Stoke-on-Trent City Council have agreed to invest up to £6.7 million in heritage and community buildings to ensure the way residents access services across Stoke-on-Trent continues to improve, led by Conservative Councillor Daniel Jellyman.
Under the plans drawn up by the city council, major restoration work will be carried out to the historic assets of Tunstall and Longton Town Halls. And local centres in Abbey Hulton, Blurton, Bentilee, Burslem, Chell Heath, Fenton, Meir, Norton and Stoke will also benefit from refurbishment and improved facilities.
The majority of the funding will be used on the Grade II-listed town halls to ensure the council is making the most of the assets at its disposal. At Tunstall Town Hall, the town’s library will be relocated from the nearby Victoria Institute, while the children’s centre will be moved in from further down High Street.
Longton Town Hall will be refurbished as part of the recently announced Stoke-on-Trent Heritage Action Zone – a five-year scheme that aims to revive Longton and its historic buildings – with the town’s local centre relocated inside once the work is complete. The public toilets at both buildings will also be refurbished.
Conservative Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “This is about the council investing in and supporting all six towns of Stoke-on-Trent, something we are committed to doing and are passionate about.
“We understand how important our historic buildings are. The town halls in Tunstall and Longton are fantastic assets and provide a constant reminder of how rich in heritage our city is. The aim of the work is to invest not only in their heritage but to make them modern, fit-for-purpose buildings which the community can access face-to-face services from.
“Relocating staff into these historic town halls will have a positive impact on the economies in Longton and Tunstall, as well as supporting the local markets in both towns, which will hugely benefit. The current library building in Tunstall is incredibly important and we don’t want to see it left empty. We are looking at converting it to residential use in the future, to encourage more people to live closer to the town centre which will support the local economy.”