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  • Article: Feb 26, 2021

    Newark & Sherwood District Council Area

    School Funding Shortfalls

    School Total Shortfall in 2020 Followed by shortfall per Pupil

    Minster School, Southwell £500,525 £348

    Holy Trinity Primary School, Southwell £45,885 £866

    Lowes Wong Infant School, Southwell £28,629 £171

    Newark Academy £466,395 £621

  • Article: Feb 24, 2021

    The January draw for the 50-50 Club produced 1st prize - 26, Second Prize 61

  • Wera Hobhouse (Wera Hobhouse)
    Article: Feb 9, 2021
    By Keith Melton

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    Just a quick reminder for you about a political discussion session for this evening with our Guest Speaker, Wera Hobhouse, the MP for bath and the Party`s Climate Change Spokesperon. It will start at 7.00pm and your ZOOM link is shown below

    Keith Melton is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2021

    Southwell's town environment briefing notes February

    Open Spaces


    The Clerk has not heard back from Southwell City FC to consider their strategic move to the Centenary Ground, Brinkley. I will report on future impact on work at the WMRG. Brash currently located at the north end will be looked at to ensure that residents can use their back gates, and the brash area 'bins' already agreed will be marked out, waiting for the mesh panels when they are available.

  • Wera Hobhouse (Wera Hobhouse)
    Article: Feb 2, 2021
    By Keith Melton

    Wera Hobhouse MP talks to GLD Chair Keith Melton

    Liberal Democrat Leader, Sir Ed Davey, has recently had a mini-shuffle of Spokesperson roles in the Parliamentary Party. Wera Hobhouse, MP for Bath, has become the Party spokesperson for Climate Change again. She was also recently elected to become one of three honorary Vice-Presidents of the Green Liberal Democrats (GLD) at their recent (delayed) 2020 AGM. Ms Hobhouse also retains her spokesperson role for Equality.

  • Ed Davey ()
    Article: Jan 26, 2021
    By Keith Melton

    Green Alliance podcast -
    Interview with Sir Ed Davey,
    Liberal Democrat leader

    Shaun Spiers, executive director at Green Alliance is joined by Sir Ed Davey, leader of the Liberal Democrats.
    They discuss Ed's time as secretary of state for energy and climate change during the coalition years,
    his hopes for COP26
    and Lib Dem ambitions for the environment.

  • Article: Nov 25, 2020

    Sept 1st prize 47, 2nd 26; Oct 1st 13, 2nd 59

  • COVID19
    Article: Oct 12, 2020

    Tackling COVID19 outbreaks should be the responsibility of Public Health England. However, the agency, underfunded since it was set up seven years ago, was unprepared to deal with a pandemic.

    World Beating Promise

    Instead of rapidly expanding Public Health England, the Government opted for a brand new centralised scheme outsourced to private companies. Spending £10 billion on drive through testing and giving £108 million to Serco for contact tracing, the Prime Minister promised a "world beating" system.

  • Housebuilding
    Article: Oct 12, 2020

    In order to "get more homes built", the Government wants to completely change the planning system.
    Currently there is a two stage planning process. Once the Government has set the number of homes to be built, the District Council develops a Local Plan after extensive local consultation. Once the plan is agreed, individual planning applications are then considered by local Councillors, with input from the public, before final approval is given. The current system enables issues such as flood mitigation to be ironed out at the detailed planning application stage.
    The Government claims that this is too much "red tape", preventing house building. However 90% of planning applications are approved. In fact there are more than a million homes with planning permission that have yet to be built. That represents three years supply of new homes.
    Now the Government wants to take the second detailed stage away from local Councils with a single stage zonal system. Where land is zoned for "Growth", developers will receive automatic planning approval, removing the chance for local objection.
    "Simplifying" planning is not the real problem, it is the private housebuilders sitting on land banks and only building when they can make greater profits.

  • Article: Sep 28, 2020

    In 2018, faced with a £54million funding shortfall, the Conservatives at County Hall wanted to scrap all seven District and Borough Councils in Nottinghamshire to create a super-Council run from West Bridgford. Following fierce opposition, the idea was quickly dropped. Now, this time with Government support, the scheme has been revived.