
- Encouraging the development of community and local bus services.
- Introducing a “no cold calling policy” throughout the town.
- Organising a Fenton in Bloom competition.
- Increasing heritage based education in schools.
- Creating a memorial to pit disaster victims.
- Twinning with Lidice.
- Organising an “It’s a Knockout” style competition between Great Fenton and Fenton Park.
Tremendous progress has been made but there is still a lot to do before the campaigners achieve their objective. To succeed they need help from everyone who lives and works in Fenton.
If you would like to help and be part of the campaign to give Fenton a town council please email firstname.lastname@example.org