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Margaret Astle, 16 Sussex Drive, Kidsgrove, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs. ST7 1HG
Welcome to Margaret Astle's personal website, www.margaret-astle.info
Written by Margaret Astle
Monday, 22 February 2010 21:40
Hello, and a warm welcome to my new website!
This new website is savvy and much, much faster to load than my old website.
I'm pleased that you have found this site and I hope you shall find some interesting snippets of local and national politics. All too often, local politics is shrouded in secrecy. This site shall reveal the darker side of local politics. You can read how residents who reside upon the Galleys Bank Estate [former Miners' Estate] had to use the 'Freedom of Information Act' to find out about the Tory/Lib Dem Cabinet who approved in principle 'Option 6' as the other options were 'not' viable.
One must remember that some of the Lib Dem Councillors reported the chairman of the Galleys Bank Residents' Association to Staffordshire Police Force. The chairman of the Galleys Bank Residents' Association is Les Goldspink and Les was shocked by the shameless actions of the Lib Dem. Unsurprisingly to say, Staffordshire Police Force found 'not' a shred of evidence that Les Goldspink had acted in a criminal manner and the case was 'dropped'. Should the Lib Dems be held responsible for gross misuse of taxpayers' money?
Please don't forget to visit Cllr Astle's blog! I'll guarantee that you shall be shocked by the unpleasant statements that have been made by some of the Lib Dems regarding the residents who reside upon the Miners' Estate.
I shall use this website to name and shame the Lib Dem and Tory councillors who 'previously' approved mass demolition of the Galleys Bank Estate.
Please feel free to visit the photo gallery, Kyle Robinson's Butt Lane Blog, Margaret Astle's Blog, Oliver Clews and his excellent Blog and don't forget to visit the web links, there's some really useful links to other interesting sites.
The Tories and Lib Dems are making drastic cuts to our services. Services that we often take for granted! Please take part in our poll and let us know your views about the cuts in child benefits, tax credits, housing allowance and that's just for starters!
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service shall have their budget cut and there is a serious threat that some of our most talented and hard-working firefighters shall be made redundant. It's interesting to note that Staffordshire County Council is controlled by the Tories/Lib Dems/UKIP Councillors.
I would welcome your suggestions about the contents of this site. Perhaps you may wish me to include a snippet of information, or some local news! Please feel free to contact Margaret Astle with your views!
Thank you for visiting and I hope to see you again.
I do hope that you enjoy this refreshing tour of Kidsgrove! Please click onto the centre arrow to play this superb video. Video upload by kind permission of http://www.kidsgrove.info
If you rent your home from a Housing Association, ie, Aspire Housing or any of the other Housing Association you may be forced to pay a weekly bedroom tax on any of your unused bedrooms. The bedroom tax comes into force in April 2013 and I suspect that many tenants are unaware that they will [...]
I am delighted to report the Kidsgrove swimming baths shall be open for business from Saturday the 17th November! Kidsgrove Sports Centre and swimming baths shall be open with a splash! Newcastle borough council have arranged a host of opening events and here is a snippet of what is planned . . . The latest [...]
I recently attended the grand re-opening of the regenerated Burslem Park. The park was re-opened by Stoke North’s MP, Joan Walley. I must admit that I have not visited Burslem Park since I was a small child and I was absolutely amazed by the amount of money that has been invested in Burslem Park. [...]
Since I last wrote about the ‘calling’ of an unnecessary by-election for the ward of Talke upon Kidsgrove town council which could cost the tax payers of Kidsgrove in excess of £4,000.00. It now appears that the by-election has been called by former Ukip councillor Matthew Banner, who resigned from Kidsgrove town council as he [...]
In 2009 planning permission was granted to refurbish the derelict Brennans pub situated in Liverpool Road, Kidsgrove. Some of the Kidsgrove residents were quite upset that Brennans was closed down and would not reopen again as a watering hole in Kidsgrove. However, I am delighted to report that work has commenced on the boarded-up [...]
I am delighted to inform my followers that Kidsgrove/Butt Lane sorting office shall remain open. Kidsgrove Labour Councillors and Joan Walley MP worked in unison and spearheaded a high profile campaign to prevent Royal Mail from closing this much used facility. We delivered our campaign leaflet in the following Kidsgrove district wards: Talke, Butt [...]
A by-election shall be taking place in the Talke ward upon Kidsgrove town council. Kidsgrove town council comprises of five ward within the Kidsgrove district and here are the wards which are encompassed within the same. Talke Butt Lane Ravenscliffe Kidsgrove Newchapel It appears that a person/s has collected signatures from members of the public [...]
What is a troll? A troll is a person who uses various user names upon websites, discussion forums and social networking websites. More often the troll hides behind their computer screen whilst posting scurrilous content and the troll derives much pleasure from attacking internet users and members of their family. A troll becomes obsessed with posting [...]
Frank Zimmerman given suspended jail sentence and banned from contacting list of celebrities, including Lord Sugar. You can read more about the antics of a troll by clicking here. An excellent report from The Guardian. Let this be a warning to the trolls in the Kidsgrove and surrounding area’s.
Kidsgrove by-election was held on the 10th May 2012 and the results were an outstanding success for Kidsgrove Labour Party. Linda Harold Tory 121 Terry Turner Labour 639 Phil Crank Lib Dem 105 Claire Elizabeth Vodrey TUSC 73 As you can see from the above graph Labour’s Terry Turner polled the most votes. Cllr Terry [...]
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Nick Clegg's broken 'Pledge' on student tuition fees - was approved before the General Election was held!
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