Kidsgrove has been labelled “neglected” by The Sentinel in their recent article on the state of Kidsgrove Town Centre. We have reported before how Newcastle Borough Council proposed to spend £30,000 on a Town Centre Manager position to promote Kidsgrove, something which caused much anger and debate amongst Kidsgrove residents.
Many Kidsgrove resident’s felt that Kidsgrove could be improved by the collective working together of Kidsgrove businesses, residents and council. We started the motion of promoting businesses in Kidsgrove with our Kidsgrove Business Directory, something that was quick and easy to setup and not requiring large expenditure by Newcastle Borough Council on additional positions.
Now it appears that Kidsgrove will be seeing a Town Centre Partnership formed. This is what has been suggested online many times and now appears to have the backing of local businesses and the deputy Mayor of Kidsgrove, Kyle Robinson. It is interesting that Alsager is mentioned as a good example to follow, given the negative comments that Cllr Robinson has made about Alsager in the past.
It does appear though that the council is still going to spend £30,000 on a Town Centre Manger, which does leave open the question if both the Town Centre Manager and Town Partnership will be doing exactly the same job, leading to further confusion and conflict.
It has been suggested on numerous occasions that the £30,000 would be better used being spent in Kidsgrove improving the town centre and not paying someone’s wage.