Kidsgrove Sports Centre reopening on the 25th July!

Kidsgrove Sports Centre will reopen on the 25th July!

It is a momentous occasion and the accumulation of 5 years of hard work, dedication and passion from our community – without which, none of this would have been possible. It has been nearly 5 years since the centre was closed. It is fair to say those following years have been a rollercoaster, however despite all of the challenges and obstacles in our way we have reached our stated aim and one our community has been longing for.

Kidsgrove Sports Centre has undergone a £7.5million refurbishment, along with considerable additional investment from many a wide range of funding partners and will now be owned and operated under a charity ownership model. This means that there are no shareholders to please or profit making. Instead every single £1 spent in Kidsgrove Sports Centre, will go back into the centre and our community! We are passionate about our community and providing the opportunities for everyone to improve their physical and mental well-being, which is why we have tried to ensure that despite being a new facility, with rising costs, it is affordable to as many people as possible. 

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All systems go for Space 2022

Space 2022 is getting ready to blast off – with all finishing touches being finalised ahead of the launch of the summer programme.

The Space summer programme brings together public, voluntary and private sector organisations to provide enjoyable positive activities for young people that increase their skills, improve their health and wellbeing and create opportunities, while also aiming to reduce levels of anti-social behaviour during the school summer holidays.

In 2021, over 6,000 young people, aged between 8 and 17, enjoyed over 1,400 activities funded by the Staffordshire Commissioner as part of the Space programme. There were over 17,600 attendances at events, equating to over 35,333 hours.

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Queen’s Baton to travel to travel through Kidsgrove

The route that the Queen’s Baton will take in the lead-up to the Commonwealth Games this summer has been announced and Kidsgrove is included on the route.

As part of a national announcement of the route through England, the four locations that the Baton will visit in the borough on 18 July are the Belong Heritage Gallery, Keele University campus, the Harecastle Tunnel and Trent and Mersey Canal in Kidsgrove as well as the Pump Track at Newchapel.  

Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games. In England, the Queen’s Baton Relay will provide the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of show stopping sport nears ever closer.

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1 hour free parking at Wharf Road

The 1 hour free parking on Wharf Road promised as part of the District Council’s plans to modernise parking facilities across the Moorlands have now come into force.

Charges for parking at

Wharf Road have changes

From the 1st July motorist are able to park on the Wharf Road car park for up to one hour free of charge but other charges for parking have been increased.

Charges will now apply from 8.00am to 6.00pm and the new tariffs see parking for 1-2 hours going up to £1.20; 2-3 hours £1.80 and up to 10 hours between 8am and 6pm £2.50.

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Biddulph gets money to play with

Church Road p area

Play areas in Biddulph are to get £180,000 to update and improve over the next 4 years.

The money comes from Staffordshire Moorlands District Council as part of their Play and Outdoor Sports Facilities Investment Plan.

The play areas that will benefit are Church Road play area, which will receive a total of £110,000, and Biddulph Valley Park play area which will receive £70,000. 

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Cameras to reduce tip queues

CCTV cameras are to be installed at Biddulph Recycling Centre to allow users to check how busy it is before they go.

Live streaming from the new camera system, due to be installed this year, is expected to result in residents staggering their trips reducing queueing at peak times.

The improvement is one of a number of changes being made following the Councils move to bring the service back in house.

Sports Centre on track for spring opening 

It’s been a really busy time for the Trustees planning the reopening of Kidsgrove Sports Centre. 

We are still awaiting a handover date from the contractor, however given the progress, we are fairly confident there won’t be too long to wait now. 

We have been really busy ensuring that the centre will be operationally ready to open. This includes; recruitment of the centre manager, Crowdfunding to help equip the centre, arranging the supply of gym equipment, conversing with sporting bodies and organisations; finalising booking systems and marketing, just to mention a few of the tasks being undertaken. It has certainly been a hectic period. All of the Trustees share the desire of our community to get the centre reopened as soon as possible.

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New footbridge opened at Kidsgrove Station

The new footbridge is open and the long awaited lifts will be commissioned very soon.  NSCRP also looks forward to seeing plans for the proposed Town Deal-funded refurbishment of the station building. 

The new bridge at Kidsgrove Station is now open for use. Photo Sarah Honeysett

Train timetables are still partially reduced so please check times before you travel at nationalrail.co.uk

The station’s Spotter Tea café reopened last month, selling drinks and snacks at very reasonable prices (cash only at the moment).  Open 7 – 10am Monday to Friday; 8 – 12 noon Saturday.  All welcome. Why not come and say hello to Kath when you’re next there?

If you see any antisocial or suspicious behaviour at the station we urge you to text the British Transport Police non-emergency number on 61016. (In an emergency call 999.)

If you would like to join our lovely group of station volunteers, Friends of Kidsgrove Station, please email: northstaffscrp@stoke.gov.uk.  or simply call by for a chat – they meet roughly every other Thursday morning.

Platinum Jubilee fund set up for Moorlands celebrations

As the nation prepares to begin a year of celebrations to mark the Queen’s historic 70-year reign, the District Council has launched a grant fund for those planning local events.

The Queen is the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee and plans already announced include: The creation of an extended Bank Holiday weekend from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June for public events to take place; the Big Jubilee Lunch and street parties; £22m of National Lottery Funding to support activities.

At a local level, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has announced it has created a £20,000 fund for communities to organise their own events and celebrations. Councillor Sybil Ralphs, Leader of the Council, said: “It is a truly historic milestone of selfless public service and I know people will want to take part in both national and local events as we come together across the UK to honour this achievement. I’m sure this extra financial help will be welcome by those planning community events.”

The fund will be open to applications from Town and Parish Councils with £1,000 being available to Town Council’s and the remaining budget split equally between the Parish Councils. Parishes may wish to consider submitting joint bids or making funds available to community events supported by the Town and Parish councils. There’s more information, including an application form, at www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/PlatinumJubilee

Free short term parking set for Biddulph

Plans to modernise parking facilities across the Moorlands have been approved by the District Council.


For the first time at Wharf Road people will be able to park for free for an hour at any time

Key changes to be introduced include:

· The introduction of short free parking periods at some car parks to support quick trips into town

· Increasing the options for payment, including contactless digital payments such as Pay By Phone, in addition to coin only methods

· Reviewing the permits currently available to offer more flexibility for customers and creating a tourist pass

· Developing an electric vehicle strategy to look at suitable locations and types of chargers provided in the Moorlands alongside joint working with the County Council on a wider strategy to encourage greater use of electric vehicles

As part of the review, industry experts Parking Matters were appointed to carry out public consultation last year. Over 770 online responses were received from members of the public alongside views from interest groups, including councillors and tourism and business organisations.

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