A Sense of local place: how we think about our Neighbourhoods in Nottingham can bring regeneration

In Nottingham we want everyone to get on and be able to make a useful living and feel part of things all of their lives. In market and social speak (meaning the language of funders and social descriptors), we want what’s called social inclusion.

Above, women at Nottingham Contemporary Museumand event 15th and 16th Feb congratulate Madge Spencer on her beautiful pottery and journalist and a recent exhibition (2014), Journalism, poetry and writing by Panya Banjoko and Ioney Smallhorne, left and right above) on The Commonwealth Contribution to the 2nd World War effort.

There are millions of ways of understanding how we make sense of life, money, friendships, relationships  and, for a lot of people the description ‘wage labour for a market in a capitalist firm’ sounds a bit bonkers because they feel they’re earning a living for a company they value and who values them. Below is a visual that may seem oversimplified, but think:

If you’re unemployed, have been sacked, made redundant, or work in a zero hours contract where you never accumulate improved terms and conditions, though, visuals like this make sense of your experience and give you access to ways of seeing things that can be inspiring. Your age, race, gender, background is a resource that society needs to function well, it shouldn’t ever be used against you.


Fig.1 The iceberg image drawn by Ken Byrne featured on the website of the Community Economies Collective and the Community Economies Research Network.

Source: http://www.communityeconomies.org/Home/Key-Ideas (accessed: 18th February)


I think social inclusion is seeing  differences in people as part of their experience that we need to know but it shouldn’t define their life chances.

Jane Todd (a great example of social mobility in Nottingham) chair of One Nottingham says they want to collaborate, celebrate and animate a sense of place and locality in people from where they live and work and socialise.

We want more people to have jobs and homes and make a contribution to what’s going on in Nottingham  throughout their lives.

Can Nottingham do this?

How? Well on housing

Graham Chapman, councillor for Aspley and Deputy Council Leader was probably speaking for everyone in Nottingham when he said this at the RSA Social Inclusion discussion in November):

(The problem is)….” the Public Sector Net Cash Requirement (PSNCR) and how it restricts councils investing in housing

Graham questioned the logic…

“in having something like housing restricted. (He means house building, restricted by government)

(Because) “Housing generally appreciates in value and brings in a rent stream; therefore to borrow for housing should not be viewed as though you’re borrowing against something that depreciates. What we need to do is look at an investment and look at how productive it is and how it regenerates, rather than what its physical form is”.

(He means) “central government shouldn’t restrict the use of money that can be used by local authorities to regenerate their communities”)

This is also true of local business rates where central government retains a large proportion of the tax.

Sajid Mohammed of Himmah and Mike Khouri Bent of Pathway Care Solutions

are local social enterprise and business owners.

Both campaign for social justice and both feel that individuals who lack positive relationships find it harder to  learn, develop skills, network, meet the right people to assist in finding and keeping jobs and homes.

These are man and woman made problems though.

Inclusion brings jobs and housing in the city and is at the heart of the way we need to live, work, communicate with each other throughout a lifetime. The solutions have to come from people, locales and innovation in more unruly spaces than we’re used to!

We can’t patronise any longer, really, it’s bad for everyone.

Evidence based understanding, not simply academic and not simply anecdotal, from more people and sources more of the time, can mitigate and develop productivity in organisations. Jobs and people need to develop and grow, that’s not just boy apprentices, that should be given jobs it’s girls too, it’s not just the children of already successful families that need jobs, training, degrees and apprenticeships, it’s all young people.

It’s not just young people that need to go to work, it’s parents and older people. But we need a new economic and social contract between generations. Young people believe

We can’t pick and mix what we like of equalities, ‘we’ll have gay men and young women’ in our company.

We need to call time on and encourage the kind of regenerative busyness in business that makes things work at the neighbourhood level. Neighbourhoods need to feel confident to credibly approach businesses for work, businesses need to fear neighbourhoods less.

When things work at that level new businesses and jobs, new people into senior roles will  overcome the stereotypes of marketing segmentation.

Cities are resourceful, increasingly compensating for harsh governmental cuts in the same way that someone who is likely to lose their job or home at any time is resourceful.

There’s no need for this.

Neighbourhoods and a local sense of place are vital in re thinking what we actually see at neighbourhood level. The RSA commission on inclusion is a kind of economy of thinking and doing,  working for people: how can we make a social audit, how do we know we’re succeeding?

Cities and towns are growing but not including, the abilities to do things haven’t been distributed to the people who live in the neighbourhoods. It’s true in our own neighbourhoods, in people you know and grew up with. How can this change?

If you want to contribute to your neighbourhood’s development, making it a brighter, cleaner, safer place to live talk to the Neighbourhood teams.



Head of Neighbourhood Management
Heidi May
Mobile: 07983 718 859
Email: heidi.may@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Heidi works to enable people have more say over the quality of life in Nottingham’s neighbourhoods.

Team Administrators
Carol Ackrel
Telephone: 0115 883 8469 / 0115 883 3731

The community active administrators support this process.

Tanita Dore
Telephone: 0115 876 5755

North Locality

Area 1 – Bulwell and Bulwell Forest

Bulwell Neighbourhood Development Officer
Suki Shergill
Telephone: 0115 883 3728
Mobile: 07950 947 514
Email: sukhbir.shergill@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Improving standards of privately rented accommodation in Bulwell through more selective licensing of properties “It’s not just about cleaning up the river, it’s also about taking pride in the community”. Free travel passes, free bike if you build it, updates to library opening hours:  Southglade Library:

  • Current hours 9.30am till 5.30pm Mon, Tues, Thurs. Closed Wednesday, Friday 1pm till6pm, Saturday 9.30am till 4pm
  •   Proposed hours 9am till 6pm Mon, Wed, Thurs, Closed Tuesday, Friday and Saturday9am till 1pm

Riverside Library :

  •   Current hours 8am till 8pm Mon-Fri and 8am till 4pm Sat
  •   Proposed 8.30am till 6.30pm Mon-Fri and 9am till 1pm Sat

Bulwell Forest Neighbourhood Development Officer

Celia Knight
Telephone: 0115 883 3729
Mobile: 07939 065 477
Email: celia.knight@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Suki, Celia and Darren are synonymous with development in Bulwell: the Week of Action and much more.

Bulwell and Bulwell Forest Neighbourhood Operations Manager
Darren Tattersall
Mobile: 07958 511 875
Email: darren.tattersall@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Area 2 – Basford and Bestwood

Basford Neighbourhood Development Officer
Gursharan Singh Nijran
Telephone: 0115 883 3734
Mobile: 07949 061 016
Email: gursharan.nijran@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Gusharan and Dale and Jane deserve a hooray!- for pavement improvements and much, much more…

Arnold Road shops (Landcroft Crescent)
TRO study – parking issues around shops
Arnold Road shops (Leen Valley)
TRO – construction of layby

Bestwood Neighbourhood Development Officer

Dale Griffin
Telephone: 0115 883 3736
Mobile: 07506 690 329
Email: dale.griffin@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Basford and Bestwood Neighbourhood Operations Manager
Jane Ludlow
Mobile: 07949 568 024
Email: jane.ludlow@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Area 3 – Aspley, Bilborough and Leen Valley

Aspley Neighbourhood Development Officer
Liam Searle
Telephone: 0115 883 3738
Mobile: 07940 761134
Email: liam.searle@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Liam, Julianne, Rob and Chidi Aspley , new library, offices and flats, Bilborough Hooray for planning gain…money for parks from Wilson Bowden and  Westleigh Partnerships who’ve just built houses, play, clean streets, development of Beechdale and more

Bilborough Neighbourhood Development Officer
Julianne Christou
Telephone: 0115 883 3739
Mobile: 07940 761 177
Email: julianne.christou@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Leen Valley Neighbourhood Development Officer
Rob Gabbitas
Telephone: 0115 883 3741
Mobile: 07932 430715
Email: rob.gabbitas@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Aspley, Bilborough and Leen Valley Neighbourhood Operations Manager
Chidi Egenti
Telephone: 0115 876 2010
Mobile: 07950 945695
Email: chidi.egenti@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Inspire the neighbourhood to lead!

Central Locality

Area 4 – Arboretum, Dunkirk and Lenton, Radford and Park

Arboretum Neighbourhood Development Officer
Linda Wright
Telephone: 0115 883 8473
Mobile: 07940 783048
Email: linda.wright@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Radford and Park Neighbourhood Development Officer
Deborah Wilson
Telephonet: 0115 883 8472
Mobile: 07908 489 093
Email: deborah.wilson@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Dunkirk and Lenton Neighbourhood Development Officer
Iffat Iqbal
Telephone: 0115 883 8469
Mobile: 07985 221347
Email: iffat.iqbal@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Arboretum and Radford and Park Neighbourhood Operations Manager
Tony Pap
Mobile: 07850 318 828
Email: tony.pap@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Area 5 – Berridge and Sherwood

Sherwood Neighbourhood Development Officers
Leigh White
Telephone: 0115 883 8477
Mobile:07701 049 987
Email: leigh.white@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Angela Bolton
Telephone: 0115 883 8476
Mobile: 07903 971 018
Email: angela.bolton@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Berridge Neighbourhood Development Officers
Debbie Royle
Telephone: 0115 883 8468
Mobile: 07940 761 128
Email: debbie.royle@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Beth Hanna
Telephone: 0115 883 8466
Mobile: 07535 630 766
Email: beth.hanna@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Area 7 – Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey and Wollaton West

Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey Neighbourhood Development Officer
Pauline Dorey
Telephone: 0115 883 8475
Mobile: 07960 420474
Email: pauline.dorey@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Wollaton West Neighbourhood Development Officer
Lylse-Anne Renwick
Mobile: 07983 584930
Email: lylse-anne.renwick@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Dunkirk and Lenton, Wollaton West and Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey Neighbourhood Operations Manager
Tony Brown
Mobile: 07958 488 173
Email: tony.brown@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

City Centre

City Centre Development Officer
Stewart Thornhill
Mobile: 07903 971017
Email: stewart.thornhill@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

South Locality

Area 6 – Mapperley, St Ann’s and Dales

Mapperley Neighbourhood Development Officer
Fi Cusick
Telephone: 0115 883 9806
Mobile: 07535 697 938
Email: fi.cusick@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

St Ann’s Neighbourhood Development Officer
Michelle Graley
Telephone: 0115 883 9808
Mobile: 07506 187 311
Email: michelle.graley@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Dales Neighbourhood Development Officer
Greg Foister
Telephone: 0115 883 9807
Mobile: 07940 761 114
Email: greg.foister@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Mapperley and St Ann’s Neighbourhood Operations Manager
Mark Sunderland
Mobile: 07770 427 483
Email: mark.sunderland@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Area 8 – Bridge, Clifton North and Clifton South

Bridge Neighbourhood Development Officer
Abdul Ghaffer
Telephone: 0115 876 1319
Mobile: 07961 772417
Email: abdul.ghaffar@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Clifton North Neighbourhood Development Officer
Parbinder Singh
Telephone: 0115 876 6244
Mobile: 07852 169 252
Email: parbinder.singh@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Clifton South Neighbourhood Development Officer
Prairie Bryant
Telephone: 0115 883 6243
Mobile: 07940 761 077
Email: prairie.bryant@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Dales and Bridge Neighbourhood Operations Manager
Leon Lewis
Mobile: 07958 511 853
Email: leon.lewis@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Clifton North and Clifton South Neighbourhood Operations Manager
Paul Brown
Mobile: 07770 430 598
Email: paul.brown@nottinghamcity.gov.uk


2 thoughts on “A Sense of local place: how we think about our Neighbourhoods in Nottingham can bring regeneration

  1. It’s at the level of the neighbourhood where you see the most rigid kind of marketing segmentation that excludes people from jobs and homes. Into that vacuum you see all kinds of exploitations I think. This is made by people and can be unmade by people, if we want.


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