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.