Bridge ward monthly report 55

Having said farewell to winter, we had a few days of hail at the end of the month, and then something else.  Normal politics was lost to rehearsals of what constituted anti-semitism, and what was just bad history (stubbornly re-rehearsed).  Just 8 days after a very positive visit by Ken Livingstone to Nottingham.

Took a step backwards on tipping this month, with some surprising streets needing action.

A lot of time taken up with the problems a civil engineering firm faces from an alternative education school.  The facility was nevertheless granted planning permission.

New Meadows Residents Parking permits:

Formal Consultation           –           20 May
Public Consultation            –           3 June
Public Advert                        –           1 July  – 29 July 2016
Any objections will then need to be considered and if warranted, the works programmed with Highways Construction.  Signing and lining could be introduced in September/October.

Riverside school: positive news on management of the school.

QW tram stop neighbourhood: Community Centre chasing to improve front, inluding a new glass door;  higher activity at cenre generally; bistro under development;  planning application now in for housing on Blackstone Walk.  SIte visited as part of a ward walk.

Arkwright Walk: development proposals for the proposed layout of houses for Arkwright Walk and submitted.  The drawings are going to public consultation in the second week of May.

Trent Works and Mundella Centre: Blueprint held a public consultation for new housing but they have not submitted plans; e-mails have expressed concern over car parking and concentration of housing.

A chance at last to see the new Meadows Cricket Pavilion.

Other Victoria Embankment and Meadows Recreation Ground matters:
Lighting works: might start as early as mid-May and may finish before end of June.  Parking scheme: now looking at mid-June; priority is that commuters pay and use public transport; we want spaces for park users;there will be warning signs in week ahead.

ANNOUNCEMENT: children’s cycle track: a mini-road system with powered signals (for up to 11 y.o.) to be bid for in October (so consultation in June) – the first in the country. Expected to be a city-wide attraction.

VE & MRG development: want to do things with lottery bids etc. but big projects held up; SO use s106 money for more immediate and smaller scale projects; proposed
1. Resurfacing carriageway between Bunbury St. and Trent Bridge junctions;
2. Restoring Queen Victoria;
3. Formalise & upgrade path link between bandstand and memorial gardens.

Café and toilets: are expecting café near Wilford Suspension Bridge to re-open properly on 22nd May and will be checking contractual requirement to provide toilets.

Beat the Street” began for 6 weeks or so.

St.George was celebrated, in the city centre and in The Meadows, as was the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, and knowledge of Shakespeare was tested at the FoML quiz.  As was worker’s day with a march; worker’s memorial day was commemorated.

BBC tv’s Line of Duty series 3 was compelling and chimed with concerns about policing in the past; brought to the fore with the court case finding on Hillsborough.

1619 matters have been logged for chasing, from around 675 clients, since October 21st, 2011.

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Ken and his fact

Recently, I posted a couple of articles celebrating Ken Livingstone’s visit to Nottingham.
I enjoyed his folksy style of speaking – a history through personal memories – and his enthusiasm for talking about big issues – such as the need for investment in Britain.
Members of the audience celebrated his contribution to equalities.

Since then (Tuesday), a Bradford MP was exposed for something unpleasant she re-tweeted when an activist, a year before becoming an MP.  In Parliament, the next day (Wednesday), she didn’t defend what she had then done, explained how she was trying to make amends and in a way, was seeking mercy.

Something of a surprise then to find Ken deciding to defend her the morning after (Thursday), when she herself thought there was no case to plead.  The Independent has published his remarks.  In essence, I think there are 2 main problems with Ken’s remarks:
– protraying the existence of an agreement between Adolf Hitler and a group of Zionists – a fact – as something significant in the history of all that has happened;
– remarks about the holocaust only happening once Hitler had gone mad.
John Mann MP reacted melodramatically to the remarks.  (Considering what we have done in the past to remarks made by others along these lines, you could easily argue justifiable. It did however reduce the scope for a healing process.)
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(UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, wondered just what people would have done, if he, or one of UKIP’s councillors had made the remarks.)

Meanwhile, later on Thursday, and on Friday,
the Society of Jewish Socialists
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and Open Democracy
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published fuller and considered analyses that bring proportion and perspective to what has happened.

These statements express a proper response (with some quibbles) more effectively than I can.   And while we’ll have got some value from re-visiting our values and codes of conduct, the row has been a massive distraction, and statements extolling Ken’s fact, or condemning him with heavy words limit the scope for learning.

Finally, a Guardian article published Saturday that puts that fact into a proper historical contest.

Salop avoid relegation

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Couldn’t go to the match, but Salop avoided relegation with a game to go, despite losing at home –  4-3 ‘nall, after coming back from 3-0 down in 15 minutes.
Getty PA captured the spirit of the fighback, but due to a bizarre downpour at Crewe delaying kick-off, followed by a surprising defeat for Doncaster there, Salop were to find out only after the game that they were safe.
The only prize Salop won this season was best pitch in the league.  But with a record 13th defeat in a season (2nd worst in the division), the pitch doesn’t seem to have helped.
A weird season, hampered by 2 local players moving on to have very sucesful seasons with Championship clubs, but for Cardiff City (away), Burton Albion (away) and Sheffield Wednesday (home) – thank you very much. 

Line of Duty series 3

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This tv drama series leaves you wanting to know what happens next.  It compels.
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But it’s not true to life, despite its hallmark drama of the interview and this series’ references to child sex scandals.
The anti-corruption unit make too many mistakes for it to be credible, and of course far too many people (mainly Police Officers) die for it to be real.
None of which would be a problem if it wasn’t for Guardian columnists making out it’s to be taken for something else.
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As it happens, there have been plenty of drama series working off the notion of the Police not doing it right in the past –
– Between the Lines;
– Our Friends in the North (policing of the miners’ strike, corruption, gang connections and the sex trade);
– W.P.C. 56 (sexism of the fifties);
– Hillsborough (with fresh imperative with the court finding that football supporters were unlawfully killed);
– Life on Mars (with the intriguing perspective that the brutal nature of policing was far more worthwhile).

Pertinent all the same to reflect on the horrors of our British Policing history – the racsim, the sexism, the corruption, the sex scandals, the football policing and yes, the policing of strikes.

Yet, who do we turn to in our moments of trouble?  And I think, the focus on neighbourhood policing that came with New Labour changed things.  Including the halving of crime.  And the partnership working.

I’ve now joining the Nottinghamshire police panel for the next civic year. I’ll draw on my previous experience of being on the Police committee for 1993-94. But much as I love it, and look forward to the next series, I don’t think I’ll be able to draw on “Line of Duty”.