Full Council Oct 17
The Council agreed to adopt the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. N&SDC will contribute to the achievement of the UN SDGs through delivery of the Community Plan, and ctively engage and collaborates with other local authorities, organisations, and community groups to share best practices, experiences, and lessons learned in advancing the UN SDGs
The Council also agreed to take action to improve water quality and the ocean. N&SDC will work with responsible authorities and others with an interest in the River Trent to bring an action plan and to review the timetable to Cabinet within 12 months. It will also now work with Severn Trent, the Environment Agency, developers, and other agencies to explore ways to improve the water quality of our rivers
The Council will now introduce a process for the better disposal of Single Use Vapes
The consultation on the closure of Ticket Offices at Newark Northgate and Castles Stations was opposed. The Government has now withdrawn these proposals required of the Railway Operating Group
Cabinet Oct 31
The Cabinet approved the draft Community Plan 2023 - 2027 to go to the Full Council to be held on 12 December 2023
Southwell Leisure Centre The Cabinet heard a report on the condition of Southwell Leisure Centre and the essential works that are required to the dry and wet side facilities at the Leisure Centre. Since it took a lease for the Centre from the Trustee, various works need to be undertaken. The works are categorised into three areas - fire safety, general repairs, and pool repairs. The closure of the main pool from 29 October 2023 to 1 December 2023, is to carry out further investigatory works. The Learner Pool remains open during this period. A budget of £740,000 from the Capital Programme, to carry out the fire safety and general repairs to the dry side facility. has been identified. The Cabinet undertook to make every effort to phase the works to keep the Leisure Centre operational at all times. However, N&SDC and Active for Today warn that there is a possibility that the Leisure Centre may have to close for a period of time in order for the works to be carried out safely, effectively and efficiently
Revisions to the Community Grant Scheme were approved but Parish and Town Councils are no longer invited to apply for funding under this grant scheme. The previous grant scheme set a maximum award of £5k per organisation and this is increased to £20k to allow for larger, transformational projects
The application window is 13 November – 22 December 2023
Planning Committee [Keith Melton and Peter Harris] Nov 9
Applications to be heard -after the agenda was published are
Stable Building, Newhall Lane, Edingley
and construction of two large solar farms 76.5 hectares (ha) of agricultural land at Knapthorpe Lodge, Hockerton Road, Caunton, and a further 69 Ha at Muskham Wood
N&SDC is one of the few in England and Wales who do not permit public speaking. The Committee will investigate allowing public speaking at Planning Committee.
Performance and Policy Improvement Committee (PPI) – Karen Roberts
There have been no meetings of the Committee in this cycle.
This is the report from the Liberal Democrat Councillors on Newark & Sherwood District Council for the month of September 2023.
The changes of leadership from the election results to a Council with no overall control is now beginning to work together well in the interests of residents. Having has meetings of the three groups, these will be continuing so that we can agree key issues for the Council. These will be co-chaired by Karen Robert. Keith Melton [Lib Dem] Trent holds the portfolio for Climate Change. Peter Harris chairs the Audit and Governance Committee and discussions about the thrust of Audit function have been started.
It is notable that the Council
An Extraordinary Full Council meeting will be held on 20 September 2023 to agree publication of the Amended Allocations & Development Management Plan.
The provision of social hosing for Ukraine scheme has been very successful with 105 households passing through the scheme and 67 households in current host placements with 3 new arrivals anticipated in the next few weeks. The council is proposing to purchase 14 market sale properties between April and November 2023
Keith is proposing to use the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund project opportunity to kick start the decarbonisation of social housing stock, improve properties thermal comfort whilst also reducing the costs for tenants in heating their homes. Keith is also looking to boost insulation standards on new build houses for private sale here. We are aware that there are opportunities for community driven renewable energy generation - rather than being imposed by national commercial projects - as one huge solar panel plan for over 3000 acres in the north of the District - that has not even been discussed with the communities to be surrounded - despite having detailed plans [which were declared ‘Confidential’! - when first revealed to private meeting of Cllrs last week. Ideas should be discussed by our communities and with Keith.
Planning Committee [Keith Melton and Peter Harris]
There were no local planning applications determined by the Committee in August. However, we would remind Councillors that if the re are any concerns about plans that you see, you should always refer them to us, as many of the applications are determined by officers under the ‘scheme of delegation’. It is important that local concerns are passed to us, so that we can review the applications and may ask for a reference to the Planning Committee.
The Government’s pressure for a significant increase in Gypsy and Traveller sites in the District - a much higher number than neighbouring Districts] will increase pressure for new sites, and a plan for 21 new caravan sites in Barnby in the Willows was agreed on a split decision.
Performance and Policy [Karen Roberts]
The Community Plan is being reviewed and the Committee will consider the revised Pan at an extraordinary meeting on Sept 25. Future investigations are being considered including Support for Affordable Active Lifestyles.
This is the report from the Liberal Democrat Councillors on Newark & Sherwood District Council for the month of August 2023.
The changes of leadership from the election results to a Council with no overall control is now beginning to work together well in the interests of residents.. The Independents in Newark and the Lib Dems on the Council are now represented on the Cabinet (Ind 3 posts, Lib Dems 1 and Lab 4), with Keith Melton (Lib Dem,Trent) holding the portfolio for Climate Change and Rowen Cozens as Deputy Leader. Peter Harris chairs the Audit and Governance Committee.
There were no local planning applications determined by the Committee in August. However, we would remind Town Councillors that if the re are any concerns about plans that you see, you should always refer them to us, as many of the applications are determined by officers under the ‘scheme of delegation’. It is important that local concerns are passed to us, so that we can review the applications and may ask for a reference to the Planning Committee.
The Government has bought in changes to Permitted development rights: supporting temporary recreational campsites.
Temporary buildings and uses Schedule 2, Part 4, Class B is amended to remove the temporary use of land for recreational camping when this relates to a festival, but this exclusion does not come into effect until the end of 25th July 2024.
A new Class is inserted ‘Class BC – temporary recreational campsites’. Such campsites can be used for a temporary period of up to 60 days total in a calendar year. In addition, no more than 50 pitches can be provided on the land, also permitted is any moveable structure reasonably necessary for the purposes of the permitted use [e.g. toilets and waste disposal facilities]. These facilities must be made available in order for the developer to benefit from this permitted development right.
Certain land is excluded, and for the Southwell area, this comprises a site of a scheduled monument, safety hazard area, site of special scientific area or a site of a listed building.
Performance and Policy
Work has started on a revised Local Development Plan, a crucial policy for Southwell and the villages. It has started to meet and Keith Melton sits on this group and we will report back on how this progresses, and any implications for the area.