Category: Rushcliffe Borough Council

Rushcliffe – Car parks at open spaces, tennis courts and skate parks now open

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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 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 for the latest advice on our facilities and how you can access them in line with government guidelines.”

Testing available for council workers

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Local Government Secretary thanks councils in England for their support during the pandemic and outlines how staff can get tested.

  • 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.

Further information

  • 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.

Planning Applications

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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.

Dog Walking

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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 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.



Walking in the Countryside

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Cllr. Tina Combellack (of Rushcliffe Borough Council), in the current addition of Rushcliffe’s Councillors’ Connection has signposted the following advice to residents taking walks in the countryside.

She said:

“We are fortunate some of us are able to take our daily exercise in lovely countryside but please pass on these useful comments made by a local resident.”

Gates on footpaths

Please remember these are hard surfaces on which the virus can sit and wait for you.

It’s suggested to wear or use something disposable to open any gate latch, a small stick then discard it as far from reach as possible, so no-one else then re-uses it, but do try to protect hands from gate latches and bars, as you will then inevitably touch your face almost immediately afterwards.

Do wash your hands well once you get home regardless.

Sound advice in my view, enjoy your walk on our rights of way network but please stay safe.

Community and Support Volunteering Hub

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Notts County Council are continuing to work with all seven District and Borough Councils to further their COVID-19 Community and Support Volunteering Hub.  Lots of details are available on their website, which welcomes emails or phone calls from volunteers, as well as those seeking support for free between 8.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday: 0300 500 8080.  Please promote this service in your community wherever possible.
The County say at this difficult time, it’s really important to get in touch with friends and family and make sure they’re not facing challenges alone.
Perhaps spend some time today to consider those connections in your phonebook who might be staying at home alone and relying on a phone call for their next conversation.
Even if it’s only a few minutes in between activities to keep the kids entertained, or a short half hour after dinner to update them on your day – a phone call to a loved one could make a huge difference to their wellbeing this week. If you’re particularly concerned about a friend or family member who is by themselves at the moment, please consider visiting Nottinghamshire’s community support and volunteering hub to see what further support is available.

Tree work at the Grange

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The Parish Council have received a number of enquiries from concerned residents about the the tree work at the Grange. Permission had been sought for the work and granted from Rushcliffe Borough Council.  The Borough Councillor Officer, responsible for granting permission for work on trees has since visited the site and confirmed that the work is in accordance with the permission that has been granted.


Recycling Centres closed.

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Nottinghamshire County Council has announced that it’s recycling Centres are to close, the announcement is shown below.

We regret to inform you that all of our Recycling Centres are now closed following the Prime Ministers statement yesterday.  The sites will remain closed until further notice.

Any waste you would normally take to a Recycling Centre should not be placed in to your kerbside bin. Instead it should be stored safely until the sites re-open.