As we approach New Year, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you for all the hard work and dedication of council staff, in serving Nottingham people, for keeping us safe, and for making our city an even better place to live and work. I know that this year has had its challenges and continued challenges have made it harder to deliver our ambitious commitments for the city. But, throughout the year and with your hard work, Nottingham City Council has been able to deliver vital services to citizens and continue to find innovative new ways of delivering on our vision for Nottingham people.
I am proud that since May, we’ve already made progress on a number of key objectives, such as:
- Reducing incidents of knife crime in the city by 18%
- 70 additional properties through Nottingham City Homes provide temporary accommodation for homeless families in our city
- We’ve opened a new war memorial at Victoria Embankment
- A new 420-place school with a 60-place nursery has been announced as part of the Waterside development
- All schools in the city are now rated good or outstanding by OFSTED
- We were able to provide 5,200 lunches across 20 days in August to children to help tackle holiday hunger in Nottingham
- Started work on revitalising Nottingham Castle into a major national heritage attraction
- Work well underway on the Broadmarsh shopping centre.
As we approach the New Year and the start of a new decade, I believe that there are reasons to be optimistic about the future of Nottingham. Together, we are creating a better city. We are helping people to live in a cleaner, safer place, with more jobs, more homes and with a range of exciting things to do
I’m confident, that together we can achieve our shared ambitions for Nottingham people in 2020, and beyond.
Hope you had a happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year.