The proposals to reform local government in the City of Stoke-on-Trent by creating local councils (called town or parish councils) are challenging and stimulating.
Although these proposals are controversial, more than 9,000 towns and villages throughout England already have their own local town or parish council.
There are 181 town and parish councils in Staffordshire.
Many communities in North Staffordshire are served by local councils.
Biddulph, Cheadle, Kidsgrove, Leek, Stone and Uttoxeter have town councils and there are parish councils at Audley, Endon, Keele, Silverdale and Werrington.
Local councils in North Staffordshire include:
- Audley Parish Council
- Bagnall Parish Council
- Barlaston Parish Council
- Betley, Balterley and Wrinehill Parish Council
- Biddulph Town Council
- Brown Edge Parish Council
- Caverswall Parish Council
- Cheadle Town Council
- Cheddleton Parish Council
- Creswell Parish Council
- Endon with Stanley Parish Council
- Forsbrook Parish Council
- Keele Parish Council
- Kidsgrove Town Council
- Leek Town Council
- Madeley Parish Council
- Rocester Parish Council
- Silverdale Parish Council
- Stone Rural Parish Council
- Stone Town Council
- Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council
- Uttoxeter Town Council
- Werrington Parish Council
- Whitmore Parish Council
Some of them have websites which you can visit to find out more about their work and the services they provide.
Members of the public can attend local council meetings. Why not go to one of these meetings and see for yourself how town and parish councils would benefit The Potteries.