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Memorial gates to be renovated
The following statement was approved by the Parish Council at its meeting on 25.6.12:
A number of options having been considered, including the possibility of a completely new war memorial for the village, the Parish Council has approved proposals for renovation and enhancement of the existing Memorial gates (originally donated by Mary Ward College) on Nottingham Road, alongside the Rectory playing field.
The proposals include:
- Replacing the old, damaged brick pillars with stone;
- Engraving names and text on the pillars in accordance with the wishes of the local branch of the Royal British Legion;
- Retaining the existing plaques;
- Laying a brick or tarmac standing area on the playing field side of the gates, and an additional, grasscrete area.
The cost of this initiative is not known at the time of writing, but all arrangements would be made by the County Council which, subject to detailed design work and acceptable cost estimates, would finance the work by way of a Local Improvement Scheme (Heritage & Conservation) grant.
The Parish Council is already responsible for insuring and maintaining the gates, and this would continue to be the case; the Council does not envisage that the cost of insurance or maintenance would increase significantly as a result of the proposed enhancements, and believes that there would, in fact, be a saving on maintenance and repairs in the short term, given that structural work on the pillars would, in any event, have been necessary in the near future.
The Parish Council believes that the enhanced gates would serve as a fitting memorial to those who have given their lives in service of their country, and as a focal point for acts of remembrance.
The gates would, needless to say, be accessible to all, and, as they are not on private land, there could be no question of any disputes regarding access.
Subject to the County Council being able to make the necessary arrangements, the work should be completed within the next nine months, and news of further developments will appear in the Keyworth News and on the Parish Council website in due course.
Click on the link below to see previous items relating to the war memorial:
Further to the items below, the Parish Council has been informed by NHS Nottinghamshire County that "following recent consideration, the area of Keyworth has been determined as a non-controlled area", and that an application has been received from Keyworth Healthcare Services Ltd in respect of a pharmacy at Keyworth Medical Practice. Click on the link below to see the Parish Council's response following discussion at an extraordinary meeting on 16.7.12:
- Letter to NHS Nottinghamshire County (MS Word, 30 Kb)
Further to the items below, the Parish Council has been notified by Nottinghamshire County Primary Care Trust that, under NHS regulations, "the PCT must consider and determine whether or not the area specified in the application or any part of such area, is rural in character", and that the PCT cannot proceed with the application "until such time as the area's current controlled locality status has been re-determined", and has accordingly withdrawn the application.
The PCT will now "go ahead with re-determining the status of the area".
We await further developments.
Further to the item below, the Parish Council has received assurances from Keyworth Medical Practice that:
- The idea of a 100 hour pharmacy based in the Primary Care Centre is at a very early stage.
- If a decision is made to proceed, there will be a consultation process.
- The Medical Practice will work closely with the Patient Participation Group which is keen to be involved in any discussions.
Invited by Nottinghamshire County Primary Care Trust to comment on proposals from Keyworth Healthcare Services Ltd for a pharmacy (opening up to one hundred hours per week) at Keyworth Primary Care Centre on Bunny Lane, it was agreed at the Council's Planning meeting on 3rd October, that the Council chairman, Tony Grice, should respond expressing concern regarding the impact on the two pharmacies in the square, and on the vitality and viability of the village centre if either or both of those pharmacies were to close, leaving the relevant shop units unoccupied.
If you would like to comment on the situation, for or against, Sue Hall of the Keyworth Medical Practice Patient Participation Group (PPG) would be happy to hear from you, and will discuss feedback with the Practice Manager. You can contact Sue by letter (marked Private & Confidential) for attention of Sue Hall, Chair, Keyworth Medical Practice PPG, c/o Keyworth Primary Care Centre, Bunny Lane, Keyworth, NG12 5JU; or by email; alternatively, telephone 0115 9374371.
Artist's impression of the renovated gates: