Community Plan 2019 to 2023

The plan sets out what we intend to achieve over the next four years to improve residents’ quality of life and enable those who live, work and invest in Newark and Sherwood to prosper and fulfil their potential.

  1. Community Plan 2019 to 2023 (PDF File, 1,979kb)

Our purpose

Newark and Sherwood already has much to be proud of. A captivating history, beautiful countryside, characterful market towns, world renowned businesses and an enviable location at the crossroads of the country’s transportation network.

We want to do all that we can to enable local residents and businesses to flourish and fulfil their potential as well as encouraging more visitors to enjoy all that Newark and Sherwood has to offer.

In order to achieve these, we will be locally focused and nationally connected – driven by what matters most to the people we serve and with a perspective and relationships stretching well beyond our boundaries.

Our objectives

The Community Plan 2019 to 2023 highlights our focus on the needs of the Newark and Sherwood community. The eleven objectives that underpin our work are to:

  • Improve the cleanliness and appearance of the local environment
  • Reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, and increase feelings of safety in our communities
  • Improve transport infrastructure to reduce congestion and facilitate growth
  • Accelerate the supply of new homes including associated facilities
  • Increase visits to Newark and Sherwood and the use of visitor attractions by local residents
  • Protect, promote and enhance the district’s natural environment
  • Enhance and sustain town centres
  • Reduce levels of deprivation in target areas and remove barriers to social mobility across the district
  • Improve the health and wellbeing of local residents, with a particular focus on narrowing the gap in healthy life expectancy and other health outcomes
  • Increase participation with the Council and within local communities
  • Generate more income, improve value for money and increase residents' satisfaction with the Council

Community planning

Our Community Plan 2019-2023 is underpinned by feedback from those we serve and work alongside. Between October and December 2018, we carried out a major consultation exercise, receiving 11,224 responses from local residents in addition to feedback from parish councils, local businesses and other partners. We can be confident, therefore, that our focus is on the things that matter most to those who live and work in Newark and Sherwood.

It’s also worth emphasising that our Community Plan is not something that Newark and Sherwood District Council can deliver on its own.

Tackling crime, improving health and providing new homes and jobs are just some of the many examples where we rely on the excellent support from partners across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

In addition, whilst our attention is on local priorities, it’s also crucial that we network and influence on a much larger scale in order to generate the investment that we desperately need to provide major items of infra-structure such as the Southern Link Road and A46 northern by-pass.

We hope that the Community Plan expresses our passion and enthusiasm to make a difference and gives you a useful insight into what we’re striving to achieve and how we intend to go about that.

Our objectives in more detail

Improve the cleanliness and appearance of the local environment

We will do this by:

  • Reducing littering, fly-tipping, graffiti and dog fouling, through a programme of education aimed at changing behaviours
  • Increasing the number/profile of enforcement actions
  • Supporting communities to build civic pride and facilitating activities to enable communities to improve their local areas
  • Working with, and influencing, organisations and businesses to promote change
  • Targeting heavily littered areas
  • Taking steps to address all forms of street clutter including:
  • Reviewing/allocating resources to continue to deliver against the Cleaner, Safer, Greener (CSG) agenda as part of normal day -to -day operations.

Reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, and increase feelings of safety in our communities

We will do this by:

  • Increasing visible presence of uniformed officers
  • Improving intelligence gathering regarding crime and Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)
  • Maximising the use and coverage of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) to increase feelings of safety
  • Implementing a programme of diversionary activities to support individuals and communities in order to improve behaviours
  • Positively engaging with the Gypsy and Traveller community to address public perceptions that firmer and more consistent enforcement action is required.

Improve transport infrastructure to reduce congestion and facilitate growth

We will do this by:

  • Promoting, facilitating and delivering where appropriate key infrastructure that the market is unable to deliver alone
  • Being proactive in pressing to secure funding to deliver the Newark Northern A46 Bypass as part of the national roads improvement programme through lobbying, working with partners, and technical liaison with delivery and funding partners
  • Closing the funding gap to enable delivery of the Newark Southern Link Road (SLR)
  • Funding, designing and building an upgraded A1 Overbridge at Fernwood to mitigate identified highway impacts from the developments to the south of Newark
  • Assisting Nottinghamshire County Council in identifying and securing private sector match funding to improve Ollerton Roundabout alongside the Non-Strategic Roads Network (NSRN) public grant funding
  • Lobbying, influencing and securing Rail Franchise discussions with Network Rail and other operators to improve public transport provision.

Accelerate the supply of new homes including associated facilities

We will do this by:

  • Providing a responsive and proactive Planning service
  • Direct delivery of homes
  • Working with others to unlock key sites for next 25 years.

Increase visits to Newark and Sherwood and the use of visitor attractions by local residents

We will do this by:

  • Developing and implementing a Destination Marketing Strategy and associated Place Marketing Plans
  • Developing and promoting a clear tourism brand within the district and across Newark, Southwell and Sherwood Forest
  • Reviewing the quality and suitability of visitor attractions to broaden the appeal to a wider range of audiences
  • Encouraging local people to engage with visitor attractions across the district
  • Castle Gatehouse Project and co-ordinating the offer in the town (e.g. Project Newark/ Project Sherwood)
  • Working with partners to develop and enhance the visitor offer at Sherwood Forest and surrounding Sherwood attractions.

Protect, promote and enhance the district’s natural environment

We will do this by:

  • Facilitating sustainable access to key heritage sites and engagement with the natural environment
  • Working with key stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment
  • Developing a Green/Sustainability Strategy
  • Developing parks
  • Greening the District.

Enhance and sustain town centres

We will do this by:

  • Creating a new strategic vision/plan for the town that takes account of the current and future needs/ preferences of residents, visitors and local businesses
  • Regenerating key sites and others identified in the Conservation Area Management Plan
  • Bringing back into use or finding alternative uses for vacant units (e.g. increased residential)
  • Improving the connectivity to and within Newark Town Centre
  • Improving the night time economy and overnight accommodation within the Town Centre
  • Working with the Town Council to enhance the offer of Newark Market Place to extend public use
  • Reviewing funding support for the Town Centre following changes in business rate allocation
  • Bidding for the national High Streets funding.

Reduce levels of deprivation in target areas and remove barriers to social mobility across the district

We will do this by:

  • Efficient and timely delivery of statutory services that provide an immediate ‘safety net’ for vulnerable residents
  • Develop insight into the barriers our residents face in the areas of highest deprivation and those dependent on public services within the district, and use this information to deliver targeted interventions
  • Continuously review and develop our network of partnerships to allow us to work with partners (including third sector and community based) in a more focused and effective way
  • Work with partners to tackle social mobility by creating strategic cross-sector connections to improve aspirations and youth engagement through the delivery of the Council’s Social Mobility Action plan.

Improve the health and wellbeing of local residents, with a particular focus on narrowing the gap in healthy life expectancy and other health outcomes

We will do this by:

  • In our role as a ‘leader of place’ Newark and Sherwood District Council will exert influence through lobbying and partnership working to improve health outcomes for its residents
  • Setting strategic direction for ourselves and our wholly owned companies to ensure health improvements are an important element of service delivery by giving focused direction and development in client / contract management of Active for Today and Newark and Sherwood Homes
  • Providing a new modular swimming pool at the Dukeries Leisure Centre
  • Supporting the provision of an extension to Southwell Leisure Centre, subject to a satisfactory business case
  • Developing strategies and plans to make best use of community/open spaces/recreational and leisure facilities as set out in the Council’s Playing Pitch Strategy, Facilities Plan and Physical Activity and Sport Plan to improve health and wider social outcomes
  • Recognising that housing is a determinant of health and wellbeing Newark and Sherwood District Council will seek to improve health outcomes and quality of life through its housing services and home improvement initiatives.

Increase participation with the Council and within local communities

We will do this by:

  • Promoting good citizenship/engagement in civic life
  • Consulting and engaging with residents and key stakeholders
  • Engaging residents to support the delivery of Council /community initiatives
  • Lead/facilitate the development of an improved public service in Sherwood to involve as many public sector partners as possible.

Generate more income, improve value for money and increase residents' satisfaction with the Council

We will do this by:

  • Maximising use of technology
  • Undertaking a review and implementation of preferred option into the most cost effective and appropriate way to deliver management of the Council’s housing stock
  • Communicating with residents to celebrate the Council’s successes
  • Using the data that we already collect to better understand our customers and shape service delivery
  • Flexible allocation of resources to meet Council objectives.

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