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Launch of Via East Midlands Ltd

Via is a new company, set up in partnership between Nottinghamshire County Council and Cornwall Council. It will provide highways and fleet management services in Nottinghamshire.

The new organisation will become fully operational from July 2016. The company will be supported by both the County Council and CORSERV, a company owned by Cornwall Council. It will be based in existing Nottinghamshire County Council highways buildings.

The new arrangement arises from reducing budgets and the need for work to be managed differently in order to meet budget challenges. The contract is for 10 years and can be extended for 5 years. Via will be wholly owned by the public sector and will also be able to trade commercially to gain work of up to 20% of its turnover.

690 staff will transfer to Via from the council for the 1 July start date.

Via will carry out a range of highways and fleet management services on behalf of the council. However if you have any queries or want to report a problem, you should continue to use our website and Customer Service centre on telephone 0300 500 80 80.


The County Council will retain some strategic highways function. These include:

Highways Development Control

Flood Risk Management

Civil Parking Enforcement

Rights of Way

Transport Planning


For further information about Via:

Help for Older People

First Contact Signposting Scheme

If you’re 60 or over First Contact gets you help from lots of organisations when you complete one simple checklist.

First Contact gets you advice on:

  • Preventing falls
  • Home safety and security
  • Repairs, adaptations and specialist equipment
  • Energy saving improvements to keep you warm and reduce  bills
  • Housing advice
  • Claiming benefits
  • Local activities and groups
  • Community transport schemes.
  • Fire prevention advice

Complete the checklist and you’ll be contacted by people who can help.  They may offer a home visit, but will always contact you first (always ask for their ID).

The scheme is a partnership of key agencies and organisations including the police, fire service, NHS, Borough councils, voluntary sector, and operates in a number of areas of Nottinghamshire.


Below is a link to the Rushcliffe Community and Voluntary Service website; for more information on First Contact:-

To complete a checklist call Nottinghamshire County Council on 0300 500 8080 or do it online at

Karl Stirland – Assistant First Contact Co-ordinator South Notts –

First Contact is managed by Rushcliffe Community and Voluntary Service in South Nottinghamshire and run by Nottinghamshire County Council.


New Parish Councillor

We welcome the co-option of a new Parish Councillor, David Fairbanks, who lives in The Old Rectory, Kingston Fields.

We also send our thanks and good wishes to our former Chair, Marion Shaw, a long-standing member of the council.  She also took on the key role of Planning Officer, leading the scrutiny of planning applications and their implications for community in Kingston, and reporting on our objections or reservations to the plans.  Marion has moved to Berkshire, to be nearer to her family.

We still have vacancies for parish councillors.  Although the parish is not divided into wards, it is important that we have members who can represent the interests of all parts of the village.  Currently we have 2 councillors based in the main part of the village (near the church and the village green), 2 councillors in New Kingston and 1 councillor in Station Road.  We have no councillors in or near Kingston Hall.

If you are interested in becoming a parish councillor, or want to know more about the role, please contact any of the current councillors or the parish clerk.

Published 9th January 2016

Village Ventures at Kingston on Soar – Saturday 6th February

Following the two excellent Village Ventures events in Kingston in October and November, we will be hosting a new Village Ventures production on Saturday 6th February at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

“Spilt Milk Dance – A Blast from the Past” is a fast-paced race through seven decades of the blockbusters and bestsellers we all remember and the fads and the fashions we might prefer to forget.  A mixture of dance performance, sketch show, TV gameshow and the ultimate compilation album, Blast from the Past will have you feeling nostalgic, singing along, laughing out loud and playing a swift game of passing the parcel.

There will be free food at the interval and a cash bar.  Tickets (Adults £8, Under-12s £4) are available from Bob Metcalfe (tel: 01509 670499 or email: )

Published 6th January 2016

Better Broadband for Nottinghamshire

The rollout of Superfast Broadband is taking place in Rushcliffe, with a new green cabinet in Kingston, near the railway bridge.

Further information was presented at the Rushcliffe Town and Parish Councils Conference on 12th June.

Better Broadband Presentation

Published 7th July 2015

Trio Gitan: Orient Express – A Musical Journey

Our next musical event will take place in Kingston Village Hall on Friday 27th March at 7.30 pm.

Trio Gitan proudly present an extravaganza of passionate European musical styles, based on a fantastical voyage on the legendary Orient Express train.
This exciting show is packed full of the charm, romance and wonder of a grand tour of Europe on board the famed Orient Express. You will be taken on a breathtaking musical adventure, visiting some of the most romantic European capitals before returning to the final destination of Paris.
Playing with passion, poise and virtuosity, Trio Gitan push the boundaries of acoustic music to the limits in this spellbinding show. Their fresh interpretations of classic music and song form an enchanting display of sensitivity and skill.  Individually they are all masterful musicians; together they are simply spectacular.

Tickets can be obtained by telephone on 01509 670499 or by email to:


Fast Woman

This touring show, promoted by Nottinghamshire’s Village Ventures is coming to Kingston on Soar on Friday 3rd October at 7.30pm in Kingston Village Hall.

The show tells the life story of Helle Nice, a daredevil who roared through the 1920s , dancing her way to notoriety at the Casino de Paris and risking her life in adventures as diverse as skiing, high wire acts, mountaineering and motor speed record attempts. Fast Woman is a fast moving, funny and emotional experience, performed by an extraordinary actress and a top class musician.

In this hugely enjoyable show, Sandra Hunt brings to life a myriad of characters in Helle’s world, all told with humour, wit and astonishing skill. Sandra is accompanied by Fine Time Fontayne on acoustic guitar, in evoking life in France between the wars. Folk song, popular ballad and hot gypsy jazz make the party swing!

Tickets are £8 each, which includes food at the interval.  There is also a cash bar.  Tickets can be obtained from Bob Metcalfe (tel: 01509 670499) or from any of the Kingston Parish Councillors.

Community Events

The Parish Council Events Committee has secured three shows from the Nottinghamshire Village Ventures programme.  All shows will take place in the Village Hall.  Tickets will be available, a few weeks before each event, from members of the Parish Council.

Friday 3rd October at 7.30pm – “Fast Woman”
This show tells the life story of Helle Nice, a daredevil who roared through the 1920s , dancing her way to notoriety at the Casino de Paris and risking her life in adventures as diverse as skiing, high wire acts, mountaineering and motor speed record attempts.

Tuesday 2nd December at 7.30pm – Candlelit Christmas Concert
Richard Durrant’s Christmas Concert includes a repertoire of early music, Christian, pagan and folk traditions as well as distinctive Durrant originals. The evening also includes specially commissioned visuals and the sublime singing of special guest Amy Kakoura.

Friday 27th March at 7.30pm – Trio Gitan in Concert
Trio Gitan will take you on a journey like no other. With music ranging from classical to Klezmer, poignant Russian songs to Parisian Swing along with Celtic fiddling and some new compositions. The show includes crafted improvisations, complex and accomplished, yet full of bubbling life with spontaneous dynamic interplay between violin, guitar, accordion and vocals.

Published 9th August 2014

Healthwatch Event

Healthwatch Nottinghamshire is the local champion for health and social care services. We aim to find out what people think of their services and help them to suggest improvements.

Join them for Coffee and a Chat in the Cedar Room at West Bridgford Library on Saturday 12th April, 11am – 1pm

For more information, phone 0115 963 5179 or go to the website

Published 4th April 2014


Nottinghamshire Minerals Local Plan

Nottinghamshire County Council has a statutory duty to publish an up-to-date Minerals Local Plan – a blueprint for future of mineral extraction in the county up to 2030.

Please see the Minerals Local Plan Consultation Letter for guidance on how to feed back your views on the plan, between Wednesday 23 October and Wednesday 4 December 2013.

Page updated 25 October 2013