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(Article updated as of Wednesday 13th March. Aspire has confirmed that they are in negotiations to purchase the site but a sale has not yet taken place. This means that the Woodshutts has NOT yet been purchased but Aspire is working to acquire the site for the right price. An email that the Locality Action Partnership had received had not been confirmed by Aspire head office and may have been misinterpreted. As soon as any up to date information is received this site will report it. Information about a possible sale was released in good faith and we apologise for any misinformation given.)
Since I was elected to represent the Butt Lane ward in 2010 I vowed to get the Woodshutts Pub demolished so that the site could be developed for social housing. Years of campaigning, intense negotiations, meetings and emails might be paying off. Working with Joan Walley MP, Staffordshire Police & Home Office, Staffordshire Fire Service, The Sentinel and local organisations we have finally been successful in convincing Aspire this is a good location for a new development. Not only that, we have made a considerable effort to keep the site safe and constantly reported problems to the relevant authorities.
Councillors and volunteers helped out with litter picks and clean up days to keep the site as tidy as possible. The rotting pub currently brings down the area and encourages Anti-Social behaviour so this burden will disappear and free up Police time for other areas.
As of 11th February Aspire made public they were looking to acquire the pub and site. There is not yet any deal but the future is looking bright. So whilst we wait for further news local Councillors are going to ensure the site is continually monitored by the relevant authorities to ensure maximum safety for local people.
I would personally like to thank Aspire for listening to us and working with us to get a solution. The actions of the social housing provider prove that they do care about our community and want to help us tackle deprivation in the locality. It shows that when people work together we can and will make Kidsgrove and Butt Lane a better place to live. Hopefully we can look to a future of Aspire developing 1 and 2 bedroom properties to tackle the unfair Bedroom Tax.
Many thanks, Councillor Kyle Robinson
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