Councillors and residents are calling for action to be taken on a former care home. The empty property on Lower Ash Road has been blighted by anti-social behaviour, rubbish dumping and a complete lack of garden maintenance. There have also been several complaints regarding gravel used to block the entrance to the site. The gravel has encroached onto the pavement, causing several trips and falls.
Kyle says: “The property has been on the market for many years and continues to be an eyesore in our community. Complaints from local people have been coming in thick and fast as the site continues to deteriorate. There is currently planning permission in place to allow the owner to demolish the property and build several homes.
“I have urged officers of the council to apply pressure on the current property owners. Land banking is unacceptable and I take a very dim view on it. Empty homes and properties quickly fall into disrepair and attract pests, graffiti and litter, becoming a target for vandalism, squatting, break-ins and arson. This is not fair on the neighbours. Following an inspection of the site, it looks as though people are accessing the building through an unsecured side entrance. I have asked that the building is secured as a matter of urgency.”
Local resident, Hazel Tench said: “We are fed up with the mess this building has been left in. The owners need to move forward and develop the site. We don’t like it because it seems they are holding onto this property to then sell to the highest bidder. The owners don’t have to look at it day in, day out. I know a neighbour that fell over outside of the house because of the rubble and rubbish on the pavements.”
Newcastle Borough Council will do all it can to ensure the site is made safe and to encourage the development of the site.
This year’s Kidsgrove Victorian Christmas Market is set to be the biggest yet and will take place on Saturday 29th November, 10am-4pm at the Town Hall. With more focus on business stalls and supporting small businesses in the town, we are hoping the wares offered this year will be even more spectacular. The event will include the Kidsgrove Rotary Santa Clause Grotto, Victorian Tea Rooms, traditional and vintage stalls, local hand-made products, Christmas entertainment and professional crafts.
Year on year, the Victorian Market in Kidsgrove has attracted hundreds of people from far and wide. This is an event not to be missed. This event is educational for all of the family and will give you the opportunity to step back in time to imagine Kidsgrove in the Victorian era. Many people dress up for the occasion in authentic period attire to enhance the Victorian ambiance.
The entertainment will include the Kidsgrove Community Choir, The Tamil Dancers of Stoke-on-Trent, local artists performing Christmas carols and more.
To hire a stall there is a £20.00 fee and you must return the booking form in the link below to email@example.com: