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.
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.
When Ed Balls went to the USA for BBC tv, he attended a meeting where the debate was what extra measures you needed to deal with a gunman in a school classroom. For British people, the idea barely crosses our mind cos it’s so very rare and made rarer by further restrictions on gun ownership.
One of Andrew Neil’s 3 main questions against Jeremy Corbyn was would he in a scenario where there were no other ifs and buts have a senior, high risk terrorist taken out by a weapon from a drone.
Maybe we are about to learn that action on prevention and risk analysis is much more important, particularly by focusing on known threats and properly financing security, probation and rehabilitation. (And not just front-line police.)
Maybe we need more focus on conflict resolution.
Maybe we need better government and better journalism.
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.
Culture and events –
Films: The Report; Die Welle (The Wave);
Football: saw Salop for the first time this season – the latest since I first followed them in 1972; and a special connection with Grenada has developed.
OMTRA and the city council ran a consultation on the proposed Old Meadows Conservation Area at the Meadows Library.
Was very busy when I called.
Climate Change: we do loads in Nottingham, and in The Meadows; we need to do loads more; we need a government that does more, much more.
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Nottingham City Council has won a Guardian award for its green policies this week.
Cllr. Sally Longford, our portfolio holder, recently won an LGIU award for innovation on green policies.
Environenergy has won an award for its decentralised energy work.
(And remember too how it extracts metal from the waste stream.)
I attended the Meadows O-zone Energy Services AGM tonight at which they announced a surplus and the payment of loans taken, the positive results from Project SENSIBLE were reported, Enterprise presented on their car club (how its car fleet is electric and they want to start operating from The Meadows) and Extinction Rebellion spoke of the change in public mood this year (acknowledging David Attenborough and Greta Thunberg).
Meanwhile the Government did not make good on the payments due for MOzES’ solar panels and Boris Johnson and the Brexit Party leader did not attend the Channel 4 leaders’ debate on climate change.
We are delivering on climate change, and technological developments are helping, but we’d do so much more with national leadership that is radical and ambitious (Labour pushed its Green Industrial Revolution again this morning), and with a framework that means it isn’t just local authorities run by Labour that make the changes.
And then some. Travel less, especially by air and change our diet.