Top tens of 2016

23 December 2016

Children in Nottinghamshire loved tucking into a roast dinner at school and older people preferred a tasty lamb hot pot delivered to their door, while new parents have mainly been naming their children Amelia and Oliver during 2016.

We've unveiled our annual list of facts and top tens for 2016 to highlight the diverse range of services we provide to residents and businesses across the county.

With an annual net budget of £479m, the County Council provides over 440 different services to a population of more than 800,000 people - from Bassetlaw in the north to Rushcliffe in the south.

During 2016, services provided and achievements by the County Council included:

  • School crossing patrols at 142 sites
  • Helped create 542 new jobs through inward investment activity 
  • Maintained 94,000 street lights
  • Funded 176 apprenticeship opportunities with Nottinghamshire businesses
  • Maintained over 2,774 miles of highway
  • Social workers assessed or reviewed 2,185 people in hospital
  • Loaned over 3 million library books
  • Provided grants worth £1.2m to 16 Nottinghamshire businesses to expand and/or secure new contracts - creating 154 new jobs
  • Delivered 226,000 meals at home
  • Received 85,000 tonnes of waste at 12 Recycling Centres
  • Welcomed 2.9m people to Nottinghamshire libraries, with a further 1.4m accessing on-line library services
  • Helped over 6,800 older and disabled people on a daily basis to live at home in the community with services such as home care, day care and direct payments
  • Provided support to nearly 6,000 people who care for someone else
  • Looked after around 800 vulnerable children in care at any one time
  • Provided foster care placements for 740 children and  completed 56 adoptions
  • Served 41,000 school meals every day to Primary School children
  • Married 2,650 couples

Councillor Alan Rhodes, Leader of the County Council, said: “The huge pressure on Council budgets has been in the headlines again recently, with more of the reducing amount the Council has to spend being needed to provide life-changing social care services to a growing number of elderly and disabled people.

'Diverse range of responsibilities'

“Whilst the majority of the Council’s work is with some of the area's most vulnerable people, our diverse range of responsibilities means what we do has an impact on the lives of people of all ages, every single day.

"From the school cooks and children’s social workers to our meals on wheels drivers and care workers, I'd like to say a huge thank you to all County Council employees for their hard work during 2016.

“Ever tighter purse strings continue to make things difficult for people delivering the services we rely on, but I am proud that Nottinghamshire County Council continues to provide so many excellent, value-for-money public services which remain the envy of many other parts of the country.”

Top tens of 2016

Most popular baby names recorded by the Registration Service

Girls

  1. Amelia - 53
  2. Olivia - 51
  3. Emily - 42
  4. Scarlett - 34
  5. Evie - 34
  6. Ava - 31
  7. Isla - 31
  8. Freya - 27
  9. Lily - 25
  10. Ellie - 24

Boys

  1. Oliver - 63
  2. George - 54
  3. Alfie - 52
  4. Harry - 50
  5. Oscar - 49
  6. Jack - 46
  7. Charlie - 44
  8. Jacob - 41
  9. Freddie - 40
  10. James - 38

Most complaints to Trading Standards by type of business

  1. Second-hand motor vehicles - 1,657
  2. Home maintenance / repairs / improvements - 1,132
  3. Furniture / pictures - 544
  4. Large white goods / major fixed goods (eg cookers) - 324
  5. Gardening, including plants and garden furniture - 316
  6. Other personal goods and services - 280
  7. Telecommunications - 275
  8. Food and drink - 271
  9. Clothing and clothing fabrics - 281
  10. Other professional services – 221

Most popular school meal dishes

  1. Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding
  2. Margherita Pizza
  3. Fish and Chips
  4. Nottinghamshire-farmed sausage
  5. Spaghetti Bolognese
  6. Roast Pork and Stuffing
  7. Turkey Meatballs
  8. Vegetable Chilli con Carne
  9. Chicken or Quorn and Lentil Curry
  10. Cottage Pie

… and the most popular school meal desserts

  1. Butterscotch Tart
  2. Cornflake Tart
  3. Magic Chocolate Pudding
  4. Cheese and Biscuits with Apple
  5. Fruit Yoghurt
  6. Ice Cream
  7. Icky-Sticky Pudding
  8. Fruit Flapjack and Milkshake
  9. Crispy Jam Tart and Custard
  10. Apple and Blackberry Cake and Custard

Most popular Meals on Wheels dishes

  1. Lamb hot pot
  2. Sliced chicken
  3. Cottage Pie
  4. Sliced beef and Yorkshire pudding
  5. Steak and Kidney Pie
  6. Minced Beef and Dumplings
  7. Corned Beef Pie
  8. Fish in Parsley Sauce
  9. Sausage and Mash
  10. Sliced pork

Most popular civil wedding ceremony venues and number of ceremonies

  1. Mansfield Registration Office - 453
  2. Welbeck Banqueting Hall, West Bridgford - 332
  3. The Gilstrap, Newark – 270
  4. Victoria Suite, Worksop - 163
  5. Swancar Farm Country House, Trowell – 134
  6. County Hall, West Bridgford - 62
  7. West Retford Hotel - 62
  8. Nottinghamshire Golf & Country Club, Stragglethorpe - 60
  9. Norwood Park Country House, Southwell - 56
  10. Woodborough Hall – 56

Calls to the Council’s contact centre – subject / number of calls

  1. Adult Social Care - 68,764
  2. Schools - 56,243
  3. Registrars (births / deaths / marriages etc) - 56,170
  4. Waste - 50,967
  5. Parking Permits - 48,997
  6. Transport - 42,485
  7. Highways - 42,384
  8. Children’s services - 35,856
  9. All other services - 29,201
  10. Adult care payments - 8,569

Webpage visits - subject / number of views

  1. Jobs listings page - 938,005
  2. Homepage - 708,932
  3. Jobs and working landing page - 476,931
  4. School term dates - 294,125
  5. Register to use recycling centres – 263,450
  6. Working for the Council landing page - 222,505
  7. Sherwood Forest Country Park - 217,178
  8. Recycling Centres information page - 147,137
  9. Rufford Abbey Country Park - 133,748
  10. ‘Find my nearest’ (school, councillor, recycling centre, etc) - 120,123

Waste recycled by type (based on tonnage taken at our Recycling Centres)

  1. Compostable garden waste
  2. Wood
  3. Ferrous metal
  4. Paper and card
  5. Small electrical appliances
  6. Glass
  7. Textiles
  8. Fridges
  9. Televisions and computer monitors
  10. Non-ferrous metals

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