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Nottinghamshire’s vision for year ahead includes five new schools and five new nature reserves

Nottinghamshire County Council has outlined its vision to deliver a range of ambitious projects and schemes in the year ahead that will improve the lives of all residents.

The annual plan of activity aims to deliver on the Council’s commitment to make Nottinghamshire a healthier, prosperous, and greener county as set out in its bold 10-year Nottinghamshire Plan.

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Projects to be delivered over the next 12 months are numerous and wide-ranging and will benefit all communities and groups of residents across the county – and include:

  • Establishing Family Hubs that will help to give children the best start in life by providing access to local support centres for parents/carers, children, and young people;
  • Three new free schools scheduled to open in September 2022 and a further two new primary schools with high environmental standards to open by September 2023;
  • Working with partners to deliver a housing strategy for Nottinghamshire to help provide good, safe, environmentally sustainable, affordable housing;
  • Designating five new Local Nature Reserves and supporting volunteering opportunities for people to help protect our green spaces;
  • Investing in a three-year programme to make widespread improvements to our roads and highway network;
  • Bringing forward regional devolution proposals, to work closer with partners and secure major investment, jobs, and increased prosperity for Nottinghamshire;
  • Launching the Nottinghamshire Food Charter to address the causes of food poverty and to deliver better health and environmental outcomes.

Councillor Ben Bradley MP, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Last autumn we launched our Nottinghamshire Plan, which was based on what 12,000 residents told us in the Big Notts Survey about their hopes and concerns as we recover from the pandemic and look to the future.

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“This annual plan is a commitment of the action we’re taking to address what people told us.

“Throughout the whole process it’s been critical we remain transparent and accountable, and, with this plan, residents will be able to judge us on what we’ve clearly said we’d do.”

“We are proud to launch such an ambitious plan with translates our 10-year vision into such specific actions that will improve the health and wellbeing of those who need it most, bring investment into our area and boost local business, and transform our environment and communities so they are cleaner and safer for all.”

Councillor Bruce Laughton, Deputy Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, said the plan reaffirms the authority’s commitment to make the county a better place to live, work and visit.

He said: “For the whole life of our 10-year Nottinghamshire Plan we are committed to producing an annual plan, so every year our residents, partners and employees can see the detail of what we’re setting out to do and how by working together we make sure everyone can enjoy the best of what Nottinghamshire has to offer.”

The annual plan was approved at the Council’s first Cabinet meeting today (Thursday 26 May) and, subject to a five-day standstill period, delivery of the activity will begin.

You will also then be able to view the full annual plan with further details of the projects and schemes at https://plan.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/

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