Robert Jenrick: Increase in jobs is helping give more people security and stability

Robert Jenrick: Increase in jobs is helping give more people security and stability

Robert Jenrick has welcomed new figures showing the number of people in work in the Newark constituency has risen by nearly 8,000 since 2010, with the number of people no longer relying on unemployment benefit falling by over 300. Robert Jenrick said: “There are now nearly 8,000 more people in work since the last general election, with over 300 fewer people relying on unemployment benefit. This is great news for our area – every new job means another family with the stability and security of a regular pay packet. “This is more evidence that things have been improving locally under the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan. It’s only by sticking with this plan that things will to continue to improve in our local area – securing a better and brighter future for people in Newark, Bingham, Southwell and Tuxford.”   Notes & attribution: The number of people in work in Newark has increased by 7,800 since 2010 – that’s nearly 8,000 more people with the security and stability of a regular pay packet. In April 2009-March 2010 (the last full period there are figures for under Labour) there were 44,900 people in work. In January 2013-December 2013 (the latest figures available) this had risen to 52,700. This means 77.4 per cent of people in Newark are now in work, above the average of the East Midlands of 71.7 per cent and Britain of 71.5 per cent (ONS, NOMIS Labour Market Statistics, accessed 14 May 2014, link). The number of people in work in Newark fell by 3,000 under Labour. In April 2004-March 2005 there were 47,800 people in work. This had fallen to...
Bingham Library Closed on 24th May

Bingham Library Closed on 24th May

We were tweeted by Nottinghamshire County Council today with confirmation that the library will be shut on the 24th of May for the day. @ThisIsBinghamUK Bingham Library temporarily closes Saturday 24 May for major improvement works. More info on website http://t.co/dwomfYsaXI — Nottinghamshire CC (@NottsCC) May 1,...
Keep the Langar waste recycling site open!

Keep the Langar waste recycling site open!

Nottinghamshire County Council have announced that they plan to close the household waste recycling centre at Langar as part of their 2014 budget cuts. The centre is a well used facility for residents of Langar, Barnstone, Cotgrave, The Cropwells, Bingham, Radcliffe on Trent and other villages in the area. It is the only facility in the area that is well used, efficient and user friendly. These plans have come to light to local residents although the county council has committed to increasing recycling over the next few years and to make these sorts of facilities available to everyone. Although cuts have to be made by the council, the closure of the centre will cause some inconvenience to residents and users across the villages and possible encourage fly tipping. Councillor Richard Butler, who represents the Cotgrave division, has said “When I was the Cabinet member for the Environment up until last May, if this had been suggested to me, I would have thrown the idea out straightaway! “Closing it will not actually save money in the greater scheme of things.” A petition has be uploaded this website to help keep the recycling site open. With nearly 400 supporters already, it seems like this centre is a big part of recycling. If you would like petition against the centre being closed then sign the petition via the link...
Holiday Activities to be axed in Bingham

Holiday Activities to be axed in Bingham

The younger generation in Bingham are among more than 5,500 children who could have their school holiday activities cut after a council axed a contract with a charity which is now at risk of closure. Newark and Sherwood Play Support Group is 12 months into a three year contract, jointly with Mansfield Play Forum,with Nottinghamshire County Council. The council is ending the contract early to save money. Jill Musson, the support group’s co-ordinator, said she was devastated at the impact it would have on children and families. “We target areas of deprivation so it is poor families who are going to be hit. “If you have three children and a six-week summer holiday to cover, having a free event you can go to makes a big difference.” Jill Musson said that the charity would struggle to raise money through grants. It would have to cut its service, and could face closure. She contiuned to say, “Free play is not on the council’s agenda at all as far as I’m aware.” Heidi Bell, who lives in Bingham with her eight children, childminds three children and said the group was just starting to establish itself in Bingham. “A lot of families need help. We have been told recently that Bingham is the best place in the country to bring up a family but there’s actually not a lot to do here. “I have some sympathy with the council because there is no money and it is difficult to know what to cut but these children are our future.” Newark and Sherwood Play Support Group said it was encouraged to tender for...
Bingham Community needs a say!

Bingham Community needs a say!

A Bingham Town Council proposal to set up a community led town plan, was met with anger by a Bingham resident who had supported the idea of setting up a neighbourhood plan. Peter Allen had chaired a public consultation with around 40 people last month, who backed the implementation of the plam. It would have been an influence to the development of homes and offices within the community, and would have to be considered by planning officers. At a full council meeting, Peter Allen accused council members of ignoring the public. He said “I am dismayed at the way this council has reacted to the neighbourhood plan. “This council appears to think planning has stopped in Bingham” He continued to state that The Crown Estate would take every opportunity possible to develop the town and that Bingham needed a plan to accommodate this.  He said other local councils such as Radcliffe, had agreed to set up a neighbourhood plan and that no other council had dismissed the idea. “This is not good enough. Bingham really needs something better.” he said. Allen asked how it could be called a community led plan if the town council was going to lead it. Tony Fox said he would be looking to the community to lead the town plan. “I personally do not see this a being a council led plan.” he said Tony Fox continued to say that he had not ruled out developing a neighbourhood plan in the future. The plan is designed to let people have a say on the town’s future. It could include a range of issues that...
Bingham Town Council tackle judges comments

Bingham Town Council tackle judges comments

A Bingham and Rushcliffe Borough councillor has hit out at Best Kept Village judges who described Bingham Market Place as drab and unremarkable. Francis Purdue-Horan criticised remarks made by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CRPE), which judges the annual Best Kept Village competition. Bingham failed to make it through to the final round of the competition earlier this year. The judges found some social housing owned by Metropolitan Housing Association had litter and poorly maintained gardens with overgrown grass. A noticeboard at Crow Close was dirty and difficult to read. The community noticeboard on Market Street apparently needed a bit of sprucing up. Judges said some telephone boxes and letter boxes needed repairing and the library and health centre were labelled as shabby and uninviting. Franic Purdue-Horan said: “I’d like to know if they ended up somewhere else in the country, or if they arrived in Bingham and realised they needed an eye test. “Depending on the light and the condition, in summer you could sometimes think you are in a Parisian square. “I know the efforts that people in Bingham put in to make their buildings attractive. It is remarkable, not unremarkable.” The town council is working on an action plan to tackle the comments. However, many of the criticisms related to issues that are the responsibility of the Rushcliffe Borough Council, Nottingham County Council and other councils/groups. The Bingham council have agreed to put pressure on these groups. Town councillor Alan Harvey agreed with Purdue-Horan. “I would like the judges from CPRE to come back during our Christmas fair and see whether it’s drab and unremarkable,”...