Category Archives: Kidsgrove Councillor Kyle Robinson

Ex-offenders help to clean up Butt Lane

Footpaths at the rear of Millstone Avenue and Second Avenue have been cleared, after residents called on Councillors to take action. 

The Butt Lane LAPs have used the community payback teams to clear the footpaths of rubbish, leaves and overgrowth.  Community Payback is essentially the replacement for Community Service, also more recently called Community Punishment. Courts are given the power to sentence offenders of certain crimes to undertake between 40 and 300 hours of Community Payback. This work is unpaid and demanding work that is aimed at giving something to local communities and forcing offenders to repay the community for the wrong they have done.

Chair of the LAPs, Cllr Kyle Robinson said: “I have been pushing for the footpaths between Second Avenue and Millstone Avenue to be cleared of rubbish and overgrowth for weeks.  It is important we access initiatives like community payback because the work doesn’t cost the local residents a penny.  The offenders also learn a valuable lesson and learn to appreciate the community a bit more.  I want to thank Mark Jones, community warden of Newcastle Borough Council for leading the project.”

A Better Christmas Tree for Butt Lane

Councillor_Kyle_Robinson_Butt_Lane_Christmas_TreeA Butt Lane Christmas Tree has been given thumbs up by local residents after Councillors intervened to improve it.  In December 2012, contractors were accused of ‘sloppy workmanship’ after throwing up a string of lights to cover a 12ft Christmas tree.  Butt Lane Councillors led a local campaign to push the contractors to put the problem right. 

Following on from meetings in the summer between Officers, Councillors and the contractor a better quality tree and lights have been put in place. 

Cabinet Member for Culture, Cllr Elsie Bates  and Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Mike Stubbs jointly released a statement: “Butt Lane should have a Christmas tree to brighten up the area.  It’s only fair, because Kidsgrove Town Centre has numerous festive lights and Butt Lane doesn’t.”

Kyle says: “The Tree is a million times better this year and we deserve a decent tree in Butt Lane.  I am pleased Newcastle Borough Council has decided to put us first and it shows they do care about the thoughts of our local residents.  I am now working to have some weeding and tidying up done around the patio area over the next few days.  I also would like to put a star or angel on the tree but I am not sure if I can reach because the tree is so big.  You can see the new lights twinkling all the way down Cedar Avenue.”

A Mission to Restore Kidsgrove Canals

Canal dredging has finally taken place at the Hardingswood junction to Harecastle Tunnel, North Portal following a local campaign to clean up Kidsgrove Canals.  Jon Honeysett MBE, Joan Walley MP, Kidsgrove Town Councillors, local IWA Branch officers, and members of the public who traverse the towpath from Harecastle Tunnel’s North Portal, look forward eagerly to the cleaned-up section, cleared of obstructions, completed by 20th December 2013, enabling work to proceed on brightening up Kidsgrove’s Heritage Waterfront from 2014 onwards.

On Friday 1st November, a meeting took place at Kidsgrove Town Hall with the Canal River Trust, Kidsgrove Town Team and members of the Kidsgrove Community.  The meeting was to outline future plans to be displayed in the Town Hall on Saturday 30th November – a new Kidsgrove Waterfront Project is now considered a part of the larger Kidsgrove Transport ‘Hub’ plan being promoted by Staffordshire County Council and East Midlands Trains.

Jon Honeysett said: “the Uplander Wharf has been dredged and the boats are floating beautifully and not sticking as before.
 
“Beyond the bridge is still to be dredged and so far hundreds of tonnes of muck have been removed – an unbelievable amount.”

The Photographs show the dredging sequence taken on the morning of Thursday 21 November 2013, between the road overbridge into the railway station car park (full!) and Hardingswood junction.  By kind permission of the Canal and River Trusts’ contractor, James Dennis, of Land & Water Services Ltd.  Photo’s were taken on site of tugs and loaded barges – the dredged mud-spoil is taken by heavy lorry, seen being loaded by Mr Richard Drover, to a spoil-site at Haydock, near the M6 at Runcorn.

The next section to be dredged is up to the Harecastle tunnel entrance, and will hopefully, remove the obstructions currently blocking the navigation.

Sarah Honeysett has kindly shared recent photographs of the canal dredging preparations and beautiful autumn scenes.  Please do not reproduce without written permission.