A month dominated by the General Election campaign, but ending on the tragedy of a terrorist killing 2 people trying to organise a better way, and then being brought down by people before the Police could get there.
In The Meadows, the prolonged rain turned leaves that weren’t blown away into a slippy mulch. A corner raised by residents in the shopping centre and on the ward walk. The other main issue is the continued use of drugs in our parks, streets and hedges. A separate difficult issue of children being robbed outside school locations has been dealt with by Children’s services and the Police. And after 8 years as a Meadows Councillor, we appear to have stopped the abuse of the Bridgeway Shopping Centre car parks by commuters. We continue to monitor. The former Three Bridges pub site has been cleared. Some significant community meetings – including “Your Choice, Your Voice“, OMTRA’s AGM and their consultation on a conservation area, MOzES’s AGM with their report on Project SENSIBLE and BCT’s AGM. I’ve still to write all of this up. But for each meeting, I produced a latest version of the graphical progress report (see above) and an overall statement on the ward. The Nottingham Arrow included a Meadows supplement. Oh, and Lilian Greenwood moved into The Meadows.
Loads of meeting and greeting and political events, including more case work. 76 matters raised by probably around 32 new clients since May 3rd, 2019. Political events included another Climate Change strike. Planning committee went through 40 minutes of concerns before welcoming a proposal for 348 flats for the Queens Road. Full council discussed loads. And of course, Remembrance Sunday.
I’ve now seen 2 comments saying being further behind helps cos it can lull Conservatives into not voting – a second order effect. Hmmm … I think I prefer first order effects of being closer to second order effects from being far behind. Especially after the weeks of first order mistakes our campaign has been making. – I posted on Facebook about the polls last weekend cos I thought I was able to measure a change about a week ago. The opinion poll trends do feel similar to the 2017 General Election. – BTW, as for the problem with the BBC being biased (e.g. their failure to show Boris Johnson calamities (Cornwall NHS; being laughed at in debate), which ITN has shown. But the BBC damage is done by their constant repetition of how no politicians are to be trusted, whilst they are. – Clearly the Conservatives are telling big lies – see Private Eye editorial on the NHS for just one list; they are many others. – As for our first order mistakes, I’ll mention one – burning off party activists who gave us years and decades of conviction and effort. – But being ambitious for the people ain’t wrong. And on such an ambitious set of aims, I certainly want to see us have the chance to deliver; and I’m not sure how letting a racist, sexist, posh, privileged and arrogant Prime Minister have another term is fair punishment to working people suffering from such a terrible labour market and declining public services.
Climate Change: we do loads in Nottingham, and in The Meadows; we need to do loads more; we need a government that does more, much more. = = = = = Nottingham City Council has won a Guardian award for its green policies this week. Cllr. Sally Longford, our portfolio holder, recently won an LGIU award for innovation on green policies. Environenergy has won an award for its decentralised energy work. (And remember too how it extracts metal from the waste stream.) – I attended the Meadows O-zone Energy Services AGM tonight at which they announced a surplus and the payment of loans taken, the positive results from Project SENSIBLE were reported, Enterprise presented on their car club (how its car fleet is electric and they want to start operating from The Meadows) and Extinction Rebellion spoke of the change in public mood this year (acknowledging David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg). – Meanwhile the Government did not make good on the payments due for MOzES’ solar panels and Boris Johnson and the Brexit Party leader did not attend the Channel 4 leaders’ debate on climate change. – We are delivering on climate change, and technological developments are helping, but we’d do so much more with national leadership that is radical and ambitious (Labour pushed its Green Industrial Revolution again this morning), and with a framework that means it isn’t just local authorities run by Labour that make the changes. – And then some. Travel less, especially by air and change our diet.
The prolonged rain in recent months has meant many more leaves have started to pulp on pavements and make it more slippery. This is the current main concern in The Meadows. Some paths are terrible; others clear – e.g. Eugene Gardens that hasn’t been swept whilst its paths are clear, where areas nearby e.g. off Ryehill Close are terrible. Bridgeway Centre car parks are working better for local shoppers and visitors to the medical centre, following the introduction of RINGGO. Note, an 18 month painting contract for porches of NCH houses is 3 months on.
Meeting people at Meadows Embankment tram stop, Willowbrook Court, Briar Court and Lothmore Court. Warm conversations, and one particularly serious chat with one of the residents who is on a Ministerial panel seeking to tackle knife crime.
Some weeks after the copy deadline for the My Meadows supplement of the Nottingham Arrow, the drug-taking in The Meadows by people living a rough life is still the biggest issue. Next issue is the leaves which this Autumn has mulched across the pavements with the relatively wet weather. During a campaign session, I reported complaints on this issue as well as 2 instances of graffiti. Hearing much less concern about a problem raised by Emmanuel school almost 6 weeks ago. The former Three Bridges Inn site has also been cleaned up.