Road works to disrupt as Aldi nears completion

Residents and motorists will have to endure nine weeks of roadworks on Tunstall Road as part of the preparations for the upcoming opening of  the new Aldi supermarket.

The roadworks began on 20th September and will involve the construction of a new fourth exit for the roundabout which also connects to St John’s Road.  The new exit will provide access onto the Aldi supermarket site.

The works in full are as follows:

– Construction of a new development site access including the realignment of 

  the footway along with provision of a new pedestrian refuge to provide a 

  crossing point within the fourth arm

– Alterations to existing footways including removal of a redundant 

   vehicular access point

– Resurfacing of the roundabout carriageway at the junction of A527 

   Tunstall Road / D1284 St John’s Road

– Modification to Tunstall road / Newpool road / Park Lane signalised junction

Footway and lane closures will take place while the work is being undertaken, and traffic management measures such as temporary traffic lights will be in place. Towards the end of the works overnight closures may also take place while the new exit is being resurfaced.

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Dougie Mac banks on Biddulph for its 20th charity shop

Local hospice Dougie Mac has opened a brand new charity shop in Biddulph town centre. 

The former NatWest Bank on the High Street opened its doors to shoppers for the first time on Thursday 16th September offering good quality clothing, shoes, accessories and bric-a-brac, at very affordable prices.

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New crossing to improve safety

Cheshire East Council have installed a zebra crossing on Crewe Road, near the junction with Cranberry Lane, using both section 106 money from the housing developments at Goss Place and from the Sustainable Modes of Transport to School fund.

In time for the new school year the crossing will provide a safer way of crossing from Goss Place and Burgess Grove to get to Cranberry Academy. The works also included the relocation of the existing bus stop.

No car parking charges for Alsager

A proposed consultation on the introduction of car parking tariffs in Alsager will no longer be going ahead.

A report which went before Cheshire East Council’s highways and transport committee had recommended the introduction of standardised zonal parking across the Council’s car parks, which would have seen car parking charges introduced in Alsager. 

However, strong opposition from councillors and residents concerned that the introduction of car parking fees would have a negative inpact on the viability of the town centre has led to the committee voting against the proposals meaning that charges will not be coming to Alsager’s car parks.

Public Realm Consultation

Following the consultation on the public realm proposals for Alsager, the Town Council has approved further exploratory work to be undertaken by the working group and council committees.

The objectives of the proposed scheme are to:

· Increase footfall within the town centre – to keep it as a vibrant hub

· To make the town safer and more pleasant for pedestrians and cyclists 

· Improve the attractiveness of the town

· Ensure people know what the town has to offer

The poor state of the roads and pavements were raised by a large proportion of residents which aligns with aspirations in the Neighbourhood Plan. Eighty businesses commented on the requirement to resurface the roads and pavements in Alsager in a survey carried out by the Town Centre Manager.

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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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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 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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