Newark Towns Fund
It was announced in September 2019 that Newark was chosen as one of 100 towns in the UK to receive up to £25 million worth of investment, as part of the Government’s ‘Town Deal’ process.
In return for funding, we need to submit a Towns Fund Investment Plan to the Government. This will set out a range of projects for the next 10 to 15 years that provide a basis for future investment and offer value for money, including any match investment from the private or other sectors.
It's time to have your say
It’s now your turn to have a say on how the money could be spent, helping us present the strongest ‘Deal’ possible to Government.
For us to have the best chance in being awarded the maximum funding, it is vital for the residents of Newark to be part of this process. We need you to have a say in the future of your town and let us know how you want to see Newark meet the needs of the present and the future.
What are your thoughts around education, housing, transport, roads and safety? Does the town centre meet your needs and what does it need more of?
We want to hear from you.
- How do you get into the town and move around it?
- How do you use digital connectivity?
- Do you use public areas and open spaces?
- What is the town centre like to live in?
- What skills does Newark need for the future?
- How do you think we should support existing and new businesses?
- How can we make the best of our buildings and places?
Closing date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Future Newark writing competition
Alongside our main online consultation survey, we also want local children to share their ideas with us, so that we can create a better Newark for everyone.
The Future Newark writing competition is a chance for children to tell us what you think. Write us letter explaining what Newark needs and persuade us that your ideas are the best! Find out more here.
Key themes include
- improving skills
- creating higher value jobs
- improving digital connectivity
- improving transport links
Consultation and planning
Together with the local community and local businesses we are now drawing up plans to transform the town’s economic growth prospects with a focus on improved transport, heritage, skills and culture.
The ambition is to ‘re-imagine’ the town, maximise the positives of its independent shops, tourist offer and assets and its historic centre and architecture.
Proposals will be drawn up to address the severe effects of retail decline, vacant shops, anti-social behaviour, service an appropriate night-time economy and provide new residential and family offers to the town.
David Lloyd discusses our plans
On Friday 31 January our Leader Councillor David Lloyd answered a series of questions about the Newark Towns Fund live on Facebook.
Newark Towns Fund Board
The Newark Town Deal Board is the vehicle through which the vision and strategy for the town is defined. It will produce a Town Investment Plan and inform the Town Deal, including the amount of investment secured through the Towns Fund.
Statement of Purpose
The primary role of the Newark Town Board is to provide strong and visible leadership for Newark, challenging partners to increase their ambition of what can be achieved collectively and acting as advocates for the town.
The Board will seek to maximise the opportunities for growth; agree a vision for the town and oversee the development of a well evidenced Town Investment Plan which sets out a clear understanding of the area, focusing on its assets, opportunities and challenges.
The Growth Board comprises of representatives from the local business and education sectors, relevant national government organisations and/or arm's length bodies, local representative organisations and community groups; Local Authorities and relevant Parish Councils; and local MP. Membership will be reviewed every year.
Membership representation to include:
- Independent Chair (from business sector)
- Business sector representative
- Newark Business Club
- Newark and Sherwood Citizens Advice Bureau
- Newark College
- University of Nottingham
- Nottingham Trent University
- D2N2 LEP
- Homes England
- Network Rail
- Local MP
- Newark and Sherwood District Council
- Newark Town Council
- Balderton Parish Council
- Nottinghamshire County Council
Terms of reference
The keys functions of Newark Town Board are:
- Provide leadership and accountability for the Town Investment Plan; defining vision, shared priorities and set challenges
- Oversee development of a programme of interventions and individual business cases in order to negotiate a Town Deal with the Government
- Maximise visibility and promote the priorities of Newark at local, regionally, national and international levels and develop a voice for Newark with Government
- Challenging partners to increase their ambition of what can be achieved collectively and acting as advocates for the town
- Make decisions in terms of, town investment plan and town deal, however Newark and Sherwood District Council as the Accountable Body will need to be approved through its own decision-making processes
The Newark Town Board will be chaired by an independent Chair. It will be based on collaboration and conducted in the spirit of partnership working and abide by Nolan principles. All decisions will be made in accordance with the following principles:
- Due consultation will be carried out where appropriate (including taking relevant professional advice from officers)
- There will be a presumption in favour of open and transparent decision making
- There will be a clarity of aims and desired outcomes
- All decisions will be taken as members of the Newark Town Board and not on behalf of specific organisations or areas
Members of Newark Town Board are required to declare any interests, gifts or hospitality which they may receive which could influence any decisions they may make as board members.
- The Board will meet on a bi-monthly basis
- Meetings will be consensus based and will include detailed discussions of matters that are of strategic importance
- Decision and Action points agreed at the meetings will be recorded
- Meetings will be quorate when 10 members are in attendance
Newark Towns Fund Meeting
Board meeting - Friday 17 January 2020
Main points and actions
- Evidence and data about Newark considered
- Challenges and opportunities - presentation followed by round-table discussion
- Discussion and feedback on emerging vision and objectives
Board meeting - Friday 6 March 2020
Main points and actions
- Introduction of Chair of the Town Board - Mr Tom Cartledge, CEO of Benoy
- Newark Place Strategy consultants introduced and work plan outlined
- Ambitions and potential projects discussed
- 3 sub-groups set up to progress work for the Town Investment Plan
Board meeting - (held virtually) Friday 15 May 2020
Main points and Actions:
- Update on progress – Phase 1 of Strategy
- Feedback from three sub-groups
- Timetable for Strategy and Town Investment Plan
Items to be circulated to Board:
Friday 19 June 2020
Friday 10 July 2020
Friday 11 September 2020