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Kidsgrove the “neglected” Town to see new Partnership Formed

Kidsgrove Town Centre PartnershipKidsgrove 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.

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0 #7 Mary C Maxfield 2012-09-15 21:11
£30.000 will not encourage more businesses but at least it would make parking safer in terms of damage to your car and personal injury.

To bring a variety of businesses in will be difficult because there are only a couple or so of empty shops. The real problem is too many takeaways and the impact of supermarkets where goods are cheaper. Larger businesses can pay the extortionate business rates whereas the sole traders struggle.

I would like to see comments from the first citizen of Kidsgrove rather than every press story quotes from the Deputy Mayor.
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0 #6 Mark 2012-09-15 10:19
Kidsgrove is not as bad as the comments made by the local councillor to the paper. Why he choose to use such words about the town that he lives in ans represents is anyone's guess? Is this the offical line of Kidsgrove council considering he provides the only quote and seems to be the constant mouth piece for Kidsgrove in the paper?

Kidsgrove is suffering because of supermarkets taking away core trade and shoppers not willing to make specialist purchases, hence the lack of range of shops like Alsager etc. Kidsgrove has not been helped by the local council when it gets the chance to help improve the area. This current council had an excellent chance to promote Kidsgrove with the Jubilee, however the councillors were so busy fighting an election, Kidsgrove came second.

We got that rush job outside the Town Hall, but what had the council done to help Kidsgrove town centre and the businesses in the town? Nothing.
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+1 #5 Emma 2012-09-14 20:10
As I'm reading the comment it is more suggesting that all the election claims are being forgotten about. A lot was made of the state of the car parks in Kidsgrove yet nothing is being done about them.

It may not directly attract more visitors but it does help to improve the appearance of the area. The image that the town creates makes people more positive about the area and brings them into to town. I hate all this Alsager talk but it is tha case in Alsager with the main carpark now becoming the focal point of welcoming people to the town.

The constant parked cars on Market Street are not welcoming image either.
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0 #4 Fred 2012-09-14 19:40
M Maxfield - are you suggesting that resurfacing a car park would have a significant impact on the number of visitors to Kidsgrove Town Centre?
Speaks volumes...
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0 #3 Steve 2012-09-14 18:22
That is true Mary. I notice that no one is sticking leaflets through the door informing me of Kidsgrove issues and what the local council is doing.

Kidsgrove just seems to have stood still and even more so recently.
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-1 #2 M Maxfield 2012-09-14 18:01
£30,000 would go a long way to resurfacing King Street car park.

What has happened to all the Labour election promises?
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+1 #1 John 2012-09-14 17:22
£30,000 for a management job in the council is a joke. That is paid for out of our tax and will be a job that will have no targets to deliver.

You just know that nothing in Kidsgrove will change even if £30,000 on a new job for someone.

Not impressed with the comments by the mayor that are not really making Kidsgrove look good for doing business in.
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