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Progress Reports from Portfolio Holders.


Councillor Peter Barnes (Environment)


·       Two clean-ups have taken place in Netherfield and a programme of clean ups is being worked on for the rest of the Borough, beginning with the urban areas and potentially extending to the Parish areas if they feel that it is necessary.

·       There are ongoing issues with missed bins due to on street parking.

·       A recent meeting took place between the Corporate Director, the Environment Agency and Highways to look at how flooding issues affecting Front Street might be alleviated.

·       Arnot Hill Park and Burton Road Jubilee Park have both received the Green Flag Award.

·       Gedling Country Park is now starting to look more like a park and plans are in place for the Solar Farm to be installed between September and December 2014.


Councillor Henry Wheeler (Health and Housing)


·       The next stage of building work at the Civic Centre will see the cash office transformed into new housing interview rooms.

·       A bid has been made to resurrect a street outreach team to deal with homelessness.

·       There is currently movement on stagnant development sites working with partners agencies, such as Gedling Homes and Derwent Housing, bids are due in September.

·       The Council has made a response to the Care Act.

·       A “Connecting Communities” project is beginning in Daybrook, funded by the Clinical Commissioning Group, which is hoping to recruit local volunteers and a locality worker.

·       The Council is looking to increase the uptake of the Disabled Facilities Grant and are hoping to recruit a temporary staff member to work on this.

·       Frontline staff have now received safeguarding training and an increased awareness of safeguarding issues has resulted in an additional number of referrals.

·       A dementia project will work with Primary Schools to increase dementia awareness.

·       The Portfolio Holder has recently undertaken some coaching for the National Citizen’s Service.

·       The Youth Council are due to meet again on the 18th of September.


Councillor Darrell Pulk (Leisure and Development)


·       Leisure’s IT systems have now been updated after a 2 month programme of building and testing the system. The system went live for leisure bookings on the 29th of July, theatre bookings have yet to go live.

·       Leisure strategy is being worked on with Sport England which will use information to inform a strategy for Gedling going forward.

·       Calverton Leisure Centre will be holding open days on the 6th and 7th of September.

·       Redhill Leisure Centre bar has now closed and all users have now found alternative premises.

·       Severn Trent road works from the 14th of August near Carlton Forum Leisure Centre, but this should not affect the leisure centre.

·       A World War I commemorative dance project will perform at the Gedling Show.

·       Councillor Gregory is currently organising a WWI commemoration football match with British and German army uniforms.

·       Local artists are involved in creating pieces to commemorate WWI.

·       The contract for obesity and weight loss programmes such as the positive moves programme, get Gedling walking and Heartbeats and now work is underway to attempt to identify alternative sources of funding.


Councillor John Clarke (Finance and Performance)


·       The Aligned Core Strategy has now been judged by the independent planning inspector as sound.

·       The World War I commemorative “lights out” ceremony recently held in Arnot Hill Park was very well attended and touching.

·       The Department of Work and Pensions have now moved in to the building and are operational.

·       Economic Development work is currently ongoing and Cabinet should begin to see reports and presentations on the subject later this year.

·       The locality co-ordinators are doing a great job in Netherfield, Newstead and Killisick.







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