Bridge Monthly Report 22

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Some glorious sunshine; some community triumphs; a great political ceremony and a test match that didn’t impact unfairly on the community.

A range of things going on across the ward, so this time, I’ve plotted the highlights spatially across a map. Select graphic to see report in higher resolution.

Challenges remain: money in people’s pockets, people on low hours with low security. In response, MAG are helping more people.

More info at

Castle Marina Sainsbury’s to re-site petrol station

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Using planning permission obtained from Planning Committee in November 2010, Castle Marina Sainsbury’s to re-site petrol station at the west end of their large car park.
I understand works start next week.
The most significant change from 2010 is the introduction of a new access using a new roundabout on Castle Bridge Road (not shown here).

pieces of work

Observed the July Board meeting of the Care Commissioning Group today. The meeting is held in public so as to be held to account; and conducted in hushed voices so the public can’t hear what’s going on! Whoa! Unfair – it’s probably their clinical background that means they speak in hushed tones, so that the patient is assured that the patient in the next bed can’t hear about their problems. Clinical or not, the directors have not avoided manager-speak – “pieces of work” driving you to distraction much more than Long John Silver’s parrot ever did.

If you listen carefully enough, you can hear the concerns about the NHS locally. Whether the ambulance service’s performance is as good as it claims etc. Some concern too about one of the first 3 services commissioned from an “Any Quality Provider”, though nothing said about the other two.

I don’t happen to know either why they are deliberately planning to underspend the budget they’ve been given. I’ll ask. I’ll be checking other concerns noted first rather than hinting at them in public.

Otherwise, concerns about care services remain.

Tap the Gap

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Students learning about work during the holidays before going onto college in a scheme called “Tap the Gap”.
A (pictured right) is learning about supporting Councillors and acting on matters raised by the public, guided by Tanith. So today, a quick walk around the Meadows, checking preparations for Meadows in Bloom, visiting sheltered housing, bumping into clients, taking casework at the library and so on.

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55001 extra visitors to Nottingham

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What on earth has happened to the Nottingham Post? A positive story on the front page. Sunshiney. Bringer of good cheer.
55,000 extra visitors to Nottingham, in the first six months of this year.
I try to help out.
So welcome today to Angela from the Meadows and her cousin’s daughter (pictured in the Council Chamber), all the way from Germany, to learn how to explain Germany’s triumphs – they’ve won another trophy y’know – in English. It’s OK, we’re not jealous.
She was very patient – listening to all Nottingham’s stories – the Saxons, St.Helena, the vikings, Trent Bridge & the Meadows, William the Conqueror, the castle, Robin Hood, Little John, the caves, commerce, the growth cos of textiles, the Luddites, the Chartists, The Council House and the shopping, the European champions and Nottingham-by-the-Sea.
So welcome number 55,001 and thanks for listening.

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Nottingham meanwhile is working on how to give visitors a fuller, wider experience when they visit, beyond the shopping, eating and drinking.
Select graphics to read full stories at the Nottingham Post web-site.

Can I ignore the double yellow lines on Warsar Gate, please?

Eric Pickles wants to stop on double lines outside a shop and nip in for fifteen minutes.
And there’s me thinking he’d learnt to resist the urge.
The urge to make drivers think they’re getting something that he can’t deliver.
Apparently he, from Whitehall, will issue an edict that changes the meaning of all double yellow lines everywhere.

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So Mr. Pickles, when I want to nip into Sainsburys, can I ignore the double yellow lines on Warsar Gate, please?

Meadows Village Show

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AMCG Choir. How many flowers? Hey Jude!
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Greenpeace Bee Cause.
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Greenfield primary school hosts sports an exhibitions.
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Tug of war. Girls vs boys.
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West Bridgford’s second appliance.
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Hula hoop.
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Sack race. Boing boing.
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Very determined Police team.
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AMCG have five in their team and call themselves lions ..
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… but are still beaten by Police rhinos. I think pandas would have been a nicer name.
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Girls beat boys.
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Prize winning carrot cake.
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Modern marble cake.
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Courgette flowers on hay.
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Vegetable animal.
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Flower display.
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Own produce display.
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Once saw a flower arrangement competition on the theme of infinity disqualify one entry cos it was too big.
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More flower arrangements making the Meadows proud.
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Magic roundabout.
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Berries for sale.
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Lilian Greenwood MP with Refugee Council.
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More own produce.
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Matched 11 authors to 13 books.
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A klanger.
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Mother and child.
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20130728-033811 AM.jpgA different take on lavender, AMCG Gardens and St.Saviours church.

Nottinghamshire Pride 2013

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Successful event in the sunshine at the Arboretum. Only able to stay for an hour, but it was thronging, I saw plenty of happy faces and visited lots of stalls. PM.jpg
Police had their stall. A reminder of how far society has changed since the seventies and before.
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Nottingham City Homes had a stall, reaching out and offering free iced water.
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Nottingham Healthcare Trust explained in rough terms how the rate of mental illness for gay people is around double the rest, driven by higher rates of isolation.

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The Big Wheel were there, promoting cycling and the new hire bikes – Citycard Cycles.
Network Rail were there to promote track safety. Some teenagers cam to ask about the fatality some months back.
Works on Midland Station are said to be going well and are on time.
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ASDA were there with their equality project, seen as an extension of their customer focus. Did take the opportunity to ask about union membership within the supermarkets.