A 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.”
It all started last week when the Butt Lane Christmas Tree was put in its usual place by the display boards on Congleton road. Contractors hired by Newcastle Borough Council put the Tree in place along with a set of lights. The lights can only be described as wholly inadequate and attracted a lot of negative attention and complaints from local residents. Local Councillors including myself, Elsie Bates (cabinet member for culture), John Taylor and Sylvia Dymond intervened. We all protested that the original Christmas lights which incidentally had been donated by John Taylor whilst serving as a County Councillor be returned to their rightful place (on the Butt Lane Christmas tree). After contacting Newcastle Borough Council and working with very helpful officers we have managed to arrange for the contractors to install better lights fit for the Butt Lane tree. This will be completed within the next few days. I would like to take this opportunity in thanking all those involved for securing a positive outcome for this problem.
Following on from this I have called for a review of Kidsgrove’s lights and believe we as a town can do much better to light up the Christmas period. Many people say Alsager put us to shame but we must remember that a lot of Alsager’s investment has come from the Round Table, Town Centre Partnership and Chamber of Trade. Over the next few years Kidsgrove Town Council, Newcastle Borough Council and soon to be appointed Town Centre manager plan to work together with local business and other agencies to set up our own Town Centre partnership with the aim of improving all aspects of Kidsgrove Town Centre. This includes the improvement of events and Christmas lighting in our town centre and in the centre of Butt Lane.