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A message from City Council Leader, Councillor David Mellen

Coronavirus Looking out “ for each other

I’m so proud of the way Nottingham has come together to meet the challenge of Covid-19

Although we cannot do this without We’ve worked together to keep vital partnership and investment. Broadmarsh services running, protect vulnerable people, is an extremely important site at the heart ensure PPE supplies get through to the of the city centre and it is vital that we frontline and help keep local businesses its potential going. Whether it’s looking in on your All across the country, people who aremaximise well and not as part of the wider regeneration, improving the quality of life for neighbour, shopping for vulnerable citizens atorrisk are playing partLives in supporting their friends local people. standing in solidaritytheir at a Black Matter protest, Nottingham peopleto canstay be at home. and neighbours who need proud of the way they have supported each othercan sincehelp the outbreak You by: of Covid-19.

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The pandemic has caused a massive shock to economies having Phoning around themthe forworld a chat toa keep them company major impact on construction projects with theConnecting retail sector andwith high streets themparticularly on social media As you’ll know, we already face significant badly hit. Despite our disappointment over financial challenges following a decade theDoing collapsetheir of the shopping development of the or running errands for them of Government grant funding for the City Broadmarsh shopping centre, we now Council being cut by over £100 million per have an opportunity to start to develop a Picking up medicines for them year. These financial challenges have been new, sustainable plan for the future of the made much worse by Covid-19. whole Broadmarsh site.

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The financial impact of Covid-19 on the Council is around £87.9 million – this is the cost of having to increase our spending to support people whilst also losing our income from things like leisure centres, trade waste services, car parks and many other areas. Promises from the Government “to stand shoulder to shoulder” with councils to support them through this crisis have so far fallen far short of meeting these challenges and we now face a significant budget shortfall having only received a fraction of our costs. We know what services matter most to Nottingham people and in order to keep


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delivering essential services we all value like parks, care workers, leisure centres and libraries, Nottingham needs more investment and for the Government to make good on its promises to each and every one of us.


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To comment, compliment or complain: Go online: Textphone or minicom: 18001, then 0115 915 5555 Phone us on: 0115 915 5555 Write to: Have Your Say, Nottingham City Council, Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham NG2 3NG

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When the city locked down We’re incredibly proud of our frontline teams and the back office colleagues who work to support them.

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Covid has seen Nottingham’s key workers

STEP UP PAY UP Now the Government must

Councillors have prioritised services for the most vulnerable residents, protected free universal services such as bulky waste collections, a free garden waste bin and 2 free resident parking permits and defended parks, community centres, libraries, care services and leisure centres. Councillor Sam Webster, the Council’s Portfolio Holder for Finance, said:

The current crisis has seen Nottingham’s key workers step up when they were needed most. Thousands of our front line, key workers are employed directly or indirectly by Nottingham City Council; care workers, bus drivers, bin lorry crews, meal-on-wheels service, Community Protection Officers, park rangers and many, many more. These people have helped us through the crisis, they’ve kept our vital services running and helped to protect our most vulnerable residents, we couldn’t have come this far without them. The clear message to Government from Nottingham is to honour our key workers and our communities by funding the costs of Covid as was promised. 6

City Council forced to make budget cuts as Government fails to

COVER THE COST OF COVID The Government’s failure to fully cover the costs of the Covid pandemic has forced Nottingham City Council to make an additional £12.5m of budget cuts which will affect local services. The Council has seen estimated costs and lost income due to Covid-19 soar to £87.9 million since the pandemic began. Emergency funding has been needed to care for older and vulnerable people and provide PPE while at the same time income has been lost from leisure centres, trade waste services, car parks and many other areas. Nottingham has only received £23.5 million of extra Government funding so far, just 27% of the total cost of Covid, leaving a major hole in the Council’s finances.

The current crisis comes on top of a decade of austerity which has seen Government grant funding for the City Council cut by over £100 million per year. This has meant that difficult decisions have had to be made in order to meet the legal requirement to balance the budget in the current year. A range of emergency savings proposals have been made which will result in a reduction of 154 posts (full time equivalent) although the Council will seek to meet this through the deletion of vacant posts and voluntary redundancies where possible.

Measures include: Day Centres – closing one day centre for people with disabilities while maintaining access to a day centre for all users Apprentices – delaying the employment of apprentices until next April, saving £450,000 in total On street parking machines – replacing most parking machines with cashless machines, promoting pay by phone and card payments Parking permits – introducing a charge of £25 for households requesting a third residents parking permit, renewable every 2 years Civic roles – reducing the ceremonial duties of the Lord Mayor Bulwell Hall Golf Course – closing the course from November 2020 and seeking an external operator Play Areas – closing a small number of underused play areas and those requiring significant improvement.

A consultation on the budget proposals has been launched. Have your say at

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CLICK THE PICTURES ABOVE TO WATCH THE VIDEOS! We can’t name all of the schools, community, faith and volunteer groups who have been working so hard to help people – there are far too many!! But we are so grateful to each and every one. It’s clear that ‘community spirit’ is alive and strong in Nottingham.



WELCOME BACK TO YOUR CITY! Nottingham has started to carefully and safely reopen to more people as the Government eases lock down restrictions. But as we get back to a ‘new normal,’ we all still need to stay safe. We have had lower rates of infection than elsewhere in the country, thanks to the way people in Nottingham have taken steps to protect themselves and others.

But Covid-19 is still present in our city, and as we reopen shops, workplaces and services in Nottingham, it’s important that we continue to prevent its spread. We all need to do our bit to stay safe.

Let’s stop the spread of Covid-19 together: Maintain social distance Keep left on pavements and pathways Wear a face covering in shops and on public transport Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds Self-isolate if you have symptoms and to get a test call 119 or visit This information is being translated into different languages and formats and will be available here: translations


If you need help you can still call the council During July, the advice to people who are shielding has changed. We know this may cause concern for some extremely vulnerable people. We want you to know, if you need help, you can still call the council. We can put you in touch with the community groups, volunteers and food banks offering support in your neighbourhood.

0115 915 5555 www.nottinghamcity.

What if we have a ‘local lockdown’ in Nottingham? Please be assured that if we do see an increase in Covid-19 in Nottingham, the City Council has a Local Outbreak Control Plan that will help us work with our partners to identify hotspots and take action to control the spread of the virus. The Local Outbreak Control Plan is available here:

#SHOPLOCAL Our independent businesses are such a big part of our city’s character and economy. Please support your local neighhourhood traders and, when you visit the city centre, why not pay our independents a visit? Check out this site for inspiration ideas-inspiration/independents/ Photos: Nottingham BID 11

Council services

– which ones are reopening? Many of our services are starting to reopen safely in a phased way. For the latest information on council services please visit

WE’RE BACK UP AND RUNNING AFTER LOCKDOWN: Household Waste and Recycling Centre Bulky Waste collections Pest Control Garden Waste collections Queens Drive Park & Ride L IB R A RY


Woodthorpe Grange Park Plant Shop Bulwell Hall Golf Club Tennis Centre Courts Markets Staffed Public Toilets On street Parking Playgrounds Outdoor Gyms


Libraries are back! Some of our libraries are now open – for instance the Dales Centre, Hyson Green, The Meadows, Southglade Park and Strelley Road. There are changes to the way you’ll use the library, and extra measures for everyone’s safety. To keep up to date with the opening of more libraries near you, visit leisure-and-culture/libraries/coronavirus

Our Libraries team will

Clean surfaces in the library regularly

Book computers at the desk or by phone

Safely store Sometimes returned books limit customers for 72 hours time in the Library

Visiting our heritage sites

Missing our leisure centres? We are looking forward to welcoming you back into our centres. We’re being creative in how we use our spaces by adapting our studios, sports halls and outdoor areas. Our restart plans will ensure we have clean and hygienic facilities to give our customers plenty of space to enjoy exercising safely.

Download our app for easy bookings To keep customers safe pre-booking your visit will be mandatory. This allows us to control the flow of people in and out the centres. To use the centres please ensure you have an Active Nottingham account and to book a visit simply download our updated app for convenient browsing and booking.

Wollaton Hall and Newstead Abbey’s parks, café kiosks and shops are open to the public, and their museums and historic buildings re-open in early August offering a great day out for all. If you are planning to visit one of our wonderful venues, go to or for more info on safety measures in place.

Search ‘Active Nottingham’ in your app store or see more info at www.activenottingham. com/coronavirus We have already begun a staged reopening of outdoor tennis, which is a great way to make the most of a sunny day book at NottinghamTennisCentre We have also launched live exercise classes to join from home with our fabulous Group Fitness Instructors. You can join in for free right now at 13

Need support? Help is available

If lockdown has made your situation at home worse, either due to abuse, your mental health or your financial or housing situation, there is help available in Nottingham.

Domestic Violence

Mental Health

Juno Women’s Aid: 0808 800 0340 (freephone 24/7) Equation Men’s Support: 0115 960 5556 (Mon – Fri, 9.30am – 16.30pm) A confidential answerphone runs 24/7 Sexual Violence Support: 0115 941 0440

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are offering free 30-minute counselling sessions to anyone who has been affected by Covid-19. To book a session email support@ or visit


Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust Free Turning Point Helpline on 0300 555 0730 9am to 11pm seven days a week Free Crisis Support Helpline on 0808 196 3779 24hour seven days a week www.nottinghamshirehealthcare.nhs. uk/help-in-a-crisis Wellness in Mind Talk through your feelings, get advice and find out what support is available to you Support line 0800 561 0073 (please press option1) 9am – midnight The Tomorrow Project The Tomorrow Project offers direct support to those in suicide crisis. Call 0115 880 0282 – please note, you’ll be asked to leave a voice message and a member of the team will respond within one working day Email The Silver Line A free helpline for people aged 55+ Freephone 0800 4708090 24 hour – seven days a week

Money help and advice Ask Lion: The Ask Lion website is a good starting place for money advice: Citizens Advice Help to Claim Universal Credit 0800 144 8 444 Citizens Advice Nottingham & District: 0300 330 5457 or visit St Ann’s Advice Centre General enquiries: 0115 950 6867 Debt advice: 0115 908 1532 Bestwood Advice Centre 0115 962 6519 Clifton Advice Centre 07887 925 181 Meadows Advice Centre 0115 986 0197 Help with energy bills: 0115 985 3009 or visit www.nottenergy. com/news/emergency-food-vouchers Nottingham Credit Union: or email Nottingham Law Centre General enquiries: 07342 116 424 Debt advice: 07342 116 445 Money Advice Service: National Debtline Advice: 0808 808 4000 or

Step Change Debt Advice: Universal Credit advice: uk/coronavirus or 0800 144 8 444 Stop Loan Sharks helpline: 0300 555 2222 or Welfare Rights Service 0115 915 1355 welfarerights Age UK’s advice line for older people Freephone 0800 678 1602 Nottingham on Call 24 hour help and reassurance at home 0115 746 9010 Claim your Pension Credit This credit is available if you are retired and your weekly income is below £173.75 (for single people) or £265.20 (for couples). For more information go to Keeping your free TV licence From 1 August 2020, only people aged 75 or over and receiving Pension Credit will be eligible for a free TV Licence. For more information go to

Win £20, £30 or £50 vouchers! Simply CLICK HERE to complete this quick survey before 21 August 2020. The survey will help us understand how Covid-19 has hit household finances – it’ll help us plan the support available for people. 15

Food banks Unfortunately due to Covid-19 more people than ever are relying on food banks. Food banks provide parcels of food and social eating projects provide free hot meals. To use these services you usually need a referral, which often comes as a voucher.

CLICK HERE to find out more from our web page. It lists all the food banks and social eating projects across the city and has an interactive map to show you where they are. If you contact your local food bank they will explain how to access their support.

Please be assured, you will always have a warm welcome from the amazing teams who work in Nottingham.

Want to help? Use the map to find your nearest food bank and drop off a food donation. K THANU O Y


Rent your home? Worried about eviction?

know your rights It’s been tough for both renters and landlords during the pandemic. But it’s important everyone knows their rights regarding evictions:

Your vote matters! It’s really important that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so.

It is currently illegal to evict anyone from their rented home.

Each year our Electoral Services team conduct an annual canvass to ensure the electoral register is accurate and up-to-date.

To evict a renter a landlord needs court documents (called Section 21). The courts are closed for eviction cases until 23 August 2020 so landlords can’t get the documents until then.

If we have your contact details you might soon receive an email or a text message telling you what you need to do to register - please respond as soon as you can.

If tenants are being asked to leave their property then they can contact the council for help If a landlord is at the door, trying to forcibly remove tenants, call 999 immediately.

If we don’t have your phone number or email address, then you will receive a paper form through the post. If the form asks you to respond then please try to do this online or you can post it back to us.

The Council’s Safer Housing team is supporting landlords who are licence holders in the city. If you don’t have a licence to rent a property then you need one. To get info on applying and what help is available for you email

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Are you a young person with a Special Educational Need or Disability who is looking for work? Nottingham Jobs and Futures for You will work with you and local employers to help you become work-ready and to find jobs with your employment needs in mind. Jake lives in Basford, he is volunteering two hours a week at Barnado’s. Jake said: “It is fun and I enjoy working with the staff and being part of the team”.

“Work experience has really helped me with my anxiety. Talking to people has made it better. I now feel more confident and happy about my future. I would recommend work experience to everyone.” Kira, 18 from Bestwood works in the Bestop kitchen.

How to get in touch with us: Register with us at or call Nottingham Jobs on 0115 876 4508 FOR YOU

Looking to upskill while on furlough? Need redundancy support?

Look no further we can help! We have a huge range of support services to help you with the challenges you may be facing with your current job or finding your next job. Through our extensive partner network across the city, we offer:

Business support

• Training, apprenticeships & funded qualifications

If you’re an employer, whatever your business is going through right now, Nottingham Jobs are here to support you.

• Exclusive job vacancies for Nottingham residents

We can offer:

• Pre-employment and in-work training

Redundancy advice & training

• Redundancy support

• Special courses for residents claiming benefits or not in work • Recruitment programmes that lead to guaranteed interviews.

Want to find out more? Speak to one of our friendly advisers and they will work with you to create a tailored package to help unlock your potential and get back on track.

Recruitment support Apprenticeships & funding Call us on: 0115 876 4508 Or visit: nottinghamjobs. com/employers

Visit or call 0115 876 4508


Work to begin on exciting new city gateway Despite intu’s troubles, our long-awaited transformation of streets around the Broadmarsh area will begin in early August as planned. Collin Street is an exciting new public space for the city centre. Instead of eight lanes of traffic and a dated car park, future visitors will be greeted by an open, vibrant and welcoming green space. Collin Street and Carrington Street will be home to the city’s new Central Library, and the former roads will become a relaxing pedestrianised green space for everyone to enjoy. The Sussex Street area, between Middle Hill and the newly built Nottingham College City Hub, inaccessible and unwelcoming for some time, will be transformed into a bright, amphitheatre style space. Steps from Middle Hill to Sussex Street will lead to a new area to relax and play, with spaces for activity and exercise, including skateboarding and cycling.


Traffic changes Once complete, these major works will see: Collin Street closed to all traffic Canal Street closed to traffic after its junction with Middle Hill, except for buses, taxis and cyclists Traffic flow on Canal Street becomes two way for buses and taxis Traffic flow on Greyfriar Gate, which runs between the NCP Car Park and Ocean nightclub, reversed from northbound to southbound Traffic flow on Middle Hill, which runs between the tram viaduct and Broadmarsh Car Park site, changed from one-way southbound to become a two-way route.

Paid for by national Government funding Not local council taxes


Broadmarsh shopping centre update Following the news that intu has entered administration, the Victoria centre is now open to shoppers following the easing of lockdown restrictions while the Broadmarsh centre, which had been undergoing a major redevelopment before the Covid pandemic, has remained closed. The lease for the Broadmarsh has now been ‘disclaimed’ to the City Council which has been welcomed by Leader, Councillor David Mellen: “Broadmarsh is an extremely important site and it’s vital that we maximise its potential as part of the wider regeneration of the city, bringing investment and jobs.

AFTER For more information about the Broadmarsh road scheme please visit

“This presents a financial challenge when our budget is under pressure. Equally this is a great opportunity to look again at the plans. We won’t be able to do this by ourselves and will need to work in partnership. It’s good that the conversation about the future of Broadmarsh has already started. “Our first priority now will be to ensure that the right of way through the centre is reopened safely as quickly as possible.”


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Coronavirus lockdown has had some environmental benefits. Less traffic, better air quality and less litter (although fly-tipping has still been a problem).

Of course we all want to ‘get back to normal’ but can we help Nottingham to have a green recovery? At the council we’re working on transforming transport, housing and energy use to meet the challenge of climate change and be carbon neutral by 2028.

Here’s some simple steps you could take to support Nottingham’s 2028 ambition:



Check out | 0115 985 3000 for loads of simple tips to reduce energy and save money on your bills

Did you know, just by spending one less minute in a daily shower, you can save £30 a year!

Go green by switching to a renewable energy tariff

Some people still waste food, yet you can save £££ just by planning meals

Visit for tips to make your house more energy efficient


Save £££ and reap the health benefits of walking or cycling – especially for short journeys

Can you reduce your need to travel? It might be possible for you to work from home or video call people instead


We love a bit of upcycled fashion with quality second hand clothes and homeware

Food like meat is expensive, if you’re not veggie already, why not try meat-free Mondays?


Grow your own veg, herbs and beefriendly plants. Even if you’re not green fingered, or don’t have a garden, tasty veg like potatoes are really cheap and easy to grow in old pots

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L ve your parks… no seriously, please! We know the vast majority of Nottingham people love our parks. Our green spaces have been a lifeline for most of us during lockdown. Sadly, we still see people leave huge amounts of litter behind – especially on hot days. We try to put out extra bins on hot days, but during lockdown our clean crews have been really stretched. They’ve worked incredibly hard to deal with lots of extra household waste and also cover for workmates who can’t work due to Covid-19.

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Please, help us to keep our parks beautiful. Please take litter home.

Bee-friendly Nottingham We all know bees are dying due to disease, farming changes, habitat loss and climate change. Back in 2014 we launched a campaign to help bees by providing more flowers and more places for bees to live. Recently you may have noticed some signs popping up in parks and open spaces. They highlight flower beds, meadow areas and other ways we’re working to help Nottingham’s bees. Visit to find out more. Search ‘Nottingham Parks’ and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. 23

Photos courtesy of Jakt Photography and Nottingham City Council

News from the


Despite Covid-19, the transformation of Nottingham Castle has continued, providing a world-class visitor destination for years to come. Work on the site is still on track to be completed by the end of the year with a view to welcoming visitors in early 2021. 24

Work includes:

Building a new visitor centre to welcome guests to explore the Castle’s 1,000 years of history Creating new spaces for digital exhibits including the Robin Hood virtual archery and quarterstaff interactive games

Improved accessibility and lighting for our popular cave tours Renovation and restoration of the Long Gallery

• Creating new display panels to tell the fascinating story of the Castle’s history • Producing a stunning 3D recreation of Nottingham Castle in 1485 • Creating an exciting adventure play space

Have you signed up for the Castle Trust newsletter yet? The Nottingham Castle Trust are sharing information about the site, events and activities and news around reopening. Be the first in the know by subscribing at:


Things to do this summer! We know babies and toddlers are very little but if fun ideas and activities are introduced now, children are more likely to be ready to start school, be happier at school and go on to do really well in life. Grow some seeds in an old yoghurt pot Sing your favourite nursery rhymes – don’t forget the actions! Make an animal noise and let somebody guess what it is Play your favourite songs and have your own disco Find five things that are yellow in your house Go on a walk and find something of each colour of the rainbow

1-5 year olds

Cut a photo or picture in to big pieces and make your own jigsaw Make a mud pie in some pots and pans See if you can poke dried spaghetti pasta through the holes in a colander Draw a face on an old sock to make a sock puppet Paint a rock and leave it out for another child to find

Choose a book to read together

Go outside and look for bugs and creepy crawlies

Get some boxes, pots and pans and bang them like a drum

Turn lunch time into a teddy bears picnic

Stick some tape to the floor, zig zag, straight or curly and walk along it

Feed the birds

Find a cardboard box and pretend it’s a train choo choo!

Make a music shaker – just fill an empty bottle with rice

If it’s raining, splash in puddles

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Ideas from Let’s Create pack funded by Arts Council England

Summer ChalleNGe

one of Can you tick off ach day? these activities e 6-11 year olds

Make a card for a special person

Create a portrait using objects found in the kitchen

Draw your favourite toy

Write a short story or poem with the theme ‘What I like’

Draw a character from your favourite book or movie

Draw your favourite person

Draw your favourite things that make you happy

Create a poster of your favourite book or movie

Draw your favourite food

If you were an alien, what would you be like?

Design your name using different fonts for each letter

Draw your pet or an animal you love

How many insects can you draw on one page?

If you could be a superhero, what would you look like?

Create a supersonic spaceship

How many objects can you find in your house beginning with the letter C?

How many different animals can you draw on a page?

Design a mask for a superhero of your choice

Check out a creative activities pack for teachers, parents, youth leaders and families to use over the summer holidays and into the new school year - supporting wellbeing through creativity – for inspiration, ideas and creative challenges for primary and secondary age.

ChalleNGe is a partnership of arts organisations, schools and community partners, working together to open up creative opportunities for all children and young people in Nottingham. Contact: Cathy Mahmood

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Things are going to be a little different this summer Though we’ve had to cancel the Nottingham Beach and Riverside Festival, we’re working hard to bring some brand new online and outdoor events to the city over the holidays. From drive-ins to pop-ups, we’re teaming up with some of the best event organisers in the city and beyond to host amazing experiences everyone can enjoy safely.


Check out to see what’s already planned and book tickets


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Find stories, crafts and even nature activities in a brand-new Digital Den, packed full of activities to engage and inspire your little ones at home. Join Sammy Fox on this magical StoryPark adventure. All you need to bring is your imagination!

Come and explore our virtual story dens and start your own adventure! In partnership with the good folks at The Nottingham Building Society

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