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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

Kidsgrove Pet Shop to Close

Pet Shop in KidsgroveKidsgrove Pet Shop in Market Street is to close after 35 years of trading in the local area. This will not only be a blow to the many pet owners in Kidsgrove but also raises questions about the future of the high street in Kidsgrove, with another long standing business leaving the area. 

It is not clear what will happen to the shop in the future, however it is being reported that they have received an offer they can't refuse for the building. Only time will tell what will happen to this prime central location in Market Street, Kidsgrove.

In a post written on the organisations Facebook page it read; "Hello to our lovely and loyal customers who we have had the privilege to serve. After 35 years we will cease to trade shortly and would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their support over the years and for the lovely messages of best wishes that we have received recently.

Our time is being spent increasingly in other ways that we can assist the people in our community and the time has come to wind up the business. Paul Condliffe our wonderful manager over the years is staying in the pet trade and will be able to continue serving you - please feel free to ask him for details. We would also like to thank all our team members over the years we have enjoyed some great times together but all good things must come to an end. There has been a lot of speculation of what will happen to the premises and unfortunately we cannot discuss this at the moment, however we have simply been made an offer that we cannot refuse.

Travellers arrive on Birchenwood Car Park

Travellers on Birchenwood Car ParkTravellers have moved on to the car park of Birchenwood Sports Pavilion in Kidsgrove. There were reports last night (Monday 3rd) that travellers began arriving on the site at around 8.30pm and taking up residence on the council owned car park.

The car park does have a gate, however it appears that Newcastle Borough Council have not been locking this for the past few months, something that has clearly become an open invitation for such action to take place. It would be interesting to know why the council stopped closing the gate at dusk, something that will now cost the taxpayer thousands of pounds in legal action and clear up costs after the travellers have been served with a notice to leave the site.

At the current time it is not clear what action the council is taking and clearly a court order will now need to be served to remove the travellers from the site. This could mean that they remain on the site over the weekend, clearly causing a real conflict when the Kidsgrove Lads and Dads Sunday league footballers wish to use the car park. This could make parking on Mount Road even more of and issue and something that hopefully Staffordshire Police will take steps to ensure does not endanger the safety of the public.

Update 11:00: We are now informed that Newcastle Borough Council have served the first notice with the travellers and have applied for a court order.

Update 13:00: The notice served give the travellers 24 hours to leave the site, if this is not the case then a court order will be applied for which could take up to 2 weeks. It is also suggested that Kidsgrove Sunday League football could be possibly postponed this week as a result.

Newcastle Borough Council informs that the reason the gate has not been closed is due to service changes and cost savings. It was also suggested that this would enable better access to facilities at all times of the day.

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Vodafone network upgrades for Kidsgrove today

kidsgrove phone mastKidsgrove residents on Vodafone may have noticed that they are seeing reduced coverage with their mobile phones in Kidsgrove today.

This is a result of Vodafone carrying out network improvements in the Kidsgrove area which could see the performance of both 2G and 3G network coverage reduced between the hours of 8am to 8pm.

It is claimed that once these improvements have been made Vodafone customers will improve from increased performance in Kidsgrove. It is unlikely this work is linked to the site sharing agreement with O2, however there is a suggestion that O2 and Vodafone could bring 4G technology to the area by the end of the year.

Kidsgrove Youth Service Closure Threat

kidsgrove youth servicesDo Kidsgrove resident really care about the proposed closure to Youth Services in the Kidsgrove area by Staffordshire County Council?

We ask that question given the news that only 40 people across all of Staffordshire went to a protest in Stafford yesterday, which it would be fair to assume would also comprise of a fair number of political members. Previous to this The Sentinel covered the story with a photo of the Youth Centre at Clough Hall in Kidsgrove, however this image was made up again mainly of political members and not the young people whom the service is designed for.

Does the current protesting just go to prove the argument that Staffordshire County Council is making regarding the fact that these services are simply not used or wanted in the current form by the young people of the area? If this is the case though, what provision is going to be put forward to replace these services and ensure they cater for the needs of today's youth? 

There will be many people concerned that simply removing the provision is a backwards step that could lead to increased issues with anti-social behaviour. However, there will also be plenty of arguments that simply spending money on something that is outdated and not wanted by its users is a waste of tax payers money. 

It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on this issue and any suggestions on what the council should by doing with the service.

Kidsgrove Day Centre to Close

kidsgrove day centreKidsgrove Day Care Centre is set to close after Staffordshire County Council took this decision as part of their modernisation plans for the service.

Kidsgrove Day Care Service is used by vulnerable adults with complex learning difficulties, however Staffordshire County Council claims that users numbers are falling at the centre as people choose to use services offered by alternative providers.

Staffordshire County Council is to set about a process of reassessing all users of the day care services in Staffordshire with the belief that only 30% of the current users of the service will need access to such provision from the council. This will lead to a saving for Staffordshire County Council, however they have not said how much this will be. What is known is the council currently spends £8.6 million on this area of care from the current budget.

Users of the service in Kidsgrove will now be forced to travel to Leek or Newcastle if they wish to have access to similar services.