Leader responds on calls for Unitary Council for Nottinghamshire
Our Leader Cllr Simon Robinson has responded on Nottinghamshire County Council’s renewed calls for a Unitary Council for the county.
He has joined fellow District and Borough Council leaders and Nottingham City Council’s leader in writing a letter to the Minister of State for Regional Growth and Local Government, Luke Hall MP.
It requests support to invite all Councils to develop alternative proposals to a single, county-wide unitary over the forthcoming year.
He said: “We wish to debate and work with fellow authorities on the shape any local government reorganisation may take for the continued benefit of our residents.
“It’s important as a proactive high performing district council, we positively play any part in the format of the future.
“A Cabinet report on September 8 passed recommendations on how we will now look to positively engage in the wider process and work collectively to identify and consult with partner councils on the best options going forward.
“A single unitary Council suggested by the County Council as the only option on the table is not acceptable.
“The failure to engage by the authority to date on any wholescale change is not the open minded approach required to deliver high quality services.
“We wish to work with the County Council, City Council and fellow districts on meaningful engagement as part of a collaborative and strategic approach to properly identify and appraise options.”
COVID-19 cases are slightly rising here in the Borough and the County and we are requesting everyone plays their part in tackling its transmission rate.
There are no specific local issues that give cause for concern currently. As of Thursday, September 10, over the previous seven days there had been 22 cases of the virus per 100,000 people here, slightly up compared to the national average.
It is important therefore we all follow this advice:
Adhere to the Rule of Six which commences tomorrow (Monday). This means that you should not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than six. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. Education and work settings are unaffected.
“Hands, Face, Space” which means: Hands – wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds Face – wear a face covering where required, unless you are exempt. Space – Maintain social distance of at least 2 metres from anyone you don’t live with or 1 metre plus additional precautions such as extra ventilation, screens or face coverings
When eating out at a café, pub or restaurant everyone should provide full and accurate contact details of everyone in your group. This NHS Test and Trace Service is important for tracking and preventing the spread.
Avoid car sharing but if doing so keep windows open, stick to small groups and wipe down surfaces.
Our popular security bike marking sessions will be hitting the road next month, to creating mobile opportunities for residents to have their bikes security marked across the Borough.
Cyclists can now register with BikeRegister and get their bikes security marked for free at Ruddington Village Market on Saturday September 5 and Bingham Farmers’ Market on September 19, both from 9am to midday.
We have again teamed up with Nottinghamshire Police to host a stall at the events which will also provide advice on crime prevention for burglary and vehicle crime.
BikeRegister is the UK’s national cycle database and the preferred bike marking system of Nottinghamshire Police.
Bike marking is a permanent visible deterrent from bike theft and registering a bike makes it traceable and therefore more difficult to sell on. The true owners’ identity is marked and can help cyclists be reunited with their bike if retrieved.
Our Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods Cllr Rob Inglis said: “It’s pleasing to continue our work with Nottinghamshire Police to deliver these important sessions that can make such a big difference in preventing bike, house and vehicle crime in our communities.
“Thank you to co-ordinators at Ruddington Centre Village Partnership for welcoming us aboard to the market and we invite cyclists and residents alike to visit the stall and find out more.”
Ruddington Centre Village Partnership’s Chairman Mike Ader said: “This is a great initiative which will help all bike owners in the village. I’m delighted they can join us at our Ruddington Village Market on September 5 which promises to be another highly successful event with over 40 fantastic stalls.”
Security of a bike starts with a strong lock and a limited supply of free ‘D’ locks will be available on a first come first served basis at the stalls.
Our Economic Growth, Environmental Health, Events and Licensing teams have been delighted to work with Bingham Community Events Group to help local bars, restaurants and outlets in the town centre expand their outdoor seating arrangements in line with secure COVID practices.
The teams have worked with the volunteer group and Bingham Town Council to secure the necessary licences for ‘Summer on the Square’ to safely welcome hundreds to the Buttercross in the town to enjoy a drink or bite to eat at weekends this month, accompanied by music from local bands, securely situated away from those socially distanced on tables.
Sessions continue to be held on Fridays and Saturdays in the town and are set to be held on August 22, 23, 29 and 30.
We’ve also received thanks from Number Sixteen café in the town for helping them to secure a licence to serve customers safely in a wider area adjacent to their premises on the Buttercross.
Rushcliife Borough Council has announced that it, along with Broxtowe and Gedling Borough and Nottingham City Councils is preparing the ‘GREATER NOTTINGHAM STRATEGIC PLAN’. They said that the Plan will:
help guide future development, including new housing, across our combined areas to 2038. The Strategic Plan will, when completed, replace the 2014 Rushcliffe Local Plan Part 1: Core Strategy.
They went on to say:
We have published the Growth Options consultation document, which is the first stage of preparing the Strategic Plan. The consultation ends on Monday 14 September 2020. The consultation asks a number of questions relating to housing development, employment development, the Green Belt, climate change and carbon neutrality, city and town centres, the natural environment, urban design, the historic environment, safe and healthy communities and infrastructure provision.
The Growth Options document does not include draft policies at this stage or identify how much or where future development will take place. These will come later when a draft Strategic Plan is published next year. This consultation does, however, identify a number of ‘broad areas’ and more specific sites which potentially could be locations for new development in the future. This may include locations within or close to your parish.
Once the consultation has closed, all comments received will be considered as part of preparing the Strategic Plan. A draft of the Strategic Plan will be published next year when there will be a further opportunity to comment.
More information on the Greater Nottingham Strategic Plan, including viewing the Growth Options document and how to comment, can be found on the Greater Nottingham Planning Partnership website: www.gnplan.org.uk
Rushcliffe Borough Council have now safely reopened some car parks at open spaces, tennis courts and skate parks in the Borough.
Risk assessments have been completed with its teams and third parties to ensure all can be accessed in line with government advice.
All visitors to the sites are asked to ensure social distancing of two metres is maintained at all times.
The authority’s play parks remain closed at all sites but the following facilities are now open:
The car park at Rushcliffe Country Park where parking is free and its refreshment kiosk and its picnic benches but with increased spacing between benches.
Tennis courts at Bridgford Park and West Park in West Bridgford.
Skate parks at both Rushcliffe Country Park and Lady Bay Skate Park in line with Skateboard GB’s and Skateboard England’s updated advice which can be viewed on the council’s Coronavirus advice page at rushcliffe.gov.uk/coronavirus
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Deputy Leader Cllr Debbie Mason said: “We’re pleased these facilities can re-open but it’s crucial everyone plays their part in using them safely and ensuring they continue to follow social distancing.
“We know our open spaces and recreation facilities are popular and so important to give people opportunity to take part in activities that assist good physical and mental health.
“We’ll continue to review the sites to ensure they can be used safely. Please visit www.rushcliffe.gov.uk for the latest advice on our facilities and how you can access them in line with government guidelines.”
All essential workers with symptoms of coronavirus can now be tested thanks to increased capacity – enabling them return to work if results are negative
This includes council workers such as those working in social care, benefits payments or with vulnerable people
Local Government Secretary has written to all councils thanking their staff and setting out how they and their households can get tested
Local Government Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP has today (1 May 2020) written to all councils in England thanking them for their efforts in the battle against coronavirus and reminding them of their eligibility for testing.
With substantially increased testing capacity, the government has extended testing to a wider group of essential workers and members of their households.
This means that council workers with symptoms of coronavirus are now able to be tested for the virus, and can return to work if the results are negative.
Those eligible in the local government sector include:
Social care staff such as social and care workers – with social care workers in care homes able to get tested with or without symptoms
Those delivering essential public services, such as benefits payments
Those working with vulnerable children and adults, victims of domestic abuse, homeless people and rough sleepers
Local Government Secretary, Robert Jenrick MP said:
The unsung heroes in local government are supporting communities across the country during the pandemic, from helping vulnerable people to ensuring our bins are collected.
We’ve expanded the national testing programme to prioritise essential workers such as council staff who are keeping the country going.
Booking the test has been made easier through a new online system.
Essential workers can book a test if they are experiencing symptoms – a high temperature or new continuous cough – at one of the more than 42 drive-through testing centres across the country, or receive a home testing kit.
Test results from the drive-through sites will be sent out by text within 48 hours and within 72 hours of collection of the home delivery tests.
Read the letter from the Local Government Secretary.
The aim is that most people should not have to drive for more than 45 minutes to get to a regional testing site. However, additional testing methods are being rolled-out to support testing accessibility:
A network of new mobile testing units is being rapidly established to travel the country to reach care homes, police stations, prisons and other sites where there is demand for testing. The units have been designed to clinical requirements by Army engineers and can be easily set up in under 20 minutes.
A delivery service for home testing kits has been designed with key industry partners, including Royal Mail and Amazon. The availability of home testing kits will initially be limited, but more will become available soon. This will ensure those not able to travel to a test centre can still take the test, find out their results and return to work if possible.
The response to coronavirus is a national effort. The government is working collaboratively across the four nations to ensure the take up of testing among essential workers. Each of the devolved administrations will have their own eligibility criteria and testing priorities, however the government is working closely to align approaches.
We are testing social care workers and residents in care homes (with or without symptoms) both to investigate outbreaks and, following successful pilots, as part of a rolling programme to test all care homes.
There are currently three planning applications pending approval on which members of the public can comment on if they wish. Two are on Conery Lane and one on the Old Grantham Road.
You can view the applications by selecting Parish Council | Planning menu option or by clicking here. The full application details can be accessed by clicking on the Reference on the Planning Page of the website.
It is now being recommended in some mainly City or Urban boroughs that dogs be kept on a lead at all times. Fortunately that is not the case here in Whatton and Rushcliffe generally.
Rushcliffe Borough Council reminds us that:
we must ensure that our dogs are under CLOSE control at all times, especially as we have lots more people out walking and riding and also be aware of any heavily pregnant sheep in adjacent fields.
PLEASE PICK UP AFTER YOUR DOG
Please tidy up after your dog, it’s not a bad dog, just a bad owner who leaves poo where others may tread and please don’t then hang your poo bag on a tree, gate or stile. Please place it where it belongs in your own bin or a dog bin of which there are plenty in the parish.
SOUND ADVICE THAT THE VAST MAJORITY (THOUGH REGRETTABLE NOT ALL) OF DOG OWNERS IN OUR PARISH FOLLOW. PLEASE DON’T BE ONE LETTING THE SIDE DOWN.
STAY SAFE, ENJOY THE LOVERY COUNTRYSIDE AND OUR NETWORK OF PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY BUT PLEASE HELP KEEP IT EQUALLY ENJOYABLE FOR OTHERS.
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