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Will the recent way NBC has handled the travellers situation impact who you vote for in future council elections?

Yes I will vote for a different party / councillor than our current lot in Kidsgrove - 91.8%
No I will vote for the party / councillor who represent Kidsgrove now. - 8.2%

Kidsgrove Residents Asked to Share Views on Council Spending

newcastle borough councilKidsgrove residents are being offered the chance to share with Newcastle Borough Council over how the future budgets should look.

Some Kidsgrove residents predicted when Labour regained control of Newcastle Borough Council that council tax rises would take place in the future. It now appears that the council is adopting the strategy of “asking” Kidsgrove residents on their views for future spending. This ploy will no doubt ensure that any future tax increases can be “blamed” on the residents and not the controlling councillors, who still appear to want to spend £30,000 creating a Town Centre Manager position for Kidsgrove and Newcastle.

Some Kidsgrove residents appear to feel this whole process is a farce and is just an excuse by the council to find reasons to increase taxes. Kidsgrove resident Rob Shaw suggested that he was concerned they may look to try and increase charges for services as a “back door” increase. This could happen as we learnt earlier in the year that the reopening of Kidsgrove swimming pool is only because Staffordshire County Council has paid for the repairs.

If you want to have your say on the future budgets from the council, then you can find the council in Kidsgrove on the following days.

  • Monday, 1 October - outside BJ Stores in King Street, Kidsgrove from 11am to 2pm
  • Friday, 12 October - Tesco, Kidsgrove from 11am to 2pm
  • Wednesday, 3 October - Kidsgrove Town Hall 6.30pm

We are also running a poll to ask Kidsgrove residents if you support council tax rises. Please do cast your vote and share any comments you may have on this story.

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