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Recycle your Christmas tree for free

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Why not take advantage and recycle your Christmas tree locally and for free?

If you reside in Butt Lane, Talke and Talke Pits, you will be able to recycle your (real) Christmas tree this year.  Butt Lane and Talke Locality Action Partnership is teaming up with Newcastle Borough Council’s Environment team to offer this service free of charge.  The dedicated Christmas tree collection will take place on Saturday 7th January, between 8am – 10am on Freeport Shopping Centre car park.  The staff at the shopping centre will be coning off an area of the car park immediately to the right of the main entrance.

The garden waste collections don’t operate during winter and many residents struggle to dispose of their Christmas trees.  Please be aware that only real trees will be accepted and not artificial trees.  The council will not be able to accept any other type of waste during the collection.

Kyle says: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people to dispose of their Christmas tree, free of charge in their local area.  As chairman of the Butt Lane and Talke Locality Action partnership I am pleased we have been able to find the funds for this one off initiative that will help people to recycle their tree just after the Christmas period.  I urge local residents to do their best to take advantage of this scheme.  I would like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.”

Kidsgrove footpath needs repairs

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Laura and Sarah are taking action to sort out crumbling footpath.

Town Councillor, Laura Dillon and Newcastle Borough Councillor, Sarah Pickup are calling for an important footpath to be adopted and repaired.  The footpath between Poplar Drive and Windmill Avenue is supposed to serve the local community as a safer route to St. Thomas’ Primary School.  In recent years, the path has been neglected and the wooden sleepers, used to hold up part of the walk way, have begun to rot.  Parents and children are avoiding the footpath, citing that it is too dangerous to walk up or down.

Laura Dillon said: “More and more parents are dropping their children off to school in their vehicles because they fear using the footpath between Poplar Drive and Windmill Avenue.  It’s slippy and I know parents and children have fallen on several occasions.  I would like Staffordshire County Council to help fix the path so that it can be made safe.  Why cant these routes be adopted when there is such an obvious benefit to the community?  I will continue to push for some answers and I am also looking into whether we can apply for some community funding to put the problem right.”

Cllr Pickup said: “More and more people are using their cars these days, but we need to encourage walking to school if at all possible.  Parents will not take up walking schemes with their children if the roads and footpaths are dangerous.  The local authority really needs to get a grip and put much needed investment into our local highways.”

(Published and promoted by Kyle Robinson of 88 Newchapel Road, Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 4RT on behalf of Laura Dillon of 42 Hillary Road, Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent, ST7 4DP)

Half-Term Football Course Kickoff

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Football courses aimed at young people.

Football coaching courses are about to kick off in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Newcastle Borough Council is running daily sessions for boys and girls of all abilities during the half-term holidays to help improve their skills and techniques.

The courses, suitable for five to 13-year-olds, include mini soccer games, penalty shootouts and crossbar challenges.

They run from 10am to 4pm at Roe Lane playing fields, Newcastle, on Monday 15, Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 February followed by Kidsgrove Sports Centre on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 February.

Places cost £10 per child each day and can be booked at Jubilee2, Kidsgrove Sports Centre or by calling 01782 786162.

The Council’s football development programme has FA Charter Standard status which means it meets best practice standards of coaching, administration and child protection.