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Sandyford and Goldenhill Residents Association (S.A.G.E.)

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A residents association uniting the two villages of Sandyford and Goldenhill since 1999

An organisation that aims to improve the environment and lifestyle for all its residents who live in our community



Father Hudson’s Care “New Men’s Project Needs You!”

The Young at Heart project in North Staffordshire yesterday launched a new project aimed at men who want to /media/news/library/img-20190307-wa0000.jpgdo something that will put their skills and experience to good use.

The new community allotment scheme will grow vegetables for local community projects and Young at Heart’s own social groups. They are appealing for men aged 55 or over to come and help out.

Rob Kellett, men’s outreach worker, was down at the allotment to kick-off the new scheme. Speaking beforehand, he said, “We’ve got a good plot, we’ve had some soil delivered and we’re going to start by digging it over ready to grow produce. There’s a communal area where we can get teas and coffees, have a sandwich, or shelter out of this rain! I’m here in my overalls and wellies ready to pitch in – come and join me. We’ll be here every Wednesday from 12:30 to 2:30 at Trubshawe Cross Allotments, Mott Place in Middleport.”

For more information you can contact Rob Kellett on 07587034299

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Les Ellis Looks Back at Changing Times of Employment

Old advertisement for Cowlishaw & Walkers iron foundry at Knypersley

Les Ellis reminisces about the old days in Goldenhill during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Les tells us that he attended the GSM from 1957 to 1961 and then took an apprenticeship at Cowlishaw & Walkers iron foundry at Knypersley, and after 12 months taking home a pittance in wages he went to work in the pottery industry and his wage trebled, wow he say’s he thought he should have done it earlier ! Anyway, he worked in various departments at various factories until the age of 20 when he became a van driver delivering pottery to various shops, and at 21 became a truck driver working for a small company at the top of Sneyd hill called Henry Fox. Les stayed there for a while before starting with BRS and Beresfords, “good old days”; 1980 saw him doing his first continental trip to Italy with them, what an experience that was, no sat nav and very little motorways in those days, just your book of lines (atlas), but after a good while you get to know when and where not to stop! Well after retirement from the trucking industry 7 years ago, his last job being a container driver, easy job that is you only have to open and close the doors, it’s loaded/unloaded by others, and as an active pensioner of 72 he still likes to travel, so he’s got a caravan and tours the UK and travels to Spain for the winter, loving life until the next reminisce.

Can Heritage England Help With Despair Over Old Church School

Previous scenes of Old Church School after arson attack

The City Council has reported to Sandyford & Goldenhill Residents Association that they are meeting with “Heritage England” with a number of ideas to address ongoing issues with the Old Church School on Goldenhill’s High Street.

The Birmingham based owners have questioned the sustainability of the building when having been instructed by the council to comply with a section 215 notice, where the owner has been ordered to replace the roof and tidy up the site, which has not been complied with.

It has been reported that the side gates to the site on Elgood Lane are open to access, and concerns are that with children being off school next week that there is a need to close off the site before anymore antisocial behaviour takes place.

Sandyford & Goldenhill Residents Association at it’s committee meeting this week has reported the access concerns to the council’s Open Access Officer so the situation can hopefully be addressed.

Breaking News – Police Seize More Drugs at Goldenhill Address

With help from concerned residents in Goldenhill; the Neighbourhood Policing Team would like to thank everyone over the past couple of weeks for their help in seizing drugs on Wednesday in Brakespeare Street, and later on today in nearby Heath Street.

Staffordshire Police have now carried out two warrants at the addresses mentioned, which has meant a successful outcome to where a quantity of both cannabis plants and class A drugs were seized. The police further advise that the investigation is still ongoing.


Sandyford’s Red Route Road “Do’s & Dont’s”

Plans by Stoke on Trent City Council’s controversial “red route” road through Sandyford have been disclosed.

The following information obtained by Sandyford & Goldenhill Residents Association can confirm the following.

  • The “red route” road continues from Tunstall High Street into Sandyford High Street at it’s junction with Summerbank Road and ends at the KFC roundabout
  • Existing pedestrian crossing after Summernk Road remains a clearway
  • Continuing after the pedestrian crossing towards the KFC roundabout (left hand side of road) to the bus stop/shelter there will be no stopping Monday to Saturday between the hours of  7.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. & 4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. (parking is permitted at all other times)
  • No stopping except for parking is permitted with no limit on the Newfield Industrial Estate side of the road opposite Staffordshire Triumph
  • Anyone who has to stop on the “red route” road to gain access to their property e.g. to open or unlock gates where it confirms no stopping is allowed, then this is permitted allowing 2 minutes allocated time.

The information provided by Sandyford & Goldenhill Residents Association is to the best of our knowledge accurate, but Stoke on Trent City Council will position signage along the route for direct instruction, which must be adhered to.

Sandyford & Goldenhill Residents Public Meeting

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Sandyford Loses Out To Stop “Red Route Road Scheme”

Stoke on Trent City Council is moving ahead with plans to introduce red routes across the city – and has made some revisions to its original proposals following a successful public consultation exercise.

The council say after carefully listening to views received from the public through consultation that they have a number of key alterations to the original plans. After receiving a detailed review of feedback from traders, residents and other groups, the council says it wants to support local businesses and communities, and their proposals to withdraw red lines from town centres as follows:

  • Burslem: Market Place and Moorland Road (from Price Street to Jackson Street)
  • Tunstall: Williamson Street and High Street
  • Longton: The Strand and Transport Lane
  • Stoke: Church Street, Londsdale Street, Fleming Road, Campbell Place, Hartshill Road and Shelton Old Road

This now means red routes totalling 6.5 miles are currently proposed in the city, subject to a final statutory consultation stage which runs until Friday, 11th January, which includes Wedgwood Street (Burslem), Scotia Road (Tunstall) and High Street (Sandyford).

Cllr Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “We carried out an extensive public consultation on our initial proposals and we got a really good level of engagement from the public, which is exactly what we wanted. It wasn’t just a tick box exercise – we’re a listening council and we’ve responded to a range of suggestions and concerns with the revised plans. On a project of this scale, it’s important we work with residents and businesses to minimise any potential disruption. Councillor Jellyman went onto say “we’re now ready to push ahead with the red routes and hold the formal, statutory consultation on our final choices. One of the main complaints I get from residents is about parking on yellow lines and the impact it causes. These red routes are all about making sure road users can get across the city as quickly as possible in a safe manner. Delays to journeys cost businesses and commuters both time and money, and congestion in our city is often caused by inconsiderate and illegal parking on the roads. Our city is changing in size and shape, standing still isn’t an option, we must change too. Red routes allow us to deliver an improved network solution.”

In our area the bus lane in Tunstall High Street is proposed to be removed and replaced with a very short length of bus lane, located just south of the Woodland Street junction. This would still prevent traffic from using the High Street as a short cut whilst allowing additional parking bays to be proposed on the High Street to assist businesses. Farndale Street is proposed to become One Way towards High Street with a banned right turn into High Street to prevent it being used as a short-cut. Traffic calming measures are proposed in Wesley Street to reduce vehicle speeds.

Cllr Jellyman added: “Simple changes can help to alleviate congestion. So far we’ve removed two bus lanes in the city, and removing the ones on Waterloo Road and High Street, in Tunstall, will give us the additional benefit of extra parking without affecting traffic flows in those areas. I think the combined red route and bus lane scheme we have on the table now is the best way forward for motorists, businesses and residents”.

Sandyford & Goldenhill Residents Association (S.A.G.E.) has raised concerns through the council’s consultation, and asked for feedback, but unfortunately has not received any contact from them in regards to it’s concerns.

The following questions asked by S.A.G.E. were:

  • Where would residents who live in private houses with no access to their properties be able to park their vehicles
  • Where, if any would there be free no red route bays available along the “Red Route Scheme” e.g. to facilitate a funeral hearse outside a church
  • Where are disabled drivers going to stop/park when visiting shops/services in Sandyford High Street
  • How would it be viable for e.g. shops to load/unload goods where businesses are concerned

The committee discussed the council’s needs to wanting clear roads across the city, but it was agreed that in the residents association opinion that red lines on Sandyford High Street would have no bearing to reduce traffic congestion problems in the area.

This is your website for the Sandyford/Goldenhill area so if you have views on the “Red Route Road Scheme”; this is your opportunity to voice them not only on this webpage, but also by contacting your local councillor as well as Stoke on Trent City Council direct.


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from S.A.G.E.

Festive Wishes to all Residents


Poetry “The Angel of Evermore”

Here is a poem by a North Staffordshire poet, Terry Barber “The Biddulph Bard” from his latest book, The Angel of Evermore, which tells the story of a young woman who is raped and left for dead, but is rescued by a celestial being. It is a story, which he hopes will catch the imagination of readers as will the additional poems he has included in his book.

Terry has always wanted to write an epic, along the lines of the Odyssey, which is set in Roman Britain and tells the story of Krista, who lives in a village during that era. Other characters from the village feature strongly in the narrative, it’s an enthralling story, which, if it catches on intends to write a sequel sometime next year.

The book is scattered with poetry he thought would give added momentum. The poem featured below comes at the end of the book, after the main story. The book can be purchased from Amazon for £3.99p, or the Kindle version is available for £2.99p. A copy can also be purchased at ‘The Green Tree House’ cafe in Biddulph for £4. “Happy reading”.

Big Gun

Big Gun’s got our memories, Big Gun’s got our stars, Big Gun gets us up in the morning, gets so we can worship cars; gets us so we can sleep walk through the city, hold hands with imaginary folk, get up so we can look so pretty, and so we don’t lose hope.

Big Gun’s taken over our reasoning, doesn’t want us to perceive, wants us to be bigots when talking, wants us to strike opponents, to march and set fire to things. Wants us to accuse, to deceive, to bully, never to forgive those who offend; this is the road that leads to Stalin, this is Big Gun, this is the end.