Meadows ward monthly report 04

Outrage at Prorogation of Parliament with city centre demonstration.
Continued erratic weather, but with higher concern about climate change with meetings and features on new ideas, including in The Meadows.

A new progress leaflet, and a visit from Lilian Greenwood MP.
News from Nottingham City Homes.

The red telephone kiosk near the Old Toll Bridge is decommissioned and locked up.
A warden is assaulted, and the culprit gets 18 weeks in jail within 24 hours.

Loads on – The Nottingham Carnival, Riverside Festival and the return of our Bandstand, including by the MineFest.

Drama –
Peaky Blinders series 5 starts,
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Woman at War, Vita and Virginia, Booksmart, Photograph;
Coram Boy, The Girl of Ink and Stars.

TO BE COMPLETED.

MineFest

A community festival prompted by Bridges Community Trust, with an emphasis on the mining history of The Meadows, drawing from the Clifton Colliery.
Bilsthorpe Colliery brought their extensive display.
OMTRA and Meadows Diabetics Society shared a stall.
The Scouts and Guides were there too.
(Fuller res. photos available on Facebook.)

The bandstand was in use again, this time for folk music.

Forest fans may have witnessed the folk music after the match.
Meanwhile, the new WWI memorial has been repaired / finished.
(Fuller res. photos available on Facebook.)

Anti Prorogation rally and march

Two thousand people took part in this protest against the prorogation of Parliament.
Outstanding speech by Cllr. Angharad Roberts.
Some great wit and colour.
Fuller res. photos available on Facebook.

A march followed.
Then another rally, at which Vernon Coaker MP spoke.
Fuller res. photos available on Facebook.

Recharging more electric buses at the Meadows Bus Depot

Images from N Post and Google street view

An N Post article highlights NCT’s plans to redevelop the west end of the larger of its 2 depot buildings, with a new and extra entrance from Pyatt Street.
The proposal could enable a larger electricity sub-station to re-charge more buses (and potentially do more for other Meadows development, including for green projects); and may also enable the demolition of the Gotham bus depot – for housing.
In 2011, the expectation was that the 2 main city NCT bus depots would move to the former Manvers school site and the Meadows site cleared for housing. But that plan went some years back.
Now, the Lower Parliament Street bus depot has become about servicing the double deckers and The Meadows depot about the single-deckers, some of which may become electric powered over time.
But, there may be features within the buildings worth protection, and the existing perimeter buildings blend in incredibly well with the existing streetscape – you can forget that they are there. Hard to envisage modern buildings fitting in so well.
The Civic Society have raised concerns and some constituents have protested.

Prorogation recommendation was kept private and denied

The proposal to prorogue Parliament so that Boris Johnson did not have to account to Parliament in the. run-up to the proposed British Exit from the European Union was kept private. When the press said this weekend that it would happen, the Government denied it. They lied.

Why deny it?
The prorogation takes away precious time for MPs to hold Government to account, as they press on with a proposal likely to lead to a No Deal Brexit.
The leaders of the Brexit campaigns during 2016 referendum repeatedly said that it would be easy to negotiate a deal.
It wasn’t. And ministers spent very few hours talking proposals through with EU officials.
People voting Leave were entitled to believe that leave would be done with a deal.
There is no mandate from the public for a No Deal Brexit.

Snap poll

The most remarkable interview that I saw on TV today was given by the BBCtv’s royal correspondent who said the Queen’s top officials had let their distress at the prorogation proposal, and the position it put the Queen in, be known. This was quite a strong signal, when the Queen is supposed to stay out of it.
Nicholas Witchell went on to suggest that what was driving the concern was the imprecation of the proposal for the union between Scotland and England & Wales.

From the Daily Mirror – BBC Royal Correspondent Nicholas Witchell said: “The Queen has never during her reign refused to accept the advice of her ministers.
“She is a monarch guided by precedent. Therefore she will have felt pretty boxed in – that she had no option.”She and her advisors, I have little doubt, will be frankly resentful of the way this has been done and will be concerned at the headlines which say ‘Queen suspends Parliament.'”

A border between England and Scotland will be pretty pointless. Whatever else happens, it may well be the outcome of the prorogation proposal.

Post assessment of Nottingham being green

The city and county are pioneering ways to become ‘greener’ claims Kit Sandeman, a Local Democracy Reporter for the N Post (and I think the BBC).
17 initiatives are highlighted; the article is helpful to read and to have, though I quibble with the emphasis given (or not given).
What sets Nottingham apart is –

  • incinerating waste otherwise destined for landfill, using resultant high pressure steam to generate electricity , and the resultant hot water to heat the city centre, St.Anns and Sneinton; whilst equivalent schemes elsewhere in the country fail to start and other schemes to sort waste more first have financially failed.
  • determined and early prioritisation for buses (bus lanes, and city centre clear zone), and the first bus passes for older and / or less mobile people anywhere in the country;
  • workplace parking levy; asking the commuter to pay for better public transport rather than the general tax or council tax payer;

What sets The Meadows apart is the Meadows O-zone energy services company (Mozes) – providing solar panels and now a domestic energy initiative (Project Sensible).
At various times, companies have demonstrated excellence – from memory, Experian and their management of energy at their offices and computer bureau.

We’ve had set backs too.
The loss of a city-wide food re-cycling scheme.
The loss of the local food scheme for our hospital catering.
An inability to do more with anaerobic digesters.
Slow progress on green architectural technology.
Wasted time as some of the green progress made has been threatened from within.
The lack of progress for an electrified Midland Main Line, the nonsense of the dual energy trains proposed instead and the very limited progress on a south Notts rail network.

I’m intrigued by new possibilities – such as –

  • outer leaves being used instead of plastics to sell fruit and veg.;
  • copying European ideas – much more adventurous use of heat pumping to heat and to cool;
  • the return of biodigestable plastics; and
  • can’t we do more with paper instead of plastic?
    We also need to re-balance the country and our education provision so that people travel less to work and to school.

Better financing for councils will allow general progress across services and in the design of projects. Calls for councils to do more without the extra finance can only frustrate.

Now for the list from the N Post article

  1. Using thermal imaging drones to repair the district heating network
  2. Bee-friendly verges and wildflower corridors
  3. Green taxis (that are actually black)
  4. Nottingham Declaration on Climate Change
  5. Phasing out single-use plastics
  6. Robin Hood Energy
  7. Thousands of solar panels installed
  8. Ultra-low emission vehicles, lanes and charging points
  9. Europe’s largest community battery
  10. The tram
  11. Zero Carbon targets
  12. Climate emergencies
  13. Extinction Rebellion raising awareness
  14. You can have your beer delivered on a bike
  15. World’s largest fleet of biogas buses
  16. Trialling heating buildings using water from mines
  17. Ban on drivers leaving engines idling