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The Burslem Regeneration Trust's blog on news, current events, updates, and all things Burslem

24th April 2018 - Workers Memorial Day, Swan Bank Church, Burslem

11th April 2018 - Chartist Plaque. Update from Jason Hill

I have now received confirmation that the Chartist plaque will be installed in Swan Square in time for Workers Memorial Day.

I can therefore confirm that we will be meeting at the plaque at 11 am on Saturday 28th April.

 11am - Outside Swan Bank Church -

The unveiling of the plaque commemorating Josiah Heapy and the Chartists.

There is a buffet afterwards in Swan Bank Cafe ( kindly provided by UNITE 6110 branch - thank you).

Speakers Include

Rev Ashley Cooper (Swan Bank Methodist Church) 
Cllr Alan Dutton (Burslem Central)
Bob Fyson (historian) 
Chrissie Gibson (relative of Josiah Heapy)
Ray Johnson (Staffs Film Archive) 
Debbie McAndrew (Claybody Theatre) 
Ruth Smeeth MP

Joan Walley ( Burslem Regeneration Trust)

27th March 2018 - Neighbourhood plan 1st forum members meeting

Tuesday 27TH March 2018

17:00 – 18:30

Synectics Solutions, Hamil Road office

Tea and coffee provided

Planning for the future development of Burslem

OUR NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANS

1st meeting for forum members

We are creating two Neighbourhood Plans for Burslem, to be used by Council Planners to help make important decisions within our area. The plans will cover Burslem Park area and Burslem Town area.

The aim of the Forum is to develop a neighbourhood plan. Burslem’s Neighbourhood Plans, once adopted, will complement the Local Plan produced by the Council in that it will express the views of the community of residents and workers in Burslem.  These views on development and the environment of Burslem will form a significant part of deciding any future planning applications in our area

We need YOUR views and input on topic’s including:

Future housing, sheltered housing, listed buildings, transport, roads, car-parking, broadband, employment, school provision and sustainability, plus anything else that you think is relevant to the future development of Burslem.

When the plan is made it has to reflect the views of the community. There will be a referendum to approve the final plan by all registered voters in the plan areas. Without our own Neighbourhood Plan, we will have NO SAY in how Burslem is developed.

 

At 17:15 we will give an introductory talk to explain why we need a Neighbourhood Plan and its purpose and objectives. Please make every effort to come along to make your views known, or to comment on the views of others. If you can’t make it to the meeting, your views are still welcome and we’ll look to arrange mop up sessions where possible wheremembers of the group will be available to give more information.

 

News updates on the progress of the Neighbourhood Plans will be posted on the Burslem Regeneration Trust website http://burslem.info/

 

A draft agenda is provided below, and further updates will be provided in the next couple of weeks in preparation for our first meeting.  This will include items such as a draft constitution and updates with our partners working on the Middleport Neighbourhood plan.

 

23rd October 2017

We're all set for the Burslem Open for Business event tomorrow, hosted by City Learning Trust

Dear Colleague

Many thanks for reserving your free place at the “Burslem - Open for Business” event, which is taking place tomorrow, 24th October, 08:30-12:00 at the historic Old Town Hall in Burslem.

 You don’t need to bring your ticket with you, as we have your details on the list – and there and still places left if you know any colleagues that might be interested in joining us.  Limited pay and display parking is available outside the Old Town Hall, and the nearby Navigation Road car park is £2.40 for all day parking.

 Breakfast will be provided from 08:30 and the presentations will begin at 09:00am.

The Agenda includes:

  • Welcome and Introduction from Burslem Regeneration Trust.
  • Case Studies from Synectics Solutions, and Otter’s Tears, explaining why Burslem works so well for them!
  • Business Growth Assistance from the Growth Hub - the focal point for businesses that wish to grow, providing co-ordinated and cohesive growth programmes, business networks, growth groups and links to specialist information, advice and services.
  • Brand Visibility from Zoogly - as experts in SEO, Content and digital marketing, Zoogly are able to show you exactly what you need for your business so that you can be discovered. If they can't find you, then they can't buy from you!
  • Digital Awareness from Stoke on Trent City Council - learn how to use digital marketing, social media and competitive intelligence to help your business.
  • Access to Business & Grant Scheme Advisors, offering Business Grants from £1,500-£10,000
  • Networking Opportunities.

On behalf of Burslem Regeneration Trust, we very much look forward to seing you tomorrow.

Best wishes

 

Alan

 

20th October 2017

Burslem Open for Business - Event and Seminar

Tuesday 24th October 2017 08:30 - 12:00 - tickets from Eventbrite

Thanks to Donna Sturge from Autonet Insurance for assisting David Feldman and Alan Christian to create the BRT pop-up Banners for our Business Event.  We'll use these banners to promote our efforts in Burslem to make it a great place for people to live, work, visit, and invest-in.

 

20th October 2017

Seeking members for our Neighbourhood plans

The Burslem Regeneration Trust is seeking forum members for two proposed Neighbourhood Plans for Burslem. If you would be interested in joining a forum to develop the above neighbourhood plans, we are planning to hold initial meetings on 26th October and 2nd November at 16.00 at the Burslem School of Art. The meetings will be for around 45 minutes. So far the Burslem Regeneration Trust  been busy consulting with the local council about supporting the initiative and have made an application for early funding to enable us to develop the necessary forums and to commence the generation of ideas on what people would like to cover within the eventual plans.

We have now received confirmation that our applications for funding have been approved and greatly welcome your  support to make this work to Burslem’s benefit. The introductory meeting will provide further information on the nature of a neighbourhood plan, likely timescales from inception of the process to its conclusion and to explore what it means for every member of the forum in terms of time commitment and the like.

Each forum will require a membership of at least 21 people who live or work in the relevant area made up of a good cross section of the population in the area including business / shop owners where that applies. 

In order to give you more of an idea of what neighbourhood plans are all about please find below a few brief guidance notes along with website references where you may research the topic further should you so wish.

My Community website https://mycommunity.org.uk/take-action/neighbourhood-planning/ 

What is a neighbourhood plan?

In very simple terms, a neighbourhood plan is:

•A document that sets out planning policies for the neighbourhood area – planning policies are used to decide whether to approve planning applications

•Prepared and written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, rather than the Local Planning Authority

•A powerful tool to ensure the community gets the right types of development, in the right place.

Local people can create a plan that allows them to develop planning policies that reflect the priorities of their area and have real legal weight. The whole community then decides at a referendum vote whether the plan comes into force.

A neighbourhood plan is an important document with real legal force, therefore there are certain formal procedures that it must go through. 

See also : http://locality.org.uk/resources/neighbourhood-planning-roadmap-guide/ 

Royal Town Planning Institute

http://www.rtpi.org.uk/planning-aid/neighbourhood-planning/what-is-neighbourhood-planning/ 

What is Neighbourhood Planning?

Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Communities can shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans, Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders.

Neighbourhood Development Plans are a statutory planning document and will be used with the Local Plan to test all planning applications in the area.  Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders allow communities to grant planning permission either in full or in outline for the types of development they want to see in their areas.

It must be stressed that the policies produced are not a method for stopping development, what they can do is shape where that development will go and what it will look like.

Neighbourhood planning is one of the community rights, along with the Community Right to Build, Community Right to Bid, Community Right to Challenge and Community Right to Reclaim Land. See the My Community Rights website for more information.

 

How does it work?

A community group known as a neighbourhood forum needs to be established to lead. The Localism Act recognises that not all communities are residential in nature and as such in areas that are predominantly commercial then a business led neighbourhood forum can be established.

The Local Planning Authority (Stoke-on-Trent City Council) is involved and will make decisions at key stages of the process, such as approving the neighbourhood area within which the Neighbourhood Development Plan will have effect. It will also organise the independent examination of the plan and the community referendum that is held at the end of the process.

The referendum is an important part of the process allowing those that live in the neighbourhood area to decide whether or not the Neighbourhood Development Plan, Neighbourhood Development Order or Community Right to Build Order comes into effect or not. This is direct democracy and outlines the importance of working with the wider community and securing their support at an early stage in the process.

Other websites such as those below have further information for those that would like to research things more.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/neighbourhood-planning--2

 

29th September 2017

Trustees Meeting - Middleport Potteries

19th September 2017

Burslem Open for Business - Event and Seminar

Tuesday 24th October 2017 08:30 - 12:00 - tickets from Eventbrite

FREE breakfast event (08:30am-12:00pm) being organised by Burslem Regeneration Trust and Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, in the historic Old Town Hall in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.

The event will provide advice and support on a range of business issues, including: Access to Finance; Resource Efficiency; Innovation; Manufacturing Advice; Export Help; Start-up & Growth Support.

The event will include Advisors from the Growth Hub & Small Business Grant Scheme, offering Business Grants from £1,500-£10,000.

Whilst considering the benefits of running a business in the City, the event will focus upon what Burslem, specifically, offers - with business rate reductions, great connectivity, and a wonderfully supportive business & community network. The event will include:

  1. Welcome & Breakfast.

  2. Case Studies from Synectics Solutions, and Otters Tears, explaining why Burslem works so well for them!

  3. Business Growth Assistance from the Growth Hub - the focal point for businesses that wish to grow, providing co-ordinated and cohesive growth programmes, business networks, growth groups and links to specialist information, advice and services.

  4. Brand Visibility from Zoogly - as experts in SEO, Content and digital marketing, Zoogly are able to show you exactly what you need for your business so that you can be discovered. If they can't find you, then they can't buy from you!

  5. Digital Awareness from Stoke on Trent City Council - learn how to use digital marketing, social media and competitive intelligence to help your business.

  6. Access to Business & Grant Scheme Advisors.

  7. Networking Opportunities.

5th September 2017

Heritage Open Days

Please note the next meeting for Burslem Welcomes is now Tues 10th Oct 5.30 Duke of William.

Have a great Heritage Open Days this weekend. Stoke on Trent HOD Leaflets are available at Barewall / School of Art or check online at https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

Burslem HOD events include:

Fri 8th Sept

  • FREE 11 - 12      Bennett's watering holes @Barewall with Mervyn Edwards
  • FREE 3 - 4.30pm The Card @Wedgwood Institute with Ray Johnson

Sat 9th Sept

  • FREE Guide of St Josephs Church 11 to 5pm

Sun 10th Sept

  • FREE entry Ford Green Hall 11 to 4pm
  • FREE Entry Middleport Pottery 10 to 4pm

 

11th August 2017

Neighbourhood planning

The Burslem Regeneration Trust today registered our interest in Burslem Park and Burslem Cantral as Neighbourhood planning areas, alongside the planning for Middleport.

Neighbourhood planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Communities can shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans, Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders.

Read more here

1st August 2017

Stoke Reads

In 2015, Stoke-on-Trent was ranked 144th out of 152 areas of the country based on the number of pupils achieving five A* to C grades at GCSE, including English and maths. The percentage of students in the city achieving these grades was just 48%, dropping to just 31% of disadvantaged students.

Improving literacy in Stoke makes business sense. It will contribute to economic growth in the area by equipping young people with the skills they need to access high-quality jobs, and providing local firms with access to a skilled local workforce.

As part of Stoke Reads, some great work is being done to support and engage parents, teachers and children from the early years through to secondary school (see here). Much of this is relevant to our exciting City of Culture bid.

We need your support to widen the reach of our campaign and change the life stories of young people in the city. 

 

18th July 2017

Trustees Meeting - Port Vale FC

No.

Item

1

Welcome, introductions & apologies.Welcome to visitors

2

Feedback on recent activities

3

Members' Meeting, Root ‘n’ Fruit, 3 Counties Art Exhibition, Task groupsNeighbourhood Plan progress, Staffordshire University, Keele students research, Burslem Chamber Festival, Holiday Hunger, Summer events including Chartist event on August 15 and Our Burslem Unites Bank Holiday Monday, PV Community Foundation, City of Culture bid, Local policing, Stoke on Trent Council -representation/ Public realm work /road investment / Liberal club building 

4

Treasurers report

5

AOB

6

Future dates for diary – all trustee meetings:-29th September, Venue Swan Bank coffee Lounge 24th November 2017, Venue TBA 26th January 2018, Venue TBA

 

13th July 2017

Annual members meeting at the old town hall

http://burslem.info/2017-annual-general-meeting