Bridge ward monthly report 64

Trump is President of the USA and we’ve already had our first protests. Holocaust Memorial Day focussed on the genocide of the Jews – Trump didn’t mention it.  The Meadows also celebrated Chinese New Year.
Nationally, more chaos for the government over their plans for Brexit, and cuts to school budgets that have passed under the radar.
Arkwright Walk is back as a wide street after 50 years, proposed flats now have planning permissions and a bus route with 3 sets of bus stops is viable.  The new NCT Navy 49 was introduced and the electric Centrelink services to Queens Drive park & ride began.

Still the next big change to The Meadows will be the introduction of parking permits for residents, for many more streets in the New Meadows.
Current implementation date is 6th February though seems likely to slip.

The Green play localtions ab0535h.pngRecommendations for the location of the play equipment for The Green are now agreed, but maybe we might  add some goalposts.

ASB issues continue, and there’s a current concern about abuse of the playfields on Victoria Embankment.

Planning permission has again been given to 350 flats on Crocus Street, but this time with more references to the crocus, symbol of The Meadows.

In the city centre, the Big Wheel is back.

Approx 1842 matters have been raised for tracking since 2011..



Why another Kennedy film?
John Hurt‘s priest ventures to the doubting widow of JFK that the parable of a blind man being made blind by God to help those around him see more about themselves would appear to be this film’s answer.
The most shocking recreation yet of the murder of JFK (nothing can match the Zapruder film) is not the catalyst for such thinking – instead it is Jackie’s attempt to share her appreciation of good things and high culture;  Jackie’s attempt to convey the scale of the tragedy through a recreation of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral;  Jackie’s successful attempt to convey JFK’s Presidency as golden – “Camelot“; and  the film’s dramatisation of sudden, unexpected and violent loss – at times, all too horribly upsetting.
Guardian review.
One tiny moan – the portrayal of Lyndon Johnson and his wife is unfair – recorded phone calls exist that show LBJ concerned and caring at what was a difficult time for all.

Nottingham against Trump’s anti-Muslim policies


… and UK complicity.
700 and more protesters meeting after only 24 hours notice.
16 Nottingham Labour City Councillors attended.
Photos available via Facebook.

“Solidarity to all of you here tonight and all of those protesting around the world, who are standing against this abuse of the office of the executive by Donald Trump. 
“The world stands in a perilous place.
“Disunity, fear and misunderstanding runs rampant, but by being here I think each and everyone of you is taking a stand to say not only is this not the world we believe in, but we can all be better, we can by taking these first steps transform the world into a better place for all of us.
“I’m not surprised to see this attitude and belief in liberty, equality and a better world being reflected here in Nottingham. A city of refuge, of diversity, of people working together to make their communities a better place.
“If Theresa May doesn’t do the right thing and postpone a state visit of this president I hope they will bring him to places like Nottingham, like Leicester, like Bradford, Manchester and Liverpool so he can see what happens when communities, cultures and people come together and refuse to be ruled by hatred and fear.
“Nottingham, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and tonight this city has taken that step to resist this new brand of hatred and fear.”
– Nathan Oswin, Bridge ward resident, one of the speakers.

Holocaust Memorial Day civic service of commemoration – 2017

You need social courage”   …. from HMD’s video   … worth 3 minutes of your time –

A ceremony held a The Council House – this year much more about the genocide of the Jews during WWII.  A shame Donald Trump couldn’t join in.
Instead – chaos at US airports over actions geared more to prejudice than effective action against terrorism; Mo Farah likely to be excluded from training in the USA; legal officers having to suspend aspects of a Presidential order cos of lack of process; a fire attack on a mosque in Texas.

Paddy Tipping – a descendant of the Huguenots who came to Britain centuries ago to avoid persecution by the then Catholic church – spoke on current concerns :
about heightened prejudice against Muslims; contrast that with how well all our kids get on at schools; hate crime remains an issue, even if it’s calmed down since after the Referendum.

Forthcoming changes – January 2017


Chinese New Event at the Meadows Library – 28th January.
Canal Street – gas works due to be completed – 29th January;
(Bio-City possession of Lower Parliament Street ends February 20th);
Bus changes:
– New CentreLink & EcoLink, (with new electric buses); New NCT Navy 49  and (changed) NCT Navy 3 come in on 29th & 30th January.
Big Wheel has arrived and Light Night is on Friday, 10th February.
Arkwright Walk main route now open as a through route for walking and cycling; buses in perhaps a year; looking for goalposts for the patch next to the play equipment. Building of new houses starts in April? Then available for purchase from 12 months after, until 30 months on.
Parking permits for New Meadows – scheme planned for Monday 6th February; permits may not get issued in time; so a delay possible.
Play equipment for The Green – probably installed in 6 – 8 weeks time; so late March.  Location is in the centre of The Green so looking for extra goalposts to compensate a bit for the loss of grass.
NeMTRA AGM – 9th February.
Crocus Street – 350 flats on the other half of Hicking Pentecost site – perhaps built November 2018.

Arkwright Walk developments

New designs for the apartments at either end of Arkwright Walk have been approved.

It’s envisaged that the housing will be available from a year after construction works, with all housing planned for Arkwright and Blackstone being available after two and a half years.  Works might start in April.
Now we have the full road open again to walking and cycling, we are also planning for midi buses to used the route (NCT Navy 3 and city council LOCALINK 1) both for convenience of local residents and to give the shopping centre a higher profile.
The grass patch next to the play equipment is very worn (the litter bin and the lighting column proving natural goalposts).  Perhaps some proper goal posts, a wicket and some grass mats might give the kids a better experience.

Ward walk – January 2017

This month, checking streets around the eastern half of the Old Meadows, including some of the alleyways.
New yellow lines have gone down in support of the forthcoming expansions to existing residents parking permit schemes.
The permit scheme is still planned for February 6th.  However, some issues are being managed –
– the permits are still to be issued;
– some people have not applied for permits, but there is still time to do so;
– one objection is outstanding for streets between Ayton Close and Launder Street, so this part might be later than planned;
– a number of jobs will be done in the run-up to the go date, such as the RINGGO signs for Meadows Way West.
– the walking and cycling route that 50 years ago was a direct route between the railway station and Trent Bridge has been re-opened;
– significant tree pruning in the East Meadows, especially along Eugene Gardens.
Ideas for future developments include –
– extra signing on Robin Hood Way at the junction with Soudan Drive, to help meet concerns from parents walking kids home to the Old Meadows from Victoria Primary school, cos the combination of car parking and the bend can made eastbound traffic harder to see.

img_5449pbGeneral concerns on behaviour in local neighbourhoods remain.
The Police are working on the issues, such as an announcement on another operation.

Cuts to schools budgets

Conservatives to Cut £650 from Every Nottingham School Pupil

by Cllr. Sam Webster, Nottingham’s Portfolio Holder for Schools.

nottm-school-cuts-c2w7vq-xcaabwq-ab1035hOn Wednesday 14th December 2016 the Secretary of State for Education, Justine Greening announced a new funding formula for schools up and down the country.
The Conservative Government’s new method of funding, directly targets schools in Nottingham for potentially the biggest real terms reduction in budgets they have ever faced.
While our schools in Nottingham are set to lose tens of millions of pounds in the coming years, in keeping with a current Tory theme, schools in some of the wealthiest areas of England are set to gain.
By targeting Nottingham the Conservatives have demonstrated yet again that they don’t act in the interests of our children, our schools or our City.
This latest move quite simply takes money from children in Nottingham only to hand it to wealthy, rural and mainly Conservative-voting shire areas such as Cambridgeshire and Buckinghamshire.
Other large cities, urban areas and areas with the highest levels of child poverty such as Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool are also being targeted in the same way.

The graphics are from the Schools Cuts web-site.
Unless the Government allocates more money, schools will lose £3 billion a year in real terms by 2020.
98% of schools’ costs are rising faster than their income.
60% of secondary schools are running deficit budgets.
For each graphic-
[1]: The estimated reduction in the school’s annual budget by 2019 in real terms, under current Government policies. These include plans to reallocate school budgets according to a new national funding formula, and not increasing funding per pupil in line with inflation. Find out more about our calculations.
[2]: Amount that would be lost for every pupil at the named school as a result of the reduced budget. The school has 273 pupils according to the Government’s school census.
[3]: Equivalent number of teachers that would be lost based on the average teacher salary at named school, or £37,250 if the figure is not published.

Supreme Court makes sensible ruling

If we are to defend the British way, then Parliament making the big decisions is the British way and the Supreme Court have sensibly said it’s required for Article 50.
That it matters is indicated by the government trying to stop it.  A Parliamentary process should expand understanding and offers the opportunity to do more to get quality decision-making into the negotiations over leaving the European Union.
I voted REMAIN.  Considering the nature of the debate during the referendum, we can usefully explore public thinking as the following questions are addressed –
– What price to be paid for keeping access to the single market, or what price to pay for losing the access – e.g. must we go down the path of low corporation tax and cuts in public services?  What will the longer view be of the fall in the pound and making deals businesses, such as Nissan, to stay here?  How likely are other trade deals and can they match the scale already in place?  Could new trade deals put a premium on local production, local distribution and local jobs for local people?
– What are the implications of dropping out of the customs union?
– How will the British react to needing visas to visit the rest of Europe?  What happens to the British who live and / or work (either all the time or part of their time) in the EU?
– How do we manage our border on immigration when it becomes the edge of Northern Ireland?
– How will people react as they realise that promises of extra money for the NHS are not going to realised, and that we have in fact had to recruit more “bureaucrats”?
– How will not being in the EU start to feel when so much of what we value in sports and culture continues at a European level?
Whether to vote for Article 50 – to start negotiations over leaving the EU – or not, is dividing those who voted for REMAIN, but if people voted for the referendum, then how can you square that with not voting for the start of the process?
I think a second referendum will be needed because by the time new arrangements are ready to be considered, public opinion will demand it.
It’s still more than possible that the UK will not leave the EU – but it will need time and a lot of contemplation before a reversal of the June vote can be achieved.  The loss of direction and focus on the UK’s real issues in the meantime, is the price we will have paid.
Meanwhile, further to the opinion pieces of Chris Leslie MP and Vernon Coaker MP, Lilian Greenwood MP has started a survey of Nottingham South residents.