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.
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.
Some weeks after the copy deadline for the My Meadows supplement of the Nottingham Arrow, the drug-taking in The Meadows by people living a rough life is still the biggest issue. Next issue is the leaves which this Autumn has mulched across the pavements with the relatively wet weather. During a campaign session, I reported complaints on this issue as well as 2 instances of graffiti. Hearing much less concern about a problem raised by Emmanuel school almost 6 weeks ago. The former Three Bridges Inn site has also been cleaned up.
The most startling contrast is with the 2016 Referendum in Britain when the British public were swayed by slogans on the side of buses and a fear of the Turks who might join Europe (and that Turkey was next to Syria). That, and the lack of an ideology in Britain to convey the tests of what living in a free society is, what a free society entitles you to, and the responsibilities to carry to sustain it.
The Contemporary adjoins the Narrow Marsh, the neighbourhood where much of the then radical campaigns and values of first the Luddites, and then the Chartists came, from some 150-200 years ago.
As Trump is being brought closer to being impeached, and more commentators are talking about his sociopathic behaviour, worth reflecting on the conduct of Johnson (that aura that smiles and never frowns) and Cummings, and how they. have had to withdraw on the proroguing of Parliament, which was found to be illegal.