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Kidsgrove could soon find itself with another take away outlet after planning permission was lodged by Mohammed Siddiquee to turn the former Nelson Finance site into a fast food outlet. This site has been left empty for a while and residents my recall that in the past this site was to become a toy shop, however that never seemed to happen. Now we have this new plan submitted, which does not appear popular with local residents.
The initial poll on Whitehill Online has not found anyone actually in support of the proposals and comments on the forum boards go to support this view. It appears that the council are powerless to stop the proposal on some of the grounds highlighted, despite the fact that they know people will park on the main junction of Liverpool Road and The Avenue. Initial Kidsgrove resident concern appears to have centred around the apparent lack of interest in this matter from our three Kidsgrove local Councillors for Kidsgrove Kyle Noel Taylor, Reginald Bailey and Margaret Astle and two Ravenscliffe local councillors Gillian Burnet and Stephen Blair. It has led some residents to question if this had been happening during the local elections would the response of our locally elected councillors be totally different? It does appear though that local councillors are actually taking some action, with Kidsgrove Town Council agreeing to object to the proposal.
Kidsgrove Councillor David Stringer has told Whitehill Online "the application has been called in by Gill Burnett and the Town Mayor. And also that Town Councillors of all political persuasion have tonight (Thursday 17th June) objected to the application. So it looks as if there could be a long drawn-out appeals process." This pleasing news to hear for residents of Kidsgrove that the matter is concern of the Kidsgrove Town Council. We now need the same action to be shown at Newcastle Borough Council where planning decisions are considered. Cllr Stephen Blair has informed Whitehill Online that he is no longer a member of the planning committee so will not be able to vote on this. Kidsgrove residents will no doubt have their eyes closely fixed on this application.
We shall keep tracks on this story and update you on any developments as we get them. If you want to have your say on the proposals join the Whitehill Online Forum Boards.
Whitehill Online has emailed all local NBC councillors and asked them for a comment - we currently have one reply:
I am aware that Kidsgrove has already got a high concentration of take aways and another one might not be the ideal use of space, resulting in further over intensification in the area. However, I no longer sit on the Borough's planning committee so will not get a vote either way when it comes to their meeting. Cllr Stephen Blair
It has been reported on the Whitehill Online Forums that Newcastle Brough Council (NBC) are planning on selling off local land in Whitehill, Kidsgrove for housing.
Reports are suggesting that the land off Ian Road and Lapwing Road (Whitehill, Kidsgrove), which is currently green open space is planned to be sold of to increase revenue sources for Newcastle Brough Council (NBC). This is interesting as this piece of land has not previously been talked about, with residents suggesting that any land sale would be the land currently used as a play area for children, on the other side of Lapwing Road.
Newcastle Brough Council (NBC) has informed residents of their intention to obtain planning permission for housing on this piece of land and all indications suggest that a developer has already been found. It would not be unreasonable to expect any such housing sale deal to also include the provision for the developer to resurface Lapwing Road - which has been an issue also reported in the Whitehill Online Forums.
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We now have a copy of the letter sent to residents and the maps outlining the land which the council intends to sell off. You can view the documents for yourself by clicking on the following links below:
BUS operator First is bringing in changes for its 6 service in a bid to make it more reliable. The route is being split into half so that users will now only be able to travel to Hanley and then will need to swap at the bus station to get another bus into the southern half of the City.
First Bus claim that currently the route is too big to operate successfully when traffic becomes and issue, so as a result these changes should make the bus travel more reliable in the area. It does appear that on the whole most residents in Kidsgrove have been impressed with the service that 6 has offered and are surprised that changes have been made.
The clear losers in these changes are people who may travel from Kidsgrove to South of the City of Stoke-on-Trent and students who use the 6th Form College in Stoke. This will now mean that they will need two tickets or to purchase a more expensive multi trip ticket.
The changes to the service happen on September the 6th. If you need more information or require a timetable please contact Travelline on 0871 2002233.
A TEENAGE councillor has walked free from court after being cleared ofassault.
Kyle Taylor had been accused of assaulting a teenage girl at Stoke Station on the evening of April 25, just days before he won the electionfor Newcastle Borough Council's Kidsgrove ward for the Labour Party. But the 18-year-old, pictured, was yesterday found not guilty of commonassault following a trial at North Staffordshire Magistrates' Court.
The prosecution alleged that Mr Taylor had carried out the assault while travelling home by train. Officers from the British Transport Police were called to the incident,and the court was told the alleged victim reported a sustained assault against her, both on the train and in the station.
The court was told she said Mr Taylor had pushed her into a wall on thetrain, hit her in the face with a mobile phone, pushed her to the groundand kicked her. But the girl later asked to retract this statement, and when called to give evidence in court yesterday, she denied any assault had takenplace.
She also denied that Mr Taylor had threatened to attack her if shecomplained about his behaviour.She said: "He didn't threaten me at any time. He is a respected memberof the public. He's a councillor. Why would he say something like that?"The teenager said she had been drunk, having consumed three cans ofcider and an alcopop.
Sue Hayers, prosecuting, put it to the teenager that the original statement was an accurate description of events, but she denied evenmaking the statement. Robin Lichfield, defending, said the witness had been very tired when she had been speaking to the police, and so her statement could not berelied upon. He said: "She had been on a long journey home. She had been drinking, and she was upset. She had fallen asleep when officers were drafting thef inal statement." But PC Karl Harvey, who took the statement, insisted that the witnesshad been coherent and fully aware of what was she was saying.The prosecution also relied on CCTV footage and evidence from twowitnesses at the station.