A job left unfinished

Keen observers of regeneration projects in and around the Potteries won’t be surprised to hear the Audit Commission’s final findings on the performance of RENEW North Staffordshire. To sum up: it’s a job half-done. Anyone who drives around Stoke-on-Trent will find areas of cleared land – the legacy of visions unfulfilled. The fact is, RENEW North Staffordshire should have been a 15-year programme to revitalise our communities. In the end we got funding enough for just half that time and it means that areas like Cobridge have been left to stagnate. The onus is now on the local authority and our MPs to argue that our city is a special case and push the desperate need for further funding to finish the job so that some of our most deprived estates aren’t just left to rot. The people who live in these areas deserve better than blueprints and broken promises.

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