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Public Meeting to Save Kidsgrove Day Care Services

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I have always believed everyone in the community should get a fair deal in life. Fairness for all!

I have called a public meeting to discuss Staffordshire County Councils Consultation on the future of the Day Care Service in Kidsgrove.  The facility on Gloucester Road could face closure leaving people with a wide range of disabilities with nowhere to go.  The meeting shall take place on Thursday 17th October, 7pm at Kidsgrove Town Hall.  I want everybody to attend including service users, parents, centre staff and general members of the public.  Staffordshire County Council representatives and Social Services will also be invited. 

It has been revealed that only fifty service users access the centre after social workers suddenly stopped referring people to the centre two years ago.  Why did they stop referring?  Was there a plan to close down the centre and therefore the consultation just a smokescreen for what has already been decided?  Cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing, Robbie Marshall has insisted no decision has yet been made to close the centre down but many service users and parents would beg to differ.  It seems to me the demand is out there but people aren’t made aware of the service any longer. 

As I sat through a meeting talking to the parents of disabled adults who use this service I was shocked and appalled at the way they have had the door shut in their faces.  They had lost all faith in those who should be giving them 100% support.  Some had spent 2 hours trying to get in touch with Social Workers so that they could raise their concerns over this consultation.  Instead their calls were transferred all around the County until quite literally they gave up.  Is this really a service that cares about people in need?  Is this putting disabled people first?

We should be building more day care facilities for the disabled, not shutting them down.  Services for the disabled should never be in place to make a profit for shareholders and a private company.  Services like this should be provided by the local authority for those who are in need.  You never know if you or a family member will ever need help from the system in the future.  Would Mr Marshall be confident he would be looked after at the highest possible standards if god forbid anything ever happened to him and he was permanently disabled?

People want and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.  This is a basic human right. 

Kidsgrove Mayor, Cllr Kyle Robinson.

Kidsgrove Rotary Club Bonfire to go ahead!

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The Kidsgrove Rotary Bonfire will go ahead!

Residents will be celebrating the news that the Rotary Club Bonfire at Clough Hall Park will go ahead.  The event that will be held on Saturday 2nd November 2013 will be run by the Rotary club like it has been for the last 40 years.  Health and Safety has been scrutinised by Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue and Newcastle Borough Council. 

Following a short meeting in the Clough Hall Park Pavillion Ralph Rhodes and members of the Rotary set out their plans to ensure the event is safe and enjoyable for all.  Several items were discussed including the layout of fireworks, bad weather contingency, bonfire materials, bonfire lighting and extinguishing, location of firework zone, policing and stewarding, risk assessments, barriers, lighting, tannoy and communications, first aid, toilets and event briefing. 

This charity event will go ahead but will cost more due to the increasing demand to comply with red tape put in place by the authorities and the National Health and Safety Executive.  I hope you can attend and support this fantastic event all for charity.  The Rotary club of Kidsgrove have worked extremely hard to deliver this popular event and public support will be welcomed.

Shock as local pets poisoned

Kyle Robinson's family cat.

Kyle Robinson’s family cat, Marshall.

Local residents of Talke, Butt Lane, Clough Hall and Kidsgrove are up in arms after a string of cat poisonings. Over the last few weeks pet owners have been left bereaved and upset after discovering their pets have been killed with anti-freeze. It has been known for some people to put anti-freeze into milk and cat food to lure pets in. This leads to a slow and painful death and there is not much a vet can do other than put the animal down if left too long.

Now residents are calling for action and want the Police and Councillors to be vigilant and tackle this problem head on.

Karen Capper , local Talke resident said: “it seems there’s a deliberate number of anti freeze poisonings especially in gardens at this time of year. It’s cruel and disgusting. People must report this if they know someone is doing this on purpose.

“Poisonous Slug pellets can be a problem and of course perfectly legal to use by gardeners. The grit used in the winter months is also deadly to household pets. A quick tip is to make sure you check your pet’s paws when they have been outside and give them a quick clean.”

The local RSPCA have dealt with similar complaints before. Back in June 2012 Julie Lyons, an inspector from the RSPCA, told the local Sentinel: “We ask pet owners to be vigilant and report anything suspicious.

“We also want to urge cat owners to seek immediate veterinary attention for their pet if they come home unwell. If a cat does ingest a chemical substance the quicker they are treated by a vet, the better their chance of survival.”

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Kyle’s other family cat, Tiggy.

Town Mayor, Cllr Kyle Robinson said: “People who do this to other peoples pets should be ashamed of themselves. I was brought up with pets at home and they become part of your family. To some people losing a cat or a dog is like losing a member of the family and it causes a lot of bereavement and sometimes depression. People who are purposely leaving anti freeze in cat milk and food should think about the consequences of their actions.

“Following on from requests by the local community I will do my best to raise awareness of this problem. I can remember my auntie’s cat Merlin being shot by a pellet gun some years ago and it was horrible to see the family pet suffer. People need to be aware of animal cruelty and report it to the police and RSPCA. I ask residents to keep me informed of the problem and I will continue to raise this issue at community meetings. Animal cruelty must be stamped out.”