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

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Will You Shop Local in Kidsgrove this Christmas?

kidsgrove christmas shoppingKidsgrove appears to have a new group who is hoping to revise the fortunes of the town centre. This group comprises of some local businesses, residents and Kidsgrove councillors.

The group, of which little is known about are aiming to set about revising the fortunes of Kidsgrove Town Centre. It appears that the first big venture is some idea to try and encourage people to shop locally in Kidsgrove this Christmas period.

It has to be said that the concept as I understand it is a little confusing, certainly I don’t think it has been explained as simply as it could have been. That said, maybe I have understood the concept incorrectly and maybe someone from this group could provide some information so that we can actually share it with local residents.

I’ll have a go at explaining how I think it works. Some retailers in Kidsgrove and Butt Lane (not sure who?) are offering stickers when you spend a certain amount (again not sure how much?). These stickers then go on a card and when you get a set amount (not sure how many?) then you can go into a prize draw.

As you can see the information that I have obtained is quite patchy and considering this is meant to be a venture to drive up trade and business in Kidsgrove, I doubt if this will communicate to the wider Kidsgrove public. Some people will be reading this for the first time, others may know more information about the scheme? However if we are going to have an effective and vibrant Kidsgrove then this information needs getting out to all local media.

Clearly all of the above is just my personal thoughts and opinion on the matter and hopefully we can establish the information to make Kidsgrove more successful.


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0 #1 Michael snee 2013-11-27 22:45
My wife and myself read about this initiative today in the Reporter. Like you we were somewhat surprised that there had been no overt discussion or consultation with local residents. Our concerns centre on the make up and selection of a company with Founding Directors who have been allocated a budget of £10000 to devise an action plan to benefit Kidsgrove. Were the members democratically selected and have they got the essential expertise to implement a business plan that will benefit the residents of Kidsgrove and how do they intend to use the £10000.
What are they actually intending to do and how will kidsgrove residents be involved? Have major businesses In the town been invited to participate? For example Tesco, Aldi, Home Bargains and other smaller but long serving retailers.
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