Walking around the south-west corner of the New Meadows and most of the concerns being about tidying up.
PICTURES TO FOLLOW.
Frank is hosteling at Nicola Heaton’s.
Frank is on his best behaviour.
Frank even obeys orders. “Sit!”
Frank joined the ward walk today.
Frank didn’t understand all that was required of him.
“Frank – put those 2 top layers of bricks back on the side to a car pool!”
Not a twitch of a response.
Toured Middle Furlong Gardens & Mews, Causeway Mews, Barra Mews and Meredith Close.
Test matches are great events and good for the city.
Less dressing up than I’ve seen before as spectators arrived.
But previously, the joy has been a tad at the expense of The Meadows, whose residents lost their car parking and their streets to cars of the visitors.
Well, not this morning. All the parked cars this morning had permits and residents could be sure that when they came back from their trips, their usual space was waiting for them.
Except I’ve had recurrence of previous concerns pointed out – damage to the ornate iron work on the Trent Bridge, trip hazards on the NCH land, tipping, back gardens in need of clearance; and a new one, huge outbreaks of sprouting thorny twigs from the Robinia trees that were cut down a year or so back.
Litter picking and clearing paths on and around Arkwright Walk; some housing advice.
Canvassing in the streets in The Meadows most affected by drug dealers and users in the last few months.
There is a multi-agency day of action on the forthcoming Wednesday in the neighbourhood.
All following a public meeting with Lilian Greenwood MP and a major uniform initiative – after a series of knifing wounds inflicted by dealers upon dealers.
We had a special leaflet printed, to help seek opinions including a possibility of re-used play equipment for the neighbourhood.
Plans for investment in parks elsewhere in the city might release a 3 sided fence which includes a goal, a basketball hoop and a cricket wicket.
But it needs a kinda 22 yard by 12 yard piece of tarmac, so there is a cost. If we can find the money, we’d like to offer this “half-muga” for the neighbourhood, either to the west of the play area on Arkwright Walk, or to the south.
Crudely, the play-area would continue to serve toddlers and younger children, and the “half-muga” would serve teenagers.
Response on the doors was positive, including from older residents.
Paddy found one home that was still displaying a “vote Labour” poster from last year’s General Election; he spoke to a number of residents about policing matters.
Nicola and I picked up some general case-work.
Some of the questions being discussed during walk along the courts lining the tram route, Sandays Close and the path at the rear of Osier Close.
Can rights of way impeded by building sites be kept suitable for passing through by those using mobility scooters?
What actions are being taken against residents of properties being misused?
Are garages in a certain street no longer being used for cars?
Can a camera that improved public behaviour on an entrance from the tram route for a 3-month period, be replaced by a permanent camera?
Do high fences make residents feel less secure?
Do certain gardens need to be tidied or even cleared by the residents?
Of course, I’m against graffiti. But what do you say to “I love my Mum”?
Kids were out and being kids, but parents were nearby and the neighbour whose fence was chalked didn’t mind.
Overwhelming concern whilst canvassing Osier Close and Oxbow Close off Robin Hood Way, is car parking. Whilst this could have been guessed at, this hadn’t come through on casework. Some doubt that permits will make a difference, but their effectiveness is why were having to introduce another phase, most probably in August. Some requests for grass and trees to be taken out for car parking space – priorities for investment remain on pavement and road repairs, but we’re short of money for that anyway.
Knifing didn’t come up, but drug taking in the Oxbow Close underpass did.
That grass in common areas had got long was mentioned, and some thought we’d arranged for it be cut before the canvass! (We hadn’t – but we have been reporting problems on a general level.) Weed spraying has been late too.