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New Nottinghamshire County Council Mobile Phone App = “MyNotts”

I am pleased to share with you the news that Nottinghamshire County Council’s mobile phone app – ‘MyNotts’ – is now available for residents to download.

The MyNotts app will make it quicker, easier, and more convenient for local people to access council services. Residents can use the app to:

• Receive updates on school closures, check when school holidays are, and apply for school places
• Report highways issues, including potholes, faulty streetlights, and overgrown vegetation
• Find their closest Household Waste & Recycling Centre, and see what can be taken there
• Access information about care services offered by Nottinghamshire County Council
• See which events are happening in their local area and our three country parks
• Keep up to date with news from across Nottinghamshire

This is only the first phase of the app’s development. We would welcome feedback on areas of improvement, which you can provide directly via the app’s ‘Feedback’ section.

If you have an iPhone, you can download the app here. If you have an Android phone (including Samsung, LG, Google, Nokia, and other models), you can download the app here.

CROPWELL BISHOP POLICE BEAT SURGERIES

A drop in opportunity to meet local police and discuss local community issues.

The Beat surgery will be held at The Old School, Fern Road, Cropwell Bishop
The Beat Surgery dates are:-

Thursday 6th February 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Wednesday 20th February 10.00am – 11.00am
Thursday 5th March 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Wednesday 11th March 10.00am – 11.00am
Thursday 2nd April 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Government Energy Schemes for people in or at risk of fuel poverty

There are several government schemes available to help vulnerable and low-income homes pay their energy bills over winter.

Warm Home Discount

A one-time payment of £140 that is taken off energy bills between October and April if your energy provider participates in the scheme. You may need to apply through your energy provider to receive this discount.

https://www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme

Winter Fuel Payment

A payment of between £100 – £300 to help pay heating bills, for people born on or before the 5th of April 1954.

https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment

Cold weather payment

A one-off payment of £25 when temperatures in your area are 0ºC or below for seven days or more, depending on whether or not you receive certain benefits.

https://www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment

Pension Credit

A benefit for low-income retired or elderly people that supplements State Pensions. Those eligible also qualify for the cold weather payment.

https://www.gov.uk/pension-credit

Energy Company Schemes

Some energy providers have their own schemes set up to help people currently experiencing or at risk of fuel poverty. You can contact your energy provider to find out about available help.

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBER FOR FLOOD ISSUES

We are currently experiencing some flood issue on Cropwell Butler Road in the Shelton Gardens Area. Highways have been contacted to put up flood warning signs in the area to alert motorists of the danger.

If you have any concerns regarding flooding to highways or your property please ring
0300 500 8080 – This is the emergency contact centre and is operating in both business and non-business hours.

Janice Towndrow
Parish Clerk
14.11.19

33 TRANSPORT REVIEW MEETING

Meeting with CT4N to review the ’33’ service for Cropwell

Old School Cropwell Bishop, 2.30pm on 28th October 2019

Items discussed

1. Welcome, Introductions and Apologies

The Parish Council welcomed CT4N representatives, Ian Comberllack (MD), Barry Allitt (Service Delivery Manager), and Tony Oldham (Operations Director) who met Cropwell Bishop Councillors Colin Bryan and John Greenwood, Clerk Janice Towndrow together with David Lawton representing Cropwell Butler PC. Apologies from Cllr Alan Wilson who was on leave.

2. Background to the 33 service and current patronage.

The Parish Council was pleased when CT4N stepped in in May 2019 to run the 33 as a commercial service following the withdrawal of the 822 service operated by Yourbus. The CT4N operated service has proved very reliable and popular with many customers. The service has been popular with Cotgrave residents but patronage has not been as high as hoped from the Cropwell’s. The morning and evening services extending from and to Langar and Sutton are very little used. (See item 4)

3. Links between the 33 and 833 (Vectare operated)

Very few passengers take advantage of the connection at Cropwell Bishop although through fares are available. Langar/Barnstone people with bus passes tend to stay on the 833 to Bingham and catch the Mainline for a faster journey to town.

4. Issues associated with the current 33 service

The main complaint with the 33 was the slow journey time to town. Many potential users who had cars available would choose to drive to the park and ride at Stragglethorpe and catch the Cotgrave Connection with a total journey time to town of around 30 minutes compared with a journey time of about 60 minutes on the 33. CT4N recognised this problem and were considering ways to reduce the journey time.

5. Merits and issues associated with suggestions to reduce 33 journey time from Cropwell

John Greenwood tabled a number of suggestions which could make the service more attractive to Cropwell residents. They are summarised as follows:-

a) The preferred option – Reduce the running time between town and Cropwell Bishop to around 45 minutes (by avoiding the ‘old A46’ loop at Cropwell, and cutting out unnecessary waiting points) and extend the service by running on from Cropwell Bishop and Cropwell Butler to Radcliffe on Trent.
It would be more attractive to Cropwell and Hollygate residents to travel via Woodview and Candleby Lane in Cotgrave (for leisure centre and shops and to avoid the difficult turn and tedious journey around all of Ringleas). However CT4N believe a significant number of passengers originate at Ringleas and are reluctant to cut it out. (CT4N will check on passenger numbers along the route to help with any decisions).

CT4N were also concerned at the suggestion to travel along Church St (towards Butler and Radcliffe) and along Hoe View (towards town). They would consider a possible loop around Hoe View and second trip along Church St to make sure Hoe View was fully served.

b) A second option is to use the 2 vehicles to run the existing service at 1.5 hr intervals and run a 33x service from Cropwell’s and Hollygate directly to town (possibly via Tollerton) every 1.5 hrs
CT4N are reluctant to reduce the service frequency for Cotgrave

c) A third option is to keep the existing route but cut out Cropwell Butler (assuming they are served by the 833 and 852) to provide a 40-45 minute journey to town every 45 minutes.
This was not a popular suggestion with the Cropwell Butler representative. CT4N thought about 12 people per day currently use the service from Butler. It might be possible to run on to Butler but turning at the triangle could be tricky. CT4N were not very keen on an ‘irregular’ 45 minute interval between daytime services as it can be confusing for passengers.

d) CT4N were quite keen to consider using the available ‘spare’ time in the schedule for a city loop (as NCT buses). However those present preferred the time to be used for an extension to Radcliffe (option ‘a’)

CT4N noted that the timings could not be too tight on the route because of allowance for traffic and safety of boarding passengers and caution needed by drivers in village streets.

6. Other ideas to make the service more attractive

CT4N would consider all the points made (item 5) and assess how the route might be made more attractive.

CT4N are introducing a new ‘Ticketer’ App from December 2019 /January 2020 for contactless payments. This system will also cover real time locations of buses to be available on mobile phones.
Reliability is important to CT4N. If a bus does not turn up information can be obtained during daytime by calling the operations team on 0115 986 3355 then option 1.

CT4N confirmed that all their vehicles used on the 33 will conform to ‘Euro 6’ omissions standards from January 2020.

7. Subsidy available to support the route

Councillors expressed surprise that CT4N were not receiving any of the Section 106 monies from the Hollygate Estate (£600,000 assigned to transport over a 5 year period?)

If the 33 route was extended to Radcliffe, this could be eligible for County support as it would part replace the 852 service.

8. Evening services

An evening service – for example buses from town at 20.50 and 22.50, would be attractive. This is something to consider perhaps with help of CIL funding from the new Cropwell housing proposals (85 homes East of Church St)

9. Real time Information boards along the route.

CT4N thought a real time board was due to be erected in Church St, Cropwell Bishop. All appreciated that they could not be available at all stops but would be helpful at key stops in the villages.

10. Any other items for discussion

CT4N is the trading arm of Nottingham Community Transport, which is a registered charity that provides transport for vulnerable people, to reduce loneliness and social isolation. As a charity, , they are keen to offer group travel services for special outings. They suggested groups of say 16 people might have an outing to Melton, Garden Centres, Downtown Mills etc. Perhaps to be arranged once per month at a nominal charge of £5 per head. CT4N were invited to attend the Parish Council meeting on Dec 3rd to discuss this further.

11. Future meetings

Future meeting will be arranged as necessary.
The Parish Councils are grateful to CT4N for attending and discussing the various issues and ideas to help sustain and improve the current reliable service.

JRG 30-10-19