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Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Council leaders submit bid for devolution

Council leaders in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have submitted a joint bid to the Government to be given more power over the economy and local affairs in the two cities.

It's hoped that having powers passed to the region from Westminster would help it to compete with other parts of the country, including Greater Manchester and the West Midlands.

The proposals could potentially see Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire get more say over:

  • Power to generate income for major infrastructure projects.
  • Jobs
  • Skills
  • Housing
  • Transport projects.
Derbyshire County Council and Nottinghamshire County Council are putting in a joint bid. Credit: Derbyshire County Council
Derbyshire County Council and Nottinghamshire County Council are putting in a joint bid. Credit: Nottinghamshire County Council

But the Government has also made demands of its own - in particular, any regions who get significant powers handed to them would need to have a directly elected mayor.

Nevertheless, all 19 Councils in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire supported the idea of regions having greater control over their own affairs.

We all know that some of the conditions are challenging but the size of the prize means that we can’t afford not to be at the table."

"The important thing now is to keep talking and negotiating so we can secure the best possible deal for the people of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.”

– Councillor Anne Western & Councillor Graham Chapman

Weekend Picks: Nottingham Green Festival

Nottingham Green Festival Credit: Tash, Alan Lodge

Nottingham Green Festival: 6th Sept (Nottingham Arboretum)

The city’s 23rd Green Festival will come to Nottingham Arboretum this Sunday.

The event will see performers and entertainment throughout the park, live music and poetry on the bandstand, as well as around 100 local environmentally friendly stalls.

Festival organisers hope the event will be a fun, educational and entertaining day for all the family.


Old phone box turned into giant hanging basket

The old phone box in Orston Credit: ITV News Central

Green-fingered villagers in Nottinghamshire have created what they reckon must be the Midlands' largest hanging basket - in an old phonebox.

The redundant kiosk on the Green in the village of Orston near Bingham has been turned into a blaze of colour using hundreds of hanging plants.

The floral display is featuring as part of Orston's entry for this year's Best Kept Village competition.

The old phone box in Orston Credit: ITV News Central

Weekend Picks: Nottingham World Music Festival

Nottingham World Music Festival Credit: Starz Falade

Nottingham World Music Family Festival: 5th Sept (Sneinton Market Square, Nottingham)

The first World Music Festival in Nottingham will be taking place this Saturday.

The new music festival aims to unite people within the city by celebrating and learning about their differences.

Organisers are hoping the festival will attract new people into the Nottingham area and encourage different communities to have a better understanding of one another.

“We have decided to create this outdoor festival as we believe it will encourage people from different cultures and backgrounds to unify together through the love of live music.

"This festival will shine a positive light on the city of Nottingham and highlight the musical diversity of many of the bands who will be performing.”

– Rastarella Falade, Chair of NOMAD & Founder of Cultural Vibrations

Family pay tribute to their 'beautiful boy'

The family of a man killed at the weekend have paid tribute to their ‘beautiful’ boy.

Halcyon Theuri Credit: Derbyshire Police

Halcyon Theuri's body was found on Wingfield Road in the early hours of Sunday, August 31.

The 20 year-old's mother, Faith, and step dad Andi, from Selston, Nottinghamshire, have paid tribute to Halcyon in the following statement:

We write with broken hearts and will forever miss him who has been ripped from our lives, only as it had just started. Our only strength is in God through Jesus. He was our beautiful boy and always will be.”

– Family Statement

A 51-year-old man remains in police custody on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.

Police appeal for missing man in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire Police is appealing for the public’s help to find Mark Stephenson, who is missing from the Benfleet area of Essex, but has strong ties to Nottinghamshire.

Mark Stephenson is missing Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

He is believed to be in Nottingham and may be in the Ravenshead area.

Mr Stephenson was last seen at around 1pm yesterday, leaving a hospital in Essex. He was expected to return but failed to and police are concerned for his welfare.

Mr Stephenson, 45, is 6ft 6ins tall, of large build and has very short grey hair. He was last seen wearing grey jogging bottoms, a blue and grey spotted polo shirt and Nike trainers.

Anyone who sees him or has any information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101.


Watch: What did superheroes at Wollaton Hall make of today's picnic?

Thousands of people turned out today to try to break a world record attempt at Wollaton Hall for the most number of superheroes in one place.

Organisers are optimistic they broke the Guiness World Record and will find out in the next few days. The previous record was set in Australia in 2010, when more than 15 hundred superheroes gathered in Melbourne.

ITV News Central spoke to some of the superheroes taking part in the attempt.

Poll: Should gluten-free food be available on the NHS?

Bread contains gluten and is considered to be a staple food. Credit: Jens BÃŒttner/DPA/Press Association Images

People in parts of Nottinghamshire are taking part in a consultation to decide whether gluten-free food should continue to be available on prescription.

Currently, gluten-free foods, such as bread and flour are available to patients with the digestive condition, coeliac disease, on prescription.

Health commissioners want people to give their views on whether the prescriptions should be stopped or to limit the amount of food they can receive.

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