City Council Are Investing In Sunshine

Lord Mayor Denver Tolley unveiled 198 brand new solar panels atop the Civic Centre in Stoke on Tuesday and described the installation as a “fantastic achievement for Stoke-on-Trent”.

The panels stretch across the south facing side of the roof and will generate an estimated 30,000kw/h in energy ““ enough to power 150 computers for eight hours every working day.

The Civic Centre, on Glebe Street, used £147,000 of electricity in 2009/10. The solar panels are estimated to reduce the bill by £3,000.

The panels are expected to last 25 years, and cover their installation costs within 14 years.

Alongside the electricity saving, the panels will benefit from £9,400 in government tariffs for producing zero carbon electricity, generating a total £12,400 per annum.

It’s as good as having money in the bank. The investment is a good investment.

We know in the long run it will pay the city back. If you keep looking backwards and not forwards, you’re not going to modernise. You’re not going to advance enough. Well, here we are advancing in front of everyone.

The 198 panels are still a long way off making the Civic Centre zero-carbon. 700 people are employed at the Civic Centre and with lighting, equipment and other machines to power, many more solar panels would be required to make the Civic Centre entirely green.

However, the panels will reduce the building’s carbon footprint by 400 tonnes in their lifetime, according to the Council.

In Stoke-on-Trent you have to lead by example, and that is what the City Council is doing… They’ve fought very hard to get this investment to where it is.

Police Open Day A Great Success

Almost 1000 people went to Longton Police Station open day on Saturday to learn more about policing in Staffordshire.

The event was opened by Lord Mayor Denver Tolley, ACC Jane Sawyers & Rob Flello MP who cut a line of police tape to let the visitors in.

Hundreds of people watched police dog Jerry with handler Steve Billingtonsearch a car for hidden drugs. Jerry has been playing his role in tacklingdrugs for five years and daily attends drugs raids across the north of theCounty as part of Operation Nemesis.

Armed Response Officers were also on had to explain about their vital role in protecting our community. Visitors had the rare opportunity to handle the weapons used by police and to learn how officers deal with life threatening incidents

Today has been about showing the community the sorts of work thats done behind the scenes to keep them safe. Visitors spoke about how they enjoyed learning more about policing in Stoke-on-Trent and many were able to find out about the actual levels of crime across the city.

Visitors had a chance to tour was the cell block, have their “Ëœmugshots’ and fingerprints taken for a souvenir to take away as well as try on various items ofpolice uniform and pose for the camera dressed for duty.

A scenes of crime officer was also on hand to demonstrate how forensic evidence is recovered.

Many of the visitors took time to speak to officers about their role in tackling crime and anti-social behaviour issues in the community.

Tea Dance in the Town!

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is hosting a “Ëœtea dance in the town’ on October 1st to celebrate Grandparents and UK Older People’s Day and to promote fire safety messages within the community.

The event will be held at the WRVS building in Charles Street, Hanley from 1pm ““ 3pm. Admission is £2 per person which includes a free raffle, tea, scones and dancing.

The Stoke Risk Reduction team will be dressed in comedy costumes, which older Stoke-on-Trent people will associate with “ËœOwd Grandad Piggott’ and “ËœMay and Mar Lady’ and be on hand to offer people fire safety advice. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress will also be in attendance and joining in the fun.

“A main priority of ours in the approach to winter is fire safety amongst the elderly, in particular ensuring that our older members of the community have had their free Home Fire Risk Check.

“With the colder weather approaching, older people in particular will be getting out their electric blankets, using open, gas and electric fires and convector heaters, all of which can potentially pose a serious fire risk. Already this year we have had five fire deaths involving elderly people, four of these were during the winter months, which highlights the importance of reducing fire risks amongst older people. We will be on hand at the Tea Dance event to answer any questions anyone may have and offer free Home Risk Checks.”

The Tea Dance event is part of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Older Person’s Campaign 2010. The aim of the campaign is to effectively promote fire safety for older persons, through encouraging older persons to be responsible for their own personal safety and for others to take care of older persons close to them or in the general community

A Home Fire Risk Check involves firefighters or a service technician visiting your home to give fire safety advice and fitting equipment such as smoke alarms to ensure you are safer in your home. The FREEPHONE number to ring to request a check is 0800 0241 999 and on ringing you will be able to arrange a mutually convenient time for the visit to take place. All Firefighters and Service Technicians carry an I.D card and will travel in Service vehicles. Although checks to the elderly and vulnerable are prioritised, the service is open to everyone.