Council unveils top tens and facts of 2017

22 December 2017

From cooking the food our children eat and maintaining the roads we drive upon to protecting vulnerable children and providing the care older people rely on – the work of Nottinghamshire County Council touches the lives of everyone who lives, works and visits our area.

The County Council has unveiled its annual list of facts and top tens for 2017, to highlight the range of services it provides to residents and businesses across the county.

During 2017, the County Council has:

  • Welcomed 2.6 million people to Nottinghamshire libraries
  • Served almost 10.5 million meals to children and employees at primary and secondary schools in Nottinghamshire
  • Provided school crossing patrols at 142 sites across the county
  • Maintained over 2,774 miles of highway and 94,000 street lights
  • Handled 87,500 tonnes of material at our Recycling Centres
  • Installed 24.2 miles of fibre optic cable as part of the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire programme
  • Helped 2,800 couples get married and a further 11 renew their marriage commitments with a celebration of vows
  • Assessed or reviewed 2,270 patients in hospital for care needs following discharge
  • Helped 6,890 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 5,480 people who care for someone else
  • Delivered 214,500 meals to older people through our Meals at Home service
  • Provided 4,100 premises with access to Superfast broadband as part of the Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire programme
  • Paid 674 Shared Lives carers to provide a home or support for people with care needs

Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Although many of the services we provide are often taken for granted, they play an invaluable role in the daily lives of everyone, young and old. I am proud of the role we play in keeping Nottinghamshire moving each and every day.

“For me personally, 2017 has been a momentous year. In May I was elected to the County Council and subsequently chosen as Leader by my peers – a role which I feel extremely proud and privileged to hold.

"Each year a new Chairman of the County Council is elected and I'd like to pay tribute to the retiring Chairman, Councillor Yvonne Woodhead and the current Chairman, Councillor John Handley who have been splendid ambassadors for both the county and the County Council. They have met hundreds of people of all ages and from all different backgrounds over the last 12 months, not forgetting the recent visit of Prince Harry and Meghan on the first public appearance following their engagement.

"It has been a great year for Nottinghamshire on the sporting front too. The performances of Elise Christie (speed skating) and Ellie Downie (gymnastics) earned them BBC Sports Personality of the Year nominations and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club secured an historic treble of one day and T20 cups  and County Championship promotion. We were proud to host a full stage of the Tour of Britain cycle race for the first time in September - an unforgettable day which showed off Nottinghamshire at its best.

“And there’s plenty to look forward to in 2018 as well.  There will be numerous events around the county to mark 100 years since the end of the Great War. Preparations will step up apace for the arrival of HS2, which will make our hub at Toton the best connected station on the entire HS2 network and we anticipate further jobs, investment and other benefits to flow from our evolving relationship with the Zhijiang Province in China.”


Most popular baby boy names registered by County Council registrars in 2017

1. Oliver  - 71

2. Harry - 63

3. Jack - 49

4. George - 47

5. Oscar - 41

6. Noah - 38

7. Jacob - 37

8. Leo - 36

9. Freddie - 35

10. Charlie - 34

Most popular baby girl names registered by County Council registrars in 2017

1. Amelia - 45

2. Olivia  - 37

3. Isla - 33

4. Evie - 27

5. Ava - 26

6. Emily - 26

7. Isabella - 25

8. Mia - 24

9. Poppy - 23

10. Phoebe - 22

Most popular books loaned from Nottinghamshire libraries in 2017

1. Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins – issued 1,921 times

2. The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl – issued 1,715 times

3. Superworm by Julia Donaldson – issued 1,623 times

4. Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book by Julia Donaldson – issued 1,581 times

5. Tabby McTat by Julia Donaldson – issued 1,533 times

6. George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl – issued 1,483 times

7. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl – issued 1,434 times

8. The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl – issued 1,434 times

9. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl – issued 1,337 times

10. The Smartest Giant in Town by Roald Dahl – issued 1,318 times

Most complaints to Trading Standards by type of business in 2017

1. Second-hand motor vehicles – 1,137 complaints

2. Home maintenance, repairs and improvement services – 940 complaints

3. Furniture, soft furnishings and carpets – 558 complaints

4. Vehicle repairs – 237 complaints

5. Gardening products and services – 233 complaints

6. White goods and domestic electrical appliances – 221 complaints

7. Clothing – 167 complaints

8. Broadband, phone and TV services – 157 complaints

9. Food and drink – 145 complaints

10. Pets, pet products and associated services – 118 complaints

 Most popular school meal dishes in Nottinghamshire in 2017

1. Tomato and mozzarella bruschetta (newly introduced starter in September)

2. Tomato Soup and tomato dipping bread

3. Roast Dinner, potatoes and vegetable

4. Fish goujons and chips

5. Vegetarian sausage roll

6. Spaghetti Bolognese and garlic slice

7. Nottinghamshire Sausage, onion gravy, Yorkshire pudding and vegetables

8. Macaroni Cheese

9. Butterscotch Tart

10. Fruity Flapjack

Most popular Meals on Wheels dishes in 2017

1. Lamb hotpot

2. Sliced chicken

3. Sliced turkey

4. Sliced beef and Yorkshire pudding

5. Cottage Pie

6. Chicken Casserloe

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. County House, Mansfield Registration Office - 414

2. Bridgford Hall, West Bridgford Registration Office - 289

3. The Gilstrap, Newark Registration Office - 270

4. The Victoria Suite, Worksop Registration Office - 171

5. Arnot Hill House, Arnold Registration Office - 168

6. Swancar Farm Country House, Trowell - 140

7. Welbeck Banqueting Hall, West Bridgford - 84

8. West Retford Hotel, Retford - 71

9. Kelham House Country Manor Hotel, Newark - 70

10. Rufford Mill, near Ollerton - 66

Most common type of waste recycled at Nottinghamshire’s 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. Non-ferrous metals

10. Television and computer monitors


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