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Town Plan – An Update – 6th March 2009

Our 2 year funding from Coalfields Regeneration Trust finished in
March 2008. From then to January
2009 there was no dedicated Town Plan Officer. Gina Hudspeth was
appointed on 12th January 2009
and she can focus on the Town Plan for 1 day per week.

The Plan is a live project – constantly evolving, we intend to run
the next Town Plan for 3-4 years.
We are currently in the same position as we were 12 months ago, ready to
meet with our Partners,
which from our last meeting we collated an outline of the Plan, this now
needs updating.

Things that have happened in Cotgrave over the last 12 months:-

  • The Children’s Centre ran consultation for a Toy Library in

  • Nottingham Credit Union has been set up and is thriving.
  • Cotgrave Library has been refurbished
  • Successful bid to part fund refurbishment of Broadmeer Park
  • The bid for the tennis course was unsuccessful, but the bid did
    get to the final of a national competition,
    that was over subscribed 10 fold. We are currently looking at other
    options for funding for this project.
  • Serendipitys – providing a new nursery service in Cotgrave, based
    at Cotgrave Futures in the same area
    as Kids Club and Little Kites (who both have moved to new
    accommodation within the school)
  • New Police Station – being upgraded from a contact point to a
    fully operational Police Station.
    This will mean that the Police will be based in Cotgrave as the Police
    Station will be their HQ for this area.
  • Cotgrave Allotments Association is currently developing links with
    the local schools.
  • FOCCP are in consultation with reference to suitable development
    of the Country Park.
  • There are some questions which we hope to put to our partner and
    anyone wishing to respond should do
    so by email to:

    Town Plan

    Why do you think we have a Town Plan?
    What do you think about the Town Plan?
    Have you read the Town Plan?
    What do you think might be in the Town Plan?

    Cotgrave Re-United

    Would you like to promote and help establish a Youth Forum?
    Do you Cotgrave is a cohesive community? If not why do think this is? Do
    you have any
    suggestions on how we can make Cotgrave a cohesive community?
    Do you think the youth would benefit from a youth page of the Town
    Council’s Website and
    a youth section in Cotgrave Connections?
    Are there any activities from the past that you would like to revive?
    e.g. Carnival
    What suggestions could you offer for developing inter-generational
    bridge building activities?

    Security and Confidence

    How can we get the youth involved in play development projects?
    Develop Contact Point – the Police Station is currently undergoing work
    which will enable the Police Station to become fully operational and be
    the HQ for the local police in this area. CTC is no longer sharing the
    premises as Police require all premises and therefore CTC is not
    contributing financially.
    How can we improve domestic violence awareness?
    How can we improve support for drug and alcohol users?

    Taking Pride in Cotgrave

    Which aspects of Cotgrave are you proud of?
    How do you think we could bring back pride into the Community of
    How do you think we could reduce the number of residents referred to
    Social Services?

    Promoting Regeneration

    Why is the SureStart Children’s Centre concentrating on an area which
    is larger than Cotgrave?
    How could we increase the usage of Cotgrave Country Park?
    What suggestions would you have for the development of the Country Park
    as a Community Asset?

    If you would like to respond to these questions, please feel free to
    send your responses to
    Gina Hudspeth, Cotgrave Town Council, The Enterprise Centre, Woodview,
    Cotgrave, Nottingham,
    NG12 3PF or via email to:


    Cotgrave Town Plan II: Latest Developments

    Following the Cotgrave Partners Event at the beginning of this year
    and the progress update in June
    we were hoping to be in a position to invite all our partners to a
    second event expected to take place
    about now. Unfortunately we have not yet reached that stage.

    What we have done is to formally adopt a revised Town Plan, now known
    as Town Plan II. The new
    Plan continues with the ethos and many of the themes of our original
    plan and follows the format and
    content of the draft plan we worked with at the Partners Event.

    In addition we have developed a draft Action Plan based on all of the
    inputs we received at the event.
    We had hoped by now to be asking Partners to join us for a second event
    to work through and validate
    the draft action plan.

    The difficulties are all to do with resources. As most of you will
    know for Town Plan 1 we had generous
    funding from the Coalfield Regeneration Trust enabling us to appoint an
    additional person to the Town
    Council team; a person dedicated to the Plan. We have not been able to
    identify repeat funding. The
    outcome is that we intend to move forward with the Plan integrated into
    the council team and shared
    across staff members.

    With a full team we would be seeking to arrange our second event but
    we have lost the services of one
    of our members of staff and need to fill the vacancy before we are able
    to move forward significantly.
    Our recruitment process aims to deliver someone in place at the earliest
    opportunity but we recognise
    that may not be until late November or even early December. The
    Christmas period is always problematic
    for arranging events and we feel it would be better to hold our event
    after Christmas; may be late
    January or more likely early February. We will contact you at the
    earliest opportunity to seek mutually
    agreeable dates. Meanwhile we will continue to move forward with areas
    of the Plan, albeit slower than
    we would wish.

    Thank you for your patience and valuable input to date. The last
    event brought really positive responses
    and I hope we can repeat or may be better that. We look forward to an
    early opportunity to meet in the
    near future.

    Town Plan Progress

    The last four months have seen a number of developments:-

    • Tennis Courts to the rear of Futures:
      Funding was secured from the Rushcliffe Crime and Disorder Partnership
      to make the tennis courts safe and
      reopen them to the public.  Work is still ongoing to develop a
      multi-use games area on the site.
      Consultation on redevelopment has occurred at a number of events,
      through consultation boxes in key
      locations in Cotgrave and at the local schools.  The Youth Forum,
      Methodist Youth Group and Children’s
      Centre have also been involved.  A big thank you to everyone who
      has commented!
      Contractors have been invited to provide quotations and a funding bid
      has been submitted to WREN,
      fingers crossed, will allow redevelopment of the site to occur.
    • Youth People and the Country Park:
      The Friends of Cotgrave Country Park Group is identifying play
      options for the Park.  Nottinghamshire
      Youth Services have also expressed an interest in building some
      equipment. It is hoped that these two
      projects come together in the future to deliver improved activities
      for young people within the Park.
    • Town Plan Partners’ Event:
      On the 30th January a Town Plan Partners’ Event was held. 
      All local agencies were invited to attend,
      review the successes of the Plan to date, and explain future plans for
      Cotgrave.  The event was very
      positive and partners demonstrated their commitment and enthusiasm to
      delivering benefits for the town
    • Cotgrave: Your Ideas, Your Future:
      The successes of the Town Plan to date; along with proposals for
      the future plans for Cotgrave, were
      showcased.  In addition, a number of partners had stands
      providing information about the services
      they offered in the Town.  Those residents who attended provided
      valuable and high quality feedback.

    Cessation of Funding

    The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has generously funded the Town
    Plan project for the past two years.  This funding
    has now ceased, so there will no longer be a dedicated Town Plan
    Officer.  The objectives of the Plan will continue
    to be progressed as part of the Town Council’s core business.

    The Future

    Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire, who filled the support post
    at the beginning of 2008, will continue to provide
    support for the projects which have already been instigated,
    including leisure provision to the rear of Futures and supporting
    the Friends of Cotgrave Country Park. RCAN will continue to provide
    support as requested by community groups in Cotgrave.






    • What is a Town Plan?

     It is a plan for the future of Cotgrave
    over the next 5-10 years.  The Plan has been

    developed by the community, after research and consultation.  
    It is a strategic plan,
    but also an action plan, with practical results.

    • Why do one?

    It provides the evidence to the Town Council, the Borough
    Council, the County Council
    funding bodies of what is needed,
    how much it is needed,
    and what we are
    prepared to do in
    order to
    ensure it is set up in Cotgrave.

    The Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) has given a grant of
    £62,180 towards
    its implementation.






    The latest draft (09) is as follows:-


    The Action Plan Layout

    This document lists the issues raised by
    various consultation exercises during
    and action-planning
    with partners in 2005 under the following
    column headings.






    of actions to deal with issues
    identified by community consultation

    Description of action required

    Identified time period to action

    Explanatory notes

    The Outcomes and Actions are listed under the
    following headings

    Cotgrave Reunited
    Security and Confidence
    Taking Pride in Cotgrave
    Promote Regeneration
    Work with the Assets
    Build capacity to Support the Plan

    Acronym Key

    The following abbreviations are used:


    Cotgrave Town Council


    Rushcliffe Primary Care Trust


    Nottinghamshire County Council


    Rural Transport Partnership Officer


    Nottinghamshire Rural Community Council


    Rushcliffe Youth Action Network


    Nottinghamshire Police


    Rushcliffe Youth Assembly


    Nottinghamshire Clubs for Young People


    Rushcliffe Council of Voluntary Service


    Rushcliffe Borough Council


    Eco Teams

    NCC, Yinc

    Youth Inclusion Team


    Cotgrave Welfare scheme



    Cotgrave Futures

    1. Cotgrave Reunited


    Action needed




    1) Liaise and assist to establish a Youth forum

    Sept 06   RBC/RYA


    2) Identify
    other additional mechanisms to promote youth voice

    3) Establish a Residents Voice Group to provide an

    mechanism across the Cotgrave community

    April 06

    April 07




    4) Identify and promote sharing of best practices

    community groups

    March 06

    October 06




    1) Prepare and run a communications/ vision

    building workshop
    for the community

    March 06

    February 07




    RBC/ Young Potential

    2) Identify and develop community network to

    raise the
    profile of youth activities through positive
    press. Monitor
    ongoing success.

    June 06

    March 07




    3) Identify and evaluate inter generation bridge


    December 07 Prepare



    1) Re-establish community events
    (e.g. Gala/Carnival)

    Summer 06  

    2) Encourage and promote new events

    July 07  

    3) Promote agency led Family Support Groups

    delivery of Parenting courses).
    Establish development of a
    community led
    Parent Support Group


    4) Promote and support Parents in Action initiatives

    March 06 Repeat Y2 Youth

    5) Establish a mentoring scheme across generations


    2) Research and establish schemes and trips for the

    June 07

    2. Security and Confidence


    Action needed




    1) Work to establish closer relationships with the Police

    June 06 ongoing

    2) Liaise with Police to upgrade existing police premises

    July 07 ongoing

    3) Liaise with Police to establish central manned CCTV display

    March 06 ongoing

    4) Promote crime reporting & develop Neighbourhood Watch

    June 07  

    1) Liaise with police on deployment to establish positive

    December 06  

    2) Seek to establish targeted outreach youth work (see
    section 5b)

    December 07  

    3) Improve after school transport to ease access to school

    March 07   NCC

    1) Redevelop Tennis courts to provide multi games play area.

    December 06    

    2) Study feasibility of boxing club via activity sessions at
    Leisure centre

    March 06   RBC

    3) Seek to introduce a range of new activities for all age

    April 07   RBC

    4) Support development of existing clubs

    December 06

    5) Seek to develop new groups (explore expressions of
    interest from Air Cadets/Army Cadets as examples)

    December 06   Action CTC

    6) Support specific provision for girls and young women
    research and develop new opportunities.

    December 06   NCC

    1) Reopen and develop youth spaces, e.g. Ring Leas park and
    the Community Field

    March 06   Action CTC

    2) Involve local schools in play area development projects

    March 06    
    e) Reduced
    traffic congestion problems at peak time

    1) Review and discuss with NCC Highways, keep traffic levels
    and flow under consideration.

    ongoing   NCC
    f) Improved
    access in town centre

    1) Advise and liaise with NCC about difficulties people with
    disabilities and young families have in Cotgrave particularly
    with road crossings

    June 07   NCC

    3. Taking a Pride in Cotgrave




    Comment Partners

    1) Develop schemes e.g. “Cotgrave in Bloom”,

    “REACT 21” Tree

    Sept 07 Tree
    Wardens in
    place Oct 05

    2) Identify/evaluate other schemes, liaise with

    residents to

    July 07   RBC/ECOT

    1) Investigate and identify ownership

    July 07   RH/RBC

    2) Liaise to improve security, management &


    October 07   RH/RBC

    3) Seek support within the community to assist

    October 07
    c) Reduced number of
    anti social behaviour hotspot sites

    1) Liaise with and Support RH
    initiatives to improve communal

    garages areas and investigate
    alternative use

    April 06   RH

    1) Liaise to ensure adequate provision

    February 06

    2) Establish community monitor to ensure regular

    nd adequate

    June 06   Action CTC

    1) Liaise on improvements with RBC, seek
    improvement grants at shopping

    June 07

    2) Seek community support for 21st Century Town



    3) Evaluate potential for market at shopping


    October 07   Action CTC

    4) Promote new events at the shopping centre


    5) Monitor and develop the environment at
    West Furlong


    4. Promote Regeneration


    Action needed




    Increased provision of local work opportunities

    1) Promote and seek maximum use of
    employment sites to bring
    jobs to the area.

    December 06 Ongoing

    1) Liaise with agencies/schools to focus
    on this problem

    December 06 Ongoing
    (Youth Inclusion)/ECOT

    2) Encourage training to be delivered in

    December 06   NCC/RBC

    1) Establish facts

    December 06  

    2) Consider policies, seek to mitigate
    effect of allocation

    June 07  
    Understanding of the causes of high social
    housing turnover

    1) Research and seek to minimise impact
    of housing allocation

    December 06   RBC/RH

    1) Identify the need for a range of

    2) Review housing need survey

    3) Encourage growth in small clusters

    f) Houses
    to meet the needs of the residents

    1) Research the reasons for overcrowding (as

    identified by NCC needs survey)

    December 06   RBC/RH

    1) Carry out further research with the PCT


    2) Liaise and support future appropriate

    h) Reduced
    levels of domestic violence

    1) Research problem and identify actions.

    February 07   NP/RBC/RPCT
    i) Improved access to social services

    1) Work to ensure planned family centre provides

    services to families in Cotgrave

    December 06 Ongoing action Action CTC
    j) Improved
    understanding of child development
    issues in Cotgrave

    1) Work with PCT to promote and support actions

    February 07   RPCT/NCC
    (Youth Inclusion)

    1) Research current status, obtain advice/

    July 06  

    2) Publicise available services

    December 06 Ongoing

    5. Work with the Assets


    Action needed




    1) Work to develop more tailor made
    activities for off peak

    June 07    

    2) Encourage enhanced tailored training
    for Leisure Centre

    June 07    

    1) Support adoption of new constitution
    and service level

    June 06  

    2) Support development of comprehensive
    plan including
    identification of appropriate
    premises, review of community and
    safety aspects and the balance of indoor
    and outreach

    June 06  

    3) Seek increased youth worker provision to

    support more
    nights, wider age range and
    expand youth activities

    October 06   NCC/RYA

    4) Recruit and arrange training for volunteers

    to support
    longer opening

    December 06   NCC/RYA

    1) Review role in the community

    December 06

    2) Liaise to maximise use of the facilities

    d) Cotgrave Welfare
    provides increased benefit to
    the community

    1) Promote existing and encourage
    development and hosting of
    cross community activities

    October 06 Action CTC

    1) Encourage partnership

    2) Ensure development of facilities takes
    account of those

    3) Use results of planned consultation day

    1) Consult Cotgrave residents on options

    2) In parallel identify alternative site and


    5. Work with the Assets (cont)


    Action needed




    1) Develop promotional strategy with tenants

    and association


    2) Investigate alternative use of unproductive

    allotment land


    1) Investigate and plan for a path on
    Owthorpe road to the

    May 07  

    2) Investigate and plan for a path on Plumtree

    road to the
    parish boundary


    3) Liaise with Tollerton PC on path development


    1) Discuss with FCCP, seek to develop pit site,

    access and
    car parking


    2) Promote development of Park based
    community activities


    3) Monitor developments for the use of the
    Pit Head Site

    4) Liaise to improve footpath access in
    conjunction with
    possible development
    of new RBC depot

    1) Initiate discussions with present owners

    as to potential


    2) Seek to develop access management


    6. Build Capacity to Support the Plan






    Seek funding to employ
    support worker to
    implement the Plan
    Mar/Aug 05   RBC
    Recruit worker at
    earliest opportunity
    Target Jan 06   RBC
    b) There is
    an ongoing partnership with community
    and agencies to deliver the
    and liase with all identified and potential Partners to
    effective ongoing framework. Plan Agency and Public
    meetings to
    inform and confirm support.
    through Summer 06
      Action CTC


    The Town Plan Committee is chaired by Pat Walsh, the minutes
    can be
    read at Minutes

    You can contact them through the Town Council on : 0115 989

    Plan Mission Statement

    “Cotgrave, a cohesive community, increasingly vibrant, based on
    mutual understanding 
    and respect, where people

    eel valued and

    Plan Manager

     A Town Plan
    Manager funded by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT) for up
    to two
    years has now been appointed
    to oversee the implementation
    of the Plan. Julian Stocks
    joined the Town Council on the 13th
    March 2005 after spending
    the last 7 years working
    for a
    multi-agency Partnership tackling anti-social behaviour and youth
    disaffection in
    former coalming communities in the North of the County.


    If you have
    any comments on the Town Plan, or you have any ideas for Projects,

    you need any help in applying for funding for a Project or you
    would simply like to
    volunteer for any of the activities in the Plan (see ECO Teams
    later in this section)
    then Julian would be delighted to hear from you! He is based at
    Cotgrave Futures
    and can be contacted on 0115 989 1708, mobile 0796 1911165 or by
    email at

    you want to become more directly involved in the implementation of
    the Town Plan, you
    might want to think about; 

    the Cotgrave Community Forum where the town plan is discussed
    regularly. The
    Forum meeting dates

    June 21st 2006, September 13th
    2006, November 22nd 2006
    and March 21st 2007 in the
    Enterprise Centre.

    • attending a Town Plan Committee meeting – at which members of
      the public are
      and can participate in
      at the Chairman`s
      discretion. The Committee
      meets at Cotgrave
      Futures and meetings
      start at  9:30am. Dates of

      uture meetings

      are June 9th
      Sept 8th 2006,

      November 3rd
      2006, January 12th 2007, February
      23rd 2007 and
      April 27th 2007.

    My Cotgrave

    40 local residents including 15 Young People came together on
    18th March 2006 to take photographs
    of the
    best (and sometimes the worst!) of what
    Cotgrave has to offer.
    Under the banner of “My Cotgrave”, 24 teams took
    out disposable

    cameras for the day and took over 500 photographs! These were
    subsequently developed
    and exhibited at
    the Town Plan Launch on
    the 5th April 2006 (see details) below. The
    best of the
    photographs, voted by Cotgrave Residents
    attending the Launch
    will be included in the published version of the Town Plan
    which will be available in June. 

    Thanks go to
    Rushcliffe Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership for funding

    the event and to; Cotgrave Town Council, Rushcliffe CVS,
    Rushcliffe Anti-Social
    Behaviour Co-Ordinator, Nottinghamshire County Council Community

    Development Team and Nottinghamshire Rural Community Council for
    sterling work in ensuring that the day was such a great success.

     Town Plan
    Launch Event 

    Wednesday 5th
    April saw the launch of the latest version of the Town Plan. Local
    including at least 12 young
    people attended an
    exhibition of the photographs taken during the
    “My Cotgrave”
    event. They also took the opportunity to
    comment on the
    initiatives and activities
    set out in the Plan (displayed on the
    walls) by sticking coloured notes with their comments on
    relevant bits of the Plan. Comments ranged from ‘All in all,
    the plan is excellent – if I
    stuck a note
    next to each welcome
    bit, the walls would be orange’
    to ‘How do we tackle
    of fear? Wider problem than just
    Cotgrave, but one that
    needs tackling all the same.’
    Look out
    for the final published
    version of the plan which will be ready
    before the end of June. 

    Once more
    thanks go to Cotgrave Town Council, Rushcliffe CVS, Rushcliffe
    Behaviour Co-Ordinator,
    Nottinghamshire County Council
    Community Development Team and
    Nottinghamshire Rural Community
    Council for their
    help in staging and running the event.


    Potential provides challenging personal development programmes in
    local community for up to 20 young people aged between 13 and 19.
    A number of
    Cotgrave Young People have signed up for the current programme.

    It has brought
    together a partnership within the community, recruited and trained
    9 volunteers as
    Mentors and will work for up to 1 year with the young people. Each
    course includes
    an intensive residential phase designed to challenge the young
    people to address
    their choices and actions, followed by community based follow up
    sessions that
    enhance the ability of the young people to effect changes in their
    lives. The Cotgrave
    Programme residential event ran at a location near Ashbourne over
    the week
    commencing 10th April 2006 and concluded in a
    “homecoming event” at Cotgrave
    Welfare on Friday 14th April 2006.

    Every young person on the Cotgrave programme has the benefit of
    support from a trained
    volunteer Coach/Mentor,
    either on a
    one-to-one basis or a one-to-two dependent on the
    numbers of
    volunteers and the needs of the young person. The role of the
    Coach/Mentor is
    to provide a stable and consistent relationship
    with the young person throughout the
    programme. This includes
    supporting them to attend programme sessions and coaching
    achieving personal goals and
    action steps. Coach/Mentors have at
    least one face-to-face
    meeting plus one telephone call with their
    allocated young
    person/s each week. A
    residential event for the
    Volunteer Coach/Mentors was also held over the weekend of the
    and 26th March 2006.

    If you want to know more about the work of Young Potential, or if
    you want to volunteer
    as a Coach/Mentor, visit the
    Young Potential
    website at

    or call Cath Evans on 07830 253830.

     ECO Teams 

    Global Action Plan, is an environmental charity planning to lead
    an innovative project in
    Cotgrave.  The project,
    called “EcoTeams”,
    encourages and supports the first steps
    necessary for individuals,
    households or groups to lower
    their ‘ecofootprint’ and lead
    sustainable lives.

     Serious environmental issues like climate change, pollution and
    what to do with rubbish
    can seem daunting issues
    for individuals
    to tackle.  However, the EcoTeams project
    hows how
    individuals can make measurable differences and is
    built upon
    a few simple

    one can do everything, but we can all can do something;


    The work is shared by a group so that members can support and
    one another and share
    experiences and ideas;


    It’s a step-by-step process that helps you to change your
    lifestyle by small
    adjustments that become good


    By measuring resource use, improvements can be monitored
    during the
    course of the programme.

    EcoTeam is formed when a group of around 6 households joins
    together to meet

    once a month (for four months) with a Global
    Action Plan EcoTeam Coach. 
    At each meeting topics are
    discussed with practical ways to reduce a household’s
    environmental impact. Also during the four months, each household
    undertakes to

    monitor their consumption of energy and output of
    rubbish and recycling.  After the
    scheme, EcoTeamers feel
    more confident in undertaking the small, practical steps
    reduce our environmental impact and as a bonus also tend to have
    domestic bills! 

    The project is
    delivered free – including all coaching and materials!  

    An initial
    meeting will be set up where the project is explained in more
    detail and
    households can ask  questions
    before deciding to join
    the project. 

    If you want to
    do your bit for the environment, then
    volunteer your household
    for the EcoTeams
    initiative by contacting
    Adrian Williams, tel: (0115) 9178080, mobile 07717 870336 or
    email You can also visit the
    Global Action
    Plan website