International Triathlon Relay 2019

The river was high and flowing fast, so the swimming leg was replaced by running, for fear of the risk that logs etc. in the river might not be spotted and hit the competitors.
Attendance was lower because of the unpleasant weather.  
Captured one strange incident when the 3rd leg German ran into the French runner.

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Funeral of a 59 year old man

Attended a funeral of a 59 year old man.
The second of a family of six from Netherfield.
Was a fan of Lou Reed and the Sex Pistols. 
Things went wrong for him and he spent 25 years living on the streets of 6 of our big English cities, before coming back to Nottingham.
He’s helped by Framework and the Friary, and Nottingham City Homes are able to offer him a flat in one of their former warden-aided complexes in The Meadows.
He makes friends with the neighbours, frequently hailed people and joined them for a chat, and often handed out lollipops as a gesture of friendship. He found contentment.  
He died on City Council Election Day from lung cancer and complications.
Some days later, a sister is found and informed of his death.
See the floral tribute.  

Much more to be known I’m sure.
Plenty to reflect on.

Anti Trump demo – June 2019

Some great banners and posters, including from Extreme rebellion and campaigners for Trans. rights

Joined in at the end.

Asked people to reflect on Trump’s reaction to the demos at Charlottesville, and how he said he wouldn’t choose, and how we say we can choose, and that we choose the anti-racists, and that we remember Heather Heyer.
Reflecting on other things about life in America –
– that they are over-dependent on oil;
– that some of the states are starting to take bad decisions about banning abortion;
– the latest campaign against Trans people, and that the far-right in America seem to want the state so small that it can fit into our bedrooms;
– that parents have to think through scenarios concerning shooters in their children’s school and classroom.
We in Britain can take some comfort in being in a better place.
But we do face a far-right challenge the form of Brexit and the Brexit Party, who may well have won in parts of Nottingham.
That support comes from communities where the confidence they used to have in getting a job with a living wage, fair terms and conditions, and a home has been lost; that on top of a quality education and a free health service.
We need the Labour movement to re-gain these.
And we face new challenges such as caring for the larger numbers of older people, and in tackling climate change, for which we can acknowledge the recent contribution of Extreme Rebellion.

Looking Forward to June 2019

England vs Pakistan, Trent Bridge; 3rd
Police Panel, Nottinghamshire; 3rd;
anti-Trump demonstration, Old Market Square; 3rd, 6pm;
75th anniversary of the D-Day landings; 6th; TV;
Heritage panels; Carrington Street and city centre; 6th;
Strategic Planning and Transport; 7th, 10am;
Meadows Health Centre celebration; 7th;
Advice Surgery, Meadows Library; 7th, 4pm – 5:30pm.
Bridgeway Centre traders meeting; 12th;
Mixed Triathlon relay, Victoria Embankment; 15th;
Joint Planning Advisory Board; 18th;
Planning committee; Loxley House; 19th, 2:30pm;
Area committee, Loxley House; 19th, 5:30pm;
Great Get Together; lunch at QWCC; 20th, 11am to 3pm;
Advice Surgery, Meadows Library; 21st, 4pm – 5:30pm;
Lightest Night, Nottingham city centre; 21st, 5pm to late;
Ward walk; 27th, 11am; CHECK;
Roll of honour memorial; Memorial Gardens; 28th, 9am;
Nottingham Inclosure Walk 2019, Victoria Embankment starts; 30th, 1:30pm.

July 2019
Advice Surgery, Meadows Library; 5th; 4pm – 5:30pm.
AMC Gardens Midsummer Community Event; Saturday July 6th 12noon – 4pm;
Full council, The Council House; 8th; 2pm;
Old Meadows TRA public meeting, Meadows Library; 16th, 7pm.
Planning committee; Loxley House; 17th; 2:30pm;
Advice Surgery, Meadows Library; 19th; 4pm – 5:30pm;
Nottingham Splendour; Wollaton Park; 20th; 11am;
50th anniversary of first man walking on the moon; 20th; TV;
Ward walk; 25th; 11am;
EnviroEnergy Board; 25th.
Nottinghamshire Pride, city centre; 27th.

Meadows ward monthly report 01

Re-elected with an increased share of the vote.
Pleasing and gratifying; and in turn I am grateful.
Being pro-Remain did not hold me back.
Excellent results in Castle ward and Wollaton West ward. Not so good in Clifton.
Disappointed that the election issue had not been stopping austerity and the cuts to public services.

And then the European elections, which Remain won. In Nottingham, Labour held on to first, but supporters of Remain via a further referendum voted for other parties in sufficient numbers to make us third in a national election.
Oh, and Theresa May announced her departure date. And not in a nice way.

More optimistic was positive reactions to protests and campaigns on climate change.
At full council, we appointed our new Leader, David Mellen, who is to bring a new approach to listening to the public.
We also appointed an executive – with 7 out of 10 being women, and 3 being BME.
This by a Labour Group that is over 50% women for the first time, and with a significant BME membership.
I was elected as Chair of the Planning committee and seeing more green things are done is one of the hopes I have for the role.

New calling card, but missing the twitter – @MeadowsCllrMike – and the facebook – me4sd -and this web-site.

Nice to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the opening of The Council House.

Surprised to see the N Post say The Meadows is the safest neighbourhood in Nottingham, without showing the data. Concerns remain, because you can see the rough living in the area, with the abuse of BT phone boxes and the rough sleeping in hedges along Queens Drive.

More housing along Arkwright Walk and Blackstone Walk is being completed. More council housing is being started (former Clifton Miners Welfare). More apartments are being proposed (42 at the former Eagle Press site and 350 along Queens Road).

In the days after the elections, we are reviewing achievements made (including the new equipment Queens Walk Rec. just completed), current issues, aims, the progress of NCH environmental works and permit abuse on cricket days (oh yes).

Then how to write about poverty? The Daily Mirror chose to celebrate efforts in Nottingham, after a visit to Aspley where Michael Sheen met “Women for Women’s Sake“. Der Spiegel latched onto one family in particular trouble. And the Nottingham Post said “that is so unfair!

Salop finished the season inanely, whilst relegating Walsall, but with powerful memories of cup ties with Stoke and Wolves from the winter.
Notts County were relegated and its financial situation will become clearer in June.

Following the Walsall game, a steam engine turned up at Shrewsbury station and then the Black Fives of the sixties at Shrewsbury turned up on Youtube.

Hardly any time for the arts recently, but “The Stepmother” was worthwhile.

Reviewing Aims for The Meadows

Cllr. Rebecca Langton discussing the Labour manifesto with residents. reps from The Meadows.

OMTRA reps have reviewed Nottingham Labour’s manifesto commitments, and the feedback is being added to a list of aims for delivery in the next 4 years.
City Councillor, Portfolio Holder and Meadows resident Rebecca Langton met senior community reps to hear many of the demands as the new Communities portfolio holder.
At some stage, I hope to publish everything that’s come up during the election campaigns and in subsequent reviews of the city-wide manifesto.