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Vote for The Reginald Mitchell Peace Garden Project at Tesco

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Please use your blue token and vote for the Reginald Mitchell Peace Garden.

The Reginald Mitchell Peace Garden project is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the monthly funding scheme, which sees grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and this month shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Councillor Kyle Robinson said: “I am delighted that the Reginald Mitchell Peace Garden is eligible for this cash boost.  We are asking people to use their blue tokens in Tesco to vote for this worthwhile project. If we receive the most votes we will receive the maximum grant of £5k. This will help us pay for more materials, bedding plants, benches, memorial plaques and seasonal maintenance of the site on Cedar Avenue/Congleton Road, Butt Lane. We want people to remember that Reginald Mitchell was born in Butt Lane and his Spitfire helped our country win the Battle of Britain. I hope the public will get behind this fantastic project and use their vote for the Reginald Mitchell Peace Garden.”

Before and after photo of work completed so far.

Before and after photo to show the work completed so far.

Voting is open in stores from 1st February to 25th February. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £25 million to more than 3,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups each month. At the end of each month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for February. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

You can vote for this worthwhile project at the following stores:

2343    CONGLETON
2626    HARTSHILL EXPRESS
2772    KIDSGROVE
2850    LONGTON EXTRA
2899    MEIR HAY EXPRESS
2900    MEIR
3239    STOKE
3327    UTTOXETER
3328    NEW RD UTTOXETER EXP
4372    BLYTHE BRIDG UXTR EXP
5550    AUDLEY STOKE TRNT EXP
5782    FEGG HAYES EXP
5851    HANLEY EXTRA
6603    NEWCASTLE UNDER LYME REGIS
6848    CONGLETON WEST RD EXP

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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.

Save Butt Lane’s Lollipop Man

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Crossing near St Saviour’s Primary School, Butt Lane.

On Monday 20th June, Staffordshire County Council issued a letter to community leaders to state that the School Crossing Patrol on the A34 Congleton Road, Butt Lane (outside St. Saviours School) will be scrapped by September 2016.  The letter also states that sites across the county have been assessed and categorised and the A34 Congleton Road has been deemed as a low priority due to a traffic signal controlled crossing point already in place.  The school may be asked to find £3,500 if the service is to continue.

On speaking with parents and families in the local area, it has become clear that we need this School Crossing Patrol.  Staffordshire County Council has a duty to keep our children safe and this decision is very worrying indeed.  For many years, Congleton Road has been considered a dangerous road with increasing accidents and even fatalities.  It is completely unacceptable for the Council to categorise this road as a lower priority.  The school crossing is situated near a dangerous junction to St Saviours School and St. Saviour’s Street and our local lollipop man plays a crucial role carrying out a potentially life-saving task.  Congestion on Congleton Road has increased in recent times and becomes strangled if there is an accident on the M6. This adds further safety concerns for local residents and the leadership at Staffordshire County Council cannot go on ignoring this problem.

Our local schools should be spending their ever shrinking budgets on children’s education, not be forced to foot the bill for highways services, which are the responsibility of Staffordshire County Council.

Please click the link and sign the petition to save our lollipop man for the safety of our children and families:

https://www.change.org/p/councillor-mark-deaville-save-st-saviours-primary-school-s-lollipop-man?recruiter=62857735&utm_source=petitions_show_components_action_panel_wrapper&utm_medium=copylink