Kidsgrove Library set to re open

Kidsgrove  Library is scheduled to re-open on Monday 27th July as part of Staffordshire County Council’s phased reopening of their 43 libraries which began on Monday, 6th July.

Gill Heath, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member responsible for Libraries, said: “This is not a return to normality, but a welcome step towards it as we begin to carefully reopen much-loved library buildings. Hand sanitising, hygiene and social distancing arrangements will all be in place and if Personal Protective Equipment is necessary it will be distributed to staff and volunteers where appropriate. We will be running an ‘order and collect’ service to start with – so no browsing – and there will be limited numbers of visitors allowed in at any one time.”

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Working mens club demolished

Work preparing the site for a new Lidl store has seen the demolition of Kidsgrove Working Mens Club on Liverpool Road.

The Working Mens Club, which was founded in 1945 and in its heyday had over 800 members, will relocate to the Masonic Hall.

The new store, which is expected to be completed for winter, could create up to 40 new full and part-time jobs for local people and would include a dedicated in-store bakery, longer style tills with dual packing, a customer toilet, baby changing, and ample parking for both cars and bicycles. 

Kidsgrove Sports Centre news

The very recent published data suggesting that childhood obesity had increased since the closure of Kidsgrove Sports Centre, only further went to demonstrate the importance of this vital community asset.

As well as returning affordable community leisure to Kidsgrove our plans very much focus around making the sports centre a true community hub. With this in mind, we were delighted to receive the support from Port Vale professional footballer Cristian Montaño who is so passionate about mental health. This is something which we are keen to work with him and other groups to help support & develop programmes within the centre.

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Call for town centre CCTV upgrade

Local MP Jonathan Gullis is calling for the CCTV system in Kidsgrove town centre to be upgraded.

During the general election campaign, he sent out a survey across Kidsgrove and Talke, seeking support for a CCTV upgrade. Over 1,000 people responded to the survey and 95 per cent of people said they backed the plan for a CCTV upgrade.

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£200k grants keep community organisations and clubs active

Being able to take part in team sports, community activities, exercise classes and visit the gym again is something so many people are looking forward to when the Covid-19 restrictions allow.

And fortunately, much-valued clubs and organisations across the Moorlands are still in business thanks to being awarded grants totalling almost £200k to support them during this challenging period.

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Mow Cop Scarecrow Festival

Everyone is invited to come and join in to the Mow Cop Scarecrow Festival where there are over 70 Scarecrows on display to find. 

The theme for the competition is celebrating  NHS Heroes/ VE Day / VJ Day and there are some great imaginative scarecrows on display.

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Dog owners urged to ‘bin the bags’

Dog owners are being urged to clean up after their pet

Dog owners are being urged to bin the bags after they’ve picked up after their pets.

The call comes from members of the Cabinet at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council following an increase in the number of bags being left on streets and paths across the area.

Councillor Mike Bowen, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: We all want to enjoy streets and public areas that are free of dog mess and I’m pleased to say that most dog owners do behave responsibly and do the right thing by cleaning up after their pet.

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Biddulph Library set to re open

Biddulph Library set to open 27 July

Biddulph Library is scheduled to re-open on Monday 27th July as part of Staffordshire County Council’s phased reopening of their 43 libraries which began on Monday, 6th July.

Community Managed Libraries are being fully supported by the county council and are being encouraged to reopen at their own pace.

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Moorlands leisure centres set for phased re-opening

Leisure centres across the Staffordshire Moorlands are set to start a phased re-opening from Saturday 25 July with measures in place to ensure they are Covid-secure.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and its leisure partner Lex Leisure have worked together to ensure the centres at Biddulph, Cheadle and Leek are safe for users and staff and are looking forward to re-opening gyms and re-starting classes, initially with reduced numbers of participants and opening hours, from this weekend.

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Biddulph’s proposed Action Plan

Changes to the town centre, highways work and more support for young people are just some of the things included in Biddulph’s latest proposed Action Plan.

The Action Plans are prepared annually by Biddulph Town Council to ensure that the authority’s decision-making process is transparent, and its finances are effectively managed.

This year’s proposed Action Plan is currently available for public download on the council’s website.

These are some of the Action Plan’s main points, and how the council is hoping to work towards the town’s improvement in the coming year.

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