Martin Wright was elected to represent Mansfield East division in June 2009 and is a member of the Independent group at County Hall and the Mansfield Independent Forum. He is Chairman of the Mansfield Members' Forum, Policy Committee, Transport and Highways Committee.
Members of the Independent Group are free to vote in accordance with their own beliefs and with the input of their constituents, they are not instructed how to vote by political party whips.
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Councillor's Divisional Fund
Following a decision taken by Cabinet on 19th of May 2011, each County Councillor has an annual fund of £10,000 to support worthy initiatives in the division they represent.
The Councillor’s Divisional Fund aims to make use of each councillor's 'grass roots' knowledge to identify projects, events, people and clubs that work hard to benefit and promote their local area, but often lack access to resources. Even a small amount of funding can sometimes make a huge difference.
If you know of a deserving initiative in the Mansfield East division that may be eligible to receive a CDF grant, please contact me.
Below are some of the projects I have been able to help so far this year- you can also download a full list of grants awarded in 2011/12 [PDF 12.21KB], full list of grants awarded in 2010/11 [PDF 11KB] and a full list of grants awarded in 2009/10[PDF 22KB].
Mansfield Citizens Advice received a grant to publish a leaflet containing advice for vulnerable and homeless people
- I provided Oak Tree Primary School with a grant to enable them to continue their subscription to the Literacy Volunteers service, which helps children to develop their literacy skills and aims to make reading fun.
- The Forest Town Nature Conservation Group, received a grant towards their start up costs.
Are you a young carer
Do you look after someone in your family? Are you a young carer? Caring can mean lots of different things. For more information, please see www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/youngcarers or you could request a young carers' assessment by contact the County Council on 08499 808080 or email email@example.com
Frustrated by slow broadband
Join the campaign for superfast broadband in Nottinghamshire!
Help us lobby the telecoms providers to prioritise hundreds of broadband 'slow spots' and 'no spots' in Nottinghamshire by pledging your support.
Pledge online at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/broadband
Don't slip up this winter
Use a Trading Standards approved trader for all your winter repairs. Call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 08454 04 05 06 or visit www.buywithconfidence.gov.uk
Remember remember the 5th of November
When our Customer Service number changes from 08449 80 80 80 to 0300 500 80 80. Same great support and advice on our services but at lower call rate for you.
Could you foster or adopt
To foster 0845 301 8899
To adopt 0845 301 2288
New number to report Highways Problems
From Monday 2 April, Mansfield residents will join the rest of Nottinghamshire in being able to call just one number - 0300 500 80 80.
Currently Mansfield residents contact their district council to report problems with roads in the area. As of Monday the 2nd of April, Mansfield's highway services will be returning to Nottinghamshire County Council, along with the staff, who will now be based at the new Bilsthorpe depot.
Requests or fault reports can also be logged on the Nottinghamshire County Council Public Website at:
Local Improvement Scheme
On the 14th of March 2012, Cabinet approved the Local Improvement Scheme Programme for 2012/13.
The Local Improvement Scheme provides funding for local initiatives and projects that will help to regenerate our villages and town centres.
In the coming financial year, funding has been confirmed for the following schemes:
Gateway signs on the Mansfield approach into Rainworth.
Signage at Three Thorn Hollow, Rainworth
Funding of a Countywide "Famous Sons and Daughters of Nottinghamshire" and "Roll of Honour" projects
If you have any suggestions for future projects in the Mansfield East area, please do not hesitate to contact me or alternatively complete the online scheme suggestion form, which will be forwarded to me.
For further information the sorts of projects that may be eligible for funding, please see the Local Improvement Scheme Guidance Notes[144KB].
Change to Police Non-Emergency Phone Number
From Monday 7 November the Nottinghamshire non-emergency police phone number will be changing to 101.
After this date, people who call the 0300 300 9999 number will hear a message stating that the number has changed to 101.
Calls to 101 will cost 15p per call, no matter how long the call is. This applies to both landlines and mobile phones.
In an emergency you should continue to call 999.
For a second year, Nottinghamshire County Council will be advising the public of when the County’s roads will be gritted via Twitter.
To receive the latest gritting alerts, follow Nottinghamshire County Council’s official twitter account at www.twitter.com/nottscc.
Priority School Building Programme
On the 12th of October, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet, agreed proposals to submit an ambitious bid, for funding from Central Government’s Priority School Building Programme, to rebuild 55 of the County’s schools.
Bids have been submitted for all schools where it is considered that outstanding repair costs amount to more than 30% of the cost to rebuild the school.
Within my division, a bid has been submitted for Garibaldi Maths and Computing College.
The Council should find out by the end of the year which schools have been selected for rebuilding. I look forward to hearing the outcome of the Nottinghamshire bids, and hope that Garibaldi will be included within the national rebuilding programme.
Scrap Metal/Waste Collection
It is a legal requirement of all Scrap Metal and Waste (Rag and Bone) collectors to be registered as Waste Carriers with the Environment Agency.
It is important that you check with collectors that they are registered before allowing them to take your waste. You remain liable for your waste if an unlicensed carrier disposes of it inappropriately through fly tipping and you may incur a fine.
Registration details can be checked using the Environment Agency’s online Public Register. Unlicensed waste carriers should be reported using the Environment Agency’s 24 hour free phone incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.
To find a list of licensed waste carriers in your area, use your postcode to search the Environment Agency Public Register.
A453 road-widening scheme
Following an Independent-led amendment at the Nottinghamshire County Council meeting on 24 June 2010, councillors from all parties agreed a motion that recognised the importance of the A453 road-widening project in an effort to convince the new coalition Government to reconsider its decision to defer the scheme for at least a year.
The motion read:
"That this council recognises the immense financial challenges this nation faces, but still calls on the Government to fund the widening of the A453 as soon as possible.
We believe that improving the A453 from a single lane to a dual carriageway will enhance access to East Midlands Parkway Station and East Midlands Airport and is essential to ensuring economic growth in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and the wider East Midlands.