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  • recyle logo
    Article: Apr 22, 2019
    By Peter Scorer

    Although recycling has become more important nationally, Newark and Sherwood has failed to keep up.

    Ten years ago, Liberal Democrat District Councillor Peter Harris convinced the Council to introduce silver bins, taking the District to 51st in Local Authority rankings. By 2017 Newark and Sherwood had dropped to 303rd, only managing to recycle 30 per cent. Even in Nottinghamshire it is second lowest.

  • Peoples vote march 2019
    Article: Mar 26, 2019

    Liberal Democrats and others from Southwell and Newark travelled by train and other means to attend the huge People's Vote March last Saturday.

    We were treated to speeches by a number of our MPs including Layla Moran and Tom Brake pictured in the fromt line of the main Lib Dem contingent. Caroline Bearder, our sole MEP had brought flags and berets over from Brussels. She's wearing one of them on the left.

  • Article: Feb 27, 2019

    Fly tipping incidents are rising in Newark and Sherwood. Asbestos is the latest problem leading to clear-up costs doubling year on year. Last year 21 incidents cost £6,680 to remove. So far in the nine months of 2018-19 there have been 35, with the cost rising to £12,950.
    Asbestos poses serious risks and is costly to dispose of safely. Work done to remove it must be registered with the environment agency. The owner of waste dumped illegally can be liable for a fine up to £50,000, or face a prison sentence. However, disposal costs seem to be encouraging people to use rogue operators. Has the District Council got the resources to tackle the problem?

  • Article: Feb 27, 2019

    For months the County Hall Conservatives asserted that there was no alternative to the Super Council scheme to create one "Unitary" Authority for the County and scrap District and Borough Councils. However, just before a key vote in late December, they decided to shelve the proposal "indefinitely" because of massive opposition.
    However, this was not before £250,000 had been spent on expert consultants to produce the wasted business plan.
    How many potholes could have been filled instead?

  • Southwell Pavement
    Article: Feb 27, 2019

    As well as irritation about potholes in the roads, our Town Survey received many complaints about the state of Southwell's pavements. This was a particular concern for wheelchair and pushchair users.
    For many years the County Council made pavements more user friendly with re-surfacing and installation of pavement ramps. With continuing austerity, are pavements going to end up in the same state of disrepair as our roads?
    Via, the company responsible for road and pavement maintenance no longer meets with the Town Council's highways committee. Why not?

  • Southwell Bottle Tops
    Article: Feb 26, 2019
    By Peter Scorer


    Newark and Sherwood Council won't recycle your plastic bottle tops even though they are collecting the plastic bottles, but the lids are also recyclable! However, handmade cosmetic company Lush will recycle your plastic bottle tops to make their black pots.
    Lush have a free-post address where you can send bottle tops, so, save your lids, package them up and address them to: FREE-POST, LUSH, GREENHUB. That's all - no postcode needed! Then take them to your post office………every little helps!