Council unveils top tens and killer facts of 2018
From registering births, deaths and marriages and looking after us when we get old, to building schools and fixing the roads, Nottinghamshire County Council provides services that affect us every day and at significant times in our lives.
The County Council has unveiled its annual list of facts and top tens for 2018, to highlight the range of services it provides to residents and businesses across the county.
Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Although many of the services Nottinghamshire County Council provides can be taken for granted, I am proud of the invaluable role they play in the daily lives of people in every community in the county, not least some of the most vulnerable residents of our county.
“2018 has been another momentous year, with commemorations marking the 100th anniversaries of the end of the Great War and the formation of the Royal Air Force taking prominence. It was a privilege to witness the heartfelt and dignified way in which the people of Nottinghamshire came together in remembrance at numerous events throughout the year.
“Nottinghamshire was in the international sporting spotlight when we hosted both the Games of Remembrance at the City Ground and Meadow Lane, and the penultimate stage of the Tour of Britain, which featured Tour de France winners Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome. Both events showed Nottinghamshire in a fantastic light and attracted big crowds, especially the Tour of Britain where people enjoyed the spectacle at the start in Rushcliffe, the finish in Mansfield and everywhere in-between.
“Looking to the future, we’ve made significant progress in securing funding for a major upgrade to the A614 and embarking on the county’s largest ever programme of school building, and we’ve also continued our planning for the arrival of HS2 in Nottinghamshire, which will bring game-changing investment in our economy in the coming years.”
- Approximately 2.6 million people visited Nottinghamshire libraries.
- The County Council secured £18 million in Government funding to support major infrastructure improvements to the A614 / A6097 between Lowdham and Ollerton roundabouts.
- Council cooks served over 8 million healthy and nutritious meals at primary and secondary schools in Nottinghamshire.
- The Council’s registration service conducted 3,021 wedding ceremonies, an increase of more than 200 on 2017 despite a national decline in the number of people getting married.
- The registration service also registered 8,880 births and 6,391 deaths.
- School crossing patrols were provided at 143 locations across the county.
- Via East Midlands maintained over 2,774 miles of highway and 94,000 street lights on the County Council's behalf.
- Last winter, the highways gritting teams clocked-up almost 300,000 km - equivalent to making 10 return trips to the South Pole, 7.5 laps around the world or nearly a one-way trip to the moon! This included a gruelling 15 times within one week during the infamous 'Beast from the East' weather front.
- The Council’s contractors handled 85,000 tonnes of material at Recycling Centres across the county.
- The Council's Adult Social Care team assessed or reviewed 2,145 patients in hospital for care needs following discharge - easing pressure on in-demand hospital beds.
- The County Council helped 6,645 older and disabled people on a daily basis to live at home in the community in 2018, with services such as home care, day care and direct payments.
- The County Council provided support to 5,976 people who care for someone else.
- The meals at home service delivered 214,500 meals to older people through our Meals at Home service.
- Around 250,000 spectators watched the Tour of Britain, which we staged in Nottinghamshire, delivering a £4 million boost to the local economy.
- Trading Standards seized £1.24m worth of fake tobacco products.
- £1.56 million was invested as part of the rural business growth programme, supporting a total of 28 enterprises and creating 77 new jobs.
- 475 businesses enrolled on the digital business growth programme with 52 small and medium sized firms sharing grants totalling £558,000.
THE NOTTINGHAMSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL 'TOP TENS OF 2017'
Most popular baby boy names registered by County Council registrars in 2018
1. Oliver - 63 (no change from 2017)
2. Harry - 60 (no change from 2017)
3. Jack - 45 (no change from 2017)
4. Charlie - 43 (up 6 places from 2017)
5. Jacob - 42 (up 2 places from 2017)
6. George - 41 (down 2 places from 2017)
7. Archie - 35 (new entry in the top 10)
8. Noah - 35 (down 2 places from 2017)
9. Freddie - 33 (no change from 2017)
10. Alfie - 32 (new entry in the top 10)
Most popular baby girl names registered by County Council registrars in 2018
1. Olivia - 36 (up 1 place from 2017)
2. Amelia - 35 (down one place from 2017)
3. Ava - 32 (up 2 places from 2017)
4. Elsie - 26 (new entry in the top 10)
5. Harper - 25 (new entry in the top 10)
6. Poppy - 23 (up 3 places from 2017)
7. Isla - 22 (down 4 places from 2017)
8. Willow - 21 (new entry in the top 10)
9. Mia - 21 (down 1 place from 2017)
10. Emily - 21 (down 4 places from 2017)
Most popular books loaned from Nottinghamshire libraries in 2018 - Adults fiction
1. The Midnight Line by Lee Child – issued 1,011 times
2. The Late Show by Michael Connelly – issued 794 times
3. NYPD Red by James Patterson – issued 756 times
4. Night School by Lee Child – issued 733 times
5. Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman – issued 725 times
6. The Seagull by Ann Cleaves – issued 713 times
7. Insidious Intent by Val McDermid – issued 703 times
8. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell – issued 691 times
9. A Secret Garden by Katie Fforde – issued 648 times
10. Sleeping in the Ground by Peter Robinson – issued 648 times
Most popular books loaned from Nottinghamshire libraries in 2018 - Children’s fiction
1. Tabby McTat by Julia Donaldson – issued 731 times
2. The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson – issued 707 times
3. A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson – issued 683 times
4. Tiddler by Julia Donaldson – issued 652 times
5. Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book by Julia Donaldson – issued 648 times
6. What the Ladybird Heard Next by Julia Donaldson – issued 646 times
7. The Princess and the Wizard by Julia Donaldson – issued 617 times
8. The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson – issued 591 times
9. Superworm by Julia Donaldson – issued 588 times
10. What the ladybird heard on holiday by Julia Donaldson – issued 579 times
Most complaints to Trading Standards by type of business in 2018
1. Used cars
2. Upholstered furniture (e.g. sofas)
3. Curtains and blinds
4. Car MOT, service and repairs
5. Sheds, fences and garden gates
6. Roofing, roof sealing and chimney repairs
7. Window frames and doors (excluding electric garage doors)
8. Other general building work
9. Beds and mattresses
10.Used commercial vehicle
Most popular school meal dishes in Nottinghamshire in 2017
1. Spaghetti Bolognese
2. Fish & Chips
3. Nottinghamshire Sausage and Mash
4. Magic Chocolate Pudding
5. Cheese & Bacon Pinwheel (starter)
6. Butterscotch Tart
7. Nottinghamshire Sausage, onion gravy, Yorkshire pudding and vegetables
8. Macaroni Cheese
9. Cornflake Tart
10. Fruity Flapjack
Type of waste recycled at Nottinghamshire’s Recycling Centres (tonnes)
1. Compostable garden waste – 22,000
2. Wood – 7,000
3. Ferrous metal – 4,500
4. Paper and card – 3,500
5. Small electrical appliances – 1,500
6. Glass – 1,200
7. Textiles - 900
8. Fridges - 820
9. Television and computer monitors - 410
10. Non-ferrous metals – 290