Kidsgrove residents living close to Maryhill School will be one of the first locally to experience the sale of assets (land) by Newcastle Borough Council.
The small plot of land on Gloucester Road is proposed to be sold to developers in the current financial year as part of the councils wider asset sale plans, which should enable them to raise £7m in total. Newcastle Borough Council claim that any revenue is needed to be raised to pay for the following projects;
• Replace the fleet of vehicles which collect recycling and waste from all homes in the district at a cost of around £3 million.
• Tackle a multi-million pound backlog of maintenance on council properties.
• Keep community centres open and fit for use by residents and community groups
The council also claim that by disposing of land they will have reduced maintenance costs, something that will result in longer term savings at the council. There are also two other plots of land in Kidsgrove (Heathcote Street and Kinnersley Street) which are also being offered for sale to developers at this point.
Kidsgrove residents may question if they will see any of the benefits of the funds that may be raised from such land sales? It does appear to many local residents that once again Kidsgrove is becoming the poor relation when looking at how money is spent by Newcastle Borough Council.
Residents in Kidsgrove can comment directly on these proposals to Newcastle Borough Council via this link.