My name is Kyle Robinson, I represent Butt Lane ward on Newcastle Borough Council and I represent Butt Lane, Talke and Red Street Division on Staffordshire County Council. I was Mayor of Kidsgrove in 2011/2012 and 2013/2014. At the age of 23 I was proud to be the youngest person elected to the office of Mayor of Kidsgrove.
Since being elected to Newcastle Borough Council in 2010, I have had a keen interest in planning policy and the development of affordable and social housing in the Borough. In July 2016, I was appointed to the position of Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing at Newcastle Borough Council. One of the most successful campaigns I was part of led to the demolition of the derelict Woodshutts Pub in Butt Lane to see the creation of affordable housing provided by Aspire Housing.
I am currently Chairman of the Butt Lane and Talke Locality Action Partnership. This organisation comprises of many local partners including Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Aspire Housing, Health representatives and the local residents association. The partnership was set up to identify community issues like crime and anti-social behaviour, social isolation, low educational attainment and many more subjects.
In 2016, a good friend of mine, County Councillor John Taylor announced his retirement from local government. Following this I was selected by the local Labour Party to be their candidate in the 2017 Staffordshire County Council elections for the division of Talke and Red Street. The division consists of the communities of Butt Lane, Talke and Talke Pits, Red Street, Waterhayes and Crackley. I was deeply honoured to be elected to the County Council in May with 55% of the vote. I have also been appointed Shadow Cabinet Member for Safe and Strong Communities in Staffordshire.
During my years serving as Kidsgrove Mayor I have helped to raise thousands of pounds for local and national charities including the Motor Neurone Disease Association, Still Birth and Neonatal Death Charity (Sands), Alzheimer’s Society, Pancreatic Cancer UK, Douglas Macmillan Hospice and more. As a keen supporter for improvements to pallative care in the NHS, I have worked with a cross party parliamentary group to look at how we can get people the best possible care in a modern day health service. I now aim to work with the Motor Nuerone Disease Associaition to encourage our local councils to adopt the Motor Neurone Disease Charter – giving people more advice and support when diagnosed with this awful disease.
I come from a very working class background and I left school at 16 to work full time. I started off as a sales assistant in a retail outlet and worked my way up to be branch manager of my own store at the age of 19. I thoroughly enjoyed my years in retail, but moved on to work in education at Clough Hall Technology School before it became The King’s Church of England School. I have also worked for my local Member of Parliament. I am now a full time Councillor.
I am a member of USDAW – The Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers from my time in retail. I believe that people should be treated fairly at work and workers rights are important to me. I am also a member of Unite the Union.
I have recently been elected as a board member of the national organisation, The Local Government Information Unit (LGIU). This role helps me to learn more about good practice in local government and I can share any useful information with the authorities I serve on. Devolution and giving more power to local communities is something I have always passionately believed in and the LGIU helps to promote this.
I strongly believe that Kidsgrove is a great place to live and I am passionate about improving the place I grew up in. Since I was elected, I have sought to give local people a strong voice in their community and this will always be my priority.
Please contact me if you have complaints or local issues and I will do my best to help.