As we enter 2014, people across Eastwood and Kimberley await to hear news on key decisions being made in the year ahead.
Not only will we find out where hundreds of new houses will be built across the area sometime in the spring, we will also hear whether planning applications for the Kimberley Brewery site have been accepted.
Of course this year is also key for shops, businesses and trade in our two towns, as we start to come out of recession.
The chairman of Eastwood Traders Guild, Brian Sanders, said things ‘seemed more positive’ for the year ahead.
“Hopefully things will move forward this year. Things seem to be a lot more positive now,” he said.
“We will have to see if the Government is right about coming out of recession, but people are certainly getting their finances sorted and spending more sensibly.”
Mr Sanders, who runs Sanders Menswear, said he had noticed things looking up with his own business.
“Things are different to what they used to be, and we are definitely selling more,” he said
“We are going online at the end of March, which is great.”
The chairman said one of his priorities for the year ahead was encouraging new businesses into the town’s empty shops.
“We need to look at the tenants applying and see how we can help them,” he said.
Locals and councillors will continue with their campaign to get a cinema at the Giltbrook Retail Park, and people in the town will be waiting to hear more news the Oxylane Sports village development and which roads might be resurfaced in the coming months.
Cllr Keith Longdon, who represents Eastwood on Nottinghamshiore County Council has put forward a list of several streets that need repair work, including Nottingham Road.
This year Eastwood folk will also hear if a planning application to transform the old infant school in Devonshire Drive has been given the go-ahead.
The applicant, Rob Bailey, wants to restore the outside of the building to its for former glory as it looked 100 years ago, and turn the school into 20 apartments for the over 55s.
On a less positive note, town folk will be waiting to hear more news about the high speed HS2 train due to run through Nuthall, and local services will be bracing themselves after Nottinghamshire County Council recently announced it will be making its toughest budgets cuts ever, which will affect frontline services.