October 2020

October has been very busy, despite the rising rate of infection, ward work has continued. 

Covid Pandemic 

After weeks of dithering by the Government and a few days of negotiation, it was agreed that Nottingham and Nottinghamshire should go into Tier 3.  Nobody wanted this to happen but Nottingham hospitals were filling up with covid patients and we have to try to reduce the spread. We went into Tier 3 on Friday morning, and by Friday evening there were leaks saying that there was to be a national lockdown, then of course the Prime Minister announced on Saturday we would be in lockdown from 5th November. You can read the new restrictions in detail on the Government website here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november. It is not the same as March, educational establishments, the household waste recycling centre at Lenton and Garden Centres will be open, but much else will be closed.

Our ward has high levels of infection, the rate is falling among younger adults, but we must try to stop the spread into our older residents,  please keep an eye out for their neighbours and get in touch with any concerns. All local information can be accessed here https://nottinghamcity.gov.uk/coronavirus/ 

Please note Community Protection and the Police are clamping down on illegal gatherings which you can report on 101 and the Council is working hard to ensure that the Universities take responsibility for the behaviour of the minority of students who flout the rules.


There have been works to relay pavements on Charles Avenue and Varden Close during the month, and more improvement works should be taking place during November in parts of Lenton Abbey and Lenton. These have been paid for from our local capital budget after advice from the Highways Inspector. 

Kennington Road Playground 

Since we were elected we have been looking to improve Kennington Road playground, and at our request the Parks team have been working with children at Southwold Primary School to identify what improvements they would like to see. We have now agreed to fund a more welcoming entrance and improvements to the equipment out of our local budget. 

Oundle Drive/Middleton Boulevard 

For many years residents and cyclists have complained about safety at the junction of Oundle Drive and Middleton Boulevard, and we have recently had a pop-up cycle route trial there. This is now being made permanent after a site meeting with residents, we believe that safety for all users will be improved.  

Green Flags 

Eight of our parks and open spaces have been awarded Green Flags (plus Wollaton Park, not in our ward), we would like to thank all the people involved, including our Parks team, local volunteers and the University of Nottingham. Special congratulations go to Wollaton Park Residents’ Association, who have lovingly cared for Farndon Green, which has achieved a Community Green Flag for the first time.  

Ward Walk Lenton 

Sally did the covid safe ward walk this month, in Lenton. A mix of roads were covered and we identified quite a few issues relating to waste, fly tips, graffiti and landlords. We also asked to have repairs carried out to some bollards. 

Stay safe! 

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