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04.11.22 – Stoke High Street Action Zone, Avian Influenza Requirements, Kitchen Fire in Etruria, Local Weekend Football

Written by on 3 November 2022

A number of projects supported by the Stoke High Street Heritage Action Zone are due for completion this week.

The project, which is part-funded by the city council, Historic England, and the Private Sector, is set to complete in March 2024, with various buildings and iconic historical locations being offered grant support to undergo a sympathetic and delicate refurb.

To date more than £2 million of funding from Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Historic England has been offered towards restoring historic high street properties in Stoke town centre through this project.


People who keep birds and poultry are being asked to keep their birds indoors to limit the spread of bird flu.

The mandatory housing measures introduced by the UK’s chief veterinary officer, make it a legal requirement to keep the animals inside and to follow strict biosecurity measures to help protect flocks from disease.

The new rules come into force on Monday, 7 November and apply to anyone keeping birds, whether it’s a few hens in a back garden, rearing game birds or a large commercial farm.

The restrictions follow a rising number of cases of avian flu across the country including a number of cases in Staffordshire – in Audley and Endon

Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards Animal Health team is reminding people to remain alert for any signs of the disease and to report suspected cases immediately.

Wild birds migrating from mainland Europe during the winter period can spread Avian influenza to poultry and other captive birds.

The risk to public health from the virus remains very low and the Food Standards Agency advises that the disease poses a very low food safety risk.

Further information on how to help prevent the spread of avian flu is available at:


Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding residents to take extra care in the kitchen after being called to a kitchen fire in Stoke-on-Trent on Wednesday night.

Firefighters were called to an address off Pretoria Road, Etruria, just before 11pm following reports of a kitchen fire. Crews from Hanley and Newcastle attended. On arrival, crews found an electric oven on fire.

Fortunately no one was injured and the oven has since been removed from the property.

Darren Jackson, Station Manager at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “More than 50% of the fires we attend are caused by cooking. Distraction is the main cause of these fires, with pans and grills left to set alight because they’ve not been looked after properly.

“It’s really important that when preparing for meal times we pay close attention and always look when we cook, otherwise the consequences could be fatal.”


In local football this weekend … Stoke City will be taking on Birmingham at home at the bet 365 Stadium after a one-nil away win against Wigan on Wednesday.  It is FA Cup 1st round games for Port Vale and Crewe Alexandra – both are playing at home – with Port Vale facing Exeter City and Crewe taking on Leyton Orient.

And for our local non league teams … Newcastle Town will be travelling to Merseyside to face the City of Liverpool, it’s a home game for Hanley Town who will be hosting Trafford and Kidsgrove Athletic are also at home taking on Prescott Cables