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Welcome to the Website of the Newton Parish Council. This site includes a record of activities, projects and meetings of the council. Please use the links above to contact the Parish Council or any of the Parish Councillors. The Parish Council aims to look after the interests of the whole community.

The council usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm, but please check here for more details.

We would like to see as many residents present at these meetings as possible. It is your Parish Council please give us your support.

 

ATC Actions!

Please be aware that the local ATC have asked if they can use parts of the open space around the estate for their training in the art of concealment and evasion….

 

Rushcliffe Befriends

Rushcliffe Befriends goes from strength to strength

Rushcliffe Community and Voluntary Service (RCVS) is delighted to have secured 3 years of additional funding to continue and extend its Rushcliffe Befriends scheme, which supports Rushcliffe residents who are over 50 and experiencing social isolation.

Their volunteer befrienders can help someone to become involved with a local group, or can provide company by visiting at home or by going out, perhaps for a walk or a coffee.

Louise, one of the RCVS befrienders, says: “Everyone enjoys a natter with a friendly person who isn’t judgemental or critical and who can offer a listening ear and conversation. In some cases it is a lifeline to those who are the most isolated”.

We need more volunteers so we can help more people. To volunteer, all you need is to be aged 50+, live in Rushcliffe, have a few hours a week to spare and want to help local older people. Volunteers receive training, support and expenses. It’s a great way to meet interesting people, make a difference and have fun!

To find out more about volunteering for Rushcliffe Befriends, please contact RCVS on 0115 969 9060 or email befriends@rushcliffecvs.org.uk.

Rushcliffe Befriends is supported by The National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.

 

 

From your Borough Councillor

An area that will occupy time and column inches is the projected changes to both our County Council and parliamentary representation. The current situation is

County Council

The Divisions around this part of Rushcliffe will change at the May election, when Bingham gets split down the middle (roughly Tythby Rd and its continuation north over the level crossing) into East & West, thus giving this area an extra seat on the County. Shelford is the only part of my ward without a change; they stay in Radcliffe Ward, where Cllr Kay Cutts is standing again. Newton becomes part of Bingham West, which also includes the Cropwells and other villages to the south. Two parties, Independents for Bingham and The Conservative Party have, I believe, selected candidates and will fight the election. I have no information about other parties.

East Bridgford and Kneeton join Bingham East, which also includes the villages to the west and north of Bingham (as far as Flintham & Orston. I expect both the Conservatives and Independents for Bingham will stand, but I am not aware of any selection activity yet. So look out for any opportunity to have your say in the selection process. It is worth noting that both Divisions will have roughly equal numbers of voters from town (Bingham) and villages.

Parliamentary Elections

A consultation has just started by the Electoral Commission into proposals to make all Constituencies of roughly equal size. Our current situation is that Newton and Shelford are in Rushcliffe Constituency with Ken Clark as its MP whilst East Bridgford and Kneeton are in Newark & Bingham – MP Robert Jenrick. The new boundaries are based on whole Wards so 2 villages will be moved.

In the proposals Rushcliffe Borough gets spread across 3 constituencies. Loughborough and Rushcliffe South will take in the area around East Leake and Keyworth. The main part of Rushcliife goes into a new constituency to be called “West Bridgford” and which will include parts of south Nottingham (mainly Clifton). The northern part of Rushcliffe, including Bingham, stays with Newark and our MP, Robert Jenrick, says he is standing again. East Bridgford gets moved from Newark to join Newton & Shelford in West Bridgford constituency. Ken Clark has announced that he will not stand again, so a new MP will have to be found.

We need to decide which constituency we want to be in. Not easy I know, but some considerations might be

  • West Bridgford will be essentially an urban seat –the greater WB area plus Clifton will make up 80% of the electorate, and we will be one of the smaller, remoter parts of the seat.
  • Newark and Bingham will be essentially rural comprising Newark, Bingham, Southwell, Ollerton plus about 100 other villages, of which we will be one of the larger ones.

If you have any preferences please let me know, preferably by email so I can decide whether to object. We have until mid-November to raise an objection.

 

Cllr Nigel Lawrence          01949 20619  cllr.nlawrence@eastbridgford.net

Dog Owners

The members of the Parish council would like to thank all of the responsible dog owners in the Parish that scoop their dogs poop thank you. Here is a poster aimed at those who forget. Please take note of the date for micro-chipping.

 

Dog-leaflet

Speeding in Newton

 
Speeding is a National problem particularly in rural communities and Newton Village is no exception. The parish Council are very aware of the problem it has been discussed at Council Meetings. In the short term it has asked for more speed signs to be erected in the long term flashing speed signs could be a solution the siting of which we have no control. It has been noticed that some residents have placed their own signs in their front gardens if they are not to large and do not cause an obstruction this is perfectly legal and signs could read slow down children playing or something similar. This is a self help solution and should be encouraged. But the problem is still there and we should ask all residents and other drivers using our village to slow down.