Bridge ward monthly report 82

July 2018.
We celebrated 70 years of the NHS.
Britain had an extraordinary heatwave.
Brexit negotiations delivered a political shockwave.  Threats of food and fuel shortages next year, promises of noticing the difference in 50 years time and political opinion took a step change.
Trump hated the ridicule when he came to Britain and had to retract a defence of Putin.
Sacha Baron Cohen was back and how.
And England threw it away again.

MME Bridge ward OVERVIEW progress v180717 1845 aa1764hCanvassing around Arkwright Walk.
Ward walk along council housing facing Queens Walk, and a walk with NeMTRA’s Bel Edis.
Probably 2120 cases etc. from around 883 clients since Oct. 2011.
Visited the security camera centre to check which cameras are blocked by trees.
Planning committee was chock full of concerns for developments in the ward.
An OMTRA public meeting, with a lot of discussion on the Victoria Embankment.
Another excellent AMCG fayre, with smiles captured by a year 3 pupilOne Stop Shop celebrated its 20th anniversary.
A bigger Notts Pride parade.

Splendour had some great acts.
The Blue Orchids were excellent.
A documentary on Jack Jones was a trip down memory lane.
33 decorated fibre glass robins installed in the city centre.
Schools painted bookbenches to accompany them.  One at the Meadows Library, which also hosted a Gingerbread Man show.
Barker Gate Rest Gardens was one of the latest parks in the city to be awarded a green flag.

Robin Hood Energy started trading in surplus and are switching to renewable energy sources.
Rough sleeping was debated in Parliament.

Paddy visits Arkwright Walk

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Canvassing in the streets in The Meadows most affected by drug dealers and users in the last few months.
There is a multi-agency day of action on the forthcoming Wednesday in the neighbourhood.
All following a public meeting with Lilian Greenwood MP and a major uniform initiative – after a series of knifing wounds inflicted by dealers upon dealers.
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We had a special leaflet printed, to help seek opinions including a possibility of re-used play equipment for the neighbourhood.
Plans for investment in parks elsewhere in the city might release a 3 sided fence which includes a goal, a basketball hoop and a cricket wicket.
But it needs a kinda 22 yard by 12 yard piece of tarmac, so there is a cost.  If we can find the money, we’d like to offer this “half-muga” for the neighbourhood, either to the west of the play area on Arkwright Walk, or to the south.
Crudely, the play-area would continue to serve toddlers and younger children, and the “half-muga” would serve teenagers.
Response on the doors was positive, including from older residents.

Paddy found one home that was still displaying a “vote Labour” poster from last year’s General Election; he spoke to a number of residents about policing matters.
Nicola and I picked up some general case-work.

 

Ward walk – July 2018

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Some of the questions being discussed during walk along the courts lining the tram route, Sandays Close and the path at the rear of Osier Close.
Can rights of way impeded by building sites be kept suitable for passing through by those using mobility scooters?
What actions are being taken against residents of properties being misused?
Are garages in a certain street no longer being used for cars?
Can a camera that improved public behaviour on an entrance from the tram route for a 3-month period,  be replaced by a permanent camera?
Do high fences make residents feel less secure? 
Do certain gardens need to be tidied or even cleared by the residents?

Jack Jones documentary

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Striking image for a documentary on Jack Jones, largely financed with union funds.
A reminder of a union leader whose political values and organisational capability led to him creating Britain’s largest union.
Often on the tele to get the values across and to ensure justice at the workplace was a media issue – kinda missing that in particular these days.
The documentary makes the point that low hours contracts are the casualisation of labour that was fought against for all those years.
Born in a deprived part of Liverpool, his commitment to the cause and for trade unions was “in your bones”, as Dennis Skinner put it.
Opposing fascism and fighting in the Spanish Civil War was celebrated, although his service as a Liverpool City Councillor (he was the youngest councillor) wasn’t.
Taking union organisation in the motor city of Coventry to a new level.
He was very well-known, and highly regarded by the public, and in retirement led the National Pensioners’ Convention.

For sons of 70’s trade unions activists like me, the documentary is not only a rehearsal of good values, but also an immersion in nostalgia as you recognise all the activists and leaders from the past.  Oh and Mike Yarwood.

It is surprising that documentaries like these haven’t already been made, especially by the BBC who had people like Michael Cockerill who could have done something with the life story.  This documentary has too many testifiers from now and not enough film from then.
Maybe something could then have been said about his time as a Councillor.  Maybe some recognition for advances made for pensioners by new Labour before his death in 2009.

Splendour 2018

As “Waltz in Black” announced the arrival of The Stranglers, you just smile.
They start with “5 minutes” and the smiles get broader.
Possible that Marc Almond was the best, cos just a few of the numbers are so etched in the memory.
One of two highlights from the Charlatans.
Sophie Ellis-Baxter filled the teenage girl slot, albeit with the families joining in.
Acclaim for “Bjorn Again” was just a bit embarrassing.
TO BE FULLY WRITTEN UP.