The Phoenix Trust welcomes Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council’s proposal to create a town centre partnership in Kidsgrove, a town which for many years has been run down and neglected.
Under the scheme the borough council will work with Kidsgrove Town Council and the local business community to regenerate the town centre by encouraging investment which will make it more attractive to shoppers and tourists.
A report produced by The Phoenix Trust earlier this year shows that efficient and effective marketing could turn Kidsgrove into a major national and international heritage tourist attraction.
The report’s authors, historical geographer Betty Cooper and The Phoenix Trust’s chief executive David Martin, believe that a heritage based tourist industry would play a leading role in regenerating Kidsgrove and bring prosperity to the town.
Kidsgrove already has the basis of a major tourist industry which would attract visitors from home and overseas.
Its main attractions being:
the Harecastle Tunnels and the Trent & Mersey Canal which merit World Heritage Site status in their own right,
Mow Cop’s links with Primitive Methodism,
James Brindley’s grave at Newchapel, and
Reginald Mitchell’s birthplace in Butt Lane.
Each former mining community in the Kidsgrove area retains its original character and architectural heritage which would attract both casual visitors and professional historians.
Many former railways and tramways which have become walkways and footpaths could easily be transformed into heritage trails.
Bath Pool has the potential to become a major tourist attraction and the playing fields at Birchenwood Country Park could become a regional centre for a wide range of sporting activities.
Tell us what you think. How should Kidsgrove be regenerated? What type of shops would you like to see in the town centre? Do you think the market should be reopened? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your say.
Photograph Copyright The Phoenix Trust 2012