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.
Butt Lane and Clough Hall’s Labour candidate
On Monday 30th September students of the Kidsgrove Youth Parliament consisting of elected students from Clough Hall Technology School and the University Academy of Kidsgrove visited the Houses of Parliament in London. The educational trip that was funded by donations from the Rotary club of Kidsgrove, The Meadow Residents association and others was a huge success and very rewarding for the young people involved.
The visit included a tour of the House of Commons, The House of Lords and Portcullis House. There was also elections and voting sessions where the young people created their own manifestos and campaigns. Leaders of the groups were then put to the test by making speeches to an audience and then going to the polls to see who won. National voting systems were also explained including the UK’s current system of first past the post and Europe’s system of proportional representation.
The KYP also delivered a letter signed by every member asking the Department of Transport to support Kidsgrove’s campaign for a ramp at the railway station. With the current footbridge members of the public in wheelchairs, elderly people and people with push chairs cannot get to platforms 2,3 and 4.
Following on from the Houses of Parliament visit KYP members got to visit many parts of London and had the chance to go on the London Eye as an added reward for all of their hard work. Many of the young people commented how much they were enjoying the visit as they had never visited the capital city before.
Since a young age I have been passionate about giving young people a voice in our community. This whole project is not about politics or politicising children but about helping young people to understand our democratic system. A lot of people this day in age leave school not knowing much about how government works or their entitlement to vote. This usually leads to lack of understanding and people not knowing how to speak up for their communities. I want to change things and make sure the young people of Kidsgrove grow up to be tomorrows leaders which intern leads to a better deal for us all. If we don’t include young people now we can’t expect them to be involved in the future. Our visit was very successful and I would like to thank the KYP members for everything they have done for our town so far and I am sure the hard work will continue.
Many thanks, Councillor Kyle Robinson