Category Archives: Kidsgrove Councillor Kyle Robinson

Local Councillors Secure £45K Footpath Upgrade

Butt Lane Councillors inspect footpath 216 before upgrade works begin.

Butt Lane Councillors inspect footpath 216 before upgrade works begin.

Local Labour councillors hail success after securing £45,000 to upgrade public footpath 216 in Butt Lane.  The footpath is accessed from West Avenue and runs behind the houses of Church Street, finally exiting onto Congleton Road adjacent to St. Saviours Primary School. The improvement works will be funded by a Public Right of Way contribution from Taylor Wimpey. Taylor Wimpey’s contribution was secured through a section 106 agreement with Newcastle Borough Council.

It is understood that the works will be completed by contractors appointed by Staffordshire County Council and not housing developer, Taylor Wimpey. The contractor will begin work on the surfacing of the footpath on Monday 16th January.  The path will be temporarily closed for the duration of the works. Residents are politely asked to use other routes until the works are completed.

Councillor Kyle Robinson said: “I welcome the news that this footpath will finally be brought up to a decent standard.  Back in 2013, Sylvia and I raised the alarm about the state the public footpath had been left in following the development of Bluebell Croft.  The footpath in question has been used for many years by local residents as a safer route to school and for recreational purposes.  I am pleased we have been listened to on this matter and finally this 106 agreement will deliver for local people.  It’s about time our local area gets the investment it deserves and we will fight for more.”

Councillor Sylvia Dymond added: “Many residents have been calling for an improvement to the footpath, including those that have moved onto the new estate.  Local people have endured two years of problems with fencing, building work and a muddy overgrown footpath so this news is well received.  At last we have a safer route for everyone to reach the local school, shops and to just enjoy a walk.”

Footpath 216 begins on West Avenue and leads all the way up to Congleton Road.

Footpath 216 begins on West Avenue and leads all the way up to Congleton Road.

My promise to YOU

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Please Vote Robinson on Thursday 22nd May.

Dear Resident,

My name is Kyle Robinson and I have had the honour of serving as the Butt Lane and Clough Hall Councillor for the last 4 years. I am standing for re-election and I am asking for your support on May 22nd.

I have lived in Kidsgrove and Butt Lane all of my life and I am proud to call this town my home. During some of my school years I attended Clough Hall Technology School and I now also work at the school as a finance assistant.

Since becoming a Councillor I have been able to fight for residents young and old in the community. Some of my biggest achievements include the demolition of the old Woodshutts pub to create affordable housing, the protection of green spaces from greedy developers and successfully obtaining government funding with Joan Walley MP for a disabled friendly bridge at Kidsgrove Railway Station due to be installed between 2016-19.

More recently, I challenged Tory controlled Staffordshire County Council on their proposals to shut down youth clubs and make youth workers redundant. I have led the fight in our area to obtain £50,000 to save our local youth service as this will ensure our young people have somewhere to feel safe in the evenings and not on our streets. I like to remind Councillors and decision makers that young people are our future.

For the last four years I have chaired the Butt Lane Locality Action Partnership. The group works with the local police, health services and other partners to reduce anti-social behaviour in Butt Lane, Clough Hall and Kidsgrove. We continue to work with Staffordshire Police to improve the Police presence in our area.

For the last 3 years I have served as Kidsgrove Mayor and Deputy. This has included the day to day running of Kidsgrove Town Council, delivering a council tax freeze for a fifth year in a row. I have also helped to raise over £15,000 for charities including the Motor Neurone Disease Association, The Alzheimer’s Society, Staffordshire SANDS, Douglas Macmillan Hospice and many other localised charities.

I have always had a strong belief that we should always give something back in life and I want to carry on representing you in the most dedicated fashion. I am not seeking a second term to do small things.

As the local candidate, I know some of the main issues affecting the area include dog fouling, litter, speeding traffic, parking and the cost of living. As your Labour Councillor, I will continue to fight Government cuts whilst solving these issues for all of us.

You can help by voting Robinson on Thursday 22nd May. Please use your vote for Labour.

Thank you,

Kyle Robinson
Butt Lane and Clough Hall’s Labour candidate

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Cllr Kyle Robinson at Kidsgrove Railway Station with European Candidates Olwen Hamer, Sion Simon and Neena Gill.

Butt Lane Footpath Death Trap

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Councillor Kyle Robinson with Town Councillors and local residents to campaign for a local footpath to be put right by local developer Taylor and Wimpey.

Residents of Butt Lane are furious after accusing a housing developer of wrecking a public footpath.  Taylor and Wimpey, developers of Bluebell Croft are in the process of building 87 homes of which some are already completed and occupied. 

In between Bluebell Croft and Church Street lies a public footpath, said to have been given as a gift to the people of Butt Lane by the Delves family many years ago.  The path is well used by dog walkers, cyclists and school children.  Until recently the path was seen as a safe passage from West Avenue to Congleton Road. 

Following the developers installing a fence on their side of the footpath, damage has been caused to the concrete panels that stretch along the public side of the path.  Some of the damaged posts have metal wire protruding, leading to walkers being scratched as they walk past. In parts, the concrete panels have completely come away from the posts and have become a severe tripping hazard.  During the developer’s installation of wooden panels on their development, drilling into the ground has caused bowing of the concrete panels on the public footpath.  Parents are now refusing to let their children use this route to school for fear of the panelling collapsing altogether. The ground has also sunk in parts causing a severe trip hazard.  Councillors are now calling on Taylor Wimpey to foot the bill to repair the footpath.  Funding could be obtained via a 106 agreement, but all options are being considered.  

Not only has the shoddy job been an issue for occupants of Church Street but residents of Bluebell croft are also concerned.  The concrete panels are an easy step up to the wooden panels which could be a security issue for the backs of new homes.  It seems loose pieces of barbed wire has been attached to certain posts to try and stop any unwanted intruder but the wire can easily be removed. 

Local resident, Linda Smith said: “I am not happy about what has been done here at all.  We have a right to access this footpath and feel safe but instead we have been left with a dangerous mess.  Whilst the residents of Bluebell croft get a brand spanking new fence, we are left with the mess and damage caused by the developer.  This wasn’t like this until they put that new wooden fence in.  It’s a complete disgrace.”

Town Councillor, Sylvia Dymond said: “It simply isn’t good enough that developers can walk into our communities and do whatever they want.  Why did the developer remove the concrete panels at the beginning of the path and then stop half way up? Was it because they wanted to make the front of their new development look lovely and then leave the residents of Church Street with a mess and fence us out?  Some local people have described the divide as the Berlin Wall and I am not surprised.  I am no NIMBY, I just want to be treated fairly in a community I have lived in for years.”

A Newcastle Borough Council planning officer emailed:

“Dear Councillor Robinson, further to our meeting at the Taylor Wimpey, Blue Bell Croft site (West Avenue 11/00237.OUT) on the 18th September 2013 I have been in contact with Paul Rochfort, a County Council Rights of Way Officer, about the issues you raised regarding the Public Right of Way (Kidsgrove (Talke) 16).He detailed that the County had acted on a complaint in March/ April regarding similar issues. This lead to the ranger removing any dangerous material (concrete gravel boards). He detailed that he would ask the ranger to remove any other dangerous materials.

Residents are now calling on Taylor and Wimpey to put the damage right and fix the panels or take them out altogether.  The Town Council are due to discuss the issue on Thursday 19th December and will hopefully make a formal complaint to the developer of Bluebell Croft copying in Newcastle Borough Council Planning Department.