Chapel transformations, elections, housing developments and making areas a safe place to live - 2015 is already set to be a jam-packed year for Eastwood, Kimberley and the surrounding areas.
As we begin the new year, the Advertiser spoke to some of your local councillors to ask what they hope 2015 will bring for their area.
The main wish for Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council Milan Radulovic is that 2015 is a year of real progress.
He said: “I want 2015 to be a year of real fight as it will determine what is going to happen to the country for future generations. I hope to see a government elected which will serve the people it represents and to protect working class people, the vulnerable and the NHS.”
Closer to home, Cllr Radulovic said he hopes this year will see some real changes for disadvantaged people living in Broxtowe.
He added: “There are far too many people in Eastwood living in fear, with not enough to eat and vulnerable and elderly people living on their own. 2015 is the year we will start fighting for ourselves, especially against the funding cuts.”
Armed with a list of wishes for the new year, Cllr David Bagshaw, Leader of Eastwood Town Council, said he hoped Eastwood would see some major developments including the restoration of the chapel after the arson attack last year, and a focus on making Eastwood a safer place to live.
He added: “I hope that the development on Walker Street is done and dusted as it is has been a barren piece of land for so long. And after the announcement that we will be getting more money to maintain our roads I would like to see every pothole in Eastwood filled. Cllr Bagshaw also hopes that the skate park will be constructed, more dementia bungalows built and that residents will work with the police to tackle crime in Eastwood South by reporting offenders.
He added: “I hope the police will really make an effort to make Eastwood a safe place for people to live.”
Although Kimberley Town Council was plagued with controversy in 2014, council leader David Nunn is hoping to put it behind them and to see the transformation of the cemetery chapel.
He added: “I hope there will be a more consensual approach to local politics, with less conflict and more people working in the interests of the community rather than settling scores or promoting their own political agendas.
“As for the elections in May, we will take our record with us and residents will vote for what they want.”
What are your hopes for your area for 2015? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.