Bridge ward monthly report 89

Main political issues have been Brexit, extremes in weather, Trump being exposed by his former lawyer, and anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

Nicola and I have started the new season of visiting people on doorsteps on Woolmer Road and Beauvale Road. 

Two ward walks – a regular one and one with the Chief Exec of Nottingham City Homes.
Pleased to have helped out at an MP’s advice surgery at Contemporary Art Gallery for city centre residents.

New housing: new council houses approved for the former Clifton Miners Welfare site; construction at the former Meadows Police station to start in early Summer; Chainey Place – new flats (a third phase) approved at Hicking site. Welcome to new residents who’ve moved into Riverway Gardens, Arkwright Walk and Blackstone Walk.
Meanwhile improvements to communal facilities at Mayfield Court.

A separate progress report is available.

New arrangements have created more residents spaces in th south-west and helped Bridgway consulting, whilst slowing down traffic on Riverside Way.
The pressure on parking on Wilford Crescent East has been relieved. 
Cllrs are now receiving requests for permits to be applied along Mundella Road.  

Meadows Muslim Centre AGM heard progress is being made on tackling crime and that the Police facility at the London Road fire station is finally being used.

Audit cttee did loads of important suff that was hard to turn into news – oh yes.

Interesting proposal from a former nuclear sub commander on the political control of targeting nuclear weapons.

And the launch of Nottingham Labour’s new manifesto. And a pleasant visit to the Stonebridge City Farm (north of the city centre) which is campaigning to fund raise to survive.

Some great films –  Green BookBurningSpider-Man into the Spider-VerseA Private War, Can you ever forgive me?, Vice, If Beale Street could talk.

Football wise, a great night out for Salop at Wolves where for while, we were leading having gone behind. 
Forest beat Derby and displayed some banners kinda highlighting the radical characters of the city’s history – nice.

Finally, a loss of our former council leader and a key player in our radical history – Betty Higgins has died.

Meadows parks updates – February 2019

Queens Walk Rec – the half muga is to be removed week commencing March 4th and external funding confirmed for a multi-use games area and for a keep fit sports equipment, with works to start week commencing March 18th.

Arkwright Walk Green – £9k of s106 money to finance a half-muga and a goal is secured.

The bandstand has been equipped to be able to support better events and will be opened in April.
The rails that allow the doors to slide needed more works than anticipated and the late discovery meant the weather was too damp once the rendering of the ceiling over the stage was scheduled to be done. 

Memorial works – the Roll of Honour memorial will be opened in late June. Construction of the foundations has begun.

Memorial Gardens – submission for up to £1m from Heritage Lottery Fund for renewal of Memorial and its Gardens has been approved by HLF approved for a fuller submission.

Paddling pool renewal – are worried that the fundamental fabric of the existing pool will fail and it will need a complete re-instatement; the first “blue sky” ideas are being worked on for perhaps 5 years time with perhaps a budget of £1 million – scope to do lots of new stuff, but keeping paddling on the Victoria Embankment Pavilions.
The city council wants the cricket pavilion to be used during the football season. 
Having sought to adopt a local football club as a partner for using the cricket pavilion for football in the winter, we decided just to rent out the pavilion this winter, and after holding discussions with at least 3 clubs, were surprised when none of them took up the offer. New efforts are being made. 

Flappable traffic regulation order signs are still to be implemented along traffic routes around the Victoria Embankment when events or on.


Astonishing to hear complaints about distractions from the important issues.
True – given the poverty both visible and hidden, and the attention it deserves, February was striking for
– its extreme weather (record lows in the USA, record highs in Britain),
– an extreme US President (racist, conman and cheat), 
– ongoing delays to make meaningful votes on Brexit in Parliament, oh and
– anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

We have lost Luciana Berger MP to the Labour party and seven others (who have been described as “no loss” cos they are protesting against anti-Semitism rather than being direct victims of it – go figure). 
How is anti-Semitism still hanging around?  Because too many people who are critical of Israeli gov’t policy can’t avoid describing the issue as pertaining to Jews in general (generous description) or believe in conspiracy theories that means they see others doing harm to Jeremy Corbyn (and making it worse in the meantime) or they are anti-Semitic and have shared tropes in the past (e.g. the Rothschilds) indicating as much (least generous); some even go on David Icke shows to make their point. 

And people point out that Labour is the most progressive UK political party and we have done the most on racial equality (years of legislation and councils making a difference).
And it’s right how in the eighties, people like Ken Livingstone would be celebrated on how far we pushed the boat out.
We raised the standards. And that why people should work to maintain high standards rather than saying it’s an attack on Jeremy Corbyn. Cos how does that even work? That Jeremy needs us to tolerate anti-Semitism. He does not.

So stop saying it’s a distraction.
Stop the what-about-ery.
Stop saying criticism of Israeli government actions is not allowed.
Stop hunting in packs against those who are protesting about anti-Semitism.
Stop being anti-Semitic.

And if you want to avoid distractions, be very tight, accurate and focussed on what you want to protest about.

Previous posts – Unreasonable social behaviour, HMD 2018, Are we the baddies?, Denial, Heather Heyer.

Torment and tariffs

Jon Ashworth MP clearly struggled at lunchtime on BBC2 tv’s Daily Politics on lunchtime as he tried to set out Labour’s lines on Brexit and anti-Semitism. This after statements by Tom Watson and others, including Roy Hattersley. Yet he came through when he spoke about the visionary aspects of Labour’s policies (using gov’t to fix big problems), the bullying on social media and his personal distress over colleagues who had left the party.
The announcements to the Parliamentary Labour Party that the party would come out for the 2nd referendum and on the side of Remain, should its Lexit proposal not be passed in Parliament, felt like a distinct change, even if it was argued it was the conference policy all along.
Too late to stop people being burned off and one national poll showing 18% for The Independent Group, although I wonder really if that can be true – didn’t feel anything like that on the doorsteps on Wednesday.

Shocking that Theresa May wants to push back the meaningful vote until March 12th because if the legal default being Hard Brexit stands, there will be less that 15 days to pass the legislation for all the tariffs to be levied.
Meanwhile, Japan’s trade deal with the EU means Japanese manufacturers here can look to either low tariff or no tariff business with the EU from home or tariffs on cars etc, manufactured here. We are of course told the loss of a car factory in Swindon is nothing to do with the EU.
Whatever, now Conservative Ministers are threatening to resign if Hard Brexit is not ruled out in Theresa May’s next speech to Parliament.

Meanwhile another reason why one poll says Remain now has a 9% majority.

Nottingham Forest banners

Seven banners shown last night before the Derby County derby, showing 7 Nottingham heroes –
Brian Clough, Robin Hood, DH Lawrence, Alan Sillitoe, Helen Watts, Eric Irons and Ned Ludd.
Meanwhile there was another banner across the stand celebrating Garibaldi of the red shirts fame that inspired the founders of the football club and their choice of colours.
Quite a radical choice – and not including often cited Albert Ball, Jesse Boot, Paul Smith, and less often cited Peter Mansfield and Stuart Adamson.

Forest won the derby 1-0, fine, though it turns out my Mum’s Dad supported Derby County after he moved there from the Black Country before WWI.

BTW, as explained elsewhere on the site, Forest played at a 10,000 stadium called the Town Ground, being the Town Arms pub win the city side of the Trent Bridge – home of the first crossbars used in football.
When they chose to expand – at the end of the 19th Century, Nottingham was celebrating being made into a city, so it seemed obvious to call the new ground the City Ground.
Back then the city boundary took in part of what is now regarded as West Bridgford, and only became part of Rushcliffe when a land swap gave the city land to build Clifton estate as well as Wilford village and Ruddington Lane in (circa) 1954).

The Oscars remain a nonsense

Of course, the Oscars remain a nonsense.
But it is a time to think and reflect on the movies that have been and think again about how we value them.
Especially since La La Land – which almost kinda won in 2016 – was just broadcast on BBC2 tv and now I’ve seen it, I’m delighted to have found this review in Cosmopolitan that set out what I think – 1 star.
Main conclusions – Isle of Dogs was the best, Bohemian Rhapsody’s success is embarrassing, Roma should have been in wider distribution, Green Book set out to entertain as well as make points.

From my end of 2018 review, this is what I picked out, skipping those that qualified for last year –
Kinda 5 stars:
Isle of Dogs, Funny Cow, Columbus, First Man
Kinda 4 stars:
Sorry to Bother you, BlacKkKlansman, Beast, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Children Act, Apostasy, The Wife, Yardie, The Breadwinner, Sweet Country.
Since the start of 2019,
Kinda 5 stars:
Stan and Ollie,
Then kinda 4 stars:
Green Book, Colette, The Favourite, Burning, Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse, A Private War.

I guess I only have opinions on the films overall, to which I guess my film of the year was Isle of Dogs, and the films I most want to have to watch again (and again) are Columbus, Burning and Spider-Man.
Now I’ve come to value Spiderman more since I saw it – cos all these youtube videos exists to say how interesting it all is. and yet the action sequences were too fast and a the last one too cliched.
I can see why Green Book did better than If Beale Street Could Talk – cos it set out to entertain.
Can’t judge 4 of the 8 nominated films, cos I have not seen them, but might have liked to see Roma (on Netflix; and winning cinematography whilst ducking the challenge of colour).
(Can you ever forgive me? is for tonight.)
Disappointed that Bohemian Rhapsody did so well – still struggle to forgive Queen for playing Sun City, the cynicism of the Live Aid performance (when they alone were allowed to turn the sound up to 11), and the strut – yep, singing “no time for losers at awards show. Not so much editing a film as over-editing and kinda wanted First Man to win something – it was tipped for 2 sound awards.
As for acting, to an untrained eye, I keep thinking it’s going to the best part so I make no judgement.

Conjugate the verb “have not”

A survey by the New York Times prompting people from Britain and Ireland to add to a pool of surveys showing. how people say they say words or express things.
And great fun it is too.
And the results correlate with my growing up just outside Shrewsbury.
The weaknesses become clear when I tried the first 25 questions for a second time a fortnight after the first and then went on to do the 96 questions.
Cos the first 2 results had varied – so perhaps I’d been inconsistent (possible) and perhaps the pool had changed the results.
And the resultants areas are incredibly wide Midlands west and east, but not the West Midlands former metro county and not the North Midlands.
Now the BBC and Shropshire Star has some articles on accents and slang, but there is actually a Shropshire dictionary, which includes the use of the words “mon” (kinda like “mate”) and I seem to recall has the conjugatants of our most common verbs (have not – I anna, you anna, he/she anna, we anna, you anna, they anna). Oh yes.
The book has a map of the dialects and they go down to parcels 3 miles by 2 miles wide. My village, Handwoodbank, part of Great Hanwood, has a dialect given the name of North Chuch Pulverbatch, which is a bit of an insult cos Church Pulverbatch was just a hamlet.
Now, can anyone guess what yourkin means?