Bridge ward monthly report 49

October and a month of festivals which has seen visitors to the city boosted.
And a guide to Hockley and the Lace Market is published.
Elsewhere, impact of cuts growing and prompts for political reflection.
A celebration of new council housing being built and the launch of Robin Hood Energy.

Nottingham South Labour Party Halloween social
Talk: George Orwell
*** Fabians, Unison
Court case:
*** Robin Hood Energy breakfast event
*** Nottingham East Labour Party meeting
Indie music event:
*** Walk-in centres public meeting (called by MPT)
*** NCWA
Explorer’s Guide to the Creative Quarter, Nottingham Contemporary
Local conviction:
Great British Bake Off:
new exhibition, Contemporary:
NEMTRA public meeting:
*** St Nicholas Church
*** Building a Better Nottingham: Council Housing Programme – Meadows West Media Call
Goose Fair official opening

Trick or Treat or sit down and frown

Trick or treat aka don’t bring back to Britain what we managed to give away to America.
Still – a bit hard to explain that to the kids.
Their punishment – One Direction themed Love Hearts.
Meanwhile, the photo captures the joy of the occasion.
What’s not to like?
The first visitors were here on holiday from Ireland.
They actually liked smoky bacon crisps.

Robert Colls on George Orwell’s changing political thinking

Just the most terrific talk on the progress of George Orwell’s political thinking throughout his life by Author and Professor Robert Colls.
Great insights.
On 1984: ‘IngSoc is English Socialism without the law, language, privacy & individualism’.
Orwell was a contrarian: and to give form to the point, Robert said the current Left’s problem was wanting to re-create an England that’s no longer allowed by the EU – and didn’t the audience bite!
I’ve bought the book.

The event was part of Bread & Roses produced by Five Leaves Bookshop.
Possibly the best talk of its kind I’ve ever been to.

“Wake Up! Indie All Dayer” (Rock City)

Slow to realise “Wake Up! Indie All Dayer” was on (at Rock City), (but even paying the on the day price), it was great event and good value.
Just a joy to hear those Fall songs, and fine with Brix and 2 other former Fall members.
My first time to see Wedding Present, and again, great performance and good sound. The most understated arrival ever seen – they looked up and then started when they’d got the instruments tuned and were satisfied with the sound check.
Even Sultans of Ping FC were great, understated in classic indie fashion – though let down by 2 pairs of leather trousers.
Nottingham Post review.
Disappointed about the remark about Brix being bloated – not accurate and not clear why it would matter if she was. Yes, it’s hard to ‘cover’ Mark E Smith of 30 years ago, but I enjoyed it.
Brix and the Extricated.
and don’t it feel good.
Just wonderful to hear all those Fall songs again.
Even the new one carried that DNA.
Thirty years (to the day) since her first appearance in Nottingham. She likes it.
Poignant times for me.
And just like thirty years ago, I’m not sure that many knew the songs.

The Wedding Present.
Best thing to come to Nottingham from Leeds including those that won by cheating and students who don’t know their own heritage.
Nah, too harsh.
Formulaic, but what a formula.
Just another excellent performance.

Echo and the Bunnymen.
Not quite the highs of the others.
Strange given their catalogue.
Kinda odd that the lighting only ever put them in silhouette.

Sultans of Ping FC.
Like, that’s really nice.
Their outlook – like stupid kids, enjoy shopping and keep your jumper clean.

Obviously Lorna was not in the groove of anything else, but it was worth a go.
A bit guilty about missing the others, but went for drink and food instead.

Tram works snagging and landscaping

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An expression of frustration in a tweet cos works along the tram routes and nearby remain less the pristine.
The tweet shows a picture of Queens Drive, near “ng2”.
Landscaping works have been a frustration throughout the scheme – the north end of Arkwright Walk and neighbouring Lammas Gardens properties in particular suffering when it seemed all other tram works were done.

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There is a programme of works to be done, both landscaping and snagging, and indeed restoration of facilities that were taken out to allow access for plant, such as the refuge at the south end of Kirkewhite Walk on Robin Hood Way.
This is now being re-instated (see photo).
And progress has been made on the green area between Robin Hood Way and Meadows Embankment tram stop, which used to be a roundabout.
There is no published schedule showing the works to be done, or the timing.
Frustrating for groups who want to start adding to the landscaping plans already agreed by contracts for the tram construction.
For now, suggestions and concerns just need to be fed in to make sure the schedule is full and complete.