Mark Spencer welcomes The Village Gazette

First things first – a very happy new year to you all.

I’m delighted to be writing an article for the first ever edition of Calverton and District’s new Village Gazette. As I wrote in December, I was sad to see the end of the Calverton Echo and firmly believed that a village circular should be kept up, if possible. I’m delighted that Malcolm Bonas has taken up that mantle and I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage people to get in touch with him if they’d like to contribute. I’ll be doing my best to encourage advertisers to get on board too.

As we start the year, I continue to have serious concerns about the development at St Wilfrid’s Square in Calverton. I know that local Conservative councillors have been opposing it at council and I’m going to play my part to put pressure on the right people, because I’m not going to sit quiet while a high-impact development goes ahead with apparently rather little consideration for the knock-on effects.

I’ve been working with local councillors, including Councillor Jane Walker, to try and tackle the problems we’re seeing down on Beanford Lane, off Whinbush Lane north of Calverton. Lots of people are using it as a cut-through and we’re seeing the adverse effect this is having on the road surface, especially down at the ford. There’s also a growing challenge regarding fly-tipping in this area, and I’ll hopefully have a positive update soon about what’s being done to meet that challenge.

I’m pleased to see that the Calverton Practice is getting an extension – I’m reliably informed that this will streamline the service that they provide and make better use of the existing space too. This is the kind of thing that I’m hoping to see more of, especially if we are going to see increased use of the village’s services as a result of development.

I’ve also seen that there’s a new estate agency opening, a new cob shop at the top of Main Street, and speaking to local business owners, I’m finding that there is a positive and optimistic feeling among them about 2018.

Over in Woodborough I was delighted to be there for the opening of the new play park. A big shout out to everyone who worked so tirelessly to make it happen, and a special thanks to those who came out on the day. I’m glad that working with Nottinghamshire County Council on this has paid off. I’m also very pleased at the job that’s been done resurfacing Main Street too, lots of residents were complaining about the quality of the road surface and hopefully a good enough job has been done that work won’t be needed for a long time to come.

Once again my congratulations to Malcolm for starting up this exciting new project. You’ll be hearing from me in every issue and like I said, get in touch with the editor if you’d like to get involved!

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