Rushcliffe Growth Boards
Rushcliffe Growth Boards - information
The Rushcliffe Growth Boards were established in 2015 following endorsement from Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet.
There are currently five local growth boards covering:
- Bingham Growth Board
- East Leake Growth Board
- Radcliffe on Trent Growth Board
- West Bridgford Growth Board
- Fairham Growth Board
The Boards are made up of public sector partners and local representatives of the community and business sectors. Their aim is to work in partnership to help support and develop the towns and make sure Rushcliffe Borough Council work in partnership to agree, plan and implement a long term vision for the future, meeting the needs of existing and future residents and businesses. The progress of these Boards is overseen by the Strategic Growth Board which meets quarterly.
Activity undertaken to date across all of the Growth Board areas includes:
- Retail health check of each area to understand the challenges and opportunities on our high streets. Workshops for local businesses accompanied this work.
- #WDYT social media campaign to encourage more small independent retailers to adopt the use of social media to drive up footfall on the high street.
- Introduction of shop front improvement grants to support local retailers to improve and invest in their shop front.
- Great British High Street social media campaign to champion our local high streets.
- Working to establish retail forums/traders groups in each area to allow collaboration and support between businesses in the town/village.
- Following the Coronavirus pandemic, the establishment of a Digital Grant to support high street businesses in improving their online offer.
In addition each Board has been focussing on priorities relevant to their areas particular needs.
This page is intended to provide information on the work of the Boards and is updated after each Board has met.
Following a Cabinet report in July 2019, a new Growth Board for Fairham, and extending the existing membership of the Fairham Development Board has now been approved.
The frequency of when the boards meet has also now been amended with meetings now taking place:
- Bingham - quarterly
- West Bridgford - three times per year
- East Leake - two times per year
- Radcliffe on Trent - two times per year
- Fairham - quarterly
Previous growth board meetings
Meeting on 29 June 2022 and covered:
- The introduction of the business adviser who will be supporting the businesses who occupy the Chapel Lane Enterprise Centre and other Rushcliffe businesses.
- The market manager of Bingham Market provided an update on activities over the past months, including establishing retailer meetings.
- An update on upcoming events being organised in Bingham.
- An update on the Chapel Lane Development, which is due to open autumn 2022.
- An update on the Roman's Quarter development.
- Bingham Town Council provided an update on progress with plans for the long stay car park.
The September meeting of the Board was cancelled due to limited updates and number of apologies received.
Meeting on 30 March 2022 covered the following points:
- An update from Severn Trent Water on infrastructure schemes.
- East Leake Traders Association and the High Street consultant updated on their joint initiatives.
- An update from the Parish Council on welcome back funding spend.
- An update on Health Centre plans.
Meeting on 5 September, agenda items included:
- High Street occupancy and activity. Joint working among retailers, being led by Royal Oak.
- Health Centre, GPs’ bid to Clinical Commissioning Group in progress.
- Leisure provision; Parish Council are drafting a draft feasibility study.
- Highways; steady progress with small-scale improvements.
- UKSPF and Rural funding; updates shared.
- Planning / S106 / CIL update.
Meeting held on Tuesday 13 September 2022, items discussed:
- A detailed presentation by consultants working on the Central Avenue Accessibility study for RBC and NCC. Next step is a stakeholder event on 13 October. Then review of proposals, public consultation.
- West Bridgford Way; a brief presentation on considerable progress over last six months. Useful links established with NCCC. Ideas for improving business engagement.
- Update on Nottingham Forest FC successful planning application.
- Updates on; successful events programme: Jubilee, Proms, Lark, Taste, Tour of Britain; electrical upgrade around croquet lawn; Safer Streets funding £250k to Trent Bridge Ward; Streetwise returning in-house, retail premises – very few empty.
- View from business; potential to focus on home-workers, encourage them into cafes.
- UKSPF update.
- Levelling Up Fund application has been submitted for Trent pedestrian bridge footpath links.
Fairham Growth Board
Meeting on 14 September 2022, areas discussed include:
- Agreement has now been reached by Nottingham City Council and CWC about the access road and so work is now progressing.
- Work on Mill Hill roundabout will start soon and aim to be completed by April 2023.
- Proposal to build whole school and leave some areas as shell until required.
- Designs of town centre, school, health etc – developers are looking at requirements eg car parking space and how all work together. Got some conceptual ideas at this stage.
- Public transport – agreed strategy and routes in place and phasing.
- Starting on first phase of housing imminently and other applications for other phases will be coming forward soon.