OMTRA meet to consider conservation area for the Old Meadows

20180925 1915 ML omtra conservation area 42494201_10155882076496305_5180883925198700544_oAround 50 residents met to consider how the planning system could be used to defend the defining features of the Old Meadows, in a way that every property owner would have to obey.
Using a conservation order, of which there are 32 in the city, perhaps the three strongest ideas are –
– consistency in roof tiling – most rooves to be slate or slate lookalike;
(Visit Wollaton Park Estate to see what happens when the 1930’s design code was ignored);
– requiring front boundary walls to be kept in Bulwell stone (or its Ilkeston/Alfreton lookalike);
– keeping the depth of window reveals to be consistent with original specifications.
Could usefully have explored views on allowing higher walls at the rear properties, or not. (It seems unlikely that an adopted plan would be used to require property owners. to undo changes already made, )
The boundary proposed need to be reviewed too – should the more modern eco-houses be in or not?
And what might a conservation area do for the potential development sites at the former Old Toll Bridge pub site, and at the former Collygate school site off Wilford Grove?
OMTRA are now collecting opinions and will present a summary report to a future public meeting.

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Bodyguard

BBC tv’s “Bodyguard” was not credible, and councillors and MPs know it. Here’s the proof – when an elected representative holds an advice surgery, it’s shown being held in an open hall, where loads of people can see clients take their concerns to the representative in public. Just wrong;
And fans of Jed Mercurio know it too,  When one of three behind all the wrong-doing turns out to be a “bent copper”, she is interviewed without someone from anti-corruption (e.g. AC-12) being present and questions are not asked by an officer one rank senior to the officer being questioned, or in the presence of one (I’m sure the Chief Constable of East Midlands, or an assistant would have been available).
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The writer is to blame! Jed Mercurio has used 4 series of “Line of Duty” to bang the proper procedures home and yet he ignored this.

This has been the most popular BBC tv drama series of the decade and hurrah – cos it ain’t by Dickens or one of the Bronte’s, or that guy from Warwickshire.
But apparently people are disappointed cos the ending left too many questions open. What the series missed was some kind of character (like Ted Hastings) who actually stressed why getting the right outcome in the right way matters.
And in this series, a politician (cos “politics is where people stand tall”) could have provided that role.  But none of the politicians are shown to have the right character.
Instead you’re merely left with relief that the main character (who did turn out to be for real and a hero in the story) survived, and an unease that so many were ready to see him killed.
The action sequences made the series compelling.

Planning committee – September 2018

20180919k ab0333h Glapton Road the Meadows unauthorised building by NH_FotorAll the effort to get things right via the planning system and this extension appears on Glapton Road, in a manner alarming to local residents and without planning permission.

The relevant officer has advised “I have written to the owner today to advise that a planning application is required for the unauthorised structure.  I have … advised works cease …”

Meanwhile, at Planning committee, the Vantage building project for student flats has been improved and approved.  It’s lower than before, but it will still obscure the view of the Castle from Kirkewhite Walk as it runs alongside Queens Walk Rec.  (I asked for the matter to be fully considered before the committee met.). (See N Post report).

The office block for Station Street has also been approved after improvements to the design submitted last month – with more use of “stone” and more decoration to the front.  (I thought more work was still needed, but hey.) (See N Post report.)

Bridge ward monthly report 83

Main effort has been making reviewing progress made in the ward (see below and mid-month long write-up).
Otherwise. a month of sunshine meant bowls, cricket and the Maasai Cricket Warriors.
In the city centre, restoration, roof-top views and another August car park fire.
Reviewing city centre office block proposed to replace Victorian hotels and offices.
Oh, and Brexit and Trump, again.
STATUS report

Tackling anti-social behaviour and drug dealing: since the public meeting we called with Lilian Greenwood MP on June 1st, the extra Police operations has resulted in 4 warrants executed using the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Parking for local residents: permits for the remainder of the New Meadows, and for Wilford Crescent East, is planned to be introduced by the end of September.  Consultation with OMTRA has modified the introduction of yellow lines to be the minimum necessary to enable bin lorries to pass through junctions.
Improving Bridgeway Shopping Centre: no vacant units. Significant maintenance is planned. We are to update the security cameras. We are consulting on a ticketless parking scheme to give the parking spaces back to shoppers and visitors to the medical centre.
Safer traffic on Robin Hood Way: a speeding enforcement operation took place in June and another is planned for September.  The complaints of speeding has reduced following the jump in parking on the road.  However, extra yellow lines to improve visibility at the junctions will be introduced in September.
Events: dispersing traffic at the end of events has improved, but we are reviewing the noise levels from the Carnival.
Better homes: £200,000 of works to improve the grounds of NCH properties are to be agreed at the next Area 8 committee.  Mayfield Court is the next former warden complex to have their common rooms renewed.
New homes: properties on Arkwright Walk have sold quickly, but construction has slipped (additional work is needed on the road).  The council is planning 18 houses off Ainsworth Drive and 21 flats off Saffron Gardens.
Flats and apartments for young workers and students:350 flats off Crocus Street are well under way.  Designs of 420 rooms for students off Waterway Street West has gone through many iterations to improve their look from The Meadows.  Community activists have met the developers of flats and rooms off Arkwright Street to assess their desirability and impact on The Meadows.
New equipment from Queens Walk Rec.: a full multi-use games area and new keep fit equipment is planned for a February start, subject to a successful financing bid.
Victoria Embankment: knee-high railings are planned to manage the free parking on the former tennis court.
The Memorial: a new memorial holding the names of those who died in the First World War, both at home and abroad, is planned for 2019.  A heritage bid to refresh The Memorial and the Gardens is being prepared.
Pruning trees: £20,000 of works to be done.

A much longer write-up is available.

 

 

Restoration of Birkin Building

IMG_9272mc0775h montage Birkin building restoration
Broadway, Lace Market.
Heritage funding is meeting part of the cost.
The brick, stone, curves and decoration are combined to make a beautiful building over 100 years ago.
Main part of the weathering of the building is the wind.
There are signs of poor maintenance, and examples of repairs such as rendering with painted brick patterns.
3 parapets(?) have had balconies removed from the top of them.