Councillor Ruth Rosenau, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for regeneration, said:
The original properties were coming to the end of their lifespan after more than 100 years of occupation and detailed reports showed many to be unsuitable for modern day requirements.As part of the plans alternative premises were offered to the oatcake business even looking at designing a brand new Hole in the Wall shop. However, the current owner has decided to take a much earned retirement after over 25 years serving the local community.
More top news
Krissoni Henderson called his victim a non-believer and a prostitute before branding police "disgusting" atheists.
They were taken as a precaution, and residents are being advised to keep windows and doors closed as teams continue to clear the spill.
Footage released shows the moment the two carriages collided in what’s been described as ‘the equivalent of a family car crashing at 90mph’