The much talked about Kidsgrove Town Centre Partnership has seen more discussions about this published. It appears that the Kidsgrove Town Centre Manager will be the successful candidate who applies for the currently advertised position for Newcastle Town Centre Manager.
The council documents suggest that Kidsgrove Town Council could meet some of the cost of this Kidsgrove Town Centre Manger, which could mean that it will have to come out of the council tax precept which Kidsgrove residents pay to Kidsgrove Town Council. It appears that the Kidsgrove model will be based on the offering that will be established in Newcastle, however the council does accept that local needs may have to be considered.
The council is going to allocate £5000 for the development of a website, something that appears to be a large sum. This will no doubt interest local web development companies who may wish to tender for the contact. The council appears to be focused on attracting more younger, affluent shoppers to the town centres and site they would like to use a model which has been adopted by another local town.
It does appear that the council is aware of the importance of engaging local businesses in any partnership to maximise the chance of success. The council also acknowledges that if this venture fails then it could cause damage to the reputation of the town and council.
The only obvious concerns would be about the demographic demands of the area. Does Newcastle-under-Lyme in general have enough young, affluent potential customers to attract? How many shoppers are attracted to town centres though the use of electronic media? It will be interesting to see how the council overcomes this and delivers a vibrant Kidsgrove town centre.