South of The City A50 At Standstill

Longton and the A50 was brought to a standstill this afternoon when a woman fell onto the road from the Baths Road Tesco roundabout bridge.

The incident happened just before 1pm with both carriageways being shut, forcing traffic onto side road and causing gridlock for sometime in Longton town centre.

The woman, agd 24 was struck by a vehicle after the fall and died from her injuries. At this time it is not clear if the lady fell or jumped from the bridge.

Drug House Closure, Meir ““ A Tale of Stoke-on-Trent Community Spirit

Broadway is a leafy part of the Meir Park & Sandon ward, bordered by Longton High and its grounds, the A50, and the shops on Weston Road.

It is comprised largely of privately owned terraced and semi detached houses, Broadway has a very active Residents Association and long time residents will tell you how not so many years ago, properties in this area were put up for sale and sold within the week, so desirable an area was it.

However in recent months, an issue of growing concern has been festering away in Broadway ““ and today saw it finally burst. Just after 10am this morning, District Judge Taylor granted permission for Staffordshire Police to close a property on Broadway Place for two months, following a catalogue of statements from local residents and others about activities at the property since the beginning of the year.

From the front door of the property, it is less than 20metres to the entrance to Longton High, and some of those who came foward to provide the evidence for the closure included teachers and others connected with the school. The sale and use of Class A drugs from the house caused massive concern for everyone in the locality ““ characterised by multiple visits, day and night, to the property, leading to arguments and shouting at all hours, causing great distress to neighbours and other residents.

The district judge commented that there was “Ëœoverwhelming evidence’ that the activities taking place at the property caused disruption and distress to local residents and the school, and also commended local residents for standing up to this serious nuisance in their neighbourhood. He said he hoped that this would be a clear example to others elsewhere in the City that there is hope for their community to be protected against such behaviour.

The court order was unopposed and hours later the house had been secured, with a number of large posters, giving details of the order, on display. Houses in the area were also leafleted to inform them of what had happened. When I visited the property this afternoon, there was an air of calm around the area, with a steady stream of local residents coming to see if what they’d all been hoping for had finally happened. Several residents I talked to spoke of their relief, explaining that they’d just had enough in the end and were more than happy to help the police with evidence to return their neighbourhood to how it had been.

As a local councillor, today has been full of ups and downs ““ to listen to the evidence behind the closure order, the day to day events residents and others lived through, was humbling, however to hear what that same community did, working with the police to turn that situation around, was truly fantastic, and I have nothing but unstinting respect for those whose statements contributed to gaining the order, and for our local police ““ led by Insp Sharrard-Williams – in achieving such a good result for the community. Local councillors’ small part in all this was supporting the Residents Association and providing money for securing the premises, something we were all more than happy to do.

Last night, the house in Broadway Place remained dark and empty, and hopefully residents will have their first night of decent sleep in quite some time, while the message goes out strongly into the local community that drug dealing and anti social behaviour are not acceptable here anymore.

Stoke City Vs Tottenham Hotspur Travel Advice

Football fans are being urged to make sure they leave plenty of time to arrive at the Britannia Stadium for the match on Saturday.

Stoke City welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Britannia Stadium for the match which kicks off at 3pm.

The Midlands Grand National is also taking place this Saturday at Uttoxeter Racecourse, so traffic is set to be very heavy in the east of the county. Fans travelling from London for the match are being recommended to use the M6 route rather than the M1.

Supt Adrian Bloor, from Staffordshire Police who is the match commander for Saturday’s game said, ‘I would encourage football supporters to allow plenty of time to travel to this Saturday’s game. In addition to the match there is a large-scale sporting fixture at Uttoxeter Racecourse, and so thousands of extra visitors will be travelling to the county. Spurs fans are recommended to travel to Stoke-on-Trent using the M6 – allowing extra time due to roadworks around Birmingham – or if using the M1 to expect congestion around Uttoxeter.’

He went on to say, ‘At recent matches a number of fans have arrived very close to kick-off for the game, which has caused extended traffic delays on roads around the stadium. We want to avoid this on Saturday if at all possible.’

Fans are also reminded not to alight from cars, taxis and buses on the A50 – and then walking on, and crossing over, the lanes of the carriageways. This is extremely dangerous.

Vehicles parked illegally on grass verges surrounding the stadium will also be towed away, and a fine imposed to get the vehicle back.