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After initial comments made by users of Whitehill Online regarding the barbed wire fence that has been installed next to the main pathway at Bathpool Park in Kidsgrove, Newcastle Brough Council have provided further details on this matter.
The land in question in Bathpool Park is actually private land. This is something that has only been discovered recently by Newcastle Borough Council and was raised at the Friends of Bathpool Park meeting which took place last week. The private land owner has now decided that they want to fence off the land and use this to graze sheep on. As a result we have seen the barbed wire fence installed on this land.
The private land owner is by law perfectly entitled to fence off land in such a way, however they have been warned by the council about liability issues that may come about from such action. It is fair to assume that the public footpath which runs though that land will be left in place, however the visual impact that this has on the park is damaging.
Whitehill Online has been contacted by a fair few Kidsgrove residents who have been exceptionally concerned at a new barbed wire fence that has been erected next to the public footpath at Bath Pool Park.
It appears that the fence which is no more than 4 feet high has been erected just under the railway crossing of the main footpath of the Kidsgrove park. The fence runs adjacent to the public footpath all the way along to the start of another public path. It is at this point that barbed wire is left exposed to the public.
We are shocked by the use of such a fence in a local Kidsgrove park and especially so close to a public footpath. You have to question if this would leave Newcastle Borough Council with a serious civil injury claim, should someone fall over and injure themselves.
Whitehill Online understands that local Kidsgorve Borough Councillor Margaret Astle is a leading figure in the Friends of Bathpool Group who devise ideas to improve the park. We contacted her for a comment on this matter, however as we have now come to expect from the local Kidsgrove Councillor she just ignores our requests.
Kidsgrove Carnival 2011 has taken place earlier today at Clough Hall Park in Kidsgrove. It is fair to say that the weather was sadly not the best for the occasion, however the show certainly went on and it appeared that everyone had a really good day. When I visited around lunch time it appeared that a fair few people had actually attended the event and although we don't know any figures yet to indicate if financially the carnival was a success or not, it certainly wasn't a lack of organisation or promotion which hindered this event - sadly the great British weather.
More to follow on this story when we get it.
Kidsgrove is getting ready for its annual Town Carnival. The 2011 Kidsgrove Carnival promises to be even bigger and better than last years Kidsgrove Carnival
Kidsgrove Carnival will be held on Saturday the 16th of July at Clough Hall Park in Kidsgrove. The current weather outlook is good for the day ahead making it the perfect family day out. Kidsgrove Carnival has been organised by members of the Town Council and local residents who have formed a carnival committee.
Staffordshire County Councillor and Kidsgrove Town Councillor Mary Maxfield, who is also the Kidsgrove Carnival Committee secretary told Whitehill Online that the event is on course to be bigger and better than last year. This year residents can expect to see the following at Kidsgrove Carnival:
There will be a procession leaving BT Car Park in Kidsgrove at 10 am with up top 200 people will taking part.
Kidsgrove's newest music event Music in the Park took place yesterday at Birchenwood Country Park, Mount Road, Kidsgrove. The event was organised by Newchapel Residents Association which was selling tickets for £6 in advance and £8 on the day.
The Music in the Park event got off to an interesting start with local residents claiming that the fun fair that was advertised on the Mount Road Car Park for Friday and Saturday, simply did not appear on the Friday evening. This caused initial disappointment to many youngsters and parents in the local area, whilst also raising questions with many local residents about what they could expect for the main event on Saturday. Again on Saturday the fun fair was the main talking point with residents questioning how small it was and how early it was packed away. Shane Davies told Whitehill Online "Is this it? I was told we were having a fun fair, but all we have got is 2 rides to go on."
Whitehill Online is led to believe that the problems with the fun fair was not the organisers fault, with the lack of a permanent path to access the Birchenwood Playing Fields being the issue why the fair was unable to setup site on the fields. We were also told that the current path was making it difficult for the service vans to get off the site, something that needs addressing by Newcastle Borough Council (NBC) if Kidsgrove is to make best use of one of its prime sites.
The weather did not help the event which was changeable for most of the day, however this should not be used as an excuse for the low turnout that was experienced. Whitehill Online Forum Boards have been full of discussion regarding the promotion of the event and it ultimately appears that this is what could have been the reason for the low turnout.
Most common questions raised about the Music in the Park event seem to be: