Action for Rail campaign day

Protesting against incease in fares whilst operators take profits, a delay in Midland Mail Line electrification is threatened and there’s take of the private sector getting Network Rail.
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Planning committee – November 2016

My thanks to the Nottingham Post for reporting on today’s committee and their rejection of the design for new apartments for Arkwright Walk; twinged with a tad of resentment cos they were late for the committee, and so missed the statement I made as a ward Councillor.
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Resentment apart, please take the opportunity to visit their web-site to read the article – some melodraarkwright-walk-15588612-largematic things were said.
My points were that we’d hopes for creating landmarks for the parade we’re re-opening between the railway station and Trent Bridge, the cricket ground and the football ground.
And whilst there were a number of distinctive features to the apartments, I merely asked if they were handsome enough for such a prestigious route.
Meanwhile the committee had to accept a proposal for a trampolice park, even though it’s way off any public transport route; and we finally accepted the DG offices on Queens Road, which had been made conditional because we are so anxious for the Southern Relief Route as it gets ready to take the traffic that uses Collin Street.
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The meeting finished with an intention to list buildings of signficance to Nottingham that don’t qualify for national recognition (a.k.a. listed status).
Consultation begins on what the criteria should be, such as age, rarity, purpose of building, visual amenity, historic association …

Hackney Carriages serving Nottingham Midland station

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Nottingham’s reputation has suffered in the past when the provision of Hackney cab services has not been got right in the past.
So the proposal to close the west end of the Station Street to the current Hackney Carriage rank had better work if it’s implemented.
A fundamental concern must be about the practicality of a Hackney rank running from the second floor of the Queens Road car park has not been addressed. Traffic flows are vulnerable to events and I have witnessed one of the exit gates was not working. Car parks are very vulnerable to peak demands and Nottingham Midland’s arrangements have to deal with peak arrivals of London trains. If this is got wrong, it’s passengers who have used their own car that are affected as well as passengers using a Hackney cab.
The second floor of the car park is not the most welcoming place – even though it’s as good as many car parks – natural light is limited and it does have a relatively low ceiling. Enclosed and tight (potentially noisy and perhaps too much exhaust fumes from running vehicles) when a crowd of passengers arrive for a Hackney service or to pick up their car. Then the experience of going around half of the car park twice before joining a queue to get through the gates.
The Station Street taxi rank at the west end is a highly convenient pick-up location for many passengers. Even more so for the less mobile and I wonder if the impact on the less mobile has been properly evaluated.
Lots to consider.