My name is Kyle Robinson, I represent Butt Lane ward on Kidsgrove Town Council and Newcastle Borough Council in Staffordshire. I was Mayor of Kidsgrove in 2011/2012 and 2013/2014 and I currently serve as Deputy Mayor of Kidsgrove for the municipal year 2016/2017. 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 2017, 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 and other parts of Chesterton. I am deeply honoured to be standing in this election and if elected, I will work hard to get a good deal for the people I represent.
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 am currently Chairman of the Kidsgrove Allotments Committee. The Committee and I have worked hard to encourage more local people to take up allotment gardening because the activity promotes healthy living as well as offering an educational opportunity. Increasingly, our local allotments are wonderful spaces of natural discovery, as more and more families participate in the ‘grow your own’ trend.
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 Kings Church of England School. I am now lucky enough to work for my local MP so that I may serve the community full time.
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 strongly believe that Newcastle and Kidsgrove are great places to live, but 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.