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Unity Way: “Not another Off-license”

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Current proposals for a new Convenience store to be challeneged by local residents.

Residents of Unity Way in Talke are campaigning to oppose a new off license application submitted to Newcastle Borough Council. The convenience store proposed to take up the empty unit would be allowed to sell alcohol between 7.00am to 11.30pm Monday to Wednesday, 7.30am to 11.30pm Thursday to Saturday and 8.00am to 11.00pm on a Sunday.

It is believed that granting a license would provide a further source of alcohol within an area already so heavily populated with licensed premises that crime, disorder and public nuisance have already reached problem levels for the local police. Staffordshire Police have only recently had to dedicate more officers to the area due to a spike in crime.

The unit sits on an access only road and it is believed another convenience store in this area would be totally detrimental to the aims and objectives of the local community. There is currently an ongoing campaign to reduce traffic and the speed of traffic in this area. Staffordshire County Council Highways and the Police are well aware of this problem and continue to work with residents to find a solution. The amount of traffic generated by a convenience store could cause further problems for the road.

As the Butt Lane Councillor, I am concerned regarding the highways issues raised. There are also serious concerns that young people in the Kidsgrove and Butt Lane area are more easily getting access to alcohol. I feel that by making alcohol more readily available in this particular area, people will face a range of issues. Not to forget the fact this site is already an anti-social behaviour hotspot.

I have asked the committee deciding on this application to look at the Alcohol Related Hospital Admissions report presented to Newcastle Borough Council in October 2013. Year on year, the number of cases of Alcohol related admissions have doubled in some cases in the Borough. This includes Toxic effects, mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol and alcoholic related liver disease. I believe the increase in access to alcohol through supermarkets and off-licenses has had a serious impact on communities. Whilst I do not want to be a kill joy, I do feel as a community we need to do more to raise awareness regarding the effects alcohol consumption can have on ones health.

We currently have a huge provision of local shops, co-operative stores and a new supermarket to be built on the old Linley Trading Estate. Do we really need anymore?

If you wish to have your say on the proposals, please follow the link below:

http://tinyurl.com/qhcd66a

Kidsgrove’s Victorian Market Returns

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The Kidsgrove Victorian Market gets busier each year.

This year’s Kidsgrove Victorian Christmas Market is set to be the biggest yet and will take place on Saturday 29th November, 10am-4pm at the Town Hall. With more focus on business stalls and supporting small businesses in the town, we are hoping the wares offered this year will be even more spectacular. The event will include the Kidsgrove Rotary Santa Clause Grotto, Victorian Tea Rooms, traditional and vintage stalls, local hand-made products, Christmas entertainment and professional crafts.

Year on year, the Victorian Market in Kidsgrove has attracted hundreds of people from far and wide. This is an event not to be missed. This event is educational for all of the family and will give you the opportunity to step back in time to imagine Kidsgrove in the Victorian era. Many people dress up for the occasion in authentic period attire to enhance the Victorian ambiance.

The entertainment will include the Kidsgrove Community Choir, The Tamil Dancers of Stoke-on-Trent, local artists performing Christmas carols and more.

To hire a stall there is a £20.00 fee and you must return the booking form in the link below to kidsgrovetc@btconnect.com:

VCM Stalls Application Form 2014 – Traders

Concert to Help Prevent Blindness

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Charity Concert to raise funds for fighting blindness research.

A charity concert is to be held at Kidsgrove Victoria Hall to raise money for research into an inherited disease of the eye, that can cause progressive blindness. Dimitri, the 1 year old son of operatic singer Denise (Leigh) and accordionist Stefan Andrusyschyn, both blind,has inherited the gene that can cause this disease and if there is no cure by the time Dimitri is in his teens, he may start to lose his sight.

The concert will feature:

  • Denise (Leigh) and husband Stefan Andrusyschyn. In 2001 Denise was winner of the TV reality show, ‘Operatunity’, and since then has become an internationally renowned singer having sung at the Beijing Paralympics, the London Paralympics closing ceremony and for royalty at St James’s Palace. Stefan is a popular musician who plays piano and accordion, both solo and as accompanist to Denise and others.
  • The Churnet Valley Male Voice Choir. Based in Cheadle, this choir has a reputation for creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and for providing a varied and regularly updated repertoire. The Choir is as likely to re-create the music of Matt Munro, The Hollies, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Westlife and Les Miserables as it is to sing opera, spirituals or a love song in Maori or Welsh.
  • The North Staffs Accordion Band. The band is based in Newcastle-under-Lyme and it plays throughout North Staffordshire and East Cheshire. Their new musical director has introduced several newpieces and the band was delighted with a high placing at the 2014 Newcastle Festival for Music, Speech and Drama.
  • Phil Eardley will be “master of ceremonies”. Phil is a graduate of the UK School of Professional Toastmasters and is a member of the Magic Circle.

Kidsgrove Town Hall is situated on the main A50, just above the central Kidsgrove traffic lights, and the parking area is behind the building. The bar will be open from 7 p.m. on the night.

Tickets, at £5, are available from Steve Hughes 01782 787935 (or text 07939362294)

 RP stands for Retinitis Pigmentosa. It is a hereditary disease of the retina that results in the progressive loss of sight and blindness and in the UK it is estimated that some 25,000 families are affected. Currently there is no available cure or treatment.

 All the money that we generate from the concert will be donated to ‘RP Fighting Blindness’ – registered charity number 271729 – who fund research into a cure for this disease.

 The charitywas founded in 1975 by Lynda Cantor MBE, following her own diagnosis of RP. She was concerned with the lack of knowledge about the disease in the medical profession as well as the limited support for patients. This charity is entirely funded by voluntary donations and it supports seven research projects.