Kidsgrove Rotary Club Bonfire at Clough Hall Park in Kidsgrove could be cancelled for the 2nd year running. This will see the chartiy organisation missing out on raising upto £6000 which is shared out to local causes. In a post on our forum boards, Kidsgrove Rotary Club member Howard Turner wrote;
"It appears that Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council may be about to deny the Rotary Club of Kidsgrove, for the second successive year, the opportunity to stage and raise charitable funds from the Annual Bonfire and Fireworks in Clough Hall Park.
Last year the police and the borough council conspired to put many insurmountable obstacles in the way of the Rotary Club and things seem to be going the same way this year. Last year's event ended up being a commercial enterprise run by the fairground operator, which meant that the approximately £6,000 profit which the Rotary Club would have made for charity went into the pocket of a businessman. The Rotary Club of Kidsgrove had run this event for 40 years without a single untoward incident, yet due to an unconnected incident outside the park at the 2011 event the police objected. The irony is that the people that would cause trouble are attracted to the event by the fairground not the fireworks and yet the fairground operator profits while the local community loses out on charitable funding.
If you don't want that to happen again this year please let your borough council representative know and also join me in canvassing via the local media."