Bridge ward monthly report 84

TO BE WRITTEN UP.

Main effort has been making reviewing progress made in the ward (see mid-month graphic).
New development prompted debate at planning committee.  A conservation area for the Old Meadows was considered.  Astonishment that a builder decided to build a new house on Glapton Road without permission.
Hoodwinked brightened the city centre for 3 months.
Frank starred at the ward walk.
BT concede on their phone boxes in Bridgeway Centre.
Oh, and Brexit and Trump, again.
The Kavanaugh hearings were extraordinary – and even if the supreme justice candidate is appointed without deserving it, violence against young women has been given another hearing.
Trump was laughed at by the world, but the Republicans have been losing ground for some week now  and the mid-term elections could

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Audit committee – September 2018

Not much formal business, so a chance to review treasury management with a presentation by Link Asset Services.
Treasury Management issues to review as a result of the presentation include –
– a review of the internal borrowing to pay for 43% or so of the council’s capital programme;
– understanding why the 5 county councils under financial threat didn’t see problems coming;
– an assessment of potential events on the council’s standing, which could be as general as anticipated another global crash, or as specific as chaos from Brexit happening.

Pleasing to see the number of complaints against the council being upheld by the Local Ombudsman reducing to 4, because of a new approach copied from the local NHS.

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The terms of reference have been written out in an expanded way, following national advice, but we were kinda working to them already.  A check. for when each element is checked in a financial year. will be conducted.

Clifton North by-election

Turnout was strikingly similar to the Clifton North by-election in April 2014, both on the day and with postal votes.
The result wasn’t – Labour down 7.8%, Conservatives up 11.5%, Nott’m Independents at 11.2% when UKIP were 18.9%.
To which you can acknowledge a 2% national swing away from Labour to Conservatives (and perhaps a Green standing).
No lack of effort from Labour on the day, or in the run-up.
So main story is that we’ve had a second by-election in under 5 years cos a Councillor previously elected as Labour had retired early.
Finally, tragedy for Bus Pass Elvis Party who made national news by beating the Lib Dems then,. but came botton today.  How will he ever live it down?

Ward walk – September 2018

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Meet Frank.
Frank is hosteling at Nicola Heaton’s.
Frank is on his best behaviour.
Frank even obeys orders. “Sit!”
Frank joined the ward walk today.
Frank didn’t understand all that was required of him.
“Frank – put those 2 top layers of bricks back on the side to a car pool!”
Not a twitch of a response.

Toured Middle Furlong Gardens & Mews, Causeway Mews, Barra Mews and Meredith Close.