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Friday, 08 April 2016


What You Told Us

We would like to thank all the residents who kindly took the time to send us their comments and suggestions about the Town Council taking on more services.  The feedback has been very positive and all responses have supported the proposal for the Town Council to adopt more responsibilities. For example, one resident wrote:

 I think it’s a great idea that the Town Council takes over more local services – the nearer they are to home, the more likely that residents’ opinions will be taken into account.

and another said

We live in a special place and we all want to keep it that way. So a definite yes.

Other issues raised such as parking problems, grass-cutting, litter and over-grown privately owned hedges have all been noted and the Council will continue to work on these.

In response to queries regarding the “additional land”, this refers to small pockets of open space within housing developments, for example the play area at Humberstone Road.

Following the positive support shown by residents, Councillors discussed the District Council’s latest offer at the January meeting of the Town Council and are now in the final stages of negotiation with them.  

Neighbourhood Plan Update

In January, the District Council submitted the Southwell Neighbourhood Plan to an Independent Examiner with their support.  When the Town Council knows what the examiner’s recommendations are, we will discuss them at our first available opportunity in consultation with the District Council.

Spring and Summer Events 2016

Fair Trade Fortnight: 29th February – 13th  March

As a Fair Trade Town, Southwell will be supporting events during this time.

Gate to Southwell: 9th-12th June

Celebrating 10 years of music, The Gate to Southwell Festival will again be held at the Racecourse, with some performances in and around the town. Tickets are now on sale. Visit southwellfolkfestival.org.uk for details.

Fun Fair: 9th-11th June

This year’s visit from the fair will be from on the Burgage as always.

Traders’ Shopping Event: Sunday 12th  June.

To coincide with the national celebrations for the Queen’s 90th Birthday, Southwell Traders will be holding another Shopping Event on this date.

Burgage Excavations:  June 13th – July 9th (TBC)

Year 2 digs begin on June 13th with an opportunity to take part at the Funday on June 25th and concluding with an Open Day and public display on Saturday July 9th.  For more information, visit southwellarchaeology.org.uk.

Town Council’s Funday: Saturday June 25th       

All the usual attractions will be on the Burgage (12-4pm) plus some new and exciting activities for the children!

The Southwell Music Festival – August 25th-29th

This will be the 3rd year of the nationally acclaimed Southwell Music Festival. The programme for the 2016 Festival will be announced at a free concert at Southwell Minster on Friday 18th March at 7.30pm. Visit southwellmusicfestival.com for further details.

Meeting your Councillors

As part of the Town Council’s initiative to work more closely with the community we are holding regular drop-in sessions.  Your opinions are extremely valuable, so please come and talk to us.  You will find us in the Market Square, The Admiral Rodney or the Library every 3rd Saturday of the month.  The next drop in session will be Saturday 12th March in the Market Square.

We also held our most recent ‘Parks and Open Spaces’ meeting at the Minster School when students had the opportunity to take part.

Friends of Southwell Parks

With the support of the Town Council, this hard-working group of volunteers has now applied for numerous grants for community projects, totalling over £50,000 towards improving and extending the play area for younger children in the Memorial Park.   We shall hear whether these have been successful in the next few months and will keep you up to date with progress.  In the meantime we would like to thank the group for all their hard work.

Adopt a drain

Is there a surface-water drain near where you live? You can help to prevent the build-up of water on the roads by making sure that the drain cover is clear of leaves and debris. If the one near you is blocked, you can either clear it yourself or call the Nottinghamshire County Council Drainage Manager on 01623 520 741 or email . 



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