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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 News

NBC to sell Kidsgrove Land to Raise Capital

Newcastle Borough Council Kidsgrove Land SaleKidsgrove 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.

Mount Road Vodafone Mobile Phone Mast Planning Application

Vodafone Kidsgrove Mount Road Mast Planning ApplicationMono Consultants have applied for planning permission to increase the height of the Vodafone mobile phone mast on Mount Road, Kidsgrove to 17.5m from the current 14.4m.

This increase in height will actually see a new mast  and 2 smaller cabinet installed at the location, with the existing mast being removed. It is believed that the proposed development will enable site sharing to take place between Vodafone and O2, improving 2G, 3G and will also bring 4G to the area when it is brought to the area.

Assuming this planning application is approved it would be fair to assume that some areas of Kidsgrove which currently suffer from poor or no coverage from these operators could see an increase in the speeds and quality of service that is offered to them. It should be noted that this will only be the first in what will be a number of sites that will have to be upgraded as part of the drive for mobile operators to bring improved coverage and new technologies to the area.

Kidsgrove residents can read the full planning documents via the NBC website.

Something quite wonderful is happening in the Whirligig Woods…

Kidsgrove Woods

Abandon all other plans, cancel swimming club, ditch domestic life and run for the woods! Wild Rumpus has teamed up with fresh air adventurers Canopy to create this boutique, theatrical getaway unlike any other.

Throughout the course of the weekend you will become part of an intriguing adventure, witness exclusive performances and engage in a myriad of activities. Leave reality at the forest edge and prepare to expect the unexpected. At Feast of the Farewells anything is possible: shadow puppets come to life amongst the trees and the forest transforms before your very eyes.

There will be den building, epic treasure hunts for the bold hearted and stories that come in all shapes and sizes. The weekend will culminate in a dramatic, all singing, all dancing raucous feast. This unforgettable weekend promises the very best of out-door mayhem, stories and family time so come and run riot with us.

We can hardly wait!

23 -25 of May at the Whirligig Woods near Kidsgrove in Cheshire.

Whitehill Methodist Church Easter Celebrations

Whitehill Methodist Church Kidsgrove EasterWhitehill Methodist Church has a packed programme to mark Easter. The outline of the Easter schedule is listed below;

Special Easter Services
Maundy Thursday—April 17th. “An Impossible God” with Mark Topping. 7.30pm at The Gateway Goldenhill. Tickets £5.

Good Friday—April 18th. Service led by Rev. D Speed. 2pm

Easter Sunday—April 20th. Sunrise Service, Mow Cop Castle 6AM. Communion Service 8am led by Rev. D Speed.
Easter Morning Service 10.30am led by Mr D. Martin Evening Service 6pm led by Mrs D. Leese

The Footsteps Cafe is open every Monday as usual between the hours of 10am - 12pm.

Appeal after Fatal Collision

Whitehill OnlinePolice officers are appealing for witnesses after a fatal road traffic collision in Kidsgrove.

The collision happened at around 6.40am today, Thursday 13 March, in Liverpool Road East near the junction with Gloucester Road, Kidsgrove, and involved a HGV and a pedestrian.

The pedestrian, a 49-year-old man from Kidsgrove, suffered serious injuries and sadly died upon arrival at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. Officers are in the process of informing his family and will be offering them support at this difficult time.

The road remained closed between the junction of Congelton Road South and the Red Bull traffic lights until just before 11am while specially trained officers carried out an investigation at the scene.

Witnesses are asked to contact PC Andy Hogan at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 48 of March 13.