REGENERATION FUNDING FOR KIDSGROVE IS A BIG DEAL

Ambitious proposals to deliver an unprecedented regeneration programme in Kidsgrove can now become a reality following confirmation of a once in a lifetime funding opportunity.

The town is receiving £16.9 million from the Government’s Town Deal Fund for a range of major projects to make it a more desirable place to work, live, visit and invest .

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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 https://bit.ly/2NX3sOw. 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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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 northstaffscrp@stoke.gov.uk or phone 07879 115698.

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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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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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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Network Rail items find new audience at Kidsgrove Railway Station

A new railway heritage display was opened at Kidsgrove Station on Friday 31 January by Kidsgrove Town Mayor, Councillor Amanda Cartwright.

Stoke-on-Trent rail and canal campaigner Jon Honeysett MBE has donated framed railway heritage items for Kidsgrove Station customers to enjoy. Passengers waiting for a morning train at Kidsgrove already have the luxury of being able to sit in comfy seats and enjoy a hot drink and a snack courtesy of A Spotter Tea. They now have the opportunity to find out a bit about the history and development of the station and local rail network in the 20th century. Items include British Rail network maps from 1948 and 1960, a 1960 timetable and a photo of a steam train at Harecastle signal box.

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