Councillors Autumn News


For the Nevile & Langar Ward

 Colston Bassett, Kinoulton, Hickling, Upper Broughton, Owthorpe, Hickling Pastures & Langar.


Summer is nearly over and the Parishes and villages have had an exciting time, with Fairs, Open Gardens, Music festivals, Queens’s birthday celebrations and Scarecrow weekend.  My commiserations go to Kinoulton, who due to bad weather, had to cancel their Big Night In. I am also very pleased and proud that Rushcliffe produced athletes to compete in this year’s Olympics.

Meet our Rushcliffe Olympic heroes

Three Rushcliffe athletes have been competing at the Rio Olympics and one is competing at the Paralympic Games. Here’s a bit about them:

Helen Richardson-Walsh – Hockey

Helen is originally from West Bridgford and grew up playing for West Bridgford Hockey Club. She later moved clubs to play for Reading Hockey Club and in June announced her move to play for Dutch side Bloemendaal.  Helen was with the Women’s GB Hockey team in Rio winning Gold.

Ellie Downie - Gymnastics

Ellie is a member of Nott’s Gymnastics Club based on Boundary Road in West Bridgford. She attended Rushcliffe School and is one of Rushcliffe Borough Council’s sponsored athletes. Ellie competed in the women’s individual, all round and team gymnastic events. At only 17 and in her first Olympics, she reached the final in the Women’s individual all round and, along with her teammates, the final of the Women’s team all round event.

Becky Downie - Gymnastics

Becky is a member of Nott’s Gymnastics Club based on Boundary Road in West Bridgford. She attended Rushcliffe School and competed in the women’s individual and team gymnastic events. Along with her sister Ellie, Becky and her team reached the final of the Women’s team all round event.

Grace Clough – Para-Rowing

Grace rows at Nottingham Rowing Club based at Trentside North, just a stone’s throw from the Civic Centre.  She only took up rowing in late 2013 but is already a double World Champion, also helping the LTA mixed coxed four to World Championship gold in both 2014 and 2015.Grace will make her Paralympic Games debut at Rio 2016 – and look to continue her winning record. (Update from Nige; Grace won Paralympic Mixed 4+ GOLD)

Team GB’s Paracanoe Squad have been training at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont



Repairing people, bespoke and in Rushcliffe, 21st Century Medicine.

Sadly the Duke of Westminster died over the summer but he leaves a great legacy for Rushcliffe.  He has funded the exciting development of Stanford Hall into a state of the art Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre to replace Headley Court and with the aim of creating a National Injury Rehab. Unit for the general public.  This will benefit from all the innovative research at the main rehabilitation centre. What a jewel in the crown for Rushcliffe. It is due to open in 2018. More information about this really exciting project is available at It’s well worth a look.

Hate crimes should not be tolerated.

This has been heavily broadcast in the media and was raised in full Council

The Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council Cllr. Neil Clarke responded to a question regarding hate crime:

“This Council condemns hate crimes and all aspects of racism and I would assure everyone living in Rushcliffe that they are valued members of our community”.

We already have equality embedded within all our policies in the Council”.

Recycling week – the Unusual Suspects

The Rushcliffe Borough Council supported Recycle Week 2016, which kicked off on Monday 12th September. This year’s theme was ‘The Unusual Suspects’, many of which could be lurking in your home. You may be familiar with the usual suspects – the plastic drinks bottles, food and drinks cans, jam jars, cardboard boxes and newspapers for example. But to become true recycling masterminds, look in the more unlikely places - many of us overlook items such as aerosol cans and toilet roll tubes – the evidence can be found in the wheelie bins. To increase the recycling rate, all you need to do is identify the unusual suspects, why they are getting away, and how we can make sure more are recycled.

Did you know?

  • If everyone recycled one more toilet roll tube, it would save enough cardboard inner tubes from landfill to go round the M25 38 times
  • If every UK household recycled one more plastic yoghurt pot, it would save the same weight as 5½ London Underground carriages going into landfill
  • Recycling one hand soap dispenser every month for a year saves enough energy to bake yourself a birthday cake and a Christmas cake.
  • Recycling one bleach bottle saves enough energy power a street light for 6½ hour


Over the summer some of the Parishes have had to deal with contentious planning applications.  Just as a reminder I am publishing the Material and Non Material considerations applied when the Council make planning application decisions. Some of the non-material considerations may fall under the remit of Building Control.

If you have any concerns regarding planning or any other issue please feel free to get in touch

Cllr. Tina Combellack