Devolution package to Newark Town Council

On April 15, 2015 a range of services and assets within the Parish of Newark transferred from Newark and Sherwood District Council to Newark Town Council.

The package included Newark Market Place, town centre toilets, a number of parks and open spaces within the Parish of Newark and Newark Riverside Walk.

In order to facilitate a smooth transition in the delivery of the services to the public, the district council will continue to provide grounds maintenance services to the town council for a three-year period and will assist in the operation and management of the market for a two-year period, but with the town council assuming overall responsibility for the delivery of those services.

The devolution package to the town council forms part of a wider programme of devolving services and facilities to towns and parishes across the district. It is also hoped that the package will result in closer partnership working between the town and district councils and that further services and assets will be devolved to the town council in the future.

The devolution package will give the town council more control and influence over the delivery of services to its local communities while at the same time delivering significant financial savings to the district.

The additional cost to the town council will initially be met from its accumulated reserves supported by a small increase in its precept. In the longer term the full cost of operating the additional services will be met from an increase in the council tax base generated from major new housing developments being built to the south and east of the town.

Assets transferred to the town council:

Parks and Open Spaces

Beaumond Gardens

Fountain Gardens

Friary Gardens

Riverside Park

Sherwood Avenue - Skate Park and multi-use games area

Sherwood Avenue Park – Bowls Club and Tennis Courts

Tolney Lane play area


Environmental Improvement Sites

Riverside Walk

Railway Walk Beacon Hill

Beastmarket Hill roundabout

Albert Street/Portland Street bedding scheme

Otter Park Millgate (including road and yard)

Shrub beds at Hawton Road, Boundary Road and Windsor Road

Land on South side of Clay Lane


Open Space Private Estates

Autumn Croft Road estate amenity open space and play area

Newbury Road estate amenity open space and play areas

Broughton Drive amenity open space

De Havilland Way amenity open space

Hine Avenue amenity open space

Hounsfield Close amenity open space

John Pope Way amenity open space

Pine Close amenity open space

Ringrose Close amenity open space

Farndon Road – The Ivies – amenity open spaces

Wheatsheaf Avenue amenity open space

Barnby Road Community Park

College Close amenity open space and play area

Wheatsheaf Avenue amenity open spaces and play areas


Public Toilets

London Road toilets and kiosk

Arena car park toilets and kiosk

St Mark’s toilets


The Town Council will also maintain the district council’s public toilet facilities at Newark Castle and Sconce and Devon Park under a service level agreement.

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