New footbridge installed at Kidsgrove Station

Kidsgrove Station users will have noticed the newly installed, white passenger bridge and lift shafts.  

After so many delays we are delighted to hear that these will be open to the public by the end of the year.  The station will become a lot easier to use for those with disabilities, young children, heavy luggage and bicycles.

The £5 million project also includes a new station building, transport interchange in order to improve transport networks, and expansion of the station car park.

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Council Secures £2.45m Town Deals Funding Boost for Kidsgrove Sports Centre

The refurbishment and redevelopment of Kidsgrove Sports Centre has received a welcome funding boost from the government’s Town Deal Fund, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has confirmed.

The community sports facility will receive a guaranteed £2.45m towards the final overall refurbishment cost of £7.5m and this will allow Cabinet to push the button on the long-awaited improvements.

The funding for the refurbishment, which is making steady progress, has come from a range of sources, with the Borough Council providing the lion’s share. Other contributions include Staffordshire County Council, Sport England and Town Deal Advance Funds, as well as the newly approved £2,450,000. More than a million pounds has been spent on the project so far.

The Leader of the Borough Council, Simon Tagg, said: “Kidsgrove Sports Centre is one of the Council’s top priorities. It is wonderful news that the government has agreed to fund the facility with nearly two and a half million pounds from the Towns Deal Fund. This is yet another measure of the Government’s confidence in what we are trying to achieve right across the borough.

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Pump Track Ready to Roll in Kidsgrove

A state-of-the-art pump track in Kidsgrove hailed the best in the country has officially opened.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council formally unveiled the facility – based at Newchapel recreation ground – on Friday 18 June following the completion of construction work by internationally renowned track builders, Clark & Kent Contractors from Ashley.

The large pump track, suitable for all ages and abilities, features a number of elevated starting platforms and a host of jumps and obstacles – supplemented by directional arrows – including berms, rollers, angled rollers, table tops, doubles, a shark fin and a left-handed hip jump. The design, developed in consultation with residents, maximises momentum with minimal pedalling using wheeled equipment such as BMX bikes, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards and wheelchairs.

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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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