Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is planning to freeze its share of Council Tax bills. This is part of the council tax bill that Kidsgorve residents will have to pay.
If the proposal is agreed next month, it would mean an average Band D property would continue to pay the borough council £176.93 from April.
This is the equivalent of just 48 pence a day for the many services the borough provides for residents and comes despite the severe financial pressures facing the council.
Cllr. Mike Stubbs, Cabinet member for finance and resources, said: “We know that many people locally are still feeling the pressures caused by the economic downturn and we wanted to do our bit by not adding to their financial difficulties.
“In our budget consultation a majority of people clearly told us they were prepared to pay extra to safeguard public services locally. We have taken that message very firmly on board and while we are proposing to freeze our part of the Council Tax bill for 2014/15 it is something we will have to keep under review as the annual settlement we receive from the Government continues to go down.”
The borough council has to plug a budget gap of just over £2 million in the next financial year.
This will be achieved through:-
Another £570,000 will come from retaining additional business rates, reductions in grants and contributions to external bodies and an increase in the number of people paying Council Tax. A further £70,000 is from the Government’s Council Tax Freeze Grant.
Cllr. Stubbs added: “Since 2008/09 this council has been forced to plug budget gaps totalling an incredible £13,270,000.
“Our Medium Term Financial Strategy suggests we have further savings of at least £5,107,000 to make up to 2020. We are going to have to look long and hard at what services we continue to offer the Council Taxpayers of this borough. If you take account of inflation the amount the borough council receives from the Government between 2010/11 to 2014/15 has been reduced by 51 per cent.”
Kidsgrove is currently in the midst of an amber weather warning for high wind and rain. The Met Office is advising that winds could reach up to 50mph in gusts and a couple of inches of rain could fall in a short time frame.
This could potentially cause fears of localised flooding for some Kidsgrove residents and make conditions on the roads slower and more hazardous than usual. We can only advise that if you don’t need to travel tonight then to delay your travels until the morning when it is expected that the weather will have improved.
If you know of any Kidsgrove related weather issues please do share them with us.
Whitehill Methodist Church in Whitehill, Kidsgrove is holding a wide range of festive events and services this Christmas period. Whitehill Community Methodist Church can be easily found in the centre of the village of Whitehill, just below the Co-Op.
On Sunday the 22nd of December at 10.30am a communion service takes place which will be led by Mr Lester Meredith. Later in the evening at 6pm Carols by Candlelight takes place with the Rev. David Speed and the Whitehill Fellowship. Everyone in the local community it invited to attend these events.
On Christmas Eve there will be a communion service taking place at 9pm by the Rev, David Speed. This will be followed by a Christmas Day service taking place at 10am which will be led by David Greatbatch. The festive period is completed with a service by Rev. David Speed at 10.30am on Sunday 29th December.
The Footsteps Café will be open as usual on Monday 23rd and Monday the 30th of December between the hours of 10am and 12noon. This will be serving seasonal refreshments and everyone is welcome.
Welcome to a special festive edition of the Whitehill Online Sunday Supplement. This week we are going to take a festive look back at the week that was in Kidsgrove, as most of the town is now sporting twinkling lights and festive baubles.
It’s been a fairly quiet week in Kidsgrove on the news front. It does appear that the impending visit of Santa is dominating the focus and attention of many Kidsgrove residents. On the Santa front, we learnt the sad news regarding the fact that some people have been visiting the Kidsgrove area pretending to be from the Kidsgrove Rotary Club collecting money, in advance of their Santa making the festive visit to the local area. We can only hope that due to the increased awareness this matter has now stopped.
It has also been another week where Kidsgrove was battered by high winds and localised flooding. It does beg the question how well the drains have been cleaned, as some areas appear to constantly suffer issues with flooding. One road which many residents complain about is The Avenue in Kidsgrove where following heavy rain, every single speed hump / cushion appears to be followed by a large puddle. If this is a design fault then maybe the council should consider this before just installing a pile of tarmac on a road?
Finally look out for a few festive specials online over the holiday period and I personally wish you all a Merry Christmas!
This is the end of this weeks Kidsgrove Sunday Supplement. Please remember this is a personal look back at the last week from Kidsgrove and do feel free to share your own thoughts, either by commenting below or posting in our forum.
There have been reports in the Kidsgrove area that bogus callers have been collecting money under the pretence of being part of the Kidsgrove Rotary Club.
Kidsgrove resident and former town, borough and county councillor Mary Maxfield reports that a woman and some others have been posing as Kidsgrove Rotary Club collectors on the Lapwing estate in Whitehill, Kidsgrove. It is reported that they have no Santa vehicle with them.
The local police have been informed, however if any Kidsgrove residents have information related to this then the can contact the Police on 101, quoting incident number 452.
You can find the Kidsgrove Rotary Club Santa run timetable online here.