OMTRA newsletter – March 2017

The newsletter highlights concerns over the abuse of the playing fields of the Meadows Recreation Ground.  There isn’t money to fence the fields and it would not (most probably) be desirable anyway.
Nice pieces on NCH buttress works and the recent storm.
I think the parts of the article on how residents parking permits may be out of date, and we may well (in time) have to act on Wilford Crescent East.

 

Planning committee – February 2017

Permission was granted for the conversion of the Mundella Centre into a block of 10 houses was granted.  There’s no credible request for the retention of the centre for education and was starting to be damaged by vandals.  The new residents will be able to claim parking permits, so the use of parking in the area may change, although the developers would be expected to pay.
The proposal for the Trent Works site was withdrawn.
A proposal to rejuvenate offices on Houndsgate, with a number of social care and housing services coming to the offices, near to Nottingham Castle was approved.  We agreed, even though the Housing Aid office does have a number of incidents every year, but there were no planning powers to prevent the move.  We did require a management plan to reduce the number of incidents and to mitigate the impact of anything that went wrong.
The next phase of the Trent Basin development proposes a pleasant area to walk along by the river, by 5 sets of mews houses in the middle looked a bit brutal.

Ward walk – January 2017

This month, checking streets around the eastern half of the Old Meadows, including some of the alleyways.
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New yellow lines have gone down in support of the forthcoming expansions to existing residents parking permit schemes.
The permit scheme is still planned for February 6th.  However, some issues are being managed –
– the permits are still to be issued;
– some people have not applied for permits, but there is still time to do so;
– one objection is outstanding for streets between Ayton Close and Launder Street, so this part might be later than planned;
– a number of jobs will be done in the run-up to the go date, such as the RINGGO signs for Meadows Way West.
Elsewhere,
– the walking and cycling route that 50 years ago was a direct route between the railway station and Trent Bridge has been re-opened;
– significant tree pruning in the East Meadows, especially along Eugene Gardens.
Ideas for future developments include –
– extra signing on Robin Hood Way at the junction with Soudan Drive, to help meet concerns from parents walking kids home to the Old Meadows from Victoria Primary school, cos the combination of car parking and the bend can made eastbound traffic harder to see.

img_5449pbGeneral concerns on behaviour in local neighbourhoods remain.
The Police are working on the issues, such as an announcement on another operation.

OMTRA AGM 2016

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Old Meadows Tenants and Residents Association were thanked for their advocacy for their neighbourhood, especially their focus on trees, empty houses and their support for the Embankment, in particular their support for the 2016 Meadows Cricket Pavilion.
Certificates for Glapton Road and the Terraces in Bloom were given out to each terrace.
Margaret, Jackie and Kevin were re-elected to office and Simon became Vice-Chair.
Thirty attended.
Cllr. Dave Trimble explained Nottingham City Council’s achievements on sports for disabled, major sports events, Portland Centre, the Castle, Wollaton Hall, our 560 caves, Theatre Royal, Libraries, parks& green flags, the Embankment and the Green.
Casework raised included –
– effective use of Queens Walk Community Centre,
– usage of Meadows Recreation Ground;
– benches for Bathley Street;
– parking on the grass along the Embankment;
– tackling dog fouling and fly-tipping.