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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 to have fibre by 2016

Kidsgrove Fibre BroadbandKidsgrove residents can expect to have access to fibre optic broadband by the end of 2016 at the latest, according to information published by Staffordshire County Council. The council has published information which suggests that 97% of the county will have access to high speed internet by 2016.

Staffordshire County Council is working in partnership with Stoke on Trent City Council, BDUK and BT, to bring fibre based broadband to 97% of Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent by spring 2016 (roughly 472,000 premises), with 95% of homes and businesses being able to access speeds of 24Mbps or more. For those premises not included in the fibre footprint they are aiming to improve broadband speeds using alternative technologies.

Staffordshire County Council will be investing nearly £8million, which is being match-funded with £7.44million from BDUK and £12.47million from BT.

Kidsgrove Christmas Lights Switch On 2013

Kidsgrove Victorian Christmas Market 2013Kidsgrove Christmas Lights will be switched on at around 4pm on Saturday (30th November). This will be at the end of a busy day which will see Kidsgrove Town Council host its now annual Kidsgrove Victorian Christmas Market.

The Kidsgrove Victorian Christmas Market will take place at Kidsgrove Town Hall opening at 10am and concluding at 4pm. This will be an excellent community festive event for Kidsgrove where residents can visit Santa, purchase from traditional vintage stalls, purchase handmade crafts and take part in the Victorian dress up competition.

It will be good to see Kidsgrove finally light up its Christmas lights and mark the town celebrating the festive period.

 

Kidsgrove Rotary Raindeer Route 2013

Kidgrove Rotarty Reindeer RouteKidsgrove Rotary Club has once again announced that it will be carrying on with the hugely popular Reindeer route. Please take note of when you will be visited by Santa and his friends and give generously as all money is distributed out to local causes within the Kidsgrove area.

Reindeer Routes for Christmas 2013

  • Saturday 30th November: Santa’s Grotto at the Victoria Hall…10am...4pm
  • Sunday 1st December: Kent Green to Lawton Avenue……………….3.15pm
  • Monday 2nd December: Talke Pits Village……………………………..6pm
  • Tuesday 3rd December: Newchapel Road to Maryhill………………....6pm
  • Thursday 5th December: Mount Road to Parklands……….……..........6pm
  • Friday 6th December: Gloucester Road to Boathorse Road.………….6pm
  • Saturday 7th December: Birchenwood Country Park/Millers View….9am
  • Sunday 8th December: Rookery to Harriseahead……………….......3.15pm
  • Monday 9th December: Spring Bank to Mount Pleasant………...........6pm
  • Tuesday 10th December: Clough Hall to Springfield Close…….……..6pm
  • Thursday 12th December: Vine Bank Road to Whitehill….……….…6pm
  • Friday 13th December: Chatterley Drive to Shakespeare Close……...6pm
  • Saturday 14th December: King Street & Market Street ………9am…3pm
  • Sunday 15th December: Harriseahead to Whitehill…………………3.15pm
  • Monday 16th December: Woodshutt Street to Mitchell Drive………...6pm
  • Tuesday 17th December Cedar Avenue to Maple Avenue………….…6pm
  • Thursday 19th December: Unity Way to Wedgwood Road…...............6pm
  • Friday 20th DECEMBER: Monument Road and Talke Pits……………...6pm
  • Saturday 21st December:HOME BARGAINS………………..9am….4pm
  • Sunday 22nd December:TESCO……………………………….10am...4pm
  • Monday 23rd DECEMBER:ALDI………………………………..9am….6pm
  • Tuesday 24th December:TESCO……………………………....9am…1pm

Speed Cameras for Kidsgrove Bank

kidsgrove bank speed camerasKidsgrove Bank residents are calling for speed cameras to be installed on Kidsgrove Bank, following the accident which took place last week in which a black Corsa hit a telegraph pole and lamppost. It is not known if speed was a cause of the accident, however some Kidsgrove residents believe that speed can be an issue on this road.

This is always an emotive subject and reports can be found that support both sides of the argument. Some people argue that speed perception tends to be higher than the actual value and its poor driving skills and not always speed that causes issues. It will be interesting to see what the Police conclude to be the cause of this accident. At the moment it is hard to see anyone investing in cameras when agencies are in discussions about who actually foots the operational costs for these?

 

Kidsgrove Sunday Supplement

kidsgrove sunday supplementIts been a busy week in Kidsgrove and ourselves in this virtual Kidsgrove bubble. In this new Whitehill Online Sunday feature we take a look back at the week that was, from a personal perspective and the comments shared with us from Kidgrove residents across all our platforms.

The week started in hectic fashion for us in this virtual Kidsgrove bubble. We were aware for months that we were getting close to the ceiling of the number of visitors the site could handle effectively, however this was the weekend that we took steps to future proof this part of the site for many years to come.

Its evident that increasingly more of Kidsgrove has online access and we are delighted that 11 years after this virtual Kidsgrove bubble was devised it is now receiving the credit and acclaim that it quite rightly deserves.

Elsewhere in Kidsgrove this week we have witnessed the fantastic Whitehill Methodist Church Christmas Fayre. This was a fantastic community event that was well attended as ever and really kicked off the festive feeling locally in many peoples eyes. On Saturday it will be the turn of Kidsgrove to host the festive events and really light up the town this Christmas period.

Kidsgrove has also seen improvements to the CCTV system that is evident in the town centre, with new cameras that cover both Market Street and Heathcote Street. This £6000 investment will now enable the Police to access the cameras 24 hours a day via their mobile phones and computers. It should improve the perception of safety for Kidsgrove residents when out in the town centre.