Council View: Please remember the fallen and support the poppy appeal

Coun Simon Greaves
Coun Simon Greaves

Since the beginning of July, events across the United Kingdom and Europe have marked the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

This was one of the bloodiest battles fought during World War I and tens of thousands of lives were lost on just the first day.

By the time the final offensive was completed 141 days later, more than a million men had been wounded or killed.

Paying tribute to the men who fought in the Somme will make this year’s Remembrance Day on Sunday, November 13 even more poignant and members of the British Legion, residents and councillors will again be taking part in the traditional Parade and service, which will march from the Old Market Square to the War Memorial in Worksop.

I would particularly like to recognise the hard work and tireless efforts of the volunteers and members of the British Legion who willingly give up their time to help raise money and awareness of Remembrance Day by selling poppies. Please support this appeal if you are able to.

Plans are now underway to develop north Nottinghamshire as the UK’s first district-wide Business Improvement District (BID).

While there are 230 other BIDs in the UK, made up mostly of large towns and cities, an area-wide BID has not been attempted before.

A BID is a geographical area in which the local businesses have voted to invest collectively to improve their environment.

BIDs provide additional or improved services as identified and requested by local businesses.

A private sector-led steering group has been created and I am fully supportive of these exciting proposals that will strengthen the district’s ability to improve and promote north Nottinghamshire as a business destination.

If successful, the BID could generate as much as £3.5 million of new investment for Bassetlaw over the next five years and businesses will have their chance to vote on the proposals next spring.