Posted by Mike Rawlins

The new £9.5 million state of the art YMCA Youth Campus which represents the start of a new era for the YMCA and the people who use its facilities opens to the public this morning. The complex provides first class learning and sports facilities along with new independent living apartments for young people who are ready to move on from the YMCA hostel accommodation. The sports centre and conference facilities are fully open to the public.

With the New Year just hours around the corner, Bill Cawley looks towards 2012, the year of delivery.
Posted by Mike Rawlins

Some sobering thoughts for you this morning. According to calculations made by the Adam Smith Institute in London it is expected that Tax Freedom Day for the average worker in the UK will be 30 May in 2012. That means that for the first 149 days of the year, you will be earning for the taxman. Only on May 30 will you start earning for yourselves.
Posted by Mike Rawlins

Stoke-on-Trent City Council will now analyse details from a number of companies who applied for the extra care housing programme, after a European tendering deadline passed last week. The council placed a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union – the publication that all public sector tenders for major projects must be published to – in November, to start the process to design, build, finance and operate the homes.
Posted by Mike Rawlins

VINCI Construction UK, who built the new Tesco store in Hanley in 2010, has been selected by Stoke-on-Trent City Council as the principal contractor for the development of the landmark new bus station in Hanley. The appointment will see the next phase of the bus station start in the New Year as work on the foundations for the site start by the end of January. Councillor Ruth Rosenau, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for regeneration, said


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