Lilian says Thank You

Lilian baked loads of cakes.
And Xmas tree decorations given to those who campaigned on cold winter evenings in Xmas jumpers.

Mid-month progress report – January 2020

Most of this report already posted on this web-site; this presentation has been prepared for meetings in The Meadows.

Nottingham 2028 Carbon Neutral Charter
Nottingham has declared a climate emergency and agreed a charter to act.  A lot of big vision stuff, and good to set out a big aim.  
Towards a Greener Meadows

The Meadows is bidding for a big revenue project to spend on developing greener living; changes in what we. eat and how we grow food; how we waste less and renew / repair more.  The Meadows bid depends on being community based and the establishment of the Greener Meadows group has been very important to that.  
Re-charging points
More electric car re-charging points are being explored, most likely in the north-east corner of the Embankment park.  

Greener Offices
There’s a meeting between officers and Green campaigners on greener architecture for offices on Friday morning.  

Crocus Meadows
A ton of stuff has happened / is being sought for “Crocus Meadows”.  Officers are taking the Planning committee on a walking tour on Wednesday, 22nd.  

Local Plan
A major re-statement of the planning policies for lots of parcels of land throughout the city has been agreed …

Cattle Market
… including the Cattle Market; I see the plan changing so as to enable change rather than demand it, and to fit in with the huge re-development throughout Waterside, including enabling new tram routes.  
The leases on much of the Cattle Market site have some years to run and the market is a very distinctive part of the city’s offer.

Crime and Knives
Knife crime in the city is down slightly, but we have had incidents again in The Meadows, the latest being between “acquaintances” (mid-Decemebr) for which an arrest was made the following day.  
I’m opposing calls for the Knife Angel to come to Nottingham. 
What I want is a dedicated police sergeant.  

Leaf Mulch Litter
The wet Autumn, and the distinct periods of prolonged raid has made clearing pavements difficult; 
Officers report we have recovered on the leaf mulch, but I would welcome feedback. 

Football pitches
The pitches have been waterlogged; hoping they’ll be dry enough in a further fortnight.

Austerity and Cuts
We’re planning a stall at the Bridgeway Shopping Centre for Friday, 24th, at 10am.  
The cuts are limiting the number of events that Meadows Councillors can now support – down to “Your Choice, Your Voice”, Christmas Tree, Library grotto.  
We wish we could do more, including …

Road maintenance
Osier Road resurfaced. 

Parking management
Requests keep being asked about parking permits for more of the Old Meadows.  The tests remain – is there a problem? is there a problem that permits can actually fix?  does it have support from the residents directly affected?

We do think RINGGO at Bridgeway Shopping Centre has been a success, but we now need to look at parcels of lands (“home zones”) in the New Meadows.  

Polling Places
Quite a few changes for the New Meadows and a new polling station for Crocus Street.   

Old Meadows conservation area 
… goes to Exec Board this month (21st).  

Ward Walk, 30th
This month starts from Bathley Street/Woolmer Road at 11am. 
Light Night
AMCG are doing a light night on Saturday, 8th February, 6pm

Full Council – January 2020

Six of Nottingham Labour’s new Councillors

Regional media interest because of the declaration of a climate emergency and agreeing a charter for Nottingham to become Carbon Neutral by 2028.

We adopted a new Local Plan, but with some discussion about whether office and shopping studies from 2014 and 2015 not already being out of data. I briefly mentioned the Cattle Market.

New polling districts and polling places were agreed, but I spoke out about the poor state of the register with so many not registered, the expense of compiling it when national lists already exist, the use of an out of date register to define the cards, the threat of reduced Parliamentary representation for Nottingham because of the under-registration, the threat to turnout by requiring i.d. when voting (based on a panic generated by the Right), and the unwillingness to even explore Estonia’s use of internet voting, which saw 44% or participants using the internet to cast their vote in their elections last yea. We should care more, much more.

The Conservatives called for the Knife Angel to be hosted in Nottingham – I spoke against. If we must have statues, let them be to Austerity and Private Greed in the neighbourhoods that voted for it.


Cattle Market

A very distinctive part of Nottingham’s offer, celebrated previously in the N Post and in the Left Lion. Some special buildings.
Busy again this morning, with auctions taking place in 5 different halls.
But some of the owners have suggested it’s not returned to the levels it was achieving before last year’s fire.

More uses for the site are suggested in the Local Plan being considered at Full Council.
It ties in with a plan to develop the Waterside more generally, and there is a pressure to provide more housing – Nottingham’s private sector rents may well be increasing at the fastest rate in the country.
It’s been reported in the N Post, but there are some riders to the coverage.

There are no current proposals for development.  
All the leases on the land have some years to run.
The council may well need the power to enable a tram route to run through the site. The N Post refers to a route from Gedling, although a more strategic priority for that route is to reach the A52 east of West Bridgford and relieve Trent Bridge. Even then, an alternative exists to follow Meadow Lane and then use Arkwright Walk.

Should it be decided to dispose of the land for development, it will not be wholesale redevelopment but more fine grained, respecting the special character of the area.  A master plan would be prepared, and subject to full consultation.
Gotta say, talk of a hotel is a tad surprising given hotels are already being ventured for the junction of Queens Road and London Road, and for the Boots Island close to the Travelodge.

Meantime, the site is not well served by public transport – something we’re looking out for as more housing is provided.
The Cattle Bridge Road junction with London Road is not especially friendly for pedestrians, although I’m not aware of a record of injury accidents that would give facilities priority over existing problem junctions in the city.

Polling District and Polling Station changes for Meadows ward

Pleased to have lobbied for changes, as part of the required polling place review.
Too many people living nearer Queens Walk Community Centre had to visit Briar Court, and vice versa; new boundaries are more equi-distant.
Then with the new housing along Crocus Street and Queens Road, with more housing expected along Traffic Street, new residents deserve a new polling station. The new Meadows E polling district will have its polling station at Saffron Court.
The review even foresees creating a Meadows F Polling District for east of London Road, once the number of residents increases significantly from 150; voting would be at the County Ground.
Wasn’t quite sure which was the best polling station for Eugene Gardens and streets off – cos a case can be made for voting at QWCC, the Library or Saffron Court. For now, residents will continue to vote at the Library.

All the thorough work gone into these new districts overlooks the injustice of the new wards. Calculated using out of date assessments for numbers of voters, and ignoring significant under registration of the public.
Seems crazy now that we’ve been using data systems for so long that we cannot determine where everybody is registered to live cos we already do that for the NHS.
We could save public money by drawing on this, and give assurances to the public who doubt everyone is a legitimate resident of the UK.
Whilst this might seem like the equivalent of a national i.d. card, the difference should be that it isn’t something to be required to produce generally or when requiring health care, and is not to be ventured as a part of an anti-crime measure.

Finally, should we look to a third method of voting? People can already choose to vote at a polling station or by post. But why not over the internet, like in Estonia, where nearly 45% of residents already voted last year.
This can boost turnout, and again save on costs – cheaper than postal voting.
There are questions being asked, but Estonia has been doing it for nearly 15 years, and many people might find it more convenient.

We could automate to boost the register, and use electronic voting to boost the turnout. And save money. Meanwhile, the Conservatives merely which to suppress voting further by requiring i.d. at polling stations.

Final decision to be made at Full Council on 13th January.