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Kidsgrove Defibrillators Campaign


Kyle Robinson and Julie Bostock unveil new defibrillator at the Kidsgrove Lads and Dads event.

The Kidsgrove Lads and Dads group have been raising money over the past 12 months to obtain better first aid equipment and a defibrillator to be present at all Sunday football sessions. 


Mark Porter with first aiders, Councillor Elsie Bates, Councillor Sylvia Dymond and Kyle Robinson.

Mark Porter decided to fund raise for the Lads and Dads to have their own Defibrillator following on from the sad death of Liam Wood.  Liam Wood collapsed on a pitch just after he had scored for AFC Saints on fields in Knutton, Staffordshire, in January 2012.  Liam, who played football four times a week, had an extremely rare heart disorder.  His arteries were connected to the same place in his heart, unlike most people’s whose arteries are connected to different parts of the heart.  This condition is very hard to detect. 

Mark said: “When I heard what had happened to Liam I just felt I had to do something.  I did some research and decided to organise a fund-raiser with Roland Hulse from Kidsgrove Lads and Dads and other organisations.  The Defibrillators can save lives and we now have a first aid team fully trained up to use the equipment.  Lets just hope they never have to use them”. 


Kyle Robinson – “I am so touched to see so many people supporting this event”.

The project had the backing of myself, Kidsgrove Town Council, MP Joan Walley, Co-op Pharmacy and other local businesses. 

On Sunday 12th May, Liam Woods mum Julie Bostock and I were asked to open the new first aid tent and unveil the defibrillator for the first time.  I told the crowd before we cut the ribbon that I was so touched by the amount of support this project had gained.  The community had come together for a good cause and it just shows us what we can achieve in Kidsgrove.  I will soon be announcing what the Town Council plan to do to further support this fantastic project. 

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The next town team meeting is on 14th May at 5.30pm in Kidsgrove Library on Meadows Road when we’ll be looking in more detail at setting up sub-groups to look at specific issues (marketing, co-ordination of events, environment and infrastructure). If your business is interested in getting involved please contact Jill Waring on: 01782 782254 or Trudi Barnard at Newcastle Borough Council on: 01782 742461.

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Slacken Lane residents set for development battle

An aerial view of Slacken Lane.

An aerial view of Slacken Lane.

Residents of Slacken Lane have been notified that a planning application has been made to develop 6 dwellings just off Slacken Lane.  This site has been vehemently defended by Butt Lane people for many years and is seen as an area of natural beauty.  Councillors have now written to local people in an attempt to challenge the application. 

Residents will welcome the news that Kidsgrove Town Council, all 3 Newcastle Borough Councillors and Joan Walley MP have objected to development of this land on many different grounds. 

Town Councillor Elliot Ashton who is also an Architectural surveyor has done his own report on the site and has concluded the following:

  • Access – The proposed dwellings are off what can only be described as a footpath beyond the wide part of Slacken Lane where current dwellings are.  For the development to work with the number of cars shown on the plans the land would need to be widened and adopted by the council.
  • Landscaping – Lack of public spaces, the properties have only been allocated rear gardens with no provision for any soft landscaping to fronts of the dwellings to improve their appearance.
  • Plans have not been submitted for each dwelling.
  • The bungalow to the rear of Number 17 will undoubtedly affect the occupants of Number 17 as it completely obstructs the view at the rear of the property.
  • Inappropriate development – the number of bungalows proposed is unacceptable and not in keeping with the area.

Councillors for Butt lane recognise that the local infrastructure is struggling with the ever increasing developments.  Over 300 properties have been developed by Revelan at the rear of Church Street and into West Avenue.  This has added further pressure to the A34, Congleton Road whilst Staffordshire Highways continue to insist congestion and speeding doesn’t exist.

Councillor Kyle Robinsons says:

“The loss of amenity to the community will be huge and the environment will suffer a lot of devastation if developments go ahead.  There is a major chance that further development in this area will also create a flood risk.  There will be a loss of important trees, hedges and other vegetation.  Wildlife activists have told Councillors and residents that the Slacken Lane area holds a wide variety of rare plants and animals and certain wildlife habitats are at risk.  I will never accept this site would benefit from development and I believe those landowners who own different parts need to tread very carefully or face the full wroth of Butt Lane people and its Councillors”.