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ll set for the Borough Lottery! Local charities and voluntary organisations are looking forward to the launch of the new Borough Lottery which gives them the opportunity to generate a regular income stream. The Borough Council has teamed up with Gatherwell, an experienced lottery management company, to get the lottery ball rolling here in Nuneaton and Bedworth. The first draw takes place on Saturday 28 April with tickets going on sale at midnight on Wednesday 28 March.

Issue No. 38

March - July 2018

News from Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council

The Lottery is a great way for local groups to generate a regular income as well as giving players the chance to win prizes of up to £25,000. The new initiative has been welcomed by local voluntary organisations who will be able to set up their own lottery page on the official Borough Lottery website. To qualify as an official ‘good cause’ for the Borough Lottery, organisations must satisfy certain requirements and demonstrate that they provide community activities within Nuneaton and Bedworth which are of benefit to residents. Read more - page 3

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FIRE SAFETY ADVICE

DENNIS HARVEY

MASTER OF ALL TRADES

For information about In Touch contact: In Touch, Room 108 Town Hall, Coton Road, Nuneaton Warwickshire CV11 5AA (024) 7637 6376 intouch@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk

Your next In Touch will be distributed to you in July 2018 And don’t forget to let us know your community events for the next issue by June 8 2018 so we can include these in the ‘What’s On’ listing Follow us @NBBCouncil and Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council


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Leader’s Column

will by now have received their R esidents Council Tax bills for 2018/19, and may well be dismayed by the increases which they are being asked to pay.

Whilst Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council is legally obliged to send out the bill, we are actually responsible for less than 13% of the total, and our percentage of your council tax has slightly declined this year. Around three quarters of the tax you pay goes directly to Warwickshire County Council, whilst the Warwickshire Police Commissioner also takes an amount (almost as large as the Borough Council) to pay for policing in the county.

If you wish to vote in the May elections by post or by proxy, the deadlines to apply are 18 April and 25 April respectively. Details of eligibility and how to apply can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote and www.yourvotematters.co.uk/how-do-i-vote/voting-by-proxy.

This is no longer possible to the same extent, and we have had to take difficult decisions in order to be able to ‘balance the books’ for 2018/19. Inevitably, we have had to increase some charges, although we have again managed to ‘freeze’ market rents and parking charges to encourage business in our town centres. Our main aim has been to keep a high standard of essential services and, unlike many other nearby authorities, we are still providing a FREE green bin to every household.

I wish you, the residents of Nuneaton and Bedworth, well for the future, and hope the future will still be local for many years to come Dennis Harvey Leader of the Council

Grants to local organisations have had to be cut back, in line with our reductions in income, but we are still supporting the essential service of the local

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The Borough Council introduced its Customer Services Team as a single point of contact for customers in 2007, aiming to deal with most enquiries in full at this point, rather than passing calls on elsewhere. Since calls have been channelled through this central corporate contact centre, the Council has seen a steady improvement in its

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How is the Council performing in the areas that matter most to you? call management performance and now handles an impressive 93% of calls in full at the first point of contact. Alan Franks, Managing Director of the Council said: “Our customers are at the heart of all we do and so our call management performance is important to us. “Having a streamlined and centralised service has enabled us to resolve 93% of enquiries immediately over the telephone, which is great news for our residents, businesses and visitors. “We have also improved our online services with a revamped corporate website which offers a 24hour self-service facility for customers to access some of our services, plus online chat during the day.”

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place on 3 May. People can register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Alternatively, paper forms can be downloaded or collected from the Town Hall and need to be completed and returned in good time to beat the deadline. Alan Franks, the Borough Council’s Returning Officer said: “It’s important that anyone who is eligible to vote registers to do so, this is the chance to have a say on the local issues that matter to us all. “The law requires those who are eligible to vote to register and it’s important for other reasons too – some people may not be aware that failure to register can affect credit and mortgage applications. So I’d urge anyone who’s eligible to vote but hasn’t done so yet to get it done as soon as possible, and by 17 April in order to vote in the May election.”

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of the Borough have until midnight on 17 April to R esidents register to vote in this year’s local council elections, which take

Although I am retiring as Council Leader in May, I worry about the future of local government in our area. Local decisions should be made by local people, elected to serve at our own Town Hall, and the growing pressure to abolish District Councils would, in my opinion, be disastrous for Nuneaton and Bedworth. Local people cannot rely on the use of the internet and telephone alone to deal with council problems, and many people could not travel easily to Shire Hall.

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I am sure most residents will be well aware that Government funding for local services has fallen drastically, with the Borough Council losing over 60% of its income in the last few years. Over a number of years we have managed to find efficiency savings and new methods of working to be able to bridge that gap.

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C.A.B. with no cut in grant this year. With less than 13% of the Council Tax, and massive cuts in our grant, we cannot do more. We are also having to save money in the way we run some of our own services as the they do not operate on ‘thin air’. Even so, we have managed to keep our Council Tax increase to 2.99%, around half of the increase asked for by the County Council and the Police Commissioner. The average Council Tax bill in Nuneaton and Bedworth will remain as the LOWEST in Warwickshire and we do not have the added expense of Parish Councils to add to your bill as in all the other four districts.

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We’re getting the ball rolling for local good causes

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he Borough Council is one of the first local authorities in the UK to provide a boost for local good causes with the launch of a lottery. Hundreds of community groups across Nuneaton and Bedworth are set to benefit. The first draw will take place on Saturday 28 April 2018, with tickets going on sale from midnight on Wednesday 28 March. Cllr Dennis Harvey, Leader of the Council said: “There are so many good causes out there needing support and this is a great way for residents to help those close to their heart and on their doorstep, with an opportunity to win a prize as well. “This is about us as a council putting something in place which will give local projects the means to raise funds to support their future goals.” Local charities and community groups were given the opportunity to find out how they might benefit from the Borough lottery at an event early in March. Alison Thompson, Locality Manager of Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action

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Tickets will be available online from boroughlottery. co.uk (CAVA) said: “In the Borough we have over 400 community groups and voluntary organisations, they make a major contribution to the quality of life for local communities. With fewer grants available and greater competition for funds, successfully applying for funding is always an issue. “We’re delighted that the Borough Council has launched a lottery that will provide local good causes with an alternative source of income going forward.” Gatherwell has been selected as the official provider for the Nuneaton and Bedworth lottery. Ben Speare, Managing Director, said: “As an organisation we passionately believe that lotteries

www.boroughlottery.co.uk should be about making a positive difference to communities, passing as much money as possible on to good causes whilst allowing people to choose where their money goes. “We are thrilled to be partnering with forward-thinking local authorities such as Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council; local lottery schemes like this one help local voluntary and charity sector organisations to address the funding pressures they face in the current climate.”

Tickets will be available online only, from www.boroughlottery.co.uk

We’ll be reminding everyone when tickets go on sale (midnight on 28 March) - keep an eye on the Council’s Twitter account @NBBCouncil. Roll on that first draw!

scheme to transform Nuneaton A major town centre and boost economic growth

and jobs is poised for confirmation of a major cash injection. Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council are working together in partnership to deliver the Transforming Nuneaton Programme to strengthen the vibrancy and prosperity of the town and to improve access along the strategic A444 north-south corridor, which will also bring wider benefits to the Borough and the sub-region. The forward-thinking scheme has been offered £7.5 million of funding from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), subject to CWLEP agreeing the details of how the money will be spent. At the time of going to print those details had not been agreed, but it is hoped that they will be signed off by the time “In Touch” reaches you. You can check this out through the Council’s website. This funding package will focus on the development of Vicarage Street and the area around the railway station, creating a modern, highquality and vibrant gateway to Nuneaton. The overall “Transforming Nuneaton” plans also involve improving the use of public space in Nuneaton town centre and investing in the road, rail and transport infrastructure to improve connectivity in the North/South corridor. Other key developments include Horiba MIRA Technology Park and the growth of Bermuda Park employment site. Cllr Dennis Harvey, Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and CWLEP board

director, said: “We are absolutely clear on our vision for Nuneaton and have put in place plans to make that vision a reality. The Transforming Nuneaton programme sets out how we will grow the town centre economy and transform our town to attract greater investment, further improving the quality of life for our residents. “Nuneaton is ambitious, innovative and open for business; we want to demonstrate high quality, vibrancy and creativity at every level, we want to inspire people with our plans and I think that we’ve made a very good start by attracting such a major cash injection.” Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council and portfolio holder for economic development, said: “The County Council is committed to the development of Nuneaton town centre. We have very high ambitions for the town the work that is about to start will do a great deal to create a vibrant, modern atmosphere that is welcoming, making it a great place to visit and do business.” Jonathan Browning, chair of the CWLEP, said unlocking key development sites within Nuneaton town centre would transform the area: “Investing in Nuneaton town centre will support economic growth within the town and the wider area”


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Cecil joins the trail of heroes

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The ceremony marking his gallantry will be held on 22 March in Riversley Park

Nuneaton soldier who ran through heavy enemy fire to halt a German advance in 1918 is to be commemorated with a stone in Riversley Park. Cecil Leonard Knox, a second lieutenant with the Royal Engineers, was awarded the VC (Victoria Cross) for this outstanding act of bravery, which saw him run back to reignite a failed fuse, ensuring that a bridge was blown up. He escaped serious injury but his hearing was permanently damaged as a result of his courageous action. Now, one hundred years on, Cecil is being commemorated by his home town as part of a national programme marking the centenary of the First World War with a trail of stones across the country. Each stone is dedicated and inscribed with the name of a VC recipient from the conflict and installed in the town of their birth. Cecil’s former family home occupied the site of the Chase Hotel on Higham Lane. After the war he was made a Freeman of the Borough of Nuneaton and he went on to command the Nuneaton Company of the Home Guard in 1940. He died in 1943 as a result of a motorcycle accident at Tuttle Hill and was buried in Leicester. His memory lives on in the names of two local streets - Cecil Leonard Knox Crescent, at Bramcote Barracks, and Knox Crescent, on the St Nicolas Park estate. The ceremony marking his gallantry will be held on Thursday 22 March at Riversley Park and will be led by the Mayor, Cllr Bill Hancox. Cllr Hancox said: “It is a great honour to pay tribute to Cecil Knox; we owe an immense debt of gratitude to him and others who fought for our freedom and it’s wonderful to have a permanent reminder in Riversley Park.”

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A really, really great place to do business! The Council’s new investment website has now been up and running for three months. Showcasing the benefits of doing business in Nuneaton and Bedworth, it’s a great source of information for potential investors and local businesses. Check it out at

www.nbbinvest.co.uk

Based around Ten Reasons to invest, the site shows why the Borough is an exceptional business location, ideally placed within the UK, with superb transport links, fantastic access to skills and an outstanding commercial offer. The new website spreads the word and promotes Nuneaton and Bedworth globally

“In laying the stone for Cecil, we will not only honour his exceptional bravery but also pay tribute to all our service men and women who continue to keep us safe.”

Call for sites on traveller sites The Planning Policy team is seeking proposals for future traveller sites to be developed in the Borough, which can then be assessed at the next stage of the Traveller Site Allocations Development Plan Document. The ‘call for site’ form is available on our website at www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk. The call for sites process will be open until 26 March 2018 Borough Plan examination update Having successfully passed stage one of the examination, the Borough Plan has moved on to stage two. This stage takes the form of hearing sessions held at the Town Hall, addressing particular topics selected by the Inspector, including those made through the representations during the publication consultation. The Inspector has invited some individuals who submitted representations during the consultation to speak, but the hearing sessions are open for any member of the public to observe. The hearing sessions will conclude during March 2018. For further information on the examination process, information can be found on our website at www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk.

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amilies will have a tasty incentive to visit Nuneaton and Bedworth town centres this Easter. In Bedworth on Good Friday, 30 March, children have the chance to win a chocolate egg in exchange for colouring in one of our Easter pictures – just drop into the indoor market between 10am to 2pm. In Nuneaton on Saturday 31 March The Big Easter Egg Hunt is on, with clues directing hunters to shops and cafes across the town. Head up to the Ropewalk to take part – to find exactly where we are, here’s the first clue:

Snacks, drinks, the latest news, come to the Ropewalk and follow the clues!

There will be street entertainment in both town centres to accompany these Easter activities on what is set to be one of the busiest weekends of the year. Jonathan White, Head of Town Centres and Marketing, said: “Our Easter activities in both town centres are fun and free! With our street entertainment there’ll be a lively atmosphere so come along and join in the fun!”

The event is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult

Sports Awards The 2018 Nuneaton and Bedworth Sports Awards event take place on Friday 16 March at Bedworth Civic Hall in the company of the Mayor and Mayoress. The Awards are organised by the Borough’s Sports Forum, which has been in existence since 1974 and is supported by the Borough Council. The Forum promotes interest and participation in all sports for everyone and the awards evening is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our local sports stars Church Street transformation Planning permission has been given for McCarthy and Stone to develop land at Church Street, Nuneaton, revitalising the area with a new residential home. Work is due to start over the next few months. The development will take out of use the existing Church Street carpark; alternative parking is available on our other carparks around town


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Landlords are also required to check that alarms are working at the start of every new tenancy and tenants should notify landlords whenever alarms appear to be faulty. As the local housing authority, the Borough Council can arrange for alarms to be fitted if landlords fail to do so. A penalty charge of up to £5000 can be imposed if we have to take such action. On occasions, when it is brought to our attention that a private landlord is in serious breach of his or her general duties of safety, the Council will take appropriate action to ensure compliance. For example, our private sector housing officers recently installed a safe Duties of private landlords and reliable heating system in Whilst fire safety within private dwellings is the a privately-rented house after responsibility of the owner, the Council works with learning that the tenant had been private landlords to promote good practice. forced to extreme measures to Under regulations introduced in October 2015, keep warm, creating and using a all landlords are required to ensure the fire safety dangerous open fire. The private of their tenants as well as offering protection against landlord, who had continually carbon monoxide poisoning. These regulations ignored the requests of the require landlords to install a smoke alarm on every tenant, was then ordered to pay floor of their property and a carbon monoxide for the work. alarm in rooms containing a solid fuel appliance.

ast year’s tragic events at Grenfell Tower in Kensington highlighted the immense importance of fire safety and prompted all local authorities to scrutinise their own arrangements. Here in Nuneaton and Bedworth, we took a local review of our housing stock last summer and were reassured that the fire safety arrangements we have in place are robust. We continue to work closely with Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service to ensure we follow best practice and keep abreast of professional guidance. All our fire risk assessments remain up-to-date. We don’t have any high rise dwellings within the Borough but as a precaution, the Council’s review last year included an examination of any cladding on the blocks of flats and council houses in our ownership – as a result we are satisfied that all our buildings are safe and fully compliant with current building standards.

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FIRE SAFETY ADVICE What you need to do when a fire starts: It is important that everyone in your house knows what to do should a fire occur. If you hear a smoke alarm or discover a fire: You need to act instantly, swiftly and calmly once you become aware of a fire. Alert everyone Make sure everyone in your home knows about the fire. Shout. Get everyone together. Shut doors As you go out, only open the doors you need to. Close any open doors. Before you open a door check it with the back of your hand. If it’s warm, don’t open it – the fire is on the other side. Get everyone out Use your escape route. Stay together if you can. Crawl on the floor if there’s smoke The air is cleaner near the floor so if there’s smoke put your nose as low as possible. Remember, smoke is poisonous and can kill you. Call 999 Once you’ve escaped, use a mobile or a neighbour’s phone. 999 calls are free. • Speak slowly and clearly. • Give the whole address of the incident. • Say what is on fire (e.g. a two-storey house). • Explain if anyone is trapped and what room they are in Don’t go back in More information about fire safety can be found at

www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fireandrescue

It’s bin a bit of a challenge – thanks for bearing with us!

snow and ice caused problems J anuary’s for refuse collectors across the UK and our

crews here in the Borough did not escape. Thanks to residents for bearing with us as we battled the elements – it was a challenging start to the year with dangerously icy roads preventing access to some of our residential areas and, like most other authorities, it took us a little while to get back to our routine collections. Thanks to our refuse teams for working so hard to clear the backlog as soon as possible – we were back to normal before many of our neighbouring districts. Whilst these disruptions to service were the

result of extreme weather and entirely beyond our control, the situation wasn’t helped by the holiday period, with the Christmas and New Year collection arrangements adding to the delay for some residents. Obviously, we can’t do anything about the weather – icy streets and heavy vehicles can never be a safe combination – but we are able to review our seasonal collection arrangements and we’ve done just that. The arrangements we put in place for this last Christmas meant that only those households whose normal collections fell on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day had to put their bins out for collection on a different day. Whilst

these arrangements meant that the majority of households were not affected at all, those households subject to a change in collection day experienced longer delays between bin collections when the weather impacted service. To minimise the risk of such delays happening again, our arrangements for the 2018 holiday season will require more households to put their bins out on a different day, but the wait for a collection will be reduced. We have also strengthened our communications arrangements so that in the rare event of service disruption, we will post information onto our website, post on Facebook and Tweet messages out, if necessary out of normal hours


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Pride of the Borough

Our Volunteer Awards are open!

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ollowing the success of last year’s event, Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action (CAVA) group is pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 Nuneaton and Bedworth Volunteer Awards. Once again, the Borough Council, the County Council, and Warwickshire CAVA are joining forces to host this special event and members of the public are encouraged to nominate community volunteers for an award. If you know of an individual who does great things in their community, or a team of volunteers, then please get in touch. One in four adults in England volunteer formally, through a club or other organisation, at least once a month, and many more volunteer on an informally basis. To replace these 10.6 million people with paid workers would cost nearly £20 billion. Here in Nuneaton and Bedworth, we want to celebrate these men and women who tirelessly give their time and energy to help others. Whether it’s running clubs, tending to open spaces, inspiring children, creating art, cooking meals, listening, providing support to new parents, or providing school children with breakfast. Awards will be offered across a range of themes, including community benefit, health and wellbeing, creative and the arts, sport, young volunteers and long service, recognising individuals and teams of volunteers. Last year we received over 40 nominations, and the panel heard incredible stories, about selfless individuals, dedicating time to help

Cash-strapped Council forced to make major budget cuts

others, and also recognised two incredibly deserving volunteers with ‘Special Recognition’ awards. The 2018 winners will be announced at a celebration event on Thursday 7 June 2018 at Bedworth Life Church. Anyone who wishes to nominate a volunteer or team of volunteers just needs to complete a simple form which can be easily done online, saying why they have nominated the individual or group. A volunteer supervisor can nominate their own volunteer team Forms can be found on the websites of Warwickshire CAVA, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and Warwickshire County Council. It is a very easy process but if anyone requires more information please contact Warwickshire CAVA at nunbedinfo@wcava.org.uk 024 7628 5765.

cut since 2010 – over 60% of our core funding. Although the budget deficit is eased by the council tax increase and a projected £0.3m cash injection from the Council’s trading arm, NABCEL, the Council has been forced to make significant cuts and, unfortunately, this has included some redundancies. Cllr Dennis Harvey said: “This is a sad day for all of us. Local government budgets have been severely slashed across the country and every local authority is in a similar boat to ours. “We are a very well-managed local authority with an he Council is bracing itself for another difficult year as extremely good financial record and this has meant that the Borough enters its ninth year of living under national we’ve been able to avoid taking the extreme measures austerity. some councils, such as Northamptonshire, have been At Full Council on 14 February, an increase in council tax of 2.99 forced to take. However, in order to make ends meet in percent and an additional savings package of over £400k were agreed these austere times we’ve had to take some very difficult in order to balance the Authority’s books. This is in addition to the decisions and make some painful cuts to service. £700k of savings approved as part of the draft budget in November “It saddens us to make these cuts and it especially last year. hurts to make redundancies. We continue to make every The Borough Council element of the Council Tax increase equates effort possible to protect the front line delivery of services, to an extra £6.59 per year for a Band D property. Warwickshire and whilst we have continued to deliver a broad range of County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner have also services despite declining income since 2010, the position set increases – 4.99% and 6.25% respectively. The total increase in a is becoming increasingly difficult to manage.” Band D property for next year is 4.87% or £83.39 per year. The savings agreed in February amount to over The Council has pledged to continue to protect the most vital £400k, bringing the total to over £1.1m, when frontline services, but significant cut backs have been unavoidable. added to those reductions previously approved at The overall revenue budget for the new financial year - which starts the Council’s November meeting. The latest budget on 1 April - is £14.5m. This represents the Council’s general fund, the reductions include: money it will have coming in or needs to find for spending on key • Staffing restructures, which do include a small services, including income from council tax, business rates and the number of redundancies Government’s annual revenue grant. It does not include rent from • An increase in various fees and charges – council housing tenants. including cemeteries and sports pitches This year, the Council’s core Government grant has been cut by • Reduction by one public convenience facility in almost half a million pounds to £269,000, adding to the £6.7m already each town

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Successful independent living - nearly one year on

recent survey has shown that the Council’s new independent living service is working well, with an overall satisfaction level of more than 91% amongst service users. The survey went to 711 properties and had an impressive return rate of over 67%. Feedback demonstrates that the new independent living officers provide a reassuring presence at our complexes, with most residents continuing to feel safe and secure within a homely environment. In addition, the survey showed that residents’ communication channels with the Council are good, with 92% of survey respondents feeling confident that they could get their views heard. The new independent living service was introduced last year when the Borough Council was forced to review its sheltered housing service following the withdrawal of external funding. There was no option but to introduce a lowercost, affordable service in order to balance the budget and this meant that some elements of the previous service were lost. The Council took every opportunity to preserve those elements of the service most valued by tenants and a full consultation exercise was undertaken at the time to ensure that we fully understood their views. The new service model, which was introduced in the Spring of 2017, included the unavoidable de-

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Thumbs up for new service commissioning of some of our sheltered complexes, a reduction in staffing levels and the introduction of new independent living and wellbeing officers, focused on promoting the independence and autonomy of residents, whilst providing a visible and active channel of essential support. The lifeline cord system was retained and, in response to feedback from service users, the emergency wardens were also kept, along with support for communal facilities such as lounges and laundry rooms. Whilst the changes were initially unsettling for both tenants and staff, the new team hit the ground running last May, and generally feedback has been very positive. Comments in the latest tenant survey include: “I am very satisfied with our independent living officer. She always has a smile, is very kind and helpful, and listens if we have a problem.” “Service is very good, this makes me happy to live here, and it’s nice to know you care.” “Works well – for second best.” The Council currently delivers the independent living service to 489 residents on a daily basis, with an estimated 127,629 visits per annum. It is essential that the service remains tailored to meet the needs of those it serves within the resources available, and so the Council will continue to seek regular feedback from tenants and endeavour to address any issues raised

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Bedworth Saturday morning Parkrun

is a simple concept. Everyone meets in a park and P arkrun goes for a run, jog or walk. That’s it.

A brand new Parkrun group has been set up at Bedworth Miners’ Welfare Park, meeting every Saturday at 9am. People of all ages and abilities gather to complete the five kilometre course - it’s a free event, run entirely by volunteers. Parkrun is very social, it’s not competitive and the organisers go to

Calling triathletes of all ages!

6 May 2018 Nuneaton Triathlon Club will host their annual O nAquathlon with the support of the Borough Council.

This event suits both juniors and adults of all abilities, so families can watch the children race first and then the adults can have a go themselves. Adults will complete a 400m swim and a 5km run, with the juniors doing distances suited to their ages. Further details and entry information can be found on the Club website. Nuneaton Triathlon Club is small, friendly and inclusive; it’s based at the Nuneaton Harriers Community Association stadium which gives great access to the Pingles Leisure Centre’s 8 lane 25m pool and a modern floodlit athletics track. The Club was awarded regional “Best Newcomer“ in November 2012 by BBC Midlands Today and “Triathlon England Club of the Year” in the West Midlands in November 2013. Membership is just £20 a year, which provides the opportunity to meet, socialise and train with likeminded triathletes of all ages, backgrounds, shapes, sizes and abilities, from absolute beginners to Kona and ITU world age group competitors. With a full complement of qualified triathlon coaches, as well as experienced members providing support to the coaching team, the Club offers a warm welcome to new members. If you would like to come along and try a few sessions before joining, perhaps running, cycling and/ or swimming, just pop down to the Pingles Stadium running track club house on a Saturday morning between 9:30 and 11:30 for a cup of tea and a chat - bring your running shoes if you fancy a jog around the track!

You can find further details about the club and their activities at www.nuneatontriathlonclub.co.uk or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nuneatontriathlonclub/

great lengths to let people know that. It’s not a race but if you want to improve and beat your own times then the option is there for you to do just that, it’s very accessible. If you have a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning why not run or walk the course then join the Group for refreshments in the Mayor’s Cafe afterwards? It’s a great way to start the weekend For more information and to register please visit www.parkrun.org.uk/bedworth or pop along to the Miners’ Welfare Park on a Saturday morning.


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Longest serving leader in the Country Harvey OBE, Leader of the Borough Council C llris toDennis retire after more than four decades as a councillor,

including 30 years as Council Leader. He is beleived to be longest serving council leader in the country and his contribution, for political service in Warwickshire, and has been recognised by the Queen in Her most recent New Year’s Honours. Cllr Harvey said, “It has been an enormous privilege to serve the Council and the community for the last 44 years. “I have been most fortunate to work with some wonderful people colleagues, elected members, staff and partners, who have all helped to shape the future of this Borough, which means so much to me. “I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved together and I’m pleased to leave the Borough in a strong position, ready to take advantage of the renewed prosperity of the West Midlands and with some significant regeneration projects already underway. “For me, it feels like the right time to pass the baton on to someone new to lead the council into its next phase. I’m looking forward to my retirement but will miss those I have worked with and served all these years. “I’d like to say a special thank you to the people of Camp Hill ward – it has been a pleasure and an honour to serve you and I’m grateful for your continued support.” Alan Franks, Managing Director of the Council said, “Cllr Harvey has dedicated half of his life to our local community and he will be missed at the Town Hall.

Photo thanks to Nuneaton Memories @Nuneatonmems

“He has presided over a well-managed council with a sound financial record; he has tackled challenges with skill, tenacity and enthusiasm, working together with our partners and often leading the way regionally. “On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank him for his many years of service and for his leadership and vision.” Camp Hill ward will elect a new councillor at the Borough election on 3 May. Cllr Harvey was first elected to the new Borough Council for Nuneaton and Bedworth in 1973 and became Leader of the Council in 1986. Apart from a brief period between 2008 and 2010, he has served as Leader since that time. Born in Barnsley, he moved to Nuneaton in 1971, after qualifying as a teacher at Coventry College of Education. Dennis enjoyed a long career in education including 28 years at Higham Lane School, where he was Head of Business Studies and Head of House. He has continued to work as an occasional supply teacher in primary schools. Cllr Harvey is a ‘Citoyen d’Honneur’ of the French twin town of Roanne and his personal interests include learning languages

We wish him a fond farewell and thank him for sharing with us some of the highlights of his service


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The aim is to make #CWBF2018 an even bigger success.

ollowing the success of the 2017 Coventry brochure on the website for more information and Warwickshire Business Festival, an event for this year has been arranged for 19-30 November. Last year saw 114 events take place over the two weeks, with nearly 5,000 attendees. The aim is to make #CWBF2018 an even bigger success, with high quality events taking place across the region. The Borough Council is supporting the event alongside the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub and other key agencies who want to showcase the innovative businesses we have here in the region. It’s the perfect chance to shout about all our local business success! Applications open in March, so local businesses are encouraged to get creative and come up with some exciting ideas for events now. Events can take any form and be of any size, as long as they are for the benefit of the local business community. Take a look at the website ww.cwbusinessfestival.com for ideas. There are a number of ways for businesses to get involved with the Festival- host an event, become a venue partner, attend an event and sponsor the Festival. Take a look at the Partnership Opportunities

We have changed how we advertise properties!

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he Borough Council is improving services for its tenants and prospective tenants with major enhancements to the online system for managing housing services. As part of this change, the Council has moved to a new choice-based lettings system. Our former HomeHunt website has now ceased operation and is replaced by www.NBBCHomes.org.uk. All applicants have been redirected to the new system. The new website is more informative and user-friendly; it has been designed with our customers firmly in mind. The Council is grateful to our Residents’ Partnership and those tenants who assisted in the project – their input was invaluable in helping us to improve this service for all users. Please note that there are no changes to our Allocation Policy or Banding as a result of this recent change

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MICHAEL JACKSON – THE LEGEND CONTINUES

Saturday, 7th April 7.30pm Tickets: £20.50 Concessions: £18.50

SWAN LAKE PRESENTED BY VIENNA FESTIVAL BALLET – MUSIC BY TCHAIKOVSKY

Friday, 13th April 3.00pm Tickets: £20.00 Concessions: £19.00 Children: £15.00 (Under 16s)

The new way

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council advertises properties

is now live for you to register your details

This is to let applicants know about the change from www.Homehunt.co.uk to our new Choice Based lettings system www.NBBChomes.org.uk

The Box Office on 024 7637 6707. Email box.office@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk or log on at www.civichallinbedworth.co.uk


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Cracking down on illegal advertising

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rown Waste Management Limited has been prosecuted for advertising illegally on the public highway by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council. The Company was found guilty at Nuneaton Magistrates Court of displaying an advertisement without advertisement consent under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The large advert, which advertised Crown Skip Hire, was affixed to the back of a truck positioned prominently on the A444 at Griff Island in Nuneaton between 24 January and 28 February 2017. It is an offence to display an advertisement in contravention of the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007. Advertisements displayed on vehicles are exempted from advertisement control where they are affixed to a vehicle normally used as a moving vehicle and the vehicle is not used principally for the display of adverts. However if these conditions are not met express advertisement consent is required from the council to display the advert. Despite a series of warnings previously issued by Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, and with the company having previously accepted a formal caution for the same offence, the Council was left with no option but to pursue enforcement action in the Magistrates Court when the vehicle and advert returned early last year. The Magistrates decided that the Company, which pleaded not guilty,

This prosecution demonstrates that the Council will take action to protect the local environment was guilty of the offence and issued a fine of £2,000, awarding costs to the Council of £6,035 and a victim surcharge of £170, giving a total of £8,205. Unauthorised advertising is an eyesore which can blight streets and distract drivers; the law protects public places and prevents those businesses advertising illegally from getting an unfair advantage over businesses which comply with the Regulations. This prosecution demonstrates that the Council will take action to protect the local environment from those who flout the law. The penalty imposed by the Court is a deterrent to those who persist in contravening the advertising regulations

Promoting responsible dog ownership

Council’s first Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), T he the Dog Control PSPO, was successfully introduced last

year, along with an increase in the fixed penalty notice sum to £100 for those caught not abiding by these laws. The Order has continued the Council’s pledge to promote responsible dog ownership by investigating complaints about dog fouling, dogs off leads and dogs within exclusion zones, started through the Council’s original Dog Control Orders. Dog fouling continues to provide the greatest concern to the public, with around 350 requests for service relating solely to this subject each year. Not only is dog mess unsightly and a nuisance, but it also poses a real risk to public health. Dog faeces can contain the eggs of the roundworm ‘toxocara’. These eggs can survive in the soil for several years. If they are ingested or inhaled by humans, they may cause eye, liver, brain and respiratory problems such as asthma, hepatitis and epilepsy. Children playing in fouled recreation areas are most at risk. Dog waste is also a potential health risk to farmers’ livestock if dogs are allowed to foul in their fields. Our officers have continued to issue fixed penalty notices for those caught not clearing up. The vast majority of offenders pay the fixed penalty but those who do not have faced prosecution through the courts. Our last prosecution was in August 2017 for failing to clear up dog fouling and resulted in a total cost to the offender of over £1,300

HAREFIELD ROAD MULTI STOREY CAR PARK

MULTISTOREY CARPARK, CONVENIENT FOR NUNEATON TRAIN STATION.

PARK FOR AS LITTLE AS £1 A DAY ‘with a season ticket’

• Monday to Friday - open 6.00am to 9.00pm • Saturday - open 7.00am to 7.00pm • Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday - Closed Harefield Road Multi Storey Car Park, Nuneaton CV11 5TA For a season ticket call: 024 7637 6434

More information about the PSPO, microchipping, stray dogs and dangerous dogs can be found on our website www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/dogcontrol. If you wish to report your concerns this can be done by accessing our web pages from this web address and using our self-serve facility.


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Master of all trades

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This award recognises hard work, perseverance and a positive attitude

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talented Borough Council apprentice beat fierce competition to scoop a top regional award with North Warwickshire and Hinckley College. Jack Masters took the Leicestershire and Rutland Association ‘Apprentice of the Year’ title for his achievements within the construction industry. The award was made as part of the College’s annual celebration of outstanding successes and achievements from the academic year, showcasing those individuals who have exceeded expectations and made an exceptional contribution to their course. Jack started his career as a multi-skilled apprentice with the Borough Council in August 2013 at the age of 18 years old. He enrolled for a three year apprenticeship with North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, working from Harrowbrook Road Industrial Estate Training Centre in Hinckley.

The apprenticeship was based on a two day release from his work place, carrying out a wide range of trades such as carpentry, plastering, plumbing and painting. After completing the initial three year apprenticeship, Jack was given the opportunity to return back to college to gain a level two qualification in his preferred trade as a carpenter, successfully completing this in March 2017. Cllr Julie Jackson, portfolio holder for Housing and Communities said: “I’m extremely proud of Jack, what a fantastic achievement! “This award recognises hard work, perseverance “My apprenticeship has allowed me to gain knowledge and skills across a and a positive attitude – in this way Jack is such a variety of trades and to specialise in carpentry, the one I enjoy the most. wonderful ambassador for the Council and the College. “It’s great to be able to gain experience in my chosen profession, to “Jack is playing a really valuable role within our be earning whilst I continue to learn and complete qualifications. I would Housing Service; his excellent skills and extensive encourage others to sign up for apprenticeship schemes.” knowledge across multiple trades enables us to provide

Council Tax 2018-19

You pay your council tax to NBBC but we only keep 12.6%. The rest is shared between Warwickshire County Council (71.8%), plus a separate (4.2%) to support to adult social care (see adult social care precept note) and the Warwickshire Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (11.4%). The 12.6% proportion of the council tax received by NBBC in 2018-19 has increased by 2.99% which works out at less than 15p a week for a band D property. 11.4% 12.6% 4.2%

71.8%

Adult Social Care Charge

Where we spend your money Leisure and Culture Parks and Cemeteries Refuse, Recycling and Cleansing Other Environmental Services Planning Services (incl Car Parks) Town Centre Management (incl Markets) Housing and Council Tax Benefits Democratic Affairs and Community Development Housing Services - Private Sector Housing Revenue Account Central Provisions Less Capital Charge Adjustment Financing of Capital Expenditure Contributions to Reserves Total that we spend on services Less Income & Grants Less Housing Revenue Account Contributions from reserves Net Budget Requirement Revenue Support Grant New Homes Bonus Net Retained Business Rates Collection Fund Surplus Total Council Tax Requirement

a flexible and efficient service to our tenants and residents.” Alan Hobbs, Jack’s line manager at the Borough Council explained: “Jack is what I call part of a dream team qualified to carry out a variety of trade work - for example when he’s working in void properties where a range of different repairs are necessary, Jack can undertake all the work himself rather than having to employ a mixture of trades. This means that the work can be done quickly in one hit, so ultimately we can provide a high quality, faster, more efficient service for our customers. “I am very proud of Jack’s achievements, he’s a real credit to the Council, the College and the apprenticeship scheme.” Jack said:

2017/18 £'000s 3,733 2,704 4,544 1,553 4,215 1,134 40,940 3,186 1,435 25,821 1,305 (3,243) 3,793 2,864 93,984 (49,001) (25,821) (3,982) 15,180 (768) (1,858) (4,487) (60) 8,007

2018/19 £'000s 3,510 2,577 4,944 1,334 4,202 1,144 36,396 2,972 1,928 25,144 1,227 (3,056) 2,874 2,226 87,422 (44,509) (25,144) (3,214) 14,555 (269) (1,304) (4,450) (95) 8,437

2018-2019 Council Tax Bands

Band Number of Properties ARA 39 A 20,184 B 12,874 C 12,819 D 6,914 E 2,515 F 667 G 161 H 6

NBBC £ 126.05 151.25 176.46 201.67 226.88 277.30 327.71 378.13 453.76

Total 56,179 Percentage Change

2.99%

WCC Adult Social Care Charge £ £ 716.05 41.55 859.26 49.86 1,002.47 58.17 1,145.68 66.48 1,288.89 74.79 1,575.31 91.41 1,861.73 108.03 2,148.15 124.65 2,577.78 149.58

2.99%

2.00%

WPCC £ 113.32 135.99 158.65 181.32 203.98 249.31 294.64 339.97 407.96

TOTAL £ 996.97 1,196.36 1,395,75 1,595.15 1,794.54 2,193.33 2,592.11 2,990.90 3,589.08

6.25%

4.87%

NBBC: Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council WCC: Warwickshire County Council WPCC: Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council use the 12.6% of the council tax you pay to provide services including:• • • • • • • • • • • • • •

158,000 bedding plants and 59,000 Spring bulbs planted across the Borough 500,000 square metres of parks and nature reserves managed and maintained. 5 Cemeteries and 5 church graveyards cared for. 4 leisure centres, 26 football pitches and 5 Cricket Grounds provided. 50 play areas maintained including Outdoor Gyms, and BMX tracks. 4 million bins emptied each year. 45% of household waste recycled. 1,500 streets cleaned each month. Over 275 CCTV cameras for the benefit of community safety. Over 300 inspection visits to food premises to ensure cleanliness and safety. Over 125 shows and events at the Civic Hall each year. Support for the civic bonfires. Christmas lights in the town centres. Support for the Homeless and investment in homelessness prevention.

In addition NBBC:• Provides advice on benefits • Invests in the future economic development of our Borough • Uses small to medium sized businesses for 76% of suppliers, and • Provides local sports clubs and organisations with support in acquiring external funding.


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Pingles net funding for sports court improvements

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£46,000 investment to promote all-season play

local leisure centre has received funding to develop and extend its outdoor courts to offer more opportunity for people across Nuneaton and Bedworth to become more active, more often. Pingles Leisure Centre received £46,000 investment to redevelop existing facilities to provide three England Netball standard courts and three Lawn Tennis Association accredited tennis courts. This will allow both sports to be played all year round. The new netball courts have been completed and are available to use right now; the tennis courts will be available early in the Spring, well in time for those bitten by the Wimbledon bug in the Summer. The funding has been provided by Sport England, Everyone Active and the Borough Council, following a consultation with a number of local schools and clubs which highlighted a lack of quality local winter training facilities for netball and tennis. These new facilities will help boost sports participation within the Borough, from complete novices and beginners to elite players. They have been welcomed by local primary and secondary schools, who are now able to host competitions at the Centre with the support of Nuneaton Tennis Club. Both netball and tennis offer great physical and mental stimulation and further enhance the Borough’s impressive sporting offer. The Council’s top priority is to improve standards of health amongst residents and getting active is an important part of that. A wide range of activities are available across Nuneaton and Bedworth, with plenty to tempt even those not typically attracted to sports. It is widely accepted that the benefits of even small amounts of exercise have significant impact on individuals, both in terms of health and wellbeing For more information about sports provision within the Borough, please see the Council’s website www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk and follow the links from the home page under Leisure and Parks

Cemetery Improvements

Hill Cemetery is looking a little smarter now with B ucks improvements to surfaces and drainage.

Work has included resurfacing to driveways, new gravelled areas within the ashes and children’s sections, knee-high fencing in key areas to prevent vehicle damage to the grass and the installation of new drainage works to tackle surface water and waterlogging issues. These latest works form part of the Council’s on-going programme to improve the Borough’s burial grounds, ensuring that the environment is aesthetically appropriate, respectful, clean and comfortable. Work is expected to be completed during summer 2018 and steps will be taken to keep any disruption for visitors to a minimum


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Universal Credit

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n October last year, the new Universal Credit (UC) full service system was introduced within Nuneaton and Bedworth. UC is the Government’s new benefit for people under pension age and the change means that single people, couples and families making a new benefits claim may be asked to claim UC instead. Benefits include Income Support, the income-based elements of Jobseeker’s or Employment and Support Allowances, Housing Benefit, and Child and Working Tax Credits. All new claims have to be made online, with all changes and updates done through a personal online portal. UC is paid calendar monthly in arrears, which may be different to the way any existing benefits are paid. It’s important to note that it may take up to six weeks for the first UC payment to come through. UC doesn’t just affect people out of work - it incorporates Working Tax Credits which are claimed by people in work. To get UC, you must sign up to a Claimant Commitment which is an agreement with Jobcentre Plus in return for the benefit. This might mean agreeing to look for work or better paid work or taking up an offer of training to improve prospects. What you agree to will depend on your circumstances

For more information, contact the Benefits Team on 02476 376 514, or go to www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk To see if you’re affected by UC please go to www.citizensadvice.org.uk

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Where to go for help and support about your money and debt

Bedworth, Rugby, Nuneaton and Tamworth Citizens Advice Bureau (BRANCAB).The Citizens Advice Bureau offers free, confidential, independent and impartial advice and information on most subjects including welfare benefits, disability benefits, debt, consumer matters, employment, housing, relationships, legal issues, health and education.

Telephone (10am-4pm Mon-Fri): Visit www.adviceguide.org.uk

02476 494393 or 0300 330 1163 or

The Money Advice Service For free, unbiased and independent advice on all money matters visit www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk or 0800 138 7777

National Debtline For free debt advice – visit

www.nationaldebtline.org and use My Money Steps or 0808 808 4000 (Mon – Fri 9am to 8pm and Sat 9.30am to 1pm)

StepChange For free debt and money advice and a personal action plan Visit www.stepchange.org or 0800 138 1111 Local Welfare Support Scheme People in crisis who need emergency provision should call Warwickshire County Council. They may be able to help you with food parcels and emergency fuel costs. 0800 408 1448 (Freephone from landlines) or

01926 414124

Age UK If you’re 50 and over and need information, advice and guidance about benefits, support services available to you, details of activities near to you and befriending services then Contact Age UK, Partnership Centre, Coleshill Rd, Atherstone, CV9 1BN or 01827 717172 or Age UK Warwickshire on

Are you getting enough?

With the recent changes to benefits, are you sure you are getting all of the benefits you are entitled to? Perhaps you are starting work and need to find out what other benefits you may be able to claim? Why not visit www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators and try one of the free and easy to use online benefit calculators.

Save on water bills

Severn Trent Water is working to help people who struggle the most with their water bills through The Big Difference Scheme. It’s open to all Severn Trent Water customers, whatever your circumstances. If you qualify you could get a reduction on your water bill from 10 to 90%. You’ll remain on the scheme for 12 months, after which you’ll need to reapply To apply for the scheme 0121 355 7766 or visit

www.sttf.org.uk

01926 458 100

Sexual Violence in Nuneaton and Bedworth A gainst Nuneaton and Bedworth Safer Communities Partnership

(NABSCOP) is running an awareness campaign led by the Borough Council, to highlight issues of sexual violence and encourage people to understand the nature of sexual consent. The Campaign, which is being run in partnership with Warwickshire Police and several charitable organisations, highlights the meaning of consent in relation to rape and demonstrates that there is no place for sexual abuse in society. It makes it clear that consent can never be implied, for example, by the way someone dresses or acts and that ‘no means no’ at any time. The message is simple, when it comes to consent, it is necessary to be 100 percent sure every time - the consequences of getting this wrong are devastating. Issues of alcohol and drugs are also addressed; alcohol can increase someone’s vulnerability, but offenders who take advantage of someone’s intoxication are still committing a crime. A series of eye-catching posters and flyers have been produced and social media channels have been engaged to get the #nomeansno message out there. The aim is to spread awareness of the law amongst the public and in particular young adults, preventing people from becoming victims and perpetrators of abusive relationships. It is important that everyone understands the nature of consent and feels empowered to say no if they wish. Dawn Dawson, Director for Housing and Communities said: “It is good to be working in partnership with the police and colleagues from voluntary organisations to get the message out there. “In a society where misconceptions still exist it’s so important to spread

awareness and educate people about the meaning of consent – I’m sure that this local campaign will have a really positive impact.” Chief Inspector Daf Goddard of Warwickshire Police said: “We are pleased to support the #nomeansno campaign, which plays a valuable role in raising public awareness around consent and sexual offences within North Warwickshire. “Rape and sexual assaults are extremely serious offences and those who commit them could face a life sentence. These offences will not be tolerated on any level within Warwickshire and I’m pleased that our partners, together with local town establishments, are working together to raise awareness and highlight the consequences. “We will help and support anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse and would encourage any offence to be reported, regardless of when it took place. Any reports will be thoroughly investigated and victims will be supported by specially trained officers and dedicated independent advisors throughout the

process.” There are a host of support agencies available across Warwickshire for anyone who has been a victim and Chief Inspector Goddard stresses that approaching the police is not a victim’s only option. Anyone who is a victim of a sexual offence can also contact the Blue Sky Sexual Assault Referral Centre located at George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton. The centre provides access to emergency medical treatment, emotional support and referrals to Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA) for anyone from the Coventry or Warwickshire area who has been sexually assaulted. They can be contacted on 02476 865 505 and the website can be found at www.blueskycentre.org.uk” Tony Mumford, Manager of the Blue Sky Centre said: “Everyone needs to understand the nature of consent and staying safe. “We see the devastating effect of sexual violence on people’s lives and we’re pleased that the profile of these issues has been raised locally by this Campaign.”


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What’s On March to July 2018

Easter Fun!

Bank Holiday Monday 2 April Easter Egg Hunt! See how many eggs you can find hidden around the Museum. Correct entries will go into a prize draw for a chocolate Easter Egg!

Wild Nature Week

Get creative with these wildlifethemed activities and see how many animals you can find around the Museum & Art Gallery!

Crime and Punishment

Tuesday 3 April Make a stag mask Wednesday 4 April Make a fun moving elephant puppet Thursday 5 April Make and decorate a paper chain snake

12 May to 1 July 2018 All rise…and make their way to the Museum for this bloodcurdling show. This exhibition has it all – death, theft and some pretty tough judgements. The borough has its fair share of crime stories and we present a select few for you to preside over.

Linda Barlow: Searching For The Invisible Woman 19 May to 15 July ‘Searching For The Invisible Woman’ includes textiles, shrines and even an animation – all informed by Linda’s considerations about the middleaged woman in todays society.

Artwork by Linda Barlow

At The Coast Week

Call For Artists! Exhibit here in 2019!

Are you an artist looking to show your work to the world? We invite art, craft, photography or history applications. Applications from individual exhibitors or groups are welcome – just make sure you apply by Sunday 10 June, 2018. Application Packs can be found here:

www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk

ROYAL MARINES ASSOCIATION BAND April to September 2018

AN EVENING OF MARCHES, OVERTURES AND BIG BAND MUSIC

MICHAEL JACKSON – THE LEGEND CONTINUES

SHOWADDYWADDY Friday, 20th April Tickets: £19.00

7.30pm

MICHAEL ENGLISH Thursday, 26th April Tickets: £25.00

THE OVERTONES

SWAN LAKE 3.00pm

Saturday, 28th April Tickets: £28.50 VIP: £47.50

EMBODY DANCE SHOW 2018 Friday, 11th May Tickets: £10.00

7.30pm

Whitsun Half Term Activities

Some simple make ‘n’ take activities inspired by our Crime & Punishment exhibition. Tuesday 29 May Make a Night Watch lantern Wednesday 30 May Make a Victorian ‘Peeler’ police hat

This week is inspired by all the paintings of the sea that can be found in the Museum & Art Thursday 31 May Gallery. How many can you find? Make a pair of Victorian police handcuffs Tuesday 10 April Make a moving 2D seascape May Day, Monday 7 May Make a colourful garden bird Wednesday 11 April mask Make a flying flapping seagull mobile Bank Holiday Monday, Monday 28 May Thursday 12 April Design and make your own Make and decorate an exotic special detective badge. paper plate fish

DANCE x 3 2018 11th ANNUAL SHOW

Friday, 25th May Tickets: £10.00 Concessions: £8.00 Family ticket: £32.00

THE DRIFTERS Saturday, 16th June 6.45pm Tickets: £30.00

(Two adults and two children)

7.30pm

PRESENTED BY VIENNA FESTIVAL BALLET – MUSIC BY TCHAIKOVSKY

Friday, 13th April Tickets: £20.00 Concessions: £19.00 Children: £15.00 (Under 16s)

7.00pm

UK CONCERT TOUR 2018 SUPPORTED BY BRENDAN SHINE

NAVI Saturday, 7th April Tickets: £20.50 Concessions: £18.50

Saturday, 14th April Tickets: £ 12.00

All holiday activities are FREE. No booking required, just pop along between 10.30am and 3.30pm. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Activities last about 20 minutes. At busy times you may be asked to wait. Donations are welcome.

PASHA KOVALEV Thursday, 31st May 7.30pm Tickets: £26.50 Front Stalls £24.50 Rear Stalls and Upper Balcony SIRENS THEATRE PRESENTS

THE FULL MONTY Wednesday, 6th June to Friday, 8th June 7.30pm Tickets: Tables of 8 £120.00 (£15 per seat)

8.15pm Upper balcony tiered seating: £14.00 Individual table seats: £16.00 STAGES DANCE SCHOOL PRESENTS

STEPS AND BEATS 7.30pm Monday, 11th June and Tuesday, 12th June 7.00pm Tickets: £10.00

For further details of all forthcoming events at The Civic Hall in Bedworth and to book tickets contact The Box Office on 024 7637 6707. Email box.office@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk or log on at www.civichallinbedworth.co.uk

7.30pm

NUNEATON PANTOMIME AND REVUE SOCIETY PRESENTS

RETURN TO THE FORBIDDEN PLANET Thursday, 21st June Friday, 22nd June Saturday, 23rd June 2.30pm and 7.30pm

7.30pm 7.30pm

Tickets: £12.00 Concessions: £10.00 Block Bookings 30+ £10.00 and £8.00 JVS PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS

HMS JVS – A CRUISE AROUND THE WORLD IN ONE SPECTACULAR SHOW Sunday, 1st July 3pm and 7pm Tickets: £12.00 JULIE BROMAGE DANCE ACADEMY PRESENTS

HISTORY - 30TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW Wednesday, 25th July to Friday, 27th July 7.00pm Tickets: £12.00 Concessions: £10.00


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Report a problem Contact Details

Police: Emergency Non-emergency General enquiries

999 101 01926 415000 www.warwickshire.police.uk/contactingthepolice

Highways: • potholes • blocked highway drains and flooding • dangerous trees or overgrown vegetation • faulty street lights • faulty or worn road markings • faulty traffic signals • damaged, missing or obscured road signs www.warwickshire.gov.uk/reporthighwayproblem countyhighways@warwickshire.gov.uk 01926 412515

Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm, Saturday: 9am to 4pm (outside these hours you can leave a message) Dog fouling; fly tipping; graffiti; benefit fraud customer.services@nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk (024) 7637 6376 www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/report

Consumer Safety and Trading Standards 08454 040506 or 0208 1850 710 www.adviceguide.gov.uk

Abandoned vehicles - Car Clear 08001 699 900

Useful websites, emails and telephone numbers Warwickshire County Council - all services: • Libraries • Schools • Social Care & Support • Health & Wellbeing 01926 410410 www.warwickshire.gov.uk

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council: • Housing • Planning • Environmental Health • Parks & Open Spaces • Licences • Rubbish & Recycling (024) 7637 6376 www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk

Volunteering

info@volunteercentre.org.uk (024) 7631 5151 www.volunteercentre.org.uk

Flood Advice

0845 988 1188 www.gov.uk/browse/environment-countryside/ flooding-extreme-weather

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CUSTOMER SERVICES

(024) 7637 6376

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COUNCIL OPENING TIMES

Nuneaton Town Hall and Bedworth Area Office: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm Closed: 30 March 2018 - Good Friday 2 April 2018 - Easter Monday 7 May 2018 - May day 28 May 20118 - bank holiday

Civic Hall in Bedworth:

Friday 30 March to Monday 2 April dates inclusive

(Closed Thursday 29th March at 4.30pm and re-open on Tuesday 3 April at 10am)

Sunday 6 and Monday 7 May dates inclusive

(Closed Saturday 5 May at 2.30pm and re-open on Tuesday 8 May at 10am)

Sunday 27 and Monday 28 May dates inclusive

(Closed Saturday 26t May at 2.30pm and re-open on Tuesday 29 May at 10am )

Cemeteries:

March & October

9am-5.30pm

Museum & Art Gallery:

Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am - 4.30pm; Sunday 2.00pm - 4.30pm; Bank Monday Monday’s 10.30am - 4.30pm Open Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

WHAT’S ON Dedication of Victoria Cross stone to Lt C L Knox Where: Riversley Park When: Thursday 22 March, midday Good Friday Fun Where: Bedworth Indoor Market When: Friday, 30 March, 10am-2pm FREE Children - bouncy castle 9.00am to 4.00pm, Magic Moments shows 11.00am to 2.00pm, face painters 11.00am to 2.00pm, colour an Easter picture and win a chocolate egg! The Easter Bunny Hunt Where: Nuneaton Town Centre When: Saturday 31 March FREE Children - follow the clues to win a chocolate egg – ten locations to find the name of the bunny

COMM TTEE

MEET NG

DATES Wednesday,14 March Town Hall 6.00pm Cabinet Thursday, 15 March 5.00pm

Town Hall Health OSP

Tuesday, 20 March 5.00pm

Town Hall Audit & Standards

Thursday, 22 March Town Hall 5.00pm Housing & Communities OSP (Perf Q3) Thursday, 29 March Town Hall 5.00pm Planning & Environment OSP (Perf Q3) Friday, 30 March

Offices closed Good Friday

Monday, 2 April

Offices closed Easter Monday

Tuesday, 3 April 4.00pm

Town Hall Planning Applications

Thursday, 5 April Town Hall 5.00pm Economic & Corporate OSP (Perf Q3) Tuesday, 10 April Town Hall 6.00pm Licensing Wednesday, 11 April Town Hall 6.00pm Cabinet Wednesday, 18 April Town Hall 6.00pm Council Thursday, 3 May

Borough Elections

Monday, 7 May

Bank Holiday

Wednesday, 16 May 6.00pm

Town Hall Annual Council

Bedworth Parkrun Where: Bedworth Miners’ Welfare Park When: Every Saturday 9am FREE – just turn up. Nuneaton Triathlon Club Aquathlon Where: Pingles Stadium When: Meets Saturday mornings 9:30 to 11:30am, Aquathlon - Sunday 6 May Cost: Membership £20 a year Founders Bun Day Where: Almshouses, Bedworth When: Friday 25 June10.30am to 12.30pm

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