November 2020

Ward activity was again limited by the lockdown measures. We were unable to do a ward walk or our planned litter pick. However, we did make progress in other ways. 

Covid Pandemic 

As we’re sure you are aware we are currently in Tier 3, this should be reviewed in mid-December. The regulations are not the same as for the previous Tier 3 or lockdown. You can find out more here:

 Tier 3 COVID-19 Restrictions - Nottingham City Council

We have been very concerned about the return of students in the new year, and the potential threat that posed to our infection rate, Sally wrote to the Universities Minister on behalf of the Council asking for clarity. The Government has now announced arrangements for the return of students and we expect the Universities to work with us to ensure the safest possible return:

 Students returning to higher education for spring term - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 

Christmas Lights 

We arranged for the lights to be turned on in Lenton Abbey and Kennington Road, but no switch on events will be taking place because of the covid restrictions. It’s such a shame we won’t be able to meet up with lots of people this Christmas and chat over a mince pie, but fingers crossed for a better year in 2021. 

Ward funding 

In a normal year we would spend a considerable amount of our ward budget on events, such as fun days and Christmas activities. Because this year these events have all been cancelled due to the pandemic, we have given grants to local organisations: 

  • Dunkirk & Old Lenton Community Centre are replacing chairs, 
  • AJ Sports will have new equipment in the Sheila Roper Centre, 
  • The Lenton Centre are organising safe activities for local families. 

We have also supported Highfields Croquet Club in their bid for funding to improve disabled access to their pavilion. 

The Gift of Reading 

We have provided funding to three primary schools who will be giving Christmas book gifts to children on our behalf; Edna G Olds, Dunkirk Primary and Southwold Primary. 

The Council has been a big supporter of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for many years, which provides a book every month to many pre-school children in the city. If you would like to give the gift of reading to a Nottingham child this Christmas you can support the scheme:

 Give the gift of reading this Christmas to a child in Nottingham | My Nottingham News 

Food bank and Holiday hunger 

Wollaton Park Community Centre, on Harrow Road, are opening a new food bank early in December. If you know someone who would benefit please email Karen at:  wpcommunitycentre@gmail.com

After Marcus Rashford’s campaign, the Government recently announced funding to tackle holiday hunger at Christmas and the February half term. City children normally in receipt of free school meals will receive vouchers for use in supermarkets from their school or college and some other very vulnerable households will also be eligible for vouchers. 

If you know of people struggling in these difficult times please do get in touch and we will try our best to help. 

We hope you have a lovely, safe Christmas. It will be very different for many of us and probably not what we would choose, but hopefully the vaccine will come good in 2021 and we will be able to get together again very soon.

Pavlos Kotsonis: pavlos.kotsonis@nottinghamcity.gov.uk; tel: 07874 792633

Sally Longford: sally.longford@nottinghamcity.gov.uk; tel: 07732 972465

Dave Trimble: dave.trimble@nottinghamcity.gov.uk: tel: (0115) 8763785