Looking forward to November 2017

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The Conservative Prime Minister has a nightmare at the conference and still appears to have gained ground.  Even a former Conservative prime minister calls for the suspension of the rollout of Universal Credit.

Celebrities having been called out for sexual harassment,  politicians follow – first Conservative MPs and Ministers – then it turns out a Greater Nottingham Labour activist had been raped and party officials appear to give poor advice.

Seems like a Trump campaign manager has previous for money laundering.  Following a triumphant declaration that he’s releasing all the JFK files, as he was required to do – and then failed to cos he got the process wrong.  Meanwhile, the JFK files bring out all the conspiracists out, who never stop to think how “they” want them to believe in conspiracies.

Catalonia strikes out for independence from Spain without a proper referendum and with plenty of people saying they don’t support the change.
Brexit doesn’t feel any better.

Labour hold three Nottingham city council seats in by-elections, but low turnouts in October remain a challenge, despite many new party members.

Then a boundary commission recommends splitting The Meadows into 2 parts.  The Conservatives requested it, but the commission does kinda recognised that nobody else had even thought of it and so are looking for further comment.

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So where in any of this is there hope or perspective or joy?

Perspective is brought by the documentary series on The Vietnam War  shown on BBC 4 tv.

Hope comes from learning about the Luddites in Nottingham 200 years ago.   How they struck out for values and the vote.
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And keeping on keeping on with regeneration and parks improvements.

The joy – lots of opportunities to tell stories about Nottingham this month, especially at Goose Fair, and at the launch of the city of culture bid, and of hoodwinked; recognising that not only did Herbert Kilpin found AC Milan, but he gave them the red and black stripes of Notts Olympic;  oh, and comedy bikes and Salop going 15 league games unbeaten.

LGBCE proposals for new wards of Nottingham

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The Conservatives have driven down registration through benefits changes and making it harder for the register to stay full.
They then direct organisations that are supposed to show some independence to use register data well out of date in defining new constituencies and wards.
So it is that their proposals for new wards in Nottingham underestimate the needs of neighbourhoods where many students live.
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They propose dividing The Meadows into 2 parts, despite the area being clearly and strongly defined, and served as one by 3 schools, a health centre, a shopping centre, a children’s centre, a library, 2 major community centres, a leisure centre.
Only one organisation has proposed dividing the Meadows – the local Conservatives. They kept their proposals secret and did not seek opinion from local Meadows organisations.
And the LGBCE have embraced the Conservative suggestion.

More JFK files

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A lot of files have been published about the JFK assassination, which thankfully, many have realised have been kept private cos they beg questions about agencies who might have done better, rather than show Lee Harvey Oswald wasn’t responsible for the murder.

Any doubts, look up the BBC documentary on youtube – “The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy”.

‘This thing only happened one way.’
I’ve referred to the documentary often.
(Shame about the Daily Mirror on this occasion. The Guardian ran a page looking for what was new, but about 8 items was the limit. Meanwhile, having boasted about the release of the files, turns out Trump did not follow the correct procedures so the publication of some of the files have been delayed.) 

Housing development in The Meadows

Keepmoat’s development along Arkwright Walk are to be marketed as “The Edge”.
New dates for the developments have been published.
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Blueprint’s scheme for Wilford Crescent East will be marketed “Meadows Green”.
They have achieved planning permission for Mundella House.  Planning permission for Trent Works has been agreed subject to s106 agreement, which is currently with lawyers.  Start on site expected early/mid 2018 with 12 months build for both.

Former Clifton Miners Welfare site: 18 council bungalows proposed and plans submitted 25.10.17. Expecting developers to be on site in February 2018 with 10 month build.

Former Meadows police station site: 22 NCH market rent apartments – no planning application submitted yet but expected to be on site March 2018 with 14 month build.

New council homes Meadows West: 22 homes have been let including 3 to former Q block residents

Pentrich Revolution exhibition

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England’s last armed rebellion, from 1817, and exhibited at the National Justice Museum on High Pavement in Nottingham city centre opened on 200th anniversary of the conviction / execution of 4 of the leaders.
Open until 7th January 2018 and free entrance, put together by the Pentrich and South Wingfield Revolution Group and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Opened by Roger Tanner and attended by Paddy Tipping, pictured alongside a display on decades of Police spying on activists.
Stating plainly that the Luddites were not anti new technology, but anti shoddy goods and poor working conditions.