Stoke-on-Trent like Afghanistan, says pottery director

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The director of one of Britain’s largest pottery firms has compared parts of Stoke-On-Trent to Afghanistan’s Helmand Province and has demanded the local council stop the demolition of historic buildings.

Matthew Rice, director of Emma Bridgewater, said that areas of the city, known for its ceramics industry, resemble a wasteland and “disaster zone” comparable to London in the 1950s following World War II.

Referring to city planning as “feckless”, he called on the local council and developers to use historic buildings and former factories during regeneration rather than to knock them down....

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