Kidsgrove could soon find itself with another take away outlet after planning permission was lodged by Mohammed Siddiquee to turn the former Nelson Finance site into a fast food outlet. This site has been left empty for a while and residents my recall that in the past this site was to become a toy shop, however that never seemed to happen. Now we have this new plan submitted, which does not appear popular with local residents.
The initial poll on Whitehill Online has not found anyone actually in support of the proposals and comments on the forum boards go to support this view. It appears that the council are powerless to stop the proposal on some of the grounds highlighted, despite the fact that they know people will park on the main junction of Liverpool Road and The Avenue. Initial Kidsgrove resident concern appears to have centred around the apparent lack of interest in this matter from our three Kidsgrove local Councillors for Kidsgrove Kyle Noel Taylor, Reginald Bailey and Margaret Astle and two Ravenscliffe local councillors Gillian Burnet and Stephen Blair. It has led some residents to question if this had been happening during the local elections would the response of our locally elected councillors be totally different? It does appear though that local councillors are actually taking some action, with Kidsgrove Town Council agreeing to object to the proposal.
Kidsgrove Councillor David Stringer has told Whitehill Online "the application has been called in by Gill Burnett and the Town Mayor. And also that Town Councillors of all political persuasion have tonight (Thursday 17th June) objected to the application. So it looks as if there could be a long drawn-out appeals process." This pleasing news to hear for residents of Kidsgrove that the matter is concern of the Kidsgrove Town Council. We now need the same action to be shown at Newcastle Borough Council where planning decisions are considered. Cllr Stephen Blair has informed Whitehill Online that he is no longer a member of the planning committee so will not be able to vote on this. Kidsgrove residents will no doubt have their eyes closely fixed on this application.
We shall keep tracks on this story and update you on any developments as we get them. If you want to have your say on the proposals join the Whitehill Online Forum Boards.
Whitehill Online has emailed all local NBC councillors and asked them for a comment - we currently have one reply:
I am aware that Kidsgrove has already got a high concentration of take aways and another one might not be the ideal use of space, resulting in further over intensification in the area. However, I no longer sit on the Borough's planning committee so will not get a vote either way when it comes to their meeting. Cllr Stephen Blair