Broxtowe News Update & Information Service – December 2022

Hi all

Welcome to my latest newsletter.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and peaceful New Year.

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch on a wide range of subjects of late – which I will touch upon below.

Life in local politics is certainly still eventful.  Whilst I can’t claim its been quite as dramatic as happenings in Westminster (no one would have said on 3 December 2021 we’d have 3 prime ministers by 3 December 2022), there’s still plenty of work to keep me busy.

Looking back, it also seems crazy to believe that during much of last year COVID restrictions were in place.  Time goes so quickly and it can be so easy to forget everything we have all been through.  This graphic timeline-coronavirus-lockdown-december-2021 (1) from the Institute for Government, shows all of the lockdown measures in place for around 18 months.  So much has changed in 2022.

In this update I’ll reflect a little on the past year, including some of the things I’ve been involved in locally and tried to make a positive difference.

Looking forward to 2023 I’d also like to get your views on your local priorities for Kimberley and the surrounding areas, again I’ll touch on this below.

As ever if you need help or assistance on anything, or ever want to talk through something please let me know.

The email address for me is either or

Best regards


Richard S Robinson

Independent Borough Councillor Kimberley – Broxtowe Borough Council 

4 Peacock Drive



NG16 3HW

Tel: 0775 1970 640

E mail: 

T: @drummerrich1



Broxtowe News Update & Information Service – December 2022

A look back on 2022

  • Thinking about December last year I recall being heavily involved in trying to help many local residents who were receiving ridiculous parking fines at the precinct in Kimberley.  Thankfully all of the complaints that I received were resolved, and to the best of my knowledge there have been no further problems since then.  Thanks also to Sam Boneham now a member of Kimberley Town Council, for his assistance in this matter.
  • I have dealt with a number of lengthy individual planning applications this year in various areas of Kimberley.  One current planning matter (Swingate) is currently at appeal stage and has been since September, with no sign of a final decision being reached yet.
  • I have also been lobbied of late by a number of people concerning the proposed demolition of the stone/brick cottage standing prominently half-way up Church Hill (nos 4).  I am currently in correspondence with Broxtowe borough Council and a number of local residents about this matter.
  • There are ongoing problems on Eastwood Road, Kimberley with cars obstructing residents drives near the Caravan Centre.
  • During the last month I have received a number of complaints regarding blocked drains and flooding around Hayley Close and Goodwin Drive.  I have made various representations to Nottinghamshire County Council.  It appears that there has been some success in getting drains unblocked, but there are still ongoing issues with flooding (when it rains – Goodwin Drive in particular) suffers particularly badly.
  • Footpath Bridge between Chilton Drive and Flixton Road, Kimberley (it was in a poor state) – I was asked by Kimberley Town Council to take this matter up with Broxtowe Borough Council. 


The picture above shows the new surface, which appears to be a big improvement.

  • Of late I have also started to receive (again) after hearing very little feedback for ages, complaints about road traffic noise from the A610.  This affects people in various parts of Kimberley including Laverock Close, Kimberley Close, and  Dawver Road – it is residents around Hayley Close and Goodwin Drive who are particularly suffering now.
  • Throughout this year I have continued to receive complaints surrounding Fairgrove and their after care service.
  • I am currently dealing with an environmental health issue with regards to an empty and potentially dangerous property in Kimberley.
  • During 2022 (after 7-8 years campaigning) the wall on Ruislip close was finally reduced in size, after many requests by residents being received, and numerous representations made. 
  • Rumbletums on the corner of Victoria Street are an absolutely brilliant asset to Kimberley.  I attended their AGM last month, and am now helping them with further grant applications.



Looking ahead to 2023 – I would be particularly pleased to receive your ideas for what you would like to see by way of improvements in Kimberley and the surrounding areas.  You may have any number of ideas on a range of subjects, I would be pleased to receive them, however big or small they are.

I’ll mention just a couple of things below that stand out from my perspective:

I am very aware from what’s happened this week about the utter traffic chaos that built up again in Kimberley with Swingate being gridlocked.  Words are no longer enough and the County Council need to stop prevaricating, ignoring this part of Kimberley and put some meaningful measures in place to help Swingate residents.

Readers of this newsletter for the past few years may recall the very extensive work that was undertaken in 2016:  

The County Council response to the above was abysmal, and I know that Cllr Sam Boneham (Kimberley Town Council is very keen to take action in the new year.

  • What would you like to see happen now in order to make life easier for Swingate residents with regards to traffic problems?

There’s also the perennial problems with traffic issues along Maws Lane, Cliff Boulevard, Hardy Street etc.  Many previous attempts have been made to try and improve matters.  I’ve received a number of complaints lately about agitated drivers having altercations in the middle of Maws Lane.

  • What would you like to see happen in this area?:


I would like to place on record my thanks to Kimberley Town Council for all of their endeavours this year, from the Memorial Service, to the Christmas Lights Switch on, and Christmas market.

Also I’d like to pay tribute to Cllr Sam Boneham for his tireless working enabling the Food Festival to take place in March.

Do send me your comments, observations, questions and moans!


Local Community Business Information



Is available for all gardening jobs – eg lawns, strimming, edging, also painting fences/sheds, digging etc.

Based in Heanor, all rates very competitive.

Call: 01773 714923 or 0793 8747 246.


LAURENCE SUGARMAN – (based in Kimberley)

Socially Distant Expert Personal Training for mature adults

Dedicated home visiting personal fitness instructor

Versatile, flexible timing and an holistic approach to your health & wellbeing

Call Laurence on 0795 7420 352



Kettlebrook Lodge, Kimberley – Home of 2nd Kimberley Scout Group

Beavers – Monday – 6.00pm till 7.00pm – 6 to 8 years

Rainbows – Tuesday – 5.45pm till 6.45pm – 5 to 7 years

Brownies – Tuesday – 6.00pm till 7.15pm – 7 to 10 years

Girl Guides – Tuesday – 7.30pm till 9.00pm – 10 to 14 years

Cubs – Wednesday – 6.30pm till 8.00pm – 8 to 10.5 years

Scouts – Thursday – 7.30pm till 9.00pm – 10.5 to 14 years

Explorers – Friday – 7.30pm till 9.00pm – 14 to 18 years

WI – 2nd Monday of month – 7.30pm till 10.00pm

Playgroup – Monday to Friday – 8.00am till 3.30pm

Risen Life Church – Sunday – 9.00am till 2.00pm

Function room available to hire for wedding receptions, events, parties (except 16th, 18th & 21st birthdays) & fitness classes etc. Licensed bar available. See webpage for details or call 07527938877




Kettlebrook Lodge, Eastwood Road, Kimberley, Nottingham NG16 2HX

Note there maybe changes due to COVID restrictions. Please enquire.


Print in the UK – The new start-up in our neighbourhood 

The place where design starts and print takes over:
* Business cards
* Flyers and leaflets – print and distribution
* Discount Cards
* Appointment cards
* Thank you cards
* Compliment slips
* Letterheads
* Bespoke envelopes
* Design and Redesign services
* Folders
Business cards – 450gsm silk – single sided print – design and delivery included
250pcs @ £33
Quick turnaround times for most services with a 2 working days from artwork receipt and order confirmation.
Please feel free to get in touch, if you are willing to get professional advice and quality printed products or if you simply want to make a change in the way your business looks. I am here to help
You can check some of my work on my business Facebook page too:
Mims Rusu
Account Manager
I live in Kimberley
07546633846 or: 0115 8756496
Sugarlicious Cakeaway at 19 Main Street (next to Kelly’s nails).
It’s not a traditional cafe where you sit down and drink coffee and eat cake, rather there is a special local opportunity to order your celebration cakes to take away, for any occasion, and buy yourself some sweet treats like cupcakes, old school caramel (butterscotch) tarts, cornflake tarts, loaf cake etc.
For more information please contact Karen Mitchell 
e mail:
Elmer Driving

Patient, friendly and reliable driving instructor based in Kimberley.  Seventeen years experience.

For more details visit or call Tim on 07916 269026.

Tim Elmer – now teaching automatic, as well as manual.


Miners Return – Eastwood Road, Kimberley

The Facebook Page showing events hosted by the Miners Return can be found at:


Whitebeam Photography – James Street Kimberley

Whitebeam photography studio offer a professional studio with services for newborn, family, pets, special occasions and much more.  Please contact Stacey Syson
– email:



Four Seasons preservation joinery, window replacement & building restoration

Based in Heanor

Contact Mick Short 07976263038



KH Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy Clinic based in the heart of Kimberley

11 James Street



Im a fully qualified, HCPC registered physiotherapist with a keen interest in running related injuries and promoting health and physical activity in the community.  I offer the following services:

*Physiotherapy Assessments

*Gait Analysis 

*Chair based exercise classes

*Couch to 5k running courses

For more details on all of the above or to contact me/book an appointment please see my webpage


Sparkle and shine cleaning services

For a spotlessly clean home, weekly or fortnightly, deep cleans and one offs, also ironing. Competitive rates.

References available.  Give Sarah a call on 07903 926432 (Kimberley).


Painting, decorating and general handyman services

Rob Hunt (lives locally) provides a comprehensive service.  No job too small.  References from customers available.

Contact: 07757 183867


ADSR ROOFING & BUILDING A small local business for all roofing & building works. EPDM rubber flat roofs, new traditional roofs slate concrete or clay tiles, fitted velux windows, new fascia and guttering, patios, garden walls. To get a free quote call Adam on 07971849305 or email


Watnall PreSchool

A charity preschool which has been open since 1978 and caters for children aged 2 years up until school age.  We provide a safe, secure and caring environment in which children can learn and explore through play. Victoria Institute, Main Road, Watnall, NG16 1HS

Tel : 0115 9458574 –

E-mail :


Vision Property Maintenance

Offers a fast property maintenance service, responding to your call quickly and efficient to eradicate your property challenges at a cost to suit your budget.

We founded our business to offer multi trades to landlords, letting agents and homeowners across the East Midlands.  Our team are trained in all aspects of the building trade, so we  have someone at hand to respond to your call.

Whilst we are quick to attend your needs, we are a local company so we are able to work to your budget however big or small the job is.

Plumbing, general maintenance, joinery, fencing, windows and doors including locksmith service, roofing electrical.

We provide an emergency maintenance service, reacting to issues within two hours from your call.

Vision Property Maintenance

Nigel Bonham

10 Chapter Drive, Kimberley, Nottingham, NG16 2QD


E mail:

07771 545163


Quality Interior & Exterior Decorator

Lives locally in Codnor, all aspects of home decorating undertaken – Mick Whetton

Free, no obligation quote: 01773 512646 or 07890 881667


Finances First Lady

Taking away your financial administration headaches by providing the following services:

Accounting preparation for sole traders, partnerships & limited companies, preparation of personal tax returns, corporation tax returns, payroll processing, and VAT returns.

155 Church Lane, Selston, Nottingham,
              NG16 6FB

Tele:               0115 896 9690

Mobile:          07885 045080




Woodside East Mids Ltd – MOT, Service, Repairs, free MOT with full service, Gate H Station Road/Hardy Street, Kimberley, NG16 2NR, 0115 9385523


Not Just Crafty – based in Giltbrook

Organise craft events for the local community to help promote small businesses

–      Raise awareness of funding raising for LOCAL charities as part of their events

–      Provide courses for new Crafters by skilled Crafters to help them gain skills to become self-employed

–   more details from:



Rumbletums is a community café offering work  experience and training placements to young adults with a learning  disability.

The café has quickly established itself as a relaxed  and friendly place to go and its excellent coffee, home-made cakes and tasty  meals have received numerous compliments.

Rumbletums also runs a Parent and Toddler group each Tuesday from 1 00pm to 3 00pm and has two large meeting rooms available for hire.

Rumbletums opens from 9 30am to 3 00pm from Tuesday to Saturday at 2a Victoria Street, Kimberley (on the corner of Victoria Street and Newdigate Street, opposite Kimberley Parish Hall). Phone 0115  9384953.

Find all our information at




RM home services

All aspects of home maintenance Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Electrical, Plumbing, Tiling & Decorating Gardening Services & Maintenance, Clearance. Pavin, Slabbing, Fencing

NO JOB TOO BIG OR SMALL Please call or e-mail for free quotation

Home;  01159 459631 Mobile;  07508 035049  Richard Maltby


Cavendish Systems Ltd – Caring for your Computers

We provide a full range of computer services/repairs for home and small business users.

We work evenings and weekends for your convenience – our work is guaranteed – we can come to you or you can bring your computer to our workshop – if we cannot fix your problem, we charge no fee – we are Microsoft certified – we are locally based in Kimberley – we have decades of IT experience and contacts to call upon – full details of services and prices are on our website.

What our customers say “Great all-round knowledge” “Impeccable service & delivery” “Approachable and friendly” “Very professional” “Friendly, honest and intuitively skilled” “I have never had a problem that Chris can’t fix!”

Contact Chris Appleby on  07720 966517– based in Kimberley.

E mail:


Cavendish Systems Ltd Computer services and repair – Home/Small Business/PCs/Macs/Servers/Networks/Programming/Virus removal/Web/Security/Training/Video Editing Microsoft Certified


John Sherwin Ltd Specialist Motor Engineers Somercotes Hill, Somercotes, Alfreton,Derby DE55 4JS

Tel:  01773 604400


Neighbourhood pet care, pet boarding for caged birds and pets, also home visits, dog walking, feeding etc peace of mind references, collection/delivery service tel: Jenny on 0115 8494708; or mobile 0795 2751 019

73 Newton’s Lane, Cossall


Running from Baker Road, Newthorpe the business called Triple S offers: Computer Services based on a fixed rate fee. The main services range from a computer “MOT” to a full rebuild of the operating system, installation, services for Broadband and an “Anything Computers” one to one are available.

Contact Steve: and the mobile number; 07847 786744  E-mail:



C & J UPVC Maintenance Specialists in UPVC Window, Door & Conservatory Repairs/Upgrades Contact Craig Harwood –   07999 599501, or   0115 849 8397   – Avenue, Trowell, Nottingham, NG9 3QP


Noah’s Ark Pre-School Playgroup Free places for 3 and 4 year olds. Holy Trinity, Church Hill, Kimberley, Nottingham, NG16 2HY Tel:   0115 945 8553     (am only),

Golden goose classes

Are small friendly groups meeting for textile lessons in my home on the Gilthill, Kimberley.  Classes are limited to 5 students in well equipped workroom. All levels of ability are catered for, from GCSE catch up – to recreational sewing. I am an experienced textile teacher with twenty years experience which I would now like to pass on in a more relaxed atmosphere. Classes cost £3.50 per hour for up to two hours. On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday during the morning or afternoon, and some evenings. During 2009 some of my students have made their own clothes, Advent calendars Shopping bags, wall hangings and full size machine pieced quilts.

Contact Pat Furniss   0115 8548933     or 07941898139 for more details.


Pop Up Gallery 86  Eastwood Road Kimberley

Incorporating Kevin Tanner Photography has a selection of interesting and varied pictures for sale from street scenes to modern art and graphics together with merchandise including local postcards. 

Professional photography also available.

Please see<> and also facebook page for times of openings or call 07714294324 for further info.

We look forward to seeing you! 

Elaine & Kevin Tanner.


Brian Gregory Your Local Painter and Decorator.

Lulworth Court, Kimberley

References given by all my local customers

Tel:   0797 6659 436     or e mail: Margaret Foster:




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CONTACT: Neil Green M.Sc., Dip. I.S.M., P.G.C.E.

Noel Street,Kimberley     

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