Bridge ward monthly report 36

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The closeness of the Scottish referendum, but that Scotland voted No dominates everything else this month. Time no for England to be run in a more sensible way.
Locally a very busy month. A number of things not quite going right, including the tram expansion, the decommissioning of council housing on Arkwright Walk and (surprisingly) the Robin Hood races.
Tons on in the city centre streets. War and peace; and save the planet.
Links to stories here.
1101 matters raised for tracking since October 2011.

Meadows 20mph zone on its way

Probably January, possibly starting in December.
Looking for a few extra features to deliver 20mph on Robin Hood Way; just a few challenges and unanswered questions on Meadows Way east, so may need to delay.
Planning has triggered a consideration of all the traffic and transport changes due in the next year, including the introduction of tram services to The Meadows, and how to co-ordinate the changes.

NET phase 2 briefing

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NET explained that patronage of the tram services is up over 5% since the change to paying before boarding. (I was slightly surprised.)
More services have been running since August.
The main construction works are set to finish in November, but no commitment to a start date is being given beyond the first part of 2015.
A lot of land sales to manage and public interaction to deal with.
Screenshot (210)b0200h NET beyond phase 2Meanwhile, options to expand in the future are being explored.

Robin Hood races

The annual Robin Hood Marathon and Half-marathon races, starting on Victoria Embankment and finishing at the Meadows Recreation Ground.

IMG_4818b0601h Jane and family runners
Gran Jane, with son, grandson and granddaughter, with their medals, having run the mini-marathon together, although the granddaughter seemed keen to proclaim that she’d beat her gran!

IMG_4807b0158h mini marathon approach start
The walk up of children, with their supporters, to the start was quietly impressive.

IMG_4801b0317h VE marathon and half marathon start
Earlier, the elite of the marathon runners seem less relaxed with each other.

IMG_4809b0358h Queens Drive half marathon runners
Two miles in.
The Meadows is almost completely cut off during these early stages and there may well be some issues to address for next year (signage and training of volunteers).

IMG_4823b0422h MRG half marathon runners finishing dad waves to family IMG_4825b0616h MRG half marathon runners finishing mum waves to family
Approaching the final bend on the half-marathon, and first a Dad, and then a Mum, take pleasure from spotting relatives who waited to cheer them on to the finish.
At least 2 collapses at this final corner, which I decided not to photograph. Not sure spectators, encouraging other runners to pick them up when it’s possible something else there and then was needed. It turns out what seemed like a nice day (cloudy, but with some sunshine) was too hot for the runners.

Ryder Cup trumps British nationalism

Screenshot (205)c0437h Nigel Farage Paddy PowerThe Nigel Farage advert for Paddy Power is funny first time around and well performed.
— No, I’m not one of the apparent Labour politicians looking to defect to UKIP —
I wonder if any Labour MP could really be thinking that way – a claim too far by Farage.

Part of the advert’s joke is having the anti-EU politician saying “Come on Europe”, save of course he worked in the city, has a German wife and is making an advert for an Irish company. So he gets the value of Europe and international business. ‘No hypocrisy here.’
But hang on. The Ryder Cup is an example of Britain, and indeed the US, doing better, because Britain realised we couldn’t do it well enough alone.