Are you pumped about new track plans in Kidsgrove? Have you say in consultation

Young people can have their say on initial plans for a pump track in Kidsgrove.

The Council is carrying out a short consultation exercise to gauge opinions on a proposed design for the new facility at Newchapel recreation ground.

A pump track is a looped sequence of rollers and banked turns and is designed to maximise momentum with minimal pedalling using BMX bikes, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards and wheelchairs.

The Council is earmarking almost £100,000 of the £750,000 advanced Town Deal funding it has received to improve residents’ health and well-being in the town – for capital projects delivered by the end of March – on the upgrade.

Clark and Kent Contractors, a specialist cycle track design and construction firm based in Ashley, has put together a proposal suitable for all abilities and types of track riding. It features three elevated starting platforms and a host of jumps and obstacles.

More information is available at Comments and ideas can be submitted until Friday, 19 February. Officers are also contacting local schools to communicate with their pupils.

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Lidl GB has confirmed that its new supermarket on Hardingswood Road, in Kidsgrove, will open for the first time on Thursday 25th February.

The new store will be open from 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am to 4pm on Sundays, delivering Lidl’s fresh, quality and great value produce to the local community.

As part of the company’s ongoing £1.3bn expansion and regeneration plans across Great Britain, the new store has created around 40 new roles for the area and will feature facilities including a 1,100m² sales area, an in-store bakery, customer toilets and ample parking for both cars and bikes.

The new store will be providing surplus food and customer donations to a number of local charities. This is delivered through Lidl’s Feed it Back scheme, which is run in partnership with Neighbourly and connects Lidl stores up and down the country with local charities, foodbanks, community cafes and kitchens, putting quality food surplus to good use every day.

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District council gives green light to alcohol ban in Biddulph town centre

by Jack Lenton

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council has agreed to move forward with an order which would see drinking alcohol banned in Biddulph town centre.

The council’s Community Overview & Scrutiny Committee met to discuss the ban on 1st February. It was agreed to move forward with the plans with the proposals to be put to consultation and brought back to the authority’s Cabinet for final approval, due to be made at a meeting on Tuesday  9 February.

The Public Spaces Protection Order will apply to Biddulph town centre, and prohibit consuming alcohol or carrying an unsealed container of alcohol in the town centre. It has been recommended for approval in an effort to combat anti-social behaviour in the town.

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Covid testing centre open at Biddulph Leisure Centre

Moorlanders without Covid symptoms can now book testing slots at Biddulph Leisure Centre.

With the third national lockdown now underway leisure centres must remain closed so Staffs Moorlands DC and Staffs CC have worked together to make use of this important community facility for Covid testing in the meantime.

The lateral flow tests being offered are for people who are not displaying symptoms. Residents are advised to book a test as a precaution if they have symptoms such as headaches; aches and pains; feeling very tired for no good reason; sore throat; runny nose; sneezing; and sometimes tummy ache in children.

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Firm footing to make Kidsgrove station accessible for everyone

The long-awaited upgrade to the station is now underway again after long delays.  The underground voids left by coal mining are being filled with grout to stabilise the ground before the new passenger bridge and lifts are installed.

Network Rail has written to local residents to inform them of the work, which will take place every week day until May and may at times be noisy. They hope that the work will be completed in the autumn of this year.

The North Staffs Community Rail Partnership thanks Network Rail for working closely with the Friends of Kidsgrove Station to ensure minimal disruption of the station gardens.

Do you work with creative young people?

We would like to refresh the art work at the front of Kidsgrove Station.  Please get in touch if you would like to work with us on a young people’s project on the theme of railway safety, accessibility/inclusion or environmental sustainability. Contact us at or phone 07879 115698.

Covid ambassadors helping to keep the Moorlands safe

Every action counts as we all work together to protect each other from the spread of coronavirus – and in the Moorlands our Covid Ambassadors are playing a key role in supporting local businesses to ensure they are operating safely.

Since the end of November the Ambassadors, employed by the District Council and its Alliance partner High Peak Borough Council to cover both areas, have carried out over 450 inspection visits with 90% of businesses visited showing high levels of compliance.

Council Leader, Councillor Sybil Ralphs, said: “It’s really great that we’ve seen such high levels of compliance with the guidelines and requirements that are in place to keep us all safe and I’d like to thank residents and businesses for their ongoing commitment to following the rules.

“These results show the fantastic response from local businesses who have been at the forefront of managing the impacts of the health pandemic and I commend them for all the work they have done and continue to do keep everyone safe.

“They are being supported by our Ambassadors who are a key part of our collective efforts and are doing a great job in assisting local businesses to ensure they are operating in a Covid secure manner.

“Their role is particularly important at this time because, even though we are in lockdown, the virus is still very much circulating in our communities so it’s critical that we all do what we can to try and slow and stop it spreading.”

As well as working closely with businesses, the Ambassadors can advise members of the public with any concerns they may have about breaches. Members of the public can report any concerns via the Council’s website:

The number of people testing positive remains at very high levels across the country so it’s more important than ever that we all stick to the rules to keep ourselves and those we love safe.

Councillor Ralphs added: “Now more than ever it’s critical that we stay at home as much as possible and, when we do go out for essential reasons, we must all keep our distance from others, wear a face covering where required and wash our hands frequently.

“Our businesses and Ambassadors are working together to give us confidence that we can shop safely but we all have to do our bit to slow and stop the spread of the virus.

“If you do need to leave home for work for essential shopping, and you are not displaying Covid symptoms, that also means getting tested regularly. The testing centre is now up and running at Biddulph Leisure Centre to enable you to do this – just book a slot online.

“The vaccine roll out offers us hope of brighter days to come but, for now, let’s remember that our actions count and do what we can to take care of ourselves and those we care about. Stay safe.”

To book a testing appointment at Biddulph Leisure Centre please go to:

Car parking and local transport review includes Alsager

Cheshire East Council are proposing major changes to the management of their car parks and have carried out a parking review and public consultation. 

They are conducting this engagement on local transport and parking to inform the future direction, infrastructure requirements and parking provision and charges for our town centres. These factors will be balanced against the vitality plans of town centres.

As town centres are currently facing major challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, setting out a strategic and sustainable approach for local transport and parking will enable the Council to respond to long-term economic and environmental challenges presented by the pandemic and climate change.

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Rotary laptop appeal

Due to the ongoing pandemic and school pupils learning at home, the Rotary Club of Kidsgrove and the Rotary Club of Alsager are appealing for the donation of surplus laptops, iPads and tablets to help support children being home schooled.

The appeal follows a national appeal to providing computers to support children being home schooled, through the purchasing of laptops. The Rotary Club recognises there must be a large number of laptops and tablets sitting in private homes no longer being used and could be donated for home schooling.

The appeal follows a national appeal to providing computers to support children being home schooled, through the purchasing of laptops. The Rotary Club recognises there must be a large number of laptops and tablets sitting in private homes no longer being used and could be donated for home schooling.

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Biddulph Rotary and Santa beat Corvid

It was originally thought that the normal Christmas celebrations of Santa’s arrival and his tour of the town, allowing children to talk to him and tell him what presents t hey would like, would have to be completely cancelled. But with help from the police and local officials, a substitute has been salvaged, and it has been agreed that Santa and his sleigh will be touring Biddulph and District this Christmas, and children will be able to see Santa.

On Weekday evenings, Santa in his sleigh will tour the town, but unfortunately won’t be able to stop so that Santa can talk to the children but he will slowly drive past on his traditional routes around the town during the next two weeks.

For information about the dates and see o0n-line for the routes on the web at:

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Grant applications now open to more Moorlands businesses

More grants for Moorlands businesses affected by the restrictions in force to control the spread of Covid have now opened for applications.

The Government has provided funding to Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for both mandatory and discretionary grants to support businesses affected by the second national lockdown from 5 November to 2 December and the tier systems in place on either side of that period.

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