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Pothole Patrol Takes Action!


Labours County Council candidate, John Taylor, is fed up with Potholes and decaying roads and is calling for more action.

Labours County Council candidate for the Talke and Red Street ward has pledged more action to tackle potholes that blight local roads.  Councillor John Taylor has this week set up a Pothole Patrol for Butt Lane, Talke and Red Street to ensure more people are reporting problems with local roads. 

John said: “Our roads are in a shocking state of disrepair and we need some action to improve the situation.  The local Pothole Patrol has been set up to make it easier for residents to report bad road surfaces to the council or their councillors”. 

“It’s important that your representatives are taking the fight to Staffordshire County Council and demanding that more cash is spent on road maintenance.  We are regularly promised more will be spent each year to sort out our decaying roads but so far we aren’t seeing any difference.  I will push the County Council to spend your money better and look at the whole way in which maintenance is carried out”. 

Using you can report potholes anonymously using an online map.  This facility then notifies the local council and informs them that a complaint has been made.  The council responsible then has a period of time to fix the pothole before the complainant is given another opportunity via email to update whether the council has fixed the problem.  Fix My Street has been very successful and local councillors encourage the public to use this online tool. 

Labour Councillors are also encouraging people to contact them to report potholes and road maintenance issues.  The Pothole Patrol structure will ensure everything reported will be logged and followed up if repairs are not carried out. 

You can call:

Butt Lane, Talke and Chesterton – John Taylor 01782 786227
Butt Lane – Kyle Robinson 07837905443 (or send a text)
Butt Lane – Sylvia Burgess 07906 337215 (or send a text)
Talke and Talke Pits – Dave Allport 07870 650248 (or send a text)
Talke and Talke Pits – Mike Stubbs 07500 091504 (or send a text)
Chesterton – Eddie Boden 01782 722248
Chesterton – Hilda Johnson 07598 118208 (or send a text)
Chesterton – Sandra Simpson 01782 564483

To contact Staffordshire Highways direct you can contact them using the methods listed below:

Phone: 0300 111 8000

By working together we can ensure our roads are maintained to a high standard and at a standard we deserve!

Speeding crack down for Congleton Road


Butt Lane Labour Councillors – Kyle Robinson, John Taylor and Sylvia Burgess following up traffic complaints on Congleton Road.

Labour Councillors have teamed up to promote a community speed watch initiative for the Butt Lane ward.  The Community Speed Watch scheme, already running across parts of the county, has been secured by partners working together at the Butt Lane Locality Action Partnership.  Congleton Road has been chosen for a trial as speeding is consistently highlighted as a problem in the area, most recently in a community consultation at the end of last year.

Local people could soon be monitoring traffic themselves, if there is more interest in the speed watch scheme.  Volunteers who have received training from police could use speed monitoring equipment on traffic.  The details of vehicles exceeding the limit are passed to police, who issue a warning letter to the registered owners.  Persistent speeders can be dealt with by the police. 

But now Councillors are calling for more volunteers to give a few hours of their time each month to use the cameras with PCSO’s and senior volunteers.  If more people get involved there is nothing to stop the project from spreading throughout other parts of Butt Lane and Kidsgrove. 

Councillor John Taylor said: “This is about local people taking control of their roads.  Congleton road has always been a problem for residents due to the increase in traffic and speeding.  Now that we have purchased the camera and equipment the project is ready to start up and we want more residents to get involved”.

Please email Kyle for more information on:

You can also visit the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership website:

Many thanks

Councillor Kyle Robinson

Councillors ask for ‘avoid parking signs’


Kidsgrove, The Avenue on an average day.

Motorists have told Labour councillors that they wouldn’t park on The Avenue if there was more parking in Kidsgrove Town centre.  On a walkabout last week councillors spoke to people who park their cars on The Avenue on a daily basis. 

It was discovered that some commuters parked their cars on this stretch of the road due to the lack of parking at Kidsgrove train station and not due to the £2 parking charge introduced in 2011 (although some had a moan about the charges).  One commuter furiously asked why the county council hadn’t opened up a new car park at the side of the train station with all the spare land available. This has been promised in the past.  I shook my head and told the gentleman he needed to contact his County Councillors who have access to officers who can push this forward. 

Residents have also said that some staff at the local primary school are forced to park on this road due to virtually no parking on their premises.  I do sympathise with the staff and feel they have little option to park anywhere else.   The school was never designed to accommodate a large amount of vehicles and the open space available is used as a playground for the children. 

Ravenswood care home has recently expanded to offer more places for the elderly.  This move has taken up more space that was originally used by visitors for parking.  It has been noted that carers working shifts have also been forced to use The Avenue to park their vehicles.  Was the lack of parking ever questioned by Newcastle Borough Councils planning committee when the extension was passed a few years ago? 

We took a stroll into the town centre to find that during midday the car parks in Kidsgrove were packed full.  Parking is mainly being used by shoppers and by people who are employed locally.  I do sympathise with local residents who have to put up with ever increasing traffic outside their front doors.  If vehicles are parked illegally Newcastle Borough Council parking wardens will take action and I have asked for this area to be targeted.  It has been pointed out that The Avenue does not have double yellow lines along it so people parking their cars aren’t actually breaking the law.  This is a matter of common sense and people should use the town centre car parks in the first instance to ensure safety of pedestrians, residents and vehicles passing through. 

Labour Councillors have asked the County Council to put up signs asking people to use car parks and not the highway.  The situation is constantly being monitored by highways officers and councillors are working to improve the situation. 

I have looked up the definition of ‘double parking’ and in this case we do not have the same problem:

“Most people think of cars which are illegally parked when they visualise double parking. In the first and often most pernicious sense, double parking refers to parallel parking alongside another car so that all or part of your vehicle is in the street. In addition to blocking the original, legally parked car in, the double parked vehicle will block part of the street and a bicycle lane, if one is present. In highly congested cities, double parking can be a serious problem, since it obstructs traffic”.

Many thanks

Councillor Kyle Robinson