Full council – July 2017

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Covered –
– a sober review of actions taking place prompted by the fire that devastated the Grenfell Tower;
– the council being awarded good for its children services by Ofsted;
– condemnation of the cuts the government is still planning for school budgets;
– a motion calling for Bedroom tax to be dropped now that there is a majority opposing it in the House of Commons;
– protests against money being found for the north of Ireland whilst Nottingham’s budget is cut.
Astonishing to hear the Conservative Deputy Leader saying that cuts to Nottingham had been justified.  Yep, justifying the cuts made on Nottingham.

Tributes to Glen O’Connell on his retirement on the 22nd anniversary of his return to the city council to lead our legal team.

Pirates of Penzance by People’s Theatre (Nottingham)

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The simple pleasure of just hearing music being played live and watching people sing and perform.
Bags of enthusiasm and some songs I recognise – including one from the football terraces.
The trick is not so much as to not take the plot too seriously, but to realise Gilbert and Sullivan probably didn’t either.
Put on by local artists and musicians at the Nottingham Arts Theatre.

Bridge ward monthly report 69

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The General Election was the most extraordinary event, a result that was not predicted when the election was called.
Election Day in The Meadows was special.
Labour didn’t win, but something else changed, not the least the public credibility of the Prime Minister, and also Labour achieving a 40% share of the vote for the first time for some time.  We are in striking distance for the next time, even the Conservatives will not make the same mistakes again.  They’ve thrown away 3 years of government, and we now wait to see if they can continue, especially depending on a pact with Unionists from the north of Ireland.

It’s not the change we needed, and the cuts in public services will continue to undermine the capacity of the country and reduce the quality of life.

We’ll continue to graft, and opportunities for small amounts of physical improvements are found, but we need more money in people’s pockets, unified public services to bring all children on and more – not less – people defending community safety.

It was nice to see the pride of The Meadows shine through at the city parade, both with a banner and the dance & music of the Ancestors.

See the graphic for more news of progress.