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Busy year for Action Group
James Fountain, Chairman of the Action Group, reported that 2015 had been a busy year for the committee. Transport, road and rail dominated the agenda, with road congestion within the town having a deleterious impact on business and commerce.
The Action Group successfully lobbied Robert Jenrick, MP for the town, who agreed to host a traffic summit in July attended by The Highways Agency in order to address some the issues. Following on from this Robert has pressed for the £150m required for dualing of the A46 Farndon to Winthorpe, and the redesign of the Cattle Market and Winthorpe roundabouts to be brought forward to 2015 - 2020 funding round.
In terms of Rail, Bob Poynter continues to work tirelessly in order to seek further improvements to the East Midland line. The Action Group believes that a prospectus for East Midlands Train franchise supported by East Midlands Council would give sufficient traction to gain ministerial support.
The East Coast mainline again needs further investment (it was shut 12 times in September) to maintain services and the Action Group is consious that open access may have a negative impact on timetabling and investment.
With the help of Richard Ling, retail planning specialist, we commented on the proposed J. Sainsbury development, highlighting concerns over the impact of town cente retail trade, traffic congestion and its visual impact on one of the principle gateways to a historic town. The Action Group are also evaluating the impact of the proposed NSDC offices in terms of traffic flow and loss of parking.
Flood and sewer improvements scheduled for the town are being monitored through the Flood Forum and the Action Group are providing comment and feedback to members as the contract progresses in order to help mitigate disruption to business as much as possible.
The next meeting of the Action Group is on January 25th at the Aura Conference Centre.
NATIONAL EMPTY HOUSE WEEK
Bright idea from the Utility Warehouse
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The 2015 national Empty Homes Week took place from Monday 30th November through to Sunday 6th December 2015. Empty Homes Week is all about community-led organisations, local authorities and others holding events and putting out information to celebrate their achievements in bringing empty homes back into use and also to set out their future plans and the case for making the most of empty properties to meet housing needs.
Daniel Orton, Managing Director of Buttercross Estates, gave members of the business club a local perspective. Through a Freedom of Information request to NSDC he had identfied over 1500 long term empty homes in the district.
Daniel explained that this can have a significant impact on the local economy. Empty homes are not only wasteful, (there are 4,000 people on the council housing waiting list) but they can encourage vandalisim, flooding, squatters, homelessness and devalue neighbouring properties.
What can be done
Daniel requested that members identifying long term empty properties should report them to firstname.lastname@example.org
In terms of a the way forward Daniel wants to bring iinterested parties together for a Empty Home Fair (date TBA) in Feb/March 2016.
Newark Retailers Set for Christmas
Elaine Ellison, the 'tinsel queen' and chair of the Retail Group, is all set for a bumper Festive Season, with free parking on 6th, 13th, 20th December at selected
carparks and a Christmas market in the market place on Sunday 13th December.
Complementing the festive market is the Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary Magdalene Church, including trees
es decorated by local businessses. And if that is not enough, there is a 'Light up a Life Day' at Beaumond House on Sunday 6th December - 4pm and Cinderalla at the Palace Theatre Wednesday 9th - Sunday 3rd January.