Bridge ward monthly report 70

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Bridgeway Shopping Centre is fully used in the first time in years.
A very impressive “Lifestyle Centre” geared to helping the elderly and less mobile is many ways has moved in, and the facility is impressive.
Elsewhere, we’ve put small goals alongside the new castle play equipment on The Green.
A small road system has been installed on The Embankment, separate, for kids to learn road sense on their bicycles and pedal cars.
We’ve announced a series of measures to improve visibility at junctions along Robin Hood way, accessibility for buses at 3 of the bus stands, protect parking for residents on a number of streets off Robin Hood Way and we are considering 2 hours limits on streets serving communal facilities.  Also struck at how the new volumes of parking on Robin Hood way has slowed traffic down.
Construction of new housing on Arkwright Walk has begun.
The Riverway pub and the Arkwright Stores have re-opened.
Nice events at Meadows Library (garden party) and Community Gardens (AMCG summer fayre), and at Bridgeway Consulting (Queens Award).
In the city centre, The Art File also won a Queens Award, and we saw Nottingham Beach back again and Pride – very good feeling.
In the wider city, the Chinasaurs and a test match.

Lots of positive things, but lack of money in people’s pockets remains the big concern, with dealing a widepsread concern in The Meadows, highlighted by a serious stabbing;and growing repeated begging in the city centre.

Further parking management proposals

TO BE UPDATED – Presented to a public meeting and changed to reflect feedback; subject to formal and legal consultation.

Further to concerns raised with Councillors and traffic officers, we propose to consult on the following suggestions –
· Increased yellow lines (2 car lengths) to the west of Ryeland Gardens junction
· Increased yellow lines (2 car lengths) to the west of Manifold Gardens junction;
· To allow clearer views of traffic on Robin Hood Way, whilst seeking to join it, yellow lines at the Osier Road junction and opposite it, and extended yellow lines (8 car lengths) east of the Houseman Gardens junction, also to allow clearer views for pedestrians using the Houseman Gardens outbound bus stop;
· To reduce commuter parking on Osier Road, Aldermens Close, residents’ parking permits; Oxbow Close is also probaby required.
· Increased yellow lines (1 car length) to the west of Launder Street junction
· Yellow lines to protect the Mickledon Close junction
· In anticipation of further displaced commuter parking on streets not protected by parking permits, to consult on the principle of permits being introduced further, subject to street by street consultation, if the need arrives; those streets being, Mickledon Close, Wetherlam Close, Hellvellyn Close.
· Yellow lines extending from Mickledon Close around the inner curve to prevent parking displacing to this area.
· To allow proper access to the Thrumpton Drive inbound bus stop and to the inbound and outbound Soudan Drive bus stops, proper yellow line bus stand markings, extended slightly for the Thrumpton Drive stop which is on the outside of a curve;
· Proposal for yellow lines (1 car length) to the north and south of Thrumpton Drive junction.
· In anticipation of further displaced commuter parking on streets not protected by parking permits, to consult on the principle of permits being introduced on Thrumpton Drive and all streets off;
· Proposal for yellow lines to protect the Ferngill Close junction;
· Proposal for yellow lines to protect the alleyway crossing from Meredith Close, by dropped kerb
· Proposal for yellow lines (some car lengths) to the north and south of Soudan Drive junction;
· Because of displaced commuter parking on streets not protected by parking permits, to consult on the principle of permits being introduced on Soudan Drive and all streets off;
· Proposal for yellow lines to ensure protection of pedestrian island crossing point and at cycle way access point which should also protect the grassed verge;
· Proposal for some kind of loading only markings to serve the Eagle building;
– In anticipation of further displaced commuter parking on streets not protected by parking permits, to consult on the principle of permits being introduced further, subject to street by street consultation, if the need arrives; those streets being –
– Ferngill Close and beyond;
– Sweet Leys Road and beyond

Elsewhere –
– parking permits for the remainder of Wilford Crescent East, north of Bathley Street;
– a review of Bathley Street facing the Meadows Recreation Ground;
– some action for Hobart Close and Pitcairn Close;
– parking permits and RINGGO for the southern end of Arkwright Walk, geared to supporting residents and use of the Portland Leisure Centre, exploring 2 hour limits;
– exploring 2 hour limit parking near to Eden Softplay (St.Saviour’s Gardens) and Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens (Kirkby Gardens);

For now, we are not proposing –
– permits for the Old Meadows (lack of demand);
– Wilford Grove (north end) had considered reducing the number of car parking space to improve view;
– action on any council land managed by Nottingham City Homes (home zones and Bridgeway Shopping Centre car parks);
– the removal of car parking from one side of Robin Hood Way, where it would still be allowed on both sides of the road
(residents have, until the March changes, been complaining about speeding along Robin Hood Way, and supporting measures that would do nothing other than allow increased traffic speeds cannot be supported).

Arkwright Walk and Blackstone Walk building sites

Went on a walk of the 8 building sites with Keepmoat who have now started construction on site B, the site nearest the railway station.
Site A is the Blackstone site and the others progress along Arkwright Walk alphabetically north – south.

Note, piling will take place on all sites and starts on Site B on August 14th,

The dates for construction are –

Site B
Works commence July 2017
Works complete April 2018

Site A
Works commence November 2017
Works complete September 2018

Site F
Works commence March 2018
Works complete November 2018

Site G
Works commence April 2018
Works complete December 2018

Site E
Works commence June 2018
Works complete February 2019

Site D
Works commence July 2018
Works complete April 2019

Site C
Works commence August 2018
Works complete August 2019

Site H
Works commence February 2019
Works complete May 2020

Alan Clark

Devout.  Considered.  Knowledgeable.
A lecturer.  A long-serving Labour Councillor.   Party activist.
Briefed.  Exposed the poll tax in Nottingham as it was being implemented.
Contested the Conservative Robin Hood ward in the eighties and an early user of IT to produce local ward leaflets.
Elected in Byron ward in the by-election campaign when the city was regained for Labour in 1988.
Chaired various committees.
Became a Councillor for Bulwell Forest in 2003.
An extensive social networker, keeping people informed.
Introduced Robin Hood Energy.
Married to Eunice.


A war movie, without the distracting love stories and over poignant speeches.
A war movie that doesn’t worry about what Churchill is saying.
A war movie that doesn’t show an enemy face until the final seconds.
A war movie that doesn’t show blood or gore.
A war movie that shows Spitfire Mark 1s in 70mm IMAX.
A war movie that shows what it was like to try to return home and try to help the evacuation.
On land, on sea and in the air.
Compelling action. Bullets zinging. Bombs exploding. Torpedoes hitting. Ships sinking. Planes duelling. combattants bracing.
A war movie, not a survival movie, even if the Director says so.

So go see Dunkirk.

The surprise – what limited dialogue there is can’t be heard very cleary – a mistake not made since “The Patriot”.  Understandable maybe if the background is explosions, but when reading a newspaper article on a train back in Blighty?
Some of the storylines are a bit misjudged (the trawler, one event on the little ship) and there’s no celebration of French efforts.

The myths of Dunkirk

dunkirk movie german map leafletaaxxxxhPromotional interviews for the movie Dunkirk keep stressing how Churchill thought the operation to bring British and allied forces out of the trapped pocket might ony save 30,000 when 338,000 were to be relieved says more about our willingness to buy such stories rather than what was actually said by British senior officers.
And the story of the little ships being brought over by their owners was also something that took off after it was penned by an American author – they were mainly sailed by Royal Navy personnel.
Worst about it all is how the role of French soldiers in enabling the evacuation is underplayed.
Then ideas that Hitler was being kind to the British – more a judgment of a British army returning home was never going to come back and there were other objectives to meet.
Nor did the Luftwaffe particularly fail – they were asked to do too much from bases too far away.
And of course there are records of British servicemen poor discipline.
As it happens, the British were planning an evacuation a few days previous and a major operation after Dunkirk brought another 190,000 personnel to Britain.
The Allies were out thought and outmanoeuvred in the Battle of France.
And debacles were to follow elsewhere, notably in Singapore.

But enough already.
Cos the point is that even once we cut through the myths and hear more of the reality, the Dunkirk evacuation was still an extraordinary effort, including the French.  Something to be proud of and to draw inspiration from.

Splendour, splendour, b’dum, b’dum

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I was sixteen in 1977,
and we had the Buzzcocks;
and I know every time has its favourites,
but we had the Buzzcocks;
and I’m sure X-Factor has had its discoveries,
but we have the Buzzcocks.
And we had a great time.

1. Fast Cars  2. I Don’t Mind  3. Autonomy  4. What Ever Happened To?  5. Why She’s A Girl From The Chainstore  6. Sick City Sometimes  7. Why Can’t I Touch It?  8. Noise Annoys  9. You Say You Don’t Love Me  10. Love You More  11. Promises  12. What Do I Get?  13. Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)   14. Harmony In My Head

Full council – July 2017

Covered –
– a sober review of actions taking place prompted by the fire that devastated the Grenfell Tower;
– the council being awarded good for its children services by Ofsted;
– condemnation of the cuts the government is still planning for school budgets;
– a motion calling for Bedroom tax to be dropped now that there is a majority opposing it in the House of Commons;
– protests against money being found for the north of Ireland whilst Nottingham’s budget is cut.
Astonishing to hear the Conservative Deputy Leader saying that cuts to Nottingham had been justified.  Yep, justifying the cuts made on Nottingham.

Tributes to Glen O’Connell on his retirement on the 22nd anniversary of his return to the city council to lead our legal team.