Bridge ward monthly report 60

Some happy times.
A new fire station in The Meadows.  Community Gardens event.  Indian food stall holders.
Robin Hood marathon races.  Literacy medal awards at Central and in The MeadowsRepairs to Meadows Library brought forward. Touring The Council House with FoMLSupporting Nottingham Central Womens Aid.
A video celebrating green progress in The Meadows and the Green Festival.
£1m announced for updating of Galleries of Justice.

But challenges continue.

Motor vehicles used for strutting in the city centre.  An increase in rough sleepers.
Plenty of casework from a NeMTRA public meeting and a ward walk.
Reports of too many children (including 3 year olds) having rotten teeth.
Police working very hard.
Education policy to focus on segregation at 11.
The NHS being driven into deficit.
A Parliamentary boundaries review ignoring the number of people who live in places.
Committing to Hinkley Point C.
New challenges from consequences of voting to leave European Union.
Bewilderment that Donald Trump is even close.

City Centre Forum discussed new arts projects in the city centre and plans to promote cycling.  On the same day, a lorry driver was found guilty for an accident that killed a cyclist 16 months ago.
Wrote in support of flats proposed for the former petrol station at London Road Island, which seeks to reflect the architecture of the Lace Market.

1742 issues logged for chasing since being elected as a Bridge ward Councillor.
Other news on Facebook and Twitter.

Peck Lane 2016

A narrow lane, running north-south, just east of Exchange Walk, narrow, not particularly used but with a special place in Nottingham’s radical histreh.

Cos the story is that in this narrow lane, the Mayor of Nottingham was said to be bowled over by a barrel-shaped cheese during the first evening of the Great Cheese Riot of 1766.
This seems to be a cause of some hilarity, although Mayors have for some time been elected representatives.  It also seems the Mayor was actually knocked over in the open square, which seems a bit more careless on the part of the Mayor.
Today I think a hundredweight of cheese would cost around £330 (based on £2.25 for 350g of extra mature cheddar from the Co-Op; ‘Measuring Worth’ suggests £1.20 then is the equivalent of £150 today, so either my calculations are wrong (very probable), or perhaps we should be having a riot of our own!)
On Thursday, 2nd October 1766 (first day of Goose Fair, then held in the Market Square) it was costing between £1.20 and £1.80 – judged too high by Nottingham residents who’d seen the cheeses being bought by traders from Lincolnshire.
A riot was started in the evening and cheeses were both stolen and rolled along streets as weapons.
After failing to quell the riot, civil authorities called in cavalry and infantry from Derby. There were  disturbances in the Friday evening, and shots were fired into the crowds.  It’s not clear how many were hurt, but one man died of his injuries (he appears to have been trying to protect cheese from being stolen – a case of death by ‘friendly fire’).  Crowds were dispersed, but went out to Trent Bridge to take from a boat laden with cheese.
There were further disturbances on both the Saturday and the Monday.
My notes are based on the pamphlet written by Nottingham Radical History Group.

Robin Hood marathon races 2016

Still the sound of the initial phases of the races amazes.
Over 13,000 runners for the full, half and mini marathons.
Started by the Lord Mayor and Richard Whitehead (200m T42 Paralympic champion and Marathon world record holder).
Enjoyable as a spectacle for a number of reasons.
And I said so last year, before the sheer scale of transport chaos caused had become clear.
So I’m hoping all the work done in designing a course that doesn’t cut off The Meadows paid off.
That said, met one Old Meadows resident who managed to park the car in the bit of Crocus Street that was always gonna be cut off.

Hinkley Point C approval – the future lumbered by the past

Met a Co-op member on the bus back from a women’s refuge AGM. Was I going to the Alan Simpson presentation on energy to the Nottingham Central Co-Op branch? Now, I was.

On the day when Theresa May approved Hinkley Point C.
Contrast with Alan Simpson’s examples from Germany (and The Meadows) of hope.
Insulation. Local generation. Energy storage. Control of local networks.
Germany’s national embrace of tackling climate change and stopping nuclear, combined with devolution of power.
Poignant that Alan’s presentation was in the Nottingham Mechanics.  Founded in an era when more was done locally and a bigger belief in engineering.
(I hope to be able to add / link to Alan’s slides.)

Area 8 committee – September 2016

Taken early, a report presented by Mr. Eddie Curry that proposes significant investment in Victoria Embankment and Meadows Recreation Ground. And the representative from FoVE votes against.  Some friend.  Fly allegations about illegality too.
The committee’s main focus was on improvements to Clifton town centre and a significant expansion in the shopping offer.
Meadows points include –
– stating again our determination on crime and ASB, especially drug dealing;
– commiting to re-surface Beauvale Road;
– looking to be firm on the development of Arkwright Walk and looking for opportunities on the site of the former social club off Ainsworth Drive.

Green Progress in The Meadows

Further to a post celebrating progress by Nottingham city, a short summary of the progress in The Meadows, with an update on Project Sensible and a link to the Jeremy Corbyn video that draws heavily from experience in The Meadows.

Such green achievements in The Meadows include –
– bus priority measures – the bus lane along Meadows Way East;
– tram services at 3 stops in The Meadows plus ‘ng2’ and Midland station;
– decades of taking heat from waste before landfill at Eastcroft (Meadows);
– new green housing off Green Street, and off Wilford Crescent West; and new green council housing in the west of The New Meadows; and and an exemplar green house;.
– helping solar panels to be installed on properties, by both NCH and MOzES – the Meadows own energy services company;
– a hundred and more enjoying lower price energy using a council owned business – Robin Hood Energy – whose income is ploughed back into lower prices, and have amongst the cheapest pre-payment schemes;
– planning policies to reduce the need to travel, and improvements to walking and cycling routes; to require greener buildings, including in the newest council housing;
– warmer homes through the decent homes programmes for council housing;
– energy efficient street lighting; with new lighting being provided at the end of this month for walkers and cyclists using Victoria Embankment;
– simple recycling (mainly doorstep) available to every household;
– schools involved in growing their own food (Greenfields and (I think) Victoria (ex-Riverside);
– testing the use of batteries to store energy rather than immediately send it into the grid (Project SENSIBLE).

On Project SENSIBLE, Julian Marsh reports
“The tenders for the domestic batteries and monitoring systems is currently being sought with prices expected back at the end of the month. This will enable us to firm up on numbers. It is hoped that we can start the meetings with the final volunteers in November and December and then begin the installations at the beginning of the New Year.
“The School system is currently having its tender documents put together and this will be tendered mid-October. Installation will either be Christmas or Easter in the School breaks.
“The Mundella Building is currently having its performance specification finalised and prices for that will be put forward by the Design and Build Contractor.
“Some of you will have been at the Meadows Library … to hear Jeremy Corbyn launch what we hope will be the Labour Party policy on energy – based largely on a community model. Mozes has helped by putting forward ideas for this and so we got the honour of being the location for the press release and for the attached little film which focusses specifically on what we are doing in the Meadows.”


The video can be seen at –