Middleport Matters has fundraised to improve this popular gateway into the area and we would love to share with you what’s happening next…

You will have noticed that the old sheet metal fence along Pidduck Street has been replaced by a beautiful new wall, and the edging of the road has been cleared and a weed membrane with limestone aggregate has been installed. The wall along Milvale Road has been repaired and the old windows have been filled in and rendered. What a difference this has made! But this is only the start!

We have two fabulous artists from FourMAKERSatNo5 designing art work to go into the windows along the new wall and also onto the roller shutter door.

We have replaced the remaining sheet metal fence along Milvale Road and installed planters in front. These have been designed by the community using hand-decorated ceramic tiles, while will be installed in the new year. The planters have been filled with various flowers, herbs and wild plants for everyone to enjoy.

Using reclaimed wooden pallets, we have started to make bee homes and bat / bird boxes. These will be hung onto the fence panels. Children from Saint Nathaniel’s Academy have started to paint these as well as tiles for the planters.

The old gates along Milvale Road have been sanded and repainted as well as the bollard across Pidduck Street and the railings on the canal bridge.

We hope to remove all graffiti and install CCTV cameras to prevent any further vandalism to this area.

New signage will be installed to signpost the canal as well as inform canal users what Middleport has to offer.

Everyone is invited to take part in this project, so please get in touch if you would like to contribute in any way or for more information contact us on
middleportmatters@gmail.com or on 07464 402161.

With huge thanks to Tesco Supermarket, Middleport Environment Charity, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Canal & Rivers Trust, RCB Cleaning Specialists, Middleport Pottery, RHS – Greening Grey Britain, Saint Nathaniel’s Academy and others for their amazing support!