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17 April 2015Temporary Road Closure - Update

Nottinghamshire County Council has postponed the following road works as it has not been possible to resolve various drainage issues.

The Council is seeking an early resolution and is working with other parties to ensure that an adequate solution to these issues can be implemented.

Plumtree Road, Cotgrave is to be partially closed for carriageway resurfacing and kerbing, footway and drainage works between Wednesday 22nd April 2015 and Friday 15th May 2015 inclusive.

Phase One: Wednesday 22nd April to Friday 8th May

Nottinghamshire County Council’s internal highway contractors will be carrying out kerbing, footway and drainage works along the section of Plumtree Road between Mensing Avenue and Scrimshire Lane and this phase of the work will require a full-time road closure with no through traffic between these two points. The diversion route for this road closure will be along Mensing Avenue, White Furrows and Scrimshire Lane.

However, even though through traffic along this section of road will be prohibited, access to Rectory Road, Bakers Close and properties along Plumtree Road will still be maintained at all times either via Scrimshire Lane and / or Mensing Avenue depending on where the work will
be undertaken at particular times.

Work will only be undertaken along a short section of road at any one time; for example:-

  • Between Mensing Avenue and Bakers Close - This section will be fully closed, therefore access to Baker Close and Rectory Road will be via Scrimshire Lane.
  • Once work on that section has been completed, work will then move onto the section between Bakers Close and Rectory Road, which likewise will be fully closed. Access to the former will be via Mensing Avenue and access to the latter will be via Scrimshire Lane.
  • Finally, work will commence between the section of Plumtree Road between Rectory Road and Scrimshire Lane and access to the area will be via Mensing Avenue.

Phase Two: Monday 11th to Friday 15th May

Lafarge Tarmac will be carrying out a major resurfacing work along this section of Plumtree Road, however a daytime-only road closure will be needed and it will be prudent to close Plumtree Road up to its junction with Gilliver Lane. The diversion route will be via the A606 Melton Road, Gamston Lings-Bar Road, Radcliffe Road and Stragglethorpe Lane, which will be clearly signed.

Given that the road is used by a number of school buses and the work will be undertaken during examinations for GCSEs and A-levels, it has been agreed to close the road from 9am in order that school buses could still be able to use the road on their school-bound journeys. However, this will result in work having to carry on into the early evening, which will have an impact on the school buses’ home-bound journeys as well as the evening’s peak traffic.

The road closure will be lifted once work has been completed for the day.

Lafarge Tarmac will try and ensure that access to Rectory Road, Bakers Close and properties along Plumtree Road will be maintained as far as could be practically feasible during these five days. Access to the area will be controlled by traffic marshals & will be via Mensing Avenue, unless work activity will take place at this location, in which case it will be via the Scrimshire Lane end of the road.

However, due to the nature of the work that will be undertaken for a few hours on Tuesday 12th, it is possible that access into the area might be severely restricted.

Any disruption to access on other days will not be as severe.

A letter drop giving more details is being circulated to local residents and other interested parties.

The diversion route is shown on this map .

This work is being carried out for Nottinghamshire County Council by Nottinghamshire County Council and Lafarge Tarmac.

If you have any enquiries, please contact Jarek Bien (Nottinghamshire County Council) Tel – 01623 873 935.
The emergency contact is Shaun Faulkner (Lafarge Tarmac) Tel - 07595 799 328.


16 April 2015New Parish Council

Nominations for the 2015 Plumtree Parish Council Elections have now closed. The following people stand nominated for election to this parish.

  • Mike BYLINA
  • Adrian KERRISON
  • Gemma LOUCH
  • David MARTIN
  • Jonnie RICHARDS

As fewer than seven nominations have been received, these nominees are "elected without challenge" and will form the new Parish Council from 11th May 2015. The first meeting of the new parish council will take place on 21st May 2015.

Casual Vacancies

There will be two casual vacancies on the new Parish Council.

Do you think that you could represent the views of Plumtree residents on a range of issues? If you are interested in being considered for one of the casual vacancies,  please contact the Parish Clerk (contact details below) giving written details of yourself including your name and address and details of any other organisations to which you belong.

To qualify as a candidate, you must be at least 18 years old and you must meet one or more of the following criteria at the time of nomination:

  • you must be registered as a local government elector for Plumtree;
  • you must have occupied, as owner or tenant, any land or other premises in Plumtree during the 12 months prior to nomination;
  • your principal or only place of work must have been in Plumtree for the previous 12 months;
  • you must have resided within 3 miles of Plumtree for the whole of the previous 12 months.

If you would like further information please talk to one of the current Parish Councillors or contact the Parish Clerk, Mike Elliott, on 0115 937 6506 or by email at elliottnews@btconnect.com. There is more information in this leaflet What are Parish or Town Councils.

07 April 2015Be Pensions Wise

From Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards team

Be Pensions Wise – don’t get stung by a pension scam!

Be aware of pension scams – that is the message from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards team as new Government legislation comes in giving people greater access to their own pension funds.

From April 2015, new Government legislation will mean that people have greater freedom to withdraw money from their pension fund. The changes allow people aged 55 who are members of defined contribution pension schemes to take their benefits in a variety of different ways, including a mixture of lump sum, annuity pension, income drawdown or continued investment.

Councillor Glynn Gilfoyle, Chairman of the Community Safety Committee, at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “With the introduction of these national pension legislation changes in April, there is a danger unscrupulous firms will try to con people into parting with their hard earned pension savings.

“Scams may involve trying to encourage people to make a transfer of their pension pot to a new scheme or investment which could have very low returns. We are encouraging everyone to look out for schemes that sound too good to be true because they probably are.”

Councillor Darren Langton, Chair of Nottinghamshire Pension Fund at Nottinghamshire County Council added: “It’s important people are vigilant and follow the Trading Standards advice to avoid scams to keep their pension funds safe.”

Follow the advice from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Trading Standards team:

  • Be wary of investing your pension benefits with companies who cold call you, offering extremely high returns
  • Be wary of callers offering a free pension review service by phone call, email and text message.
  • Before you transfer your benefits make sure you have taken independent financial advice from a fully FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) accredited financial advisor.

Meanwhile, free and impartial advice about the pensions changes is available from the Government’s Pensions Wise team at https://www.pensionwise.gov.uk/.

02 April 2015Make Sure You Can Vote

From Rushcliffe Borough Council

The Election must be getting close as poll cards will be landing on doormats from today onwards. The poll card gives you important information such as the location of your polling station and when it is open for voting in the forthcoming elections. If you don’t get a poll card over the next few days, it could be that you are not on the electoral register. You can still register to vote until 20 April at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

If you prefer not to (or can’t) register online you can phone our contact centre on 0115 981 9911 and they can register you over the phone. Please bear in mind that our contact centre (located in West Bridgford Police Station) is closed Good Friday and Easter Monday, but is open for personal visitors to pop in from 9am to 1pm on Saturday 4 April. The contact centre is open again on Tuesday 7 April.

Since January, over 3500 new entries have been made to our electoral register, so make sure you can vote in the General, Borough and Parish elections taking place on 7 May.

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