Bridge ward monthly report 60

Some happy times.
A new fire station in The Meadows.  Community Gardens event.  Indian food stall holders.
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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.
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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.
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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.)