Bridge ward monthly report 54

A month marked by an increase in Deash attacks, including Lahore and Brussels.

Police are continuing to work away at those thought to be trading drugs in The Meadows.

I took exception to a petition that claimed posters against fraudsters asking for money from people on the street was an attack on beggars; the same petition also claimed Framework had been wound up.

I placed an objection to the provision of alternative education from the former offices and warehouse of Paul Smith, and Planning committee resolved to have a second look.

General astonishment at the plan to require all schools to become academies.

Announced during the Budget, which sought to punish the disabled; and had to be rewritten.  The council’s budget agreed over £20 million of savings.

Some good and great art.
St.Patrick’s Day was very pleasant; and a documentary by “Mrs. Brown” that highlighted a battle in which Sherwood Foresters were killed and badly wounded by rebels, in a way that proper leadership could have avoided.  The documentary prompted me to find out more and write up a bit on Pte. Lang who came from The Meadows.

Turns Ireland is the European nation most concerned that the UK should remain in the European Union.

The end to a very warm winter.

Public meetings with NeMTRA and OMTRA. A ward walk, a lonely walk, and a mid-month report – showing progress and seeking action. 1588 matters have been logged for chasing, from around 662 clients, since October 21st, 2011.

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High-Rise

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A unique combination of Abba’s S.O.S., The Fall’s “Industrial Estate” and Margaret Thatcher expounding on the lack of political freedom on a state capitalist society at the end.
Perhaps it was profound, but it was a bit stomach churning and Crick-ites can soon see the flaws in it being a critique of society.
Seems problems with the neighbours and with criminal activity, and no one calls the Police, or raises issues with their local councillor.
The Guardian’s take.

Begging and the homeless petition

A petition to Nottingham City Council has complained about posters that seek to deter begging as being prejudicial to the homeless.

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The posters seek to portray beggars – yet the petition sponsor claims  the posters are “demonising homeless people as drug users, alcoholics and frauds“.
Note the step change – to “homeless people“, from beggars.
The equivalence is drawn by the petition’s sponsor, not the Nottingham partnership promoting the poster.
There are instances of people recently being convicted for repeated begging for money in Nottingham city centre, whilst not being homeless; in fact making quite a living from asking people.
Asking people, who when they give; their trust is being broken.
Witness residents who initially welcomed Narrowmarsh residents who they thought were homeless when in fact they were drug users and frauds, and anti-social with it.  Honest people were betrayed.
Just as those who gave to a charity claiming to be collecting for the poor, only for it to be a religious group with city centre offices, run by people living abroad, doing very nicely through those collections.  It took a year, but a local business and I finally got the Council to stop it just before last Christmas.
Nottingham City Council spends significant amount of public money on helping the homeless.  The beggars in the city centre are not the homeless.  The council has procedures for finding the homeless.  So by and large, the council knows who they are dealing with.
The charities who do most of the work for helping the homeless supported these posters and for along time, the recommendation has been to give to those that help, rather than those who claim to need help.
Now maybe there are other points to be debated about the poster, but the opening contention of the sponsor- that we are misrepresenting the homeless – is just wrong.

TO BE UPDATED.

The Council’s presentation on its new campaign.
Links to previous articles on the issues.
On beggars not being homeless, from the NP Post :
“WHEN police emptied the pockets of a city centre beggar they discovered he was carrying £800. Officers say the man is one of a group of ten regular Nottingham beggars who they believe are not genuinely homeless or in need of help.”

The day after

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Planning committee got quite a bit of coverage in today’s Nottingham Post.
And I’ve received protests about not yet giving planning permission for the alternative provision school on Riverside Way.
Strangest – someone wanting to protest without giving their name.
Some smiles as the most flowery quotes were attributed to the wrong Councillor.

Meanwhile, a chance to catch up on casework and news.
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Works have now opened up Arkwright Walk, moving the playground to the other side of Crocus Fields.
It seems the 10k race in May is on, but such a small scale fun run will not be allowed to disturb the city centre and The Meadows again.
Requests for help with parking fines (unlikely) and with avoiding bailiffs whilst in hospital (more possible).

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I’m now a member of Nottingham South Labour Party and we heard a briefing on the European referendum at its monthly general meeting.

Enviroenergy Board and the impact of the very warm winter is being assessed.

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A strange sight on Stoney Street on the way home.
Back to watch the third series of “Line of Duty” (series 3) on BBC tv i-player. A bewildering first episode. Waiting to find out which famous actor’s character is killed off in episode 2.
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