You will have to have been on another planet not to have noticed that the Olympic Games have taken place in London over the past 2 weeks. The whole purpose of the Olympic Games was to create a legacy of sport, encouraging competitiveness and promoting hard work.
How will Kidsgrove benefit from the Olympics and what could Kidsgrove residents expect to see in Kidsgrove?
Let’s be reasonable about this - Kidsgrove is not going to see a new Olympic swimming pool or velodrome built, however some sporting improvements could easily be evident in Kidsgrove. The most obvious improvement in Kidsgrove would be the long awaited reopening of Kidsgrove Swimming Pool. This has been closed ever since storm damage to the roof and without the funding from Staffordshire County Council we have learnt Kidsgrove pool would not have opened again. It is now proposed to open sometime in the Autumn, which lets hope will not mean that some of the Olympic legacy is not lost already.
The exciting proposals to rebuild Clough Hall School could also see sporting improvements in Kidsgrove. Kidsgrove could see new facilities to promote sporting excellence, however once again the time frame on these proposals are more long than short term.
Bathpool Park and Birchenwood could all be focal points for future improvements and investment in sporting resources. A mountain biking / BMX track could be installed at Bathpool Park to replace the old site which is beyond repair, whilst Birchenwood would make an excellent sporting recreational centre which could host events based around athletics.
What is more of a worry for Kidsgrove residents are the new proposals from Labour Controlled Newcastle Borough Council to sell off recreational land in Kidsgrove for housing. This land is listed on the new proposals which none of our Labour councillors seem to be talking about surprisingly. If Kidsgrove is to lose open recreational space to housing, what does this say about encouraging a sporting legacy? If Kidsgrove is to benefit from the Olympics then it needs sporting investment and not a reduction in open space available to all.