Councillor Gail Turner was elected onto Nottinghamshire County Council in June 2009 for the Selston Independents - Putting People First. In 2003 she was elected to both Selston Parish and Ashfield District Councils and was re-elected to both of these in 2007. In 2011, Gail was once again relected to both Selston Parish and Ashfield District Council.
Between 2002 – 2004 she spent two years on a secondment to YHA as the National Local Groups Co-ordinator where she headed a project that aimed to bring all groups to act under one set of national regulations.
Originally from Cheshire, Gail moved to Nottinghamshire for work in 1984 with the Inland Revenue and moved to Selston 1987.
Gail is available to meet constituents on the 4th Saturday of each month from:
10:00 - 11:00 at Ashfield District Council housing office, Nottingham Rd, Selston
12:00 - 13:00 at Underwood Community Centre, Underwood
14:00 - 16:00 at the Old Council Offices, Alfreton Rd, Selston
16:30 – 17:30 at Jacksdale Community Centre, Jacksdale
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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 Selston 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 12.04KB], a full list of grants awarded in 2010/11 [PDF 11KB] and a full list of grants awarded 2009/2010 [PDF 25KB]. .
Bagthorpe Athletics Club received a grant to to fund athletics activities at the Club.
St Helens and District Pensioners received a grant to fund a day out for members.
1st Kirkby Rainbows received a grant towards the cost of equipment and premises.
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 0300 500 80 80 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Selston Day Centre Saved
Last year, Nottinghamshire County Council announced its intention to close a number of Day Centre's across the County, including Selston Day Centre. Users would instead attend a refurbished, multi user centre in Sutton-in-Ashfield.
Through working with the Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health and private sector care provider, Wren Hall, I have managed to secure continued day centre provision in Selston.
From April, Wren Hall will become an accredited Day Service provider with the County Council and Selston residents will be able to choose to attend the day centre in the village if they prefer.
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 that I submitted:
- Fencing on Hankin Avenue, Underwood.
- Footway improvements on Rutland Road and Palmerston Street, Underwood.
- Memorial Benches/Plaques on Station Road and Commonside, Selston.
- Habitat Management , signage and interpretation at Holly Hills Grass Lands, Selston.
If you have any suggestions for future projects in the Selston 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].
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, Ashfield residents contact their district council to report problems with roads in the area. As of Monday the 2nd of April, Ashfield's highway services will be returning to Nottinghamshire County Council, along with the staff.
Requests or fault reports can also be logged on the Nottinghamshire County Council Public Website at:
2012/13 Budget Proposals- Get Involved.
At a meeting on the 9th of November 2011, Cabinet approved a consultation on a range of budget proposals. The total amount the Council has to spend has decreased by £16 million. In order to increase spending on the protection of the children and vulnerable adults of this County, the Council must make savings of £57 million over the next two years.
Very difficult decisions lie ahead and we want to know your views before we make these. You can get involved in the consultation on Nottinghamshire County Council’s public website at:
All feedback will be considered by councillors and if there is anything you would like to contact me directly regarding, please do not hesitate.
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 Rebuilding 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, bids have been submitted for Holly Hill Primary School and Selston Arts and Community 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 Holly Hill and SACC will be included within the rebuilding programme.
Progress at Bentinck
Ambitious plans to regenerate the former Bentinck tip site, to include conservation areas, outdoor sports facilities and fishing lakes were revealed earlier this year.
I am happy to say that planning permission to tip some soils on the site has now been granted by Ashfield District Council. This will ready the site for the next phase of regeneration; restoring the site and the building of the new complex. It is expected that the planning application for this phase of regeneration will be submitted to Council later this year.
Public consultations on these plans will be held on the following dates:
3rd October 2011- Selston Parish Hall
4th October 2011- Accacia Avenue Community Centre, Annesley
5th October 2011- St. Wilfred's Church, Kirkby-in-Ashfield
Day Care Provision in Selston
At the meeting of the Nottinghamshire County Council on 30th of June 2011, plans to modernise Day Services across the County were passed.
Councillor Turner has discussed the strong case for continuing to provide Day Services locally in Selston with the Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health and will be working closely with the Portfolio Holder to investigate ways in which this can be made possible.
New Bus Service for Selston Area
The Number 2 Premier Bus Service was launched on the 1st of August 2011, to link Selston, Underwood and Jacksdale with nearby Sherwood Business Park and Hucknall Tram Station.
A survey conducted by local members found that residents felt that public transport in the area was poor and that many were struggling to get to nearby shops, workplaces and colleges following the cancellation of the Trent Barton Number 90 service.
Councillor Turner was pleased to secure funding for the new service through Nottinghamshire County Council and accompanied officers on one of the bus's first journeys.
The Number 2 Service timetable can be found via Travelline East Midlands.
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.
Safeguarding School Bus Services
As part of the County Council's budget reduction strategy, school service number 420 to Bagthorpe School was withdrawn at the end of the last school year.
Through work with officers, we have now been able to secure an alternatice means of travel for the children of Selston, by tailoring the new network to meet their needs.
The school service will not be integrated into the new Number 2 service operated by Premier Travel.
The Number 2 Service timetable can be found via Travelline East Midlands. For fare enquiries, please contact Premier direct on 0115 985 1111.
26 July 2010
Transport links to hospitals
At the County Council meeting on 22 July 2010 the Independent Group seconded the following motion, which highlights the council’s commitment to improving transport links between hospitals throughout the county and which received support from councillors across all parties:-
“That this County Council, whilst recognising the immense financial challenges faced by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition, calls on the Government to continue funding subsidised transport free at the point of use for senior citizens and disabled users to access Kings Mill Hospital from nearby areas and across the county.
Given that the modern way of treating patients is to focus on the use of specialised ‘centres of excellence’ distributed across the county, this Council welcomes the high frequency of available bus services to the Kings Mill Campus and will continue to work constructively with the NHS on the future of joint transport provision throughout Nottinghamshire.”
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.