Double Cash Boost Welcomed in Borough
Two cash windfalls from the Government totalling more than £74,000 will result in cleaner streets and improvements to parks in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government has contacted the Borough Council to confirm it is to receive £51,500 towards repairs and upgrades of children’s play areas while £22,600 is to be used supporting town centre clean-ups in both Newcastle and Kidsgrove.
Cllr. Trevor Johnson, Cabinet member for environment and recycling, said: “This is great news and we have already made detailed plans for spending the money to benefit our residents. News of the allocations came out of the blue but they are certainly very welcome and we will make sure both sums are put to the best possible use.”
An annual independent inspection of playgrounds is undertaken each year and this identifies what repairs and replacement equipment is needed.
There is currently around £170,000 of work which needs doing and to help tackle that the Council has allocated £75,000 in its capital programme for the year ahead.
Cllr. Johnson said: “We will be adding the £51,500 Government money to our £75,000 and this will allow us to do a huge proportion of the work which has been identified as necessary to improve and enhance our parks and playgrounds.”
All inspections include risk assessments and tasks with a higher risk are prioritised for resources.
Four skate parks in the borough are among the projects which are to benefit.
A total of £31,000 has been earmarked for equipment and surfacing repairs at Bradwell Dingle skate park and £28,000 at Lyme Valley skate ramp. A £10,000 contribution to a community project aimed at providing a replacement skate ramp at Silverdale is proposed with £4,000 for surfacing repairs at Orme Road skate park.
Another community-led project at the play area at Clough Hall Park has also been included for a £10,000 contribution.
Play facilities at Barbridge Road, Chesterton; Douglas Road, Cross Heath; Acacia Avenue, Knutton; Lyme Valley Parkway and Bathpool will also see money spent on them in the year ahead.
The £22,607 allocation from the “High Streets Community Clean Up Fund” and will pay for a whole host of actions in Newcastle and Kidsgrove.
In Newcastle they include:-
- Graffiti removal in subways.
- Commissioning a local artist to paint an anti-littering mural in the Grosvenor Gardens subway.
- Work with people on probation to spruce up all utility cupboards inside the ring road.
- Paint flower tubs in Ironmarket – another initiative with the Probation Service.
- Jet wash around the market stalls, street bins, benches and signs.
- Remove pigeon droppings on the Guildhall.
In Kidsgrove, it will involve:-
- Weed removal, litter picking, removal of flyposting and street furniture cleaned in partnership with the Probation Service around Market Street, Liverpool Road, The Avenue, King Street and Heathcote Street.
- Cleaning car parks.
- Buying community litter picking kits which includes bags, vests, gloves and litter pickers.
Some of the money will also be used for a joint campaign across the whole borough on Keep Britain Tidy materials for the “It’s Still Littering” campaign.
Cllr. Johnson said: “People care about high streets because they are centres of their community and we want them to be vibrant hubs where people choose to live, shop, use services and spend their leisure time. The work we are carrying out will contribute to this and we are already cracking on with it.”
Last updated 3 April 2019