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Village Quiz 2015

Entertaining matches in Week 3.

Click here for a reports/results.

Next quiz night: 2nd March.

Why not come along and join the audience?

Are you on it?

A message from Rushcliffe Borough Council: Your vote matters – but can you vote? Only if you're on the register. You must get on the electoral register by Monday, 20th April. Three elections take place on Thursday, 7th May – General, Borough and Parish. The 2015 elections are the biggest since 1979.

The way you register changed in 2014 under Individual Electoral registration (IER) – individuals now have to register themselves, rather than under the old system where a household was registered. Register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Don't leave it to the deadline to register, as more information may be needed to prove your identity, before you are registered.

All the information you need - deadlines, what to do, how to do it, whether you are on the register, postal and proxy voting and more - can be found online or by calling the Borough Council. You can also find out who is standing for election, your nearest polling station and a FAQ which should answer most common questions.

Find out at www.rushcliffe.gov.uk/elections or call the Borough Council on 0115 9819911.

Nat West closure to go ahead

(Nat West, 10 The Square)

On Thursday, 12th February, Borough Councillor Sam Boote and myself met with officials of the National Westminster Bank to try and persuade them that the Bank in Keyworth should remain open; despite making numerous suggestions, we were unsuccessful and the bank will close as notified in March.

Tony Grice, Parish Council Chairman

Fencing for Rectory field

No access to turning circle

Over the last few years, the Parish Council and local residents have had noise and nuisance problems during afternoons, late evening and early hours at the turning circle on the Rectory field near the Centenary Lounge; the Police have attended numerous times, but the problem still persists; it has been so bad that one of the local residents felt the need to move away. We have also had problems with people driving cars on the field, churning up the grass.

In an effort to solve these incidents of anti-social behaviour, the Parish Council has decided to erect discreet fencing all along the Elm Avenue side of the Rectory field, ending just short of the turning circle; a locked barrier gate will then prevent access to the turning circle. Users of the Village Hall complex will still be able to turn vehicles using the original turning point at the side of the Centenary Lounge.

Note: the fencing would incorporate sections which could be removed when necessary, e.g. for the Keyworth Show.

Tony Grice, Parish Council Chairman

Keyworth Advice Centre - Tuesday afternoons in the Feignies Room with effect from 3rd February. Click here for details.

Keyworth Conservation Area Census

Can you assist with a survey about our heritage? If so, the Conservation Area Advisory Group would be interested to hear from you.

Click here for further details.

Neighbourhood Plan - Latest

The seven-week public consultation period on the Keyworth Draft Neighbourhood Plan came to a close on 24th January. Thanks to all who participated. Click here for an update from Cllr Linda Abbey, chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group, or here for background details. Please watch this space for news of further developments.

No increase in Parish portion of council tax

The Parish Council finalised its 2015/16 budget at a meeting on 26th January, and set the precept at such a level as to ensure no increase in the Parish Council element of the council tax for the year.

Police liaison meetings - anything you want us to raise?

Next meeting: Tuesday, 10th March - 10am in the Council office reception area.

Parish Councillors meet with the local beat officer every month or so, to discuss crime trends and policing issues affecting Keyworth. If there are any issues you would like raised at these meetings, please feel free to email us...your emails will be passed on to the relevant Councillors, and discussed at the next meeting. If you would like someone to contact you with feedback from the meeting, please make that clear in your email. Click here for more about local policing. N.B. The purpose of the meetings is to discuss policing issues in general. Individual crimes should always be reported to the police in the first instance, through the normal channels (click here for details).

Electoral review of Nottinghamshire

The Local Government Boundary Commission for England is conducting an electoral review of Nottinghamshire County Council. Click here for details or here to have your say.

Activity park - funding setback

We understand that the Village Plan Group's bid for funding for an activity park on the Rectory field has been turned down. The Group will no doubt be exploring other avenues, and we wish it well in its endeavours. Turn to Page 2 for background items.

Village Hall - revised hire charges for 2015/16

The Council's Facilities committee has agreed revised hire charges for the Village Hall complex with effect from 1st April 2015. Click here to see the current and revised tariffs.

Want to know more about the Village Hall?

Want to hire the Village Hall, Centenary Lounge of Feignies Room?

Click here for hire charges and other information.

Click here for photographs of the premises.

Defibrillator in Village Hall

A defibrillator, donated by East Midlands Ambulance Service, can be found in the Village Hall foyer. If hiring the premises, please make sure that you know where it is, and how it should be used in case of emergency. If hiring the Centenary Lounge, please make sure that you know how to access to the defibrillator via the connecting doors. Click here for further details.

County & Borough Councils join forces at Centenary Lounge on Friday mornings

Nottinghamshire County Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council have joined forces with a Customer Service Point in the Centenary Lounge at the Village Hall (Fridays from 9am to 1pm).

Please come along and have a word with the Councils' representatives if there's anything you need to discuss, including:

Litter...a message from the Council chairman

The Parish Council is receiving increased complaints about litter in the village. Streetwise do a good job in collecting litter, but they cannot be around all of the time; likewise, the Parish Council pays for litter collection three times a week on the Rectory Field, and also litter collection at the Skatepark. There are also numerous 'litter picks' by various organisations in the village, to whom we all owe a vote of thanks for their sterling work.

However, the main problem is that litter is there in the first place. I am sure you will all agree that Keyworth is a great place to live; so why mess it up? I ask you, please put litter in the many bins in the village, or take it home with you...and perhaps you parents could stress the point with your children!

Also, please don't forget to report litter to the Borough Council...click here to 'do it online', or call in at the Borough Council contact point (Friday mornings - see below). Let's all please do our bit in keeping Keyworth tidy.

Regards…. Tony Grice (chairman Keyworth Parish Council)

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