“Personally I have one announcement to make. After the meeting in the room behind, there are
drinks, sherry and wine and I think there are a few mince
pies. So you are quite welcome to come
and join us.”
Leader of the
“I do, Madam Chairman, thank you, I’ll give a brief
report on my portfolio.
“Regeneration and Place Area: Place Enhancement: Discover
Ashfield, the new brand for the District, was launched in November
at the Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 Business Meeting and with a very
positive article in the Chad. The brand
will be promoted at Christmas events with information provided on
the brand as well as give-aways and competitions.
Discover Ashfield website is up and running, helping to promote the
area for business investment, to boost visitor numbers and tourism
as well as increasing pride in our communities. We are recruiting Discover Ashfield ambassadors
who will be supported to promote the District from a business,
community and/or visitor perspective.
Moving forward sub-groups from the Place Board will be
implementing an action plan to support these themes. We’ve already secured a number of place
brand ambassadors including Rolls Royce and it’s been very
ably chaired by Martin Ridley who I would, again, like to put
thanks from the Administration for all the work that he’s
terms of economic growth, Madam Chairman, a blue chip IT company,
after some serious lobbying from this Council, has decided to open
an operation at Sherwood Business Park and planning to create
around 200 jobs there over the next two years. Corporate Communications Officers are working with
their counterparts at the company to co-ordinate the
publicity. A public announcement and
launch event is expected in the very early new year.
Unfortunately, though it would appear that Prolog will be
closing their Sherwood Business Park distribution operation with
the potential loss of around 500 jobs.
We understand that Prolog is looking for another operator to take
on the plant and the workforce and we wish them well in that
search. We have been working with the
DWP’s Rapid Response Team and will be doing what we can to
help any affected local residents to find alternative employment
should Prolog’s search for
another owner not be successful.
D2N2 consultations we have submitted our second set of comments
back on the D2N2 Draft Strategic Economic Plan (SEP). This Council’s feedback in September has
resulted in a more recent consultation on our recent feedback and
has been largely very supportive.
more important consultation is still to come in the early new year
with the D2N2 Local Industry Strategy (LIS) due to be
created. This LIS, aligned with the
finalised SEP, will be more focussed on where and how future
funding, predominantly in the UK Government’s Shared
Prosperity Fund, will be spent making it very important that our
views are incorporated. The Shared
Prosperity Fund will affectively replace the EU’s ESIF
funding, including the ERDF2 funding and ESF funding
Future High Street’s Fund was announced in the last budget to
help the LEP’s Government contracts put together the
guidance. D2N2 have been asked to
suggest the types of town centre projects that might be considered
eligible for funding. The £8M N2
Town Centre Improvement Programme pulled together by the RSS and
run by NCC has made the area a trusted expert in such
things. Officers are currently pulling
together a list of potential projects that might benefit from
Future High Streets funding probably focused on Sutton in
Centres and Markets: a Winter 2018
Newsletter was circulated to all shops in the three town centres
highlighting Small Business Saturday, social media skills training,
free weekend parking in Council car parks throughout December,
Christmas shop window competitions, tree lighting events and
business grant funding.
Take a Seat initiative was launched in Ashfield in partnership with
Age Friendly Nottinghamshire with over 50 local retailers and
businesses that signed up for over a three
week period. Myself, County
Councillor Samantha Deakin and the Chairman of that board at the
County Council opened that in Idlewells in Sutton in
Idlewells Indoor Market is due to reach 75% of occupancy before
Christmas with the introduction of a fruit and veg stall already
in. The Artisan Cobbler and a
fishmonger is in taking place, taking their stalls up
now. The market has been supported and
promoted through a number of events during the run up to Christmas
and signage is due to be installed within the Idlewells and
externally. Members will remember the
dire state that market was in with just over 30% occupancy when I
took over this portfolio.
was in a terrible state, the market, it was just over 30%
occupancy. We’re very pleased
that it’s now at 75% and vibrant.
I will inform Members that the tenacity of Trevor Middleton in that
department and me personally negotiating a number of contracts with
stalls has been successful.
Planning: We’ve now published
our Local Development Scheme which sets out the timeline for
producing the New Local Plan. Our next
step is to issue a call to landowners to put forward sites they
wish to be considered for inclusion in the New Plan. This will take place in January.
the meantime, officers are working up a detailed timetable to work
with Members to develop the new vision and options for future
development and build a revised evidence base for the New
Plan. The consultation on the new
design guide for the conversion of retail premises into residential
has now closed. The response to the
consultation and any amendments will be reported in
Hucknall Town Centre Conservation Area Consultation is due to close
on the 7th January and will be reported in due course. Work is currently underway on the Sutton
Masterplan which will also be reported in due course.
Finally, I’ve been working with officers to develop a
response to the consultation to HS2. A
response is shortly to be issued to HS2 which covers are key
concerns and the potential for mitigating the worst effects of
development as well as the economic, social and environmental
opportunities for this Council.
It’s clear that some of our residents will be deeply
affected by the HS2 proposals but we are working hard to influence
how HS2 responds to those concerns and also helps Ashfield to
capitalise on the available opportunities. We continue to work to ensure that empty buildings
are safe and secure and owners are being actively encouraged to
bring back buildings into use. We would
much rather work with owners on a voluntary basis, however, we will
not hesitate to take enforcement actions where buildings are in a
dilapidated or dangerous state.
does now include the Police Station in Sutton in Ashfield, which we
have been lobbying the Police and Crime Commissioner to get rid of
as an eyesore in the public realm at the last Police and Crime
Panel which I have attended and he announced that he is going to
put that up for sale for residential use. So hopefully that place would be put back into
space. I’ve attended all of mine
rather than the eight months that were left by the previous Leader,
Cabinet Member (Outward
“Thank you, Madam Chairman, I’ll talk a little bit
about the issues that I’ve been involved in.
First of all, Better Care Funding:
Since September 2017 we have assisted 69 tenants to remain in their
homes and live independently with the aid of additional assistive
technology grants totalling £17,000. The types of sensors that have been fitted are
fall detectors, smoke detectors, property exit sensors and bed
occupancy sensors. Throughout the
funding project we have received positive feedback from both the
service user and their families that the equipment provided has
given peace of mind and aided hospital discharges.
Tenants Roadshows: During October
and November 2018 we held four Universal Credit Roadshows across
the District to advise on the rollout of Universal Credit and to
offer advice and assistance. In
attendance were Welfare Reform staff, Housing, the DWP,
Nottinghamshire County Council Welfare team, Ashfield District
Ashfield Citizens’ Bureau and our Revenues team. The roadshows were well received by tenants who
attended these, with many of them thanking us for taking time to
explain about UC and for offering to provide support and
assistance. The roadshows also
encouraged many tenants who couldn’t attend to arrange home
visits with us to discuss their individual
Tenants Portal: As part of our
digital service transformation a new Tenant Portal will be launched
in the next few weeks which will fully integrate with our Housing
Management System to offer customers a secure and seemless user journey and real time data such as
rent account balances and repair tracking.
new self-service online portal which is named the Tenant Portal
will allow tenants to view their tenancy details and amend their
contact information, view their rent account statements and current
balance, request and view repairs, e-mail their assigned officers,
contact us and make online payments. An
engagement plan has been agreed with our Communications Team to
maximum awareness and registration of the portal.
Homelessness Review and Strategy:
The Council is working in partnership with Mansfield District
Council and Newark and Sherwood District Council to review its
homelessness service and devise a strategy that will help determine
future priorities for the service. The
review stage is nearing completion and the findings will be made
available for consideration and comment in December.
Council has successfully implemented the requirements of the new
Homelessness Reduction Act 2017. The
Act that came into effect in April 2018 has brought with it
fundamental changes to the role and responsibility of the Council
in assisting residents who are homeless or threatened with
homelessness. The impact of these
changes will form an important part of the revenue and the
subsequent strategy document.
Winter Warmth Campaign: This winter
the Council’s Strategic Housing team in partnership with the
Corporate Communications team will soon be launching a campaign
aimed at keeping older and vulnerable residents warm this
winter. In addition to focusing on
those in need the campaign will seek to reach out to families,
friends and the wider community. A key
part of the campaign will be a series of winter pleasures that we
would encourage Members and residents to commit to.
Winter Homelessness Shelter: Once
again this winter the Council will be working in partnership with
Mansfield District Council to ensure accommodation is available for
those who are homeless and rough sleeping. And like in previous years, the shelter will be
open seven days a week this year running from the 1st of December
through to March. The provision is over
and above what the Council is duty bound to provide under the
Severe Weather Emergency Protocol. The
shelter will be located in Mansfield but transport will be provided
for those who are referred and need assistance to get
Section 106 Properties: The Council
has completed the purchase of nine properties on the Persimmon
development at the former Rolls Royce site in Hucknall. All nine properties are now let and local
residents in housing need have taken up residency. The Council continues to look for similar
opportunities with a view to purchasing more S106 properties to add
to the housing stock.
Procurement: The Housing and Assets
Directorate have successfully procured the Property Health and
Safety Check Partnership, that’s gas, solid fuel servicing
and electrical testing, which included the re-profiling of how this
service was delivered to a rolling eleven
month programme. This has
realised both operational benefits for officers and support
services while maintaining 100% compliance and has engineered a
reoccurring saving to this Authority of £60,000 a year, year
on year. With scope to make further
saving throughout the duration of the partnership.
finally, Apprentice Success: In October
2018 plumbing apprentice Keaton Pierce was entered into the D2N2
Public Service Compact Apprentice of the Year Awards and was
selected as the overall winner of the Apprentice of the Year
Award. A great acumen to the work that
this Council is during.
Thank you, Chairman.”
Cabinet Member (Joint
“Okay, just hopefully some nice brief updates.
Council’s Community Safety team obviously continues to work
tirelessly to keep the residents safe.
We’ve got new patrol plans that have been developed to ensure
good breadth of focus including patrolling schools, parks, town
centres, estates, hot spot locations.
CPO’s focusing on problem solving and prevention on the
street. Enforcement and reporting
issues to the right services with the majority of time now spent on
Members may also be aware that one of our officers was injured
in the line of duty at the weekend following an assault while
addressing an off road motorcycle issue. Whilst the CPO was badly bruised they produced a
statement and provided CCTV evidence to the Police and action will
most recently had a possession of a Council property, having been
granted, which has gone to the High Court and has been ongoing for
several years, demonstrating the team’s dedication and
perseverance to resolving anti-social behaviour. The warrant will be executed on the 5th of
December for possession of that property.
Council has led a multi-agency approach in addressing issues in
Sutton town centre. Key issues
including the scale of the problem impacted by Mamba users in the
town centre, substance misuse options, housing provision and
charitable offerings. Some of the key
individuals are now in treatment due to the continuous efforts and
work of the seconded Drugs Misuse Officer.
has taken place regarding the suitability of charitable
offerings. Tenancy enforcement and
management of individuals, custodial sentences, drugs intelligence
being supplied. Ensuring the community
and the traders are confident with using these areas.
have had one of our ASB and Nuisance Officers was threatened in
Sutton town centre. Statements have
been provided and the offender has been prosecuted at
Court. We have had two injunctions
granted to safeguard a vulnerable resident and both offenders have
been issued conditions to not enter specific locations and to
manage their behaviours.
Ashfield District Council are taking forward 16 days of activism
on the White Ribbon Campaign from the 25th of this month so
that’s ongoing. We’ve got
events across Ashfield including Kings Mill Hospital, West Notts.
College, Sutton Idlewells, Hucknall Broomhill Children’s
Centre and Jacksdale Community Centre.
I’m sad to say that currently we have four domestic
homicide reviews ongoing. Two are
expected to be completed in the early, of the new year.
a community safety point of view, we have funding confirmation from
the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government securing
finances for a dispersed refuge accommodation located within
Ashfield until 2020. The Council will
work with the provider to support the sustained services moving
forward and I feel this is a great service for
want to come onto some important environmental health notices that
I’ve got. The Environmental
Health team and Legal have successfully prosecuted a case against
Alliance Care Dale Homes Limited at Nottingham Crown
Court. Alliance Care were ordered to
pay a fine of £600,000 and costs totalling a £100,000
for failing to ensure health and safety of residents and employees
of Kestrel Lodge Care Home in Kirkby in Ashfield. This is an extremely sad case.
details first arose when Environmental Health Officers investigated
a confirmed legionella case on the 6th of November,
2012. A 90 year
old resident in good health when he entered the home some
ten weeks before contracted legionella.
Died on the 15th of November, 2012, from legionella contracted in
the home. Ashfield Council brought the
case because the company’s failings had exposed vulnerable
residents and staff to the home to very poor standards of care and
serious risks in relation to their safety from the water
management. I am delighted that as a
Council we have demonstrated that we will not accept poor standards
in this District.
can also announce that we’re holding a Healthy Options
Takeaway event in the new year to showcase suggested ways of
providing healthy alternatives and demonstrating the use of
substituting ingredients. We’re
also pushing forward showing the actual healthiness of our takeaway
outlets within the area. So if you ever
want to go and have a look at how these are rated, not only on how
good they are on the various apps that you can find them on but
actually how their health are going, you
can go to http://ratings.food.gov.uk.
We put all of our outlets on that site and you can go on there,
have a look and you can see actually how they rate on the healthy
assessments. The scores are updated
monthly. So obviously we keep it as up
to date as we can.
one nice bit of news, the Council has once again scooped top awards
at the RSPC’s Annual Community Animal Welfare Award for stray
dog services. The Council has won three
awards, Gold, Diamond and Platinum, which were presented earlier
this week. We are only one of four
authorities to win all three of these awards.
Despite this we are not resting on our laurels, stray
dogs’ protocols have recently been reviewed and our working
with local vets continue to improve processes with reuniting pets
and their owners as quickly as possible. The protocol is currently out to consultation with
local vets and obviously we’ll be getting that back soon and
acting on it.
Finally, the study in relation to the Ministerial Direction air
quality has been accepted and acknowledged for its good work by the
Government and the air quality issues identified will be resolved
sooner than anticipated.
thank you for your time.”
Deputy Leader of the Council
“Thank you, Madam Chair.
obviously quite an exciting time in the Leisure and Activities
portfolio. Particularly an update on
Selston Leisure Centre transfer. The
transfer operations to the Two Counties Trust is progressing on
schedule. In regards to the new Kirkby
Leisure Centre, obviously with the swimming pool, site feasibility
studies are in train and scheduled sites will be updated at the
Moving on, the Lammas Leisure Centre celebrated its 10th
anniversary recently. It was a
fantastic day of activity hosted by the Olympian and TV personality
Colin Jackson. That took place
obviously at the Lammas Leisure Centre on Saturday November the
3rd. Other celebrities on-site were
Olly Hynd, Commonwealth World swimming medallist and Paralympic
champion. Forest Glade Choir sang a
Happy Birthday to Lammas Leisure Centre with a specially adapted
song and there was a number of free activities along with raffles
and free memberships that were won during that day.
Being Mobile with Everyone Active launch recently: Launch of a spectacular mobile app took place on
Saturday the 10th of November at Sutton Lawn. We were joined by local families who took part in
a number of fitness activities including a fitness trail along with
Everyone Active’s team. The
launch is a start of a series of sessions which will lead to
Everyone Active and Sutton Lawn at the Kings Mill Reservoir in the
course we’ve had the fantastic event just down the road here
with the poppy downfall on the 19th of November. We’ve had obviously the Remembrance Day
Parades which were absolutely fantastic. We attended particularly the one in Huthwaite
which I went to. There was easily twice
as many people there as normal and it was, I know Councillor
Anderson joined me there, it was absolutely fantastic and
I’ve heard the one in Sutton was the busiest they’ve
ever seen it as well and I only hope that can continue going
Events to look forward to: the first
Christmas event is the Kirkby Christmas Festival on Friday the
30th, 4pm until 8pm. Then we’ve
got Sutton on the 1st of December, 10am until 4pm and then Hucknall
on Wednesday the 5th, 4pm until 8pm and there’s a number of
other activities going off in December which again I’ll
circulate to Members.
finally, and not by no means least, Ashfield Council are working in
partnership with SureStart on local
breastfeeding pier supporters and volunteers to encourage further
sign-ups to the Breastfeeding Friendly Scheme with a particular
focus on Sutton town centre and surrounding areas.
that’s kind of a brief update on my portfolio, Chair, and
obviously with particular emphasis to developments in the leisure
centre programme, it’s fair to say it’s quite an
exciting brief to currently hold at this Council, Chair, thank
Deputy Leader of the Council
“Thank you, Chair, I will brief just a few things that I
wanted to pick up on.
First of all, I’m happy to report that we’re making
good progress continuously on development and implementing a wide
range of improvement projects with several projects completed
already as part of the Greenspace Play Projects.
Play Strategy: a number of projects
were presented to Cabinet in October as part of the Play Strategy
to invest up to a £120,000 in each of the four areas of the
District over the next four years, with the Rurals area prioritised
in year one, subject to approval at Council this
following projects will be progressed:
Friezeland recreation ground, Underwood, outdoor gym and scooter
park; multi-use games area at Jacksdale Recreation Ground and an
extension to the main car park in Jacksdale. Proposals for a new play area in Broomhill Park in
Hucknall are being progressed, the design and selection of the new
equipment is now complete and quotations are being sought from
local contractors for installation.
new play provision is being developed in close consultation with
local schools, community groups and local neighbouring
residents. It is envisaged that the
opening event will be held before the end of March once the works
are complete. Works to replace old play
equipment at Sutton Lawn, Morven Park and West Park in Kirkby are
due to be completed by March next year.
The Council is working with Sutton Junction Residents Association
to complete the replacement of the play area at Roundhills
There has been a significant amount of money put into
improvements to bowling greens within the District namely at
Huthwaite, Sutton Lawn, Titchfield Park in Kirkby and at Kingsway
Park. Kingsway Park works to improve
the main grass football pitch on Kingsway Park have been
completed. The new perimeter fence and
spectator hardstanding area and barriers, improved access for
spectators and players and new dug-out provided.
Kings Mill Reservoir Heritage Project was presented to the Heritage
Lottery along with a project tour in final preparation for the
grants panel meeting on the 29th of November.
group tour included the Leader and the Chief Executive of the
Council along with the Environment Agency and Chair of Sherwood NHS
Trust. Hosting the Heritage Lottery
provided an opportunity to discuss how the project will improve
local greenspaces and sustainability, support wider benefits to
visitor economy and greater opportunities to improve health and
wellbeing. If successful, the
commencement of the improvements would start from January
Discover Ashfield is now showcasing the Council’s town
centres and beautiful parks and open spaces. This clean-up campaign shows residents that the
Council remains committed to maintaining and developing these
fabulous spaces in spite of the national conversation around
Tackling fly tipping is a priority for the Council and residents
will now start to see signage around the District highlighting our
new CCTV cameras. Our Environmental
Enforcement Officer is investigating all reports of fly tipping and
working hard to gather evidence for prosecution. We urge all residents to report any fly tipping
they see to firstname.lastname@example.org including details of
vehicles or perpetrators if you have it.
Brierley Forest Visitors Centre has a new operator who will be
moving into the site imminently. Once
the legal documents are signed you will see the site open for
traditional breakfast, a lunchtime offer, an afternoon tea offer
and a new evening offer.
Hucknall Titchfield Park, the Council has selected an operator to
take over the running of Titchfield Park café in
Hucknall. The current operator is due
to move out on the 1st of December 2018 and the new operator will
take over shortly after. The new
operator will continue to work with the sports teams and park users
at the site. Look out for exciting new
menus to come.
few bits, Madam Chairman, around waste.
Residents of Ashfield will have received their new calendars which
highlights the Christmas collection dates. There’s some information on the calendars to
support residents with their recycling.
We’ll be also releasing information on how to have a
sustainable Christmas by recycling as much as possible. Hints and tips will be released over the month of
December. The Council remains committed
to helping residents recycle as much as possible as we strive for
the 50% target by 2020. Look out for
our Waste Advisor at the local Christmas events who will be
providing advice on what can be recycled and giving away goodies to
help reduce waste.
We’re gearing up for Christmas tree collections in January
for those residents who prefer the real deal at
Christmas. Look out for the collection
information on our website which will also be on Facebook and
on the last note, it’s just to remind residents that the
first red lidded bin collection after Christmas, we will be
accepting one bag of side waste also to help residents get through
the busy period of Christmas.
Thank you, Madam Chairman.”
(During the announcements,
Councillors Lachlan Morrison and Keir Morrison left the room at
7.12 p.m. and 7.16 p.m. and returned to the meeting at 7.14 p.m.
and 7.20 p.m. respectively. Councillor
John Knight also entered the meeting at 7.08 p.m.)