District Council plan for next four years agreed

Posted on: Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Ambitious plans to improve life in Newark and Sherwood were approved at Tuesday’s Full Council meeting after all Councillors adopted a new Community Plan covering the next four years.

This document sets out the priorities and vision of the Council and has been carefully thought through by Members of Cabinet, Chairs and Vice Chairs over the course of a number of months.

Councillor Paul Peacock, Leader of Newark and Sherwood Council, said: “This is a chance for our new administration, appointed in May, to set out our vision for the future of Newark and Sherwood. Listening to the voices of local people has been enormously important in putting this plan together. We’ve heard your concerns about tackling crime and anti-social behaviour and the need to protect and enhance our environment and incorporated these into our plan.  We are here to help.

“We are committed to improving our core services, our waste and recycling service, our housing service and our planning service for example as well as responding to the tough time some of our residents are experiencing with the cost-of-living crisis.  This plan addresses both.

“Our new plan looks to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents; to increase the supply, choice, and standard of housing; to provide opportunities to develop individuals skills levels and create more employment opportunities; to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour; to protect and enhance the district’s natural environment and green spaces, to reduce the impact of climate change; to celebrate and invigorate community spirit, pride of place and a sense of belonging; and to be a modern and accessible Council”.

The District Council will be working with partners, other bodies and organisations to achieve these aims over the next four years. 

Councillor Peacock concludes, “We are committed to ensuring that over the next four years, we regularly gather feedback from residents across the district while implementing the Plan to ensure that its many activities remain aligned with what is wanted and needed.  Right now, we can’t wait to get cracking on some of the brand-new initiatives that we will be delivering.”

Councillor Rowan Cozens, Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Heritage, Culture and the Arts, said: “Our new vision for Newark and Sherwood can be seen in our Community Plan which will act as a framework for us over the next four years. It has been a real partnership effort, building on the work of the previous Conservative led council and now shaped by a leading group made up of Labour, LibDem and Independents for Newark and Sherwood.

“Your voices are important to us, we have listened to your concerns. We will improve core services, seek to create better job opportunities, continue to reduce crime and protect our environment. We will work collaboratively and effectively as a leading group across portfolio areas to achieve our clear objectives which have been informed by our electorate. We will always listen to you.”

The District Council’s Community Plan is available at Community Plan | Newark & Sherwood District Council (newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk)