A Christmas and New Year message from the Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Councillor Kay Cutts MBE

24 December 2019

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A Christmas and New Year message from the Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Councillor Kay Cutts MBE

I am proud to be the Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council at a time when there are so many significant and beneficial projects happening all over our wonderful county.

We continue apace with our programme of investment in schools, fulfilling our commitment to provide sufficient school places for all children across Nottinghamshire.  2019 has seen us commit to ploughing £70.3 million into our education system including a £15 million new building for the Newark Orchard Special School and a new school forthcoming for West Bridgford, hot on the heels of delivering a new school building for Hawthorne Primary School in Bestwood Village and completing the brand new Hucknall Flying High Academy. A major refurbishment programme means that we are providing top quality facilities and a learning environment that will give our children the best start in life and help them to achieve their full potential.

Our road investment programme will see construction work on the £40 million Gedling Access Road begin in January 2020, a much-needed sustainable redevelopment of the former Geding Colliery site to provide a link from the B684 Mapperley Plains to the A612 Trent Valley Road, due to open to traffic in Summer 2021.

There is also our £22 million project to ease traffic congestion and improve access for new housing development on the A614/A6097 corridor, which involves making improvements to six junctions: Ollerton Roundabout; the Mickledale Lane and Deerdale Lane Junctions in Bilsthorpe; a roundabout construction at Warren Hill; and improvements to the White Post and Lowdham Roundabouts. 

We are eagerly awaiting the latest Government direction on HS2 which will help to bring a huge economic boost to the region and unlock invaluable investment potential for Toton and surrounding areas. 

We continue to support people with disabilities back into employment, for example with our £350,000 investment in improving our Brooke Farm [shop] horticulture base at Linby. 

We are also encouraging elderly people in our society to live more independent lives through our Housing with Care schemes. Indeed, I am looking forward to attending the opening of one such scheme, Priory Court in Worksop, early in the New Year.

 My personal highlights of 2019 have included:-

  • The 4Uth Awards, which provide an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of young people who have truly pushed their own boundaries in pursuit of their goals;
  • 12 young apprentices who have successfully come through our care system to take up various roles within the Council, exemplifying the support we provide for care leavers;
  • Our investment in Better Broadband across the county which has meant that 20,000 homes and businesses in and around Nottinghamshire can now access some of the fastest, most reliable broadband to be found anywhere in the UK;
  • A very successful Water Safety event on the banks of the River Trent at County Hall in July, which provided a timely reminder to young and older people to stay safe near open water, especially during the warm summer months;
  • Our Local Improvement Scheme, which has provided much-needed funding for community projects across all parts of the county.

I’m particularly proud that this Council has handled 323,000 enquiries at our Customer Service Centre, and that we have served almost 170,000 meals to older people in Nottinghamshire as part of our Meals on Wheels service.

Nottinghamshire County Council welcomed visitors from across the world to Trent Bridge Cricket Ground for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, and I hope each and every one of those visitors left with memories to cherish and a reason and intention to visit us again.  I also know how excited our own residents were to be able to watch this top class sporting event live.

Finally, I was proud to play a part in the planning of the new World War One Memorial on the Victoria Embankment, unveiled earlier this year by HRH The Duke of Kent. The memorial honours the 13,501 servicemen and civilians who lost their lives in the 1914-18 War including 139 workers who tragically died at Chilwell Barracks

There are two momentous anniversaries that we will commemorate in Nottinghamshire in 2020:

  • To mark 75 years since Victory in Europe, we will be celebrating VE Day in style with events at Rufford Abbey which will honour our servicemen and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in World War Two;
  • To mark 400 years since the Mayflower Pilgrims set sail on their journey to discover the ‘New World’ of America, I look forward to the many events we have planned to mark the Mayflower Pilgrims historic origins in Nottinghamshire and the opportunity this presents to showcase the very best our County has to offer to visitors from the United States and all over the world.


On behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council I wish you and your family a very happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.

ENDS  

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