Bridge ward monthly report 62

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A month chock full of meetings and events.
Trying to make up for the cuts to public services, which has been fruitless because now (after years of cuts) the Government has given up on the targets on borrowing it had set, in a statement that didn’t mention the NHS once.
Worst of all, the United States is set for 4 years of erratic political conduct.

Bridgeway Shopping Centre Christmas Lights switch on 2016

Big numbers (perhaps 300) for a fun event;
Kids from the 3 local primary schools singing festive songs; and being rewarded with a mince pie and a drink.

Fuller details on Facebook.

Thanks from Cllr. Nicola Heaton and myself to –
Cllr Jackie Morris, Sheriff of Nottingham;  Abdul Ghaffer, Parbnder Singh, Prairie Byrant; and other support from Nottingham City Council; street cleaners; Marc Nelson and SSE; children and staff from Welbeck, Victoria and Greenfields schools; children and staff from Open Day Nursery; parents, carers and residents who attended; Meadows Partnership Trust and community activists; uniformed officers; Sainsbury’s for food and drink for the kids; and everyone who contributed.

Karl White retires after 32 years of bringing on young people


Karl has been a youth worker since 1984, has retired and a celebration was held in his honour at Clifton youth centre.
Known in The Meadows for his work at the youth centre, the warmth and affection for him at the event was obvious.
Karl has written a book on his working life and plans to take a lot of pictures during his retirement.
Fuller photos available on Facebook.

Your Choice, Your Voice and “Dragons’ Den” 2016

Thirty Meadows residents came to the Council’s consultation exercise on local priorities.
Followed by a “Dragons’ Den” exercise, where 20 representatives came forward to pitch their ideas for £100 of spend, having already submitted a formal written statement.

City Centre Forum – November 2016

A new destination company for Nottingham has been established, that seeks to attract inward investment and visitors; seeking to pitch Nottingham as a great place to work, to live and to visit.
Opportunities exist given the overheated nature of London and the south-east.

The local planning guidance for the installation of advertising screens that show video was discussed, with its initial proposals for Broadmarsh and Toll Gate House Hill roundabout supported.

Turns out that part of the work on heritage, both for the castle and for the local heritage strategy, foresees a new book of Nottingham stories being produced.
So look forward to –
– the Celts enjoying the many caves here;
– the Saxons declaring a more defined settlement, a homestead named after their local leader;
– the Vikings making Nottingham one of their five main towns in the east;
– the Normans deciding control of the River Trent carried a new premium and building the castle; the start of the two boroughs – the Norman / French and the Saxon / English; the Square and Goose Fair;
– the crusades providing distraction and inspiration – leading to higher taxes, the growing of crocus for saffron; the siege by Richard the Lionheart on Prince John and the tales of Robin Hood;
– the fall of Queen Eleanor and her ally, Mortimer;
– wealth being sustained through use of the local caves (for brewing etc.) and the carving of local alabaster;
– the garden city around Plumptre Palace;
– the rebellious Fox and the start of the Quakers;
– the King coming to Nottingham for its armoury at the start of the civil war but failing to raise an army here; a subsequent siege and failed assault on the castle;
– new weaving technology leading to massive growth; Huguenots; new wealth, new buildings, new caves, and new voting rights;
– economic crashes leading to “Banner Town” – riots, revolt and the Luddites; campaigns for political rights including the vote, and the torching of 3 palaces in 3 nights – Colwick, Beeston and then the Castle; and later the Chartists – the strikes, the “Battle” of Mapperley Hills and the election of the only Chartist MP;
– civil engineering transforming the city – pioneering water and sewage systems; the River Leen replaced with a canal; the arrival of the railways; the drainage of The Meadows; development finally allowed outside the compact city centre, with protection for key green spaces and the creation of parks and allotments;  converting the castle to an art gallery as part of the campaign for a university; and the start of organised sport – including Notts County FC;
–  more industrialisation leading to the Lace Market, and mass manufacture of (famously) pharmaceuticals, soaps, bicycles, weapons, cigarettes;  supplying the Empire, and drawing from it; Communards;
– the Great War; and its resolution leading to new council houses, with gardens, to the north and west;
– the depression and the construction of the new Council House and shopping Exchange – to create jobs;
– the resistance to Fascism; suffering the Nazi blitz in May 1941; planning and full employment – all leading to a new resolve on jobs, social security, housing, education until 14 for all and health services – free at the point of need;
– the commonwealth coming to work here; new cultures and cuisines; old prejudices; race riots;
– clean air; a new green conscience – triggered by opposition to proposed inner-city motorways; “zone and collar”;
– a new European dimension; the EEC; leading the continent in public transport measures; Nottingham Forest; Torvill & Dean; European Nuclear Disarmament;  the decline of textile manufacturing;
– the breakdown of the post-war consensus; mass unemployment; the miner’s strike; declaring the unemployed as unfit for work; doubling of crime;
– the recovery – new jobs, investment in schools and hospitals; huge leaps in attainment at schools; abolition of waiting lists; creation of children’s centres; reduction in crime;  an “end to boom and bust”; coping with globalisation;  new excellence in universities, bio-science, IT;
– “bust”;  loss of confidence;  Brexit;  food banks;


Fidel Castro dies

A range of reactions to Fidel Castro’s death.
How to react brings reminders of the debate over how to deal with, work with, China or any other state that does not embrace a free society.
And to remember what preceeded Castro – to which the movie Godfather II gives some form.
I went on holiday to Cuba (1997  I think) and I did feel that people were not free and that it showed.
So I’m not sure about lines such as “loved by the left”.  The Independent has listed the main charges against his denial of freedomA Guardian article offers a wider perspective.  And his life story is dramatic.
The challenge then is how to work for the conditions that let freedom ring.
Meanwhile, what a great quote from 1973.  If you’re gonna give 9 hour speeches, you’re gonna make a gem every once in a while.  Ironic then that when Barack Obama did come to Cuba, Fidel Castro wouldn’t meet him.

Lilian campaigning in The Meadows on the NHS


Lilian was joined by many including 5 City Councillors to ask about perceptions of the NHS which is struggling cos adult care is being underfunded and poverty is increasing demand on A&E and bed provision.
In recent months we’ve gone –
from a promised £350 million extra a week for the NHS
to NHS staff asking where the promised extra money is
to an autumn statement that doesn’t mention the NHS
to Conservative MPs suggesting we can no longer afford the NHS.

Remember, the NHS is the most affordable way because we avoid having to organise individual insurance for millions of people, and we avoid the cost of paying for the profit demanded by private medical insurance.

Local concerns picked up include appointments at the local GPs, dealing and litter in a specific neighbourhood, and wanting a landowner to  get on with a development of a former pub site.

Ward Walk – November 2016


Simply walked around the Bridgeway Centre, hearing about progress on tackling anti-social behaviour and reviewing a ranges of proposals for removing trees, cos of death, cramping, or blockage to street light and views.  A new plan for the trees of the northern car park has been produced for comment (see above).

Bridgeway Centre has a number of wider issues.
total list looks like –

  1. deterring hanging around in dark alleyways;
  2. improving views of CCTV, either by clearing trees, or by raising the cameras;
  3. tidying & utilising the green area to the immediate west of Bridgeway Hall, incl. poss. removal of self-set Rowan tree;
  4. a new vision for the north car park with better mixture of trees;
  5. better advertisement of Bridgeway shopping centre, including additional signage off Sheriff’s Way;
  6. better co-operation between traders so as to promote centre more effectively;
  7. re-introduction of café (on the way) and re-use of empty half-supermarket (strong lead);
  8. fuller use of Bridgeway Hall;
  9. dedicated use of north car park for visitors to the medical centre and to the shops;
  10. protection of all car parks, especially once parking permits kick in for most of the New Meadows in December;
  11. introduction of NCT Navy 3 and LocalLink 1 to Arkwright Walk and at grade bus stops, possibly in September 2017 (???);
  12. attracting trade from re-introduction of housing along Arkwright and Blackstone; and in future from land north of Healy Close;

More points to add, no doubt.  But probably need some kind of public consultation meeting.

Planning committee – November 2016

My thanks to the Nottingham Post for reporting on today’s committee and their rejection of the design for new apartments for Arkwright Walk; twinged with a tad of resentment cos they were late for the committee, and so missed the statement I made as a ward Councillor.
Resentment apart, please take the opportunity to visit their web-site to read the article – some melodraarkwright-walk-15588612-largematic things were said.
My points were that we’d hopes for creating landmarks for the parade we’re re-opening between the railway station and Trent Bridge, the cricket ground and the football ground.
And whilst there were a number of distinctive features to the apartments, I merely asked if they were handsome enough for such a prestigious route.
Meanwhile the committee had to accept a proposal for a trampolice park, even though it’s way off any public transport route; and we finally accepted the DG offices on Queens Road, which had been made conditional because we are so anxious for the Southern Relief Route as it gets ready to take the traffic that uses Collin Street.
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The meeting finished with an intention to list buildings of signficance to Nottingham that don’t qualify for national recognition (a.k.a. listed status).
Consultation begins on what the criteria should be, such as age, rarity, purpose of building, visual amenity, historic association …