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Newark and Sherwood District Council has drawn up a plan of action with hopes of improving the district

By Connor Thompson

A plan of action has been drawn up by Newark and Sherwood District Council with the aim of improving the quality of lives of residents and businesses.

The plan, which covers what the council wants to achieve over the next four years, was approved at a full council meeting last week.

Council leader Mr David Lloyd said: “Between October and December, the council carried out a major consultation exercise, which generated more than 11,000 responses from the public.

Newark Castle House Newark & Sherwood Council Building. (4164236)
Newark Castle House Newark & Sherwood Council Building. (4164236)

“These responses have helped to inform our new community plan so that we can be confident we are working on the things that matter most to local people and businesses.”

The community plan includes:

  • Improving the cleanliness and appearance of the local environment.
  • Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.
  • Improving transport infrastructure to reduce congestion and encourage inward investment.
  • Accelerating the supply of new housing.
  • Improving local shopping centres.
  • Reducing levels of deprivation.

The council will work with other bodies and organisations to achieve its aims.

Mr Lloyd said: “Our new plan is a combination of ensuring that the everyday essentials are in place ­— like feeling safe and having somewhere decent to live ­— alongside tackling strategic challenges that include the decline in town centres and national rise in homelessness.

“Over the next four years, we will be investing in enhanced CCTV provision; helping to fund the much-needed Southern Link Road; supporting improved leisure facilities at Southwell and Ollerton; funding flood mitigation works at Lowdham and Southwell and delivering improvements to Newark and our other town centres.”

More than 70% of those who responded to the council survey said maintenance of roads and pavements should be a top priority.


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