Sherwood MP Mark Spencer sets agenda for flood meeting

Flooding has always been high on my agenda, as many of the villages and towns within Sherwood are affected. I have for some time helped those affected by trying to establish which authority is responsible and who can assist individual problems. The answer is usually a combination of different groups and it sometimes feels like there is a degree of passing the buck rather than dealing with the problem. To those ends I have been giving some thought as to how I can be more pro active rather than just responding to cries for assistance. So I have pulled together as many of those who can help to make themselves available to anyone who wants to engage with them. I have arranged a drop in flood meeting at Rainworth Village Hall on Saturday 16th November at 1pm until 3pm. Present at this meeting will be representatives from Newark and Sherwood District Council, Severn Trent Water, The Environment Agency, Highways Agency, Gedling Borough Council and Firth & Scott insurance services. All representatives are on hand to offer free and impartial advice to the public, also in attendance will be Community Flood Consultant Mary Dhonau as well as flood defence equipment suppliers such as ‘Flood Defence Solutions’ demonstrating their products.

I would strongly urge anyone affected by flooding to attend this drop in and come and see what is on offer, it could be that helping hand you need in a time of such disaster. I hope to see many of you there.

I would also like to thank those of you who went to our Sherwood Constituency Jobs Fair on the 11th October in Hucknall. We had over 400 people through the door and it was a huge success. The employers were on hand to give advice and literature to our visitors and I do hope some people managed to secure jobs because of that event. On the same subject I am pleased that unemployment continues to fall in Sherwood and the number of people claiming unemployment benefit is 323 lower than in September 2012 and 79 lower than in August 2013. Clearly business confidence is up and jobs are becoming more available again. There is still a long way to go but it seems we are on track in Sherwood and in Britain as a whole!

If you have any questions or queries then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at

Residents are also reminded to voice their concerns about flooding issues at a drop-in session run by Nottinghamshire County Council and Ashfield District Council tomorrow, Saturday 2nd November, at Linby Road Leisure Centre from 10-1pm.