Councillors Newsletter Christmas 23/24

Notices Uploaded on November 17, 2023


For Colston Bassett, Upper Broughton, Hickling and Hickling Pastures, Kinoulton, Langar and Barnstone

I wish you a Merry Christmas and hopefully a Prosperous New Year.

The Recent Town & Parish Forum was well attended and informative.
There was a good presentation on Planning which included

  • the apportionment of CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) monies to villages and communities. (CIL is imposed on new developments and should benefit the local area)
  • The value of Neighbourhood plans,
  • Tree Wardens
  • Imposition of local by-laws
  • Bio Diversity

Paul Phillips, the Borough Environment office, spoke regarding local bio-diversity and need for Parishes to Plant and look after trees, and to include Bio-diversity in their Neighbourhood Plans

To carry out an audit demonstrating the value of nature in their area.

Under latest planning regulations developers need to demonstrate 10% more hedgerow on site following development.

Something to consider when commenting on planning applications.


There is money out there if you need to improve you locality

There are lots of funds available for community and environmental projects. If you have a planned idea which will benefit your village and want help with funding, I might be able to point you in the right direction The UKSPF and REPF funds are open until January 19th.

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POPPY DAY (Armistice)
Rememberance in the villages
(just some of the many images in the attached document)



I attended a very engaged meeting with local farmers and landowners plus the new Neighbourhood policing inspector, Tim Cuthbert and police and Borough Council representatives plus the Police Commissioner. New high tech detective equipment was discussed including drones.

The recent arrest of criminals involved in farm machinery thefts in the area was discussed plus environmental crimes and fly tipping. These meetings are very productive and demonstrate the need for continual reporting of suspicious events, however minor, on 101 or 999 if serious, as all information adds to the jigsaw. There was also a presentation by the Woodland Trust on Agroforestry.

We are looking for all local farmers to engage with these meetings – your input is invaluable.

You can join the Local Farm Watch Whats App group by contacting Jo McQuat 07860790511 the co-ordinator

Any information of suspicious activity is then immediately passed to other local farmers.

Please stay informed and connected.

Please make sure you park considerately.

I have discussed this matter with the Rushcliffe Portfolio holder and Neighbourhood Policing team

It is an issue in the Borough and villages but is not an offence.

However, it is an offence to obstruct a right of way, pavement or road. Too many vehicles are parking on pavements and forcing pedestrians, invalidity scooters and push chairs into the road. Please park with consideration of other road users. Please make sure contractors attending your property do not obstruct the pavement.

See you in the New Year

Cllr. Tina Combellack