Bridgeway Shopping Centre Christmas Lights switch on 2019

Three local primary schools, Lord Mayor Rosemary Healy and Bridges Community Trust putting on stalls and dressing as pantomime characters.
Highlight – Victoria school singing “Golden Slumbers” – did not expect that.

Lilian campaigning near Bridgeway Centre

The General Election was called 5 week ago, and with 9 calendar days to go before voting starts, I still haven’t heard of anyone in Nottingham South receiving a leaflet, letter or visit from a representative of any other political party.
Meanwhile Labour has been out and about, having delivered a first leaflet, arranging for every registered household to receive an election address by post, writing to postal voters and calling on residents.

Looking Forward to December 2019

Christmas tree lights switch-on, Bridgeway Shopping Centre; 5th, 3:30pm – 6pm;
Joint Committee on Strategic Planning and Transport, County Hall; 6th, 10am;
Advice Surgery, Meadows Library; 6th, 4pm – 5:30pm;
General Election: 12th, 7am – 10pm;
Christmas Grotto, Meadows Library; 14th, 10:30am – 1pm;
Planning committee, Loxley House; 18th, 2:30pm;
Area 5 committee, Loxley House; 18th, 6pm;
Advice Surgery, Meadows Library; 20th, 4pm – 5:30pm. 

January 2020
Advice Surgery, Meadows Library; 3rd, 4pm – 5:30pm;
Full Council, The Council House; 13th, 2pm – 5pm;
Advice Surgery, Meadows Library; 17th, 4pm – 5:30pm;
Planning committee; Loxley House; 22nd, 2:30pm;
Ward walk; 30th, 11am;  
Enviroenergy; 30th, 4pm;
Audit committe,; Loxley House; 31st, 10:30am.

Meadows ward monthly report 07

To be updated.

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.

Culture and events – 
Films: The Report; Die Welle (The Wave);
Football: saw Salop for the first time this season – the latest since I first followed them in 1972; and a special connection with Grenada has developed.

Trends feel like 2017

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.