Three local primary schools, Lord Mayor Rosemary Healy and Bridges Community Trust putting on stalls and dressing as pantomime characters. Highlight – Victoria school singing “Golden Slumbers” – did not expect that.
The General Election was called 5 week ago, and with 9 calendar days to go before voting starts, I still haven’t heard of anyone in Nottingham South receiving a leaflet, letter or visit from a representative of any other political party. Unprecedented. Meanwhile Labour has been out and about, having delivered a first leaflet, arranging for every registered household to receive an election address by post, writing to postal voters and calling on residents.
A month dominated by the General Election campaign, but ending on the tragedy of a terrorist killing 2 people trying to organise a better way, and then being brought down by people before the Police could get there.
In The Meadows, the prolonged rain turned leaves that weren’t blown away into a slippy mulch. A corner raised by residents in the shopping centre and on the ward walk. The other main issue is the continued use of drugs in our parks, streets and hedges. A separate difficult issue of children being robbed outside school locations has been dealt with by Children’s services and the Police. And after 8 years as a Meadows Councillor, we appear to have stopped the abuse of the Bridgeway Shopping Centre car parks by commuters. We continue to monitor. The former Three Bridges pub site has been cleared. Some significant community meetings – including “Your Choice, Your Voice“, OMTRA’s AGM and their consultation on a conservation area, MOzES’s AGM with their report on Project SENSIBLE and BCT’s AGM. I’ve still to write all of this up. But for each meeting, I produced a latest version of the graphical progress report (see above) and an overall statement on the ward. The Nottingham Arrow included a Meadows supplement. Oh, and Lilian Greenwood moved into The Meadows.
Loads of meeting and greeting and political events, including more case work. 76 matters raised by probably around 32 new clients since May 3rd, 2019. Political events included another Climate Change strike. Planning committee went through 40 minutes of concerns before welcoming a proposal for 348 flats for the Queens Road. Full council discussed loads. And of course, Remembrance Sunday.
The prolonged rain in recent months has meant many more leaves have started to pulp on pavements and make it more slippery. This is the current main concern in The Meadows. Some paths are terrible; others clear – e.g. Eugene Gardens that hasn’t been swept whilst its paths are clear, where areas nearby e.g. off Ryehill Close are terrible. Bridgeway Centre car parks are working better for local shoppers and visitors to the medical centre, following the introduction of RINGGO. Note, an 18 month painting contract for porches of NCH houses is 3 months on.
Meeting people at Meadows Embankment tram stop, Willowbrook Court, Briar Court and Lothmore Court. Warm conversations, and one particularly serious chat with one of the residents who is on a Ministerial panel seeking to tackle knife crime.