Residents parking scheme comes in

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The order is now in force.
Permits should be out, but if you have applied and not received one, get in touch.

Following the lining being painted and the permits notices being installed, have had another complaint about parking on Wilford Crescent East and Robin Hood Way, which clearly shows the permit scheme is having an effect – and we’ve not even started enforcement which is now due on March 27th.
On Wilford Crescent East, not enough space for residents, especially when Forest are playing at home.
Robin Hood Way issues now appear to be –
– parking on grass, particularly proximate to tram stop;
– parking near Soudan Drive junction obscuring pedestrians’ view; we’re proposing extra signage, but a resident, who uses a disability scooter, can’t see well enough;
– parking (possibly not legal) too near to inbound Thrumpton Drive bus stop is stopping NCT buses getting in to serve less mobile passengers properly;
– heavy parking near the Houseman Gardens junction, which is causing some alarm to older people seeking to cross the road; (I’ve also received a suggestion of more yellow lines around that junction);
We will consider all possible changes that might be needed after implementation of the permits in full.

Victoria Embankment bandstand damaged by fire

davVery disappointing.
The council and others have invested heavily along Victoria Embankment in recent years – a new cricket pavilion, street lighting along the resurfaced carriageway, a parking system to prioritize local shoppers and park users – this fire is a big step back.
We are about to put better pavements in behind the bandstand and are planning a mini-road system for kiddies to learn to cycle.

The fire started at the bandstand at approx. 2.30am this morning.
The Fire Brigade attended and extinguished the fire.
An individual has been arrested.
A crime scene team were to visit.
The council’s parks officer was to visit with a Structural Engineer and the site will be fenced off.
Initial perception is that the back rooms are badly damaged, but the damage to the front is more superficial – but we await a proper inspection.
The bandstand is Grade 2 Listed (“built in the Moderne style and is particularly unusual and progressive for its date, … bold in design and appearance”), and is insured.

We now wait to properly know –
– the cause of the fire and the motivation behind it;
– the status of the bandstand’s structure.
It seems any restoration will need better lighting and security, but we should also explore the quality of the support facilities for performers.

News from late Friday check – Initial view is that the structure is sound, so will be looking at repairs – but I think we have to consider enhancements to make the building more secure and support better events

Also, N Post report.

The Salesman

Another go see.  A film shot in Tehran.  Delivered in Persian. A story premised on law enforcement is not good, but that the revenge is not a murder (e.g.”Elle“), but humiliation.  Started with a digger just happening to undermine the foundations of a block of flats.  A teacher with an excellent rapport with his students.  All wrapped around a theatre group portraying “Death of a Salesman” (whose themes it apparently echoes).

An Oscar winner for Best Foreign film, but the director / writer had decided t0 boycott the ceremony because of Trump’s order on immigration.
Sadiq Khan hosted a free screening of the movie in Trafalgar Square on Oscar night.

Planning committee – March 2017

Supported a retail park in Clifton and a new supermarket in Bulwell as part of a strategy of encouraging retail near existing town centres, where the public transport is already serving.
New NCH housing in Lenton (on the old shopping centre site) is to have solar pipes (looking like chimneys) as part of revisions bringing detail and decoration to make the homes more attractive.
Turns out the planning team won a regional award for their work earlier this month.

OMTRA public meeting – March 2017

A residents’ meeting that ended with a round of applause. How rare is that?
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Nicola opened with a presentation on her work as portfolio holder for neighbourhood services and community safety.
A speaker on cats came along cos of the issues we have with feral cats in The Meadows.
Local uniformed officers turned up to report on crime stats and the latest Police operations against drug dealing.
Points were made and questions were taken on parks, parking permits and the Meadows Medical Centre.
Well advertised, organised and chaired; supportive and never accusatory, the meeting was packed full of stuff and exemplary – hence the applause at the end.

Martin McGuinness

With his death came the tributes to the achievements once he embraced the political process (see Alistair Campbell article), and that oh so necessary balance about his deeds before then.
But true balance today would have been to include that we British allowed such segregation and religious discrimination in the first place.
Beyond that, what characters have come out of Northern Ireland.
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chuckle brothers 3345Ian Paisley! How am I even giving him a mention?
But if Martin McGuinness could be his chuckle brother, well we can all take a step back.
I used to think a united Ireland (kinda Harold Wilson, 1970) was the natural way and the way forward, but watching the peace process made you realise that there’s more to it.
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Interesting that his last major act was to trigger an assembly election that saw Sinn Fein get closer than ever to the DUP.
Notable that he was telling people that the nature of the border that might be required in Ireland cos of the Brexit resolution has not been grasped.

Trains and planes and satellite pictures

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Loads of scenes with trains and railway lines – much better then “T2:Trainspotting“.
So this film couldn’t miss.
Lion” is at its best when showing action and landscapes; dialogue – not so good – a soap opera style of misunderstanding, whilst some of the lines are swallowed.
Despite it being based on a true story, I was sceptical.  A child being lost in the ’80s and not found?  The film explains it all, including just how many children are lost in India.