Bridge ward monthly report 86

A massive relief to see the USA reject Trump by 9.4 million votes.  But it took a fortnight to find out what had actually happened.  24.5 millions extra votes for the Democratic Party – candles – in the elections for the House compared to 4 years ago.  Now we just hope that the average 40% approval rate – an historic low – finally crumbles under the pressure of the latest revelations that he put his personal wealth in Russia ahead of national interest.  
Brexit has become a choice between Leave on March 29th, remain for another 21 months under a Gov’t deal before Leaving (with probably no deal for a further 2 years), Remain (probably needing another referendum to confirm), and with none of these options having a majority, I think we’ll lurch towards a no-deal Brexit until the country resolves to withdraw Article 50 so as to negotiate a full Brexit deal, and then ask again.  
Then, for some perspective – the centenary of the end of World War I.  A stupid war, that should bring perspective to the stupidity of supporting Trump or wanting Brexit.  Britain and the USA needs to get its perspective back.

A new format graphical progress report. 

Drama in the ward with a shooting in Fletcher Gate and arson triggering a terrible fire in Cattle Market. (Arrests made for both.)

Busy with a lot of reports and public meetings.  
Bridge ward is being divided into The Meadows and the city centre (with the Park estate and Castle Marina), so I’m now producing 2 graphical reports.  
In the city centre, reviewing ideas for changing some of the pedestrianisation.  
In Castle Marina, hearing of concerns about ASB in the public space by the canal.
In The Meadows, loads of public meetings – Your Choice, Your Voice;  OMTRA AGM; the new Memorial Gardens Association (MeGA); MOzES AGM; and a ward walk.  One concern coming up at these meetings is the proposed government offices by the railway station and their height. 
For the council – full Council, Police Panel, Audit committee, heritage along Carrington Street and in Hockley (The People’s Hall) – and a report on Brexit.
Political protests and meetings – Anti Brexit, John Hess meeting with a former Tory MP, an exhibition on elections – and a tribute to the Nottingham Labour MPs who didn’t get a mention, a presentation on gypsy culture, and a presentation on New Labour.  
And the arts: The Madness of George III; Alleluyah!; Killing Joke; Fahrenheit 11/9;.
Events: Christmas lights and fireworks night.  Panthers losing 4-0, not so much.
And the Remembrance.  The service, the parade, the ceremony.  The start to a new memorial.  They Shall not Grow Old.

P.S. Some solace from other cities contemplating Workplace Parking Levy.  Some sorrow for a Salop manager who was dropped.  And some gratitude to Irena Paxton for her advice, help and support in The Meadows.  

Audit committee – November 2018

Hearing that the City Council does well on health & safety.  So we suggest checking trends and comparisons with similar public authorities.  
Some of the internal audit reports have actions a few years old, so we suggest refreshing the whole report next times so every recommendation is re-stated.
Hearing that capital accounting is improving, so we’re having a meeting to check.
Not sure Audit committee can ever be newsy, despite the efforts of a student journalist to take an interest.  Because we’re supposed to prevent something newsworthy happening by reviewing things in a way that prevents problems occurring.  
That said, the committee’s report on Brexit made news this month, and we’ll be meeting to discuss it again in January (18th, 1:30pm).

Thank you, Irena

… and thanks for all the help and support.
Irena is moving away to live closer to family and I am just so grateful for her support, help and advice in recent years.
Most particularly during the referendum campaign, where her knowledge of Polish came in very handy.

Ward walk – November 2018

From Bridgeway Shopping Centre to Arkwright Walk to Uppingham Gardens. 
Pictures include – 
– New flats being built at the north end of Arkwright Walk; 
– New retractable bollard to allow a new alternative entrance into Bridgeway Shopping Centre;
– Barriers managing construction traffic at the junction of Kirkewhite Walk and Arkwright Walk; 
– Renewing the pavement along Arkwright Walk;  
– Kiddies swing seat damaged by dogs whose owners let them chew seats to maintain their teeth; 
– New houses along Arkwright Walk;
– A picnic table with wheelchair access; 
– Hicking buildings phase 2 being built.  
 Fuller res photos available on Facebook.