Kidsgrove and Newcastle could have missed out on funding to regenerate the High Street as part of the Mary Portas scheme. The Government announced the towns which have been provided funding today and Kidsgrove and Newcastle are not featured on this list. This would be in addition to the failed application for Newcastle to be part of the Portas’ Pilot schemes which were announced earlier in the year.
Kidsgrove Councillor Margaret Astle writing on the internetwas happy to highlight the failure of the previous management of Newcastle Borough Council for failing with a Portas’ bid. If a bid has been made again, then it looks like she can also add such a failure to the list once again.
Meanwhile Newcastle Borough Council have decided to create a new Town Centre Manager position with a reported £30,000 a year salary. It was a interesting decision by the ruling Labour Party in Newcastle to create such a well-paid position, in a time when many residents across the Borough will be cutting back and may even face the possibility of job losses.
It has not been reported how the council will fund this position yet, however any addional expenditure by Newcastle Borough Council usually gets passed on to the tax payer in the way that councils know best.