As 2018 comes to an end I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on some of the things Nottingham City Council has achieved working alongside many of our partners including Nottingham City Homes, Nottinghamshire Police, Framework, Intu and many others.
Here are ten things I’m proud the Council has done in 2018:
1. More School Places in Good Local Primaries – in 2018, 480 school places and 26 nursery places were created following expansion programmes in Westbury Special School, Glade Hill Primary School and Middleton Primary School.
2. Safer Private Rented Accommodation with Selective Licencing – This year Nottingham City Council introduced new licensing rules to tackle rogue landlords, improve standards and enforce basic safety requirements that anyone would want for their home.
4. Remembering and Celebrating our Armed Forces – To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War a number of events were organised and earlier in the year HMS Sherwood was given Freedom of the City, recognising the contribution of the East Midland’s only Royal Naval Reserve unit.
4. Building a Better Nottingham with new Affordable Homes – A number of Nottingham City Homes ‘Building a Better Nottingham’ developments were completed with Lenton Green as one of the highlights, transforming the area with 142 homes, including bungalows, flats, family homes and independent living schemes.
5. Providing Support for Homeless People – Homelessness is on the rise across the country, but the City Council continues to fund initiatives to address the issue. This year we have secured an extra £420,000 to help fund this work and provide extra bed spaces to cope with additional demand and are also ensuring no one in Nottingham need sleep rough. We have also managed to reduce the numbers of people using bed and breakfasts as temporary accommodation to single figures and are set to reach our target of 0 by Christmas.
6. Cheering England on in the World Cup – Nottingham Castle played host to the screenings of England’s World Cup quarter and semi final with 3000 people coming to cheer England on in a positive and family friendly atmosphere.
7. Greener City with Nottingham’s Clean Air Plans– Nottingham is one of the first cities to have their clean air plans approved by Government. Many other cities around the country are struggling to get their clean air plans passed so the fact they have approved Nottingham’s is testament to the numerous green initiatives that have taken place over many years.
8. A Move Back to City Focused Policing – Though we have had success in reducing anti-social behaviour, crime has risen as Government cuts have hurt frontline policing. It was encouraging though to see Nottinghamshire Police took the decision to move back to city focused policing which will increase joint working between the police and council.
9. Plan to Improve Children’s Literacy – Building on our status as a UNESCO city of literature, The Dolly Parton Imagination Library book giving scheme was rolled out to three more wards in the city, Bridge, Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey and Dales. The scheme is currently providing books to more than 4000 children in Nottingham. I was proud to spend the summer walking a marathon a day on the Pennine Way, raising £5340 for the charity. We have also consulted on plans for a new library with the aim of making it the best children’s library in the country.
10. Progressing with the Broardmarsh Development – The Council Executive has agreed to proceed with the redevelopment of intu Broadmarsh and the new Broadmarsh Car Park which will bring jobs, growth, more visitors and greater confidence in the city centre.
There are many other things Nottingham City Council has achieved this year and even more to try and achieve in 2019. It is a good record to build on however, and a testament to all the people that work in Nottingham City Council and our partner organisations, who continue to strive to deliver the best for Nottingham people.