Arkwright Walk and Blackstone Walk building sites

Went on a walk of the 8 building sites with Keepmoat who have now started construction on site B, the site nearest the railway station.
Site A is the Blackstone site and the others progress along Arkwright Walk alphabetically north – south.

Note, piling will take place on all sites and starts on Site B on August 14th,

The dates for construction are –

Site B
Works commence July 2017
Works complete April 2018

Site A
Works commence November 2017
Works complete September 2018

Site F
Works commence March 2018
Works complete November 2018

Site G
Works commence April 2018
Works complete December 2018

Site E
Works commence June 2018
Works complete February 2019

Site D
Works commence July 2018
Works complete April 2019

Site C
Works commence August 2018
Works complete August 2019

Site H
Works commence February 2019
Works complete May 2020

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Lilian visits Carroll Gardens over cap on sheltered housing finance

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Lilian Greenwood MP attended a meeting convened by the operators of Carroll Gardens, Housing & Care 21, who are complaining that a cap proposed by the Conservative government in their Housing White Paper.
The cap on housing benefit doesn’t recognise the value of the additional services provided by sheltered housing, and again shows a bias and the Midlands & the North.
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Lilian spoke to the 30 or so residents in front of staff from Housing & Care 21 and the Nottingham Post and Notts TV.
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Lilian then spoke to people in smaller groups.
Having toured the groups too, I found none of the complaints I’d previously had because of the (much delayed) investment in the building, including the windows 3 years ago.
Works done in recent years –
· Double glazed windows and Flat front doors 2014
· Renewed Storage Heaters ( living rooms) 2015
· Communal Lighting ( including suspended ceilings) 2016
· New Bathrooms/shower rooms/wet rooms ( as per Resident requirements) 2016
· New Fire alarms & Fire Panel 2017
· New Warden call system 2017
Further investment planned –
· New Kitchens 2017/18
· Internal & external Decoration 2018/19
· External Doors 2018/19

There was a welcome for the new lighting along Victoria Embankment introduced last year which had mitigated certain types of criminal behaviour.  A surprise that some vehicles are parking on the grass (for angling) cos that is now enforceable.  A request for bins on the riverside itself, but we have bins on the carriageway.  Praise too for an initiative called “park runs” elsewhere in the city, and it’s possible a junior version of that might come to Victoria Embankment.
Welcome to for the tram services – Meadows Embankment stop is just outside.  Some concern that services don’t always leave enough time for the frail to embark or get off; something the driver has CCTV to help decide if doors are clear; (we’re asking people who experience this to report the tram stop, date and time when it happens).  Concern that one of the ticket machines had not been working for sometime (something I’m chasing).  We will also check out CCTV coverage of the Old Wilford Toll Bridge.

Arkwright Walk media coverage mistakes

Co-Councillor Nicola Heaton and I were interviewed by Notts TV following press releases announcing the new designs for the flats proposed for each end of Arkwright Walk.
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Tweets already protesting about the design.  Except Notts TV have published the rejected designs – designs slammed by the November Planning Committee.
The actual designs were published here in January

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Meanwhile, the Nottingham Post coverage misses that the route along Arkwright Walk has already been opened.   Still some interesting points on the old Arkwright Street.

Arkwright Walk developments

New designs for the apartments at either end of Arkwright Walk have been approved.

It’s envisaged that the housing will be available from a year after construction works, with all housing planned for Arkwright and Blackstone being available after two and a half years.  Works might start in April.
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Now we have the full road open again to walking and cycling, we are also planning for midi buses to used the route (NCT Navy 3 and city council LOCALINK 1) both for convenience of local residents and to give the shopping centre a higher profile.
The grass patch next to the play equipment is very worn (the litter bin and the lighting column proving natural goalposts).  Perhaps some proper goal posts, a wicket and some grass mats might give the kids a better experience.