Bridge ward monthly report 56

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Highlights included the re-election of Paddy Tipping as Nottinghamshire Police Commissioner, the busy and vibrant Community Gardens spring open day, a statue to Jimmy Sirrel and Jack Warner, and a busy bank holiday weekend in the city featuring music and archery.

However, a range of problems in The Meadows remain and some issues getting worse – people motorbiking where they shouldn’t, some challenging crimes and tipping.
Perceptions slightly changed by casework from the sheer volume of doorstep visits that I and friends are undertaking at the moment.  And yes – the Old Meadows is overwhelming for REMAINing in the EU.

IMG_0949ab0268h BSC drummerSome opportunities – consultation has begun on play equipment for The Green, new housing on Arkwright Walk and on removing the metalwork from the Bridgeway Shopping Centre.

The chaos of schools policy that is forced academisation and giving our schools over to businesses to be run by venture capitalists was debated in full council.

Some moments for reflection too.  The tv documentary on the Hillsborough disaster, witnessed by Forest fans.  75 years since 159 people killed by a Nazi bombing raid on Nottingham, including 40 workers at the Co-Op bakery off Meadow Lane.  Over 6,000 killed at the Battle of Jutland, including 2 sailors from The Meadows blown up on HMS Invincible.

Big moments from the past.  And a big moment for the future on its way.

Approx. 1650 matters logged from around 685 people.  

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The Battle of Jutland centenary

Today we remember those who died in the Battle of Jutland.
The Royal Navy’s aim – to continue the blockade of Germany across the North Sea by keeping the German High Seas fleet in port – was achieved, but over 6,000 British sailors were killed.

We remember 2 sailors from The Meadows who were killed by the explosion that split HMS Invincible into two halves.
Ernest White of Glapton Road and George Fenton of Kings Meadow Road (circa the Meadows Way West tram stop); from the front page of the Nottingham Evening Post of the 10th June, 1916.

HMS Invincible fought in 3 separate battles and effectively destroyed a German ship before it blew up, hit by a German shell – vulnerable due to a Vice-Admiral’s battle tactics and drive that led to unsafe handling of cordite.

A fuller presentation is available on Facebook.
(Please note, I am not a trained hostorian, so happy to accept points.)

A difficult separation

REMAIN seems to being doing better nationally, and certainly doing well in the Old Meadows.
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SO where does the push for LEAVE come from?

Just this morning’s efforts.
Meanwhile …
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So a tax-dodging media and a kinda nationalism that wants you to stop thinking.
(Cos let’s face it, we beat them 3-2 only last month.)

An article by the Finanicial Times seems a lot more objective and helpful.
Gist is -...  before the divorce comes the tricky separation. … the remaining 27 EU leaders would be deliberating and voting on the UK’s exit deal… the UK cannot dictate the exit terms. … could [be] … an orderly transition or … [an] unpredictable process … no clear precedent … have to re-engineer the world’s biggest single market, setting new terms of access and legislating to “renationalise” volumes of law rooted in the EU.  …

The FT has aked that people don’t lift their articles, so I’d better stop and say – read the article.

Gist is, negotiating out is a big job, will take a lot of the country’s governing capacity for some years and all to still be paying loads to access the EU markets.

And we have other priorities.