New Meadows based troupes in the Carnival and a mini road network for kiddies to learn bicycle riding and road safety. A spider conference and the European Squash championships – squash came home.
A Radio Nottingham show, reflecting on the disappointment that came with the first Forest vs Salop match and on the failure to do enough with Nottingham history stories, including the Battle of Mapperley Hills.
Celebrations of independence for Jamaica, India and Pakistan, though with a smack of imperialist condescension.
Rain spoiling the Salop match, but serious damage being done elsewhere – in the USA who’ve ignored Al Gore, his movie and his sequel, and in south Asia.
Political news from the USA was worse – including the condoning of a terrorist attack by The President. So we remember Heather Heyer. And in Nottingham, we remembered Alan Clark and Kate Rush too.
Certain intractable issues in The Meadows are still being tackled – many reviewed during a visit by Lilian Greenwood MP.
A site visit to St.Peter’s.
The Lace Market had a mixed time, a scrubbed street, renewed rest gardens and a car park fire. Sorrow over the demolished Black Boy Hotel.
An eventful and emotional August.
Lilian Greenwood MP cames to The Meadows as part of the annual Summer tour of the constituency and held coffee morning in Brookfield Court to hear of local concerns including construction timetables and crime, and visited the Community Information day run at Bridgeway Shopping Centre.
Highight was beating a team of 6 in Connect 4!
Bridgeway Shopping Centre is fully used in the first time in years.
A very impressive “Lifestyle Centre” geared to helping the elderly and less mobile is many ways has moved in, and the facility is impressive.
Elsewhere, we’ve put small goals alongside the new castle play equipment on The Green.
A small road system has been installed on The Embankment, separate, for kids to learn road sense on their bicycles and pedal cars.
We’ve announced a series of measures to improve visibility at junctions along Robin Hood way, accessibility for buses at 3 of the bus stands, protect parking for residents on a number of streets off Robin Hood Way and we are considering 2 hours limits on streets serving communal facilities. Also struck at how the new volumes of parking on Robin Hood way has slowed traffic down.
Construction of new housing on Arkwright Walk has begun.
The Riverway pub and the Arkwright Stores have re-opened.
Nice events at Meadows Library (garden party) and Community Gardens (AMCG summer fayre), and at Bridgeway Consulting (Queens Award).
In the city centre, The Art File also won a Queens Award, and we saw Nottingham Beach back again and Pride – very good feeling.
In the wider city, the Chinasaurs and a test match.
Lots of positive things, but lack of money in people’s pockets remains the big concern, with dealing a widepsread concern in The Meadows, highlighted by a serious stabbing;and growing repeated begging in the city centre.
Looking out for issues and checking for progress or otherwise along Osier Cose & Oxbow Close.
Also a day for visiting local businesses that have won a Queen’s Award, including Bridgeway Consulting and The Art File.
– a sober review of actions taking place prompted by the fire that devastated the Grenfell Tower;
– the council being awarded good for its children services by Ofsted;
– condemnation of the cuts the government is still planning for school budgets;
– a motion calling for Bedroom tax to be dropped now that there is a majority opposing it in the House of Commons;
– protests against money being found for the north of Ireland whilst Nottingham’s budget is cut.
Astonishing to hear the Conservative Deputy Leader saying that cuts to Nottingham had been justified. Yep, justifying the cuts made on Nottingham.
Tributes to Glen O’Connell on his retirement on the 22nd anniversary of his return to the city council to lead our legal team.
The General Election was the most extraordinary event, a result that was not predicted when the election was called.
Election Day in The Meadows was special.
Labour didn’t win, but something else changed, not the least the public credibility of the Prime Minister, and also Labour achieving a 40% share of the vote for the first time for some time. We are in striking distance for the next time, even the Conservatives will not make the same mistakes again. They’ve thrown away 3 years of government, and we now wait to see if they can continue, especially depending on a pact with Unionists from the north of Ireland.
It’s not the change we needed, and the cuts in public services will continue to undermine the capacity of the country and reduce the quality of life.
We’ll continue to graft, and opportunities for small amounts of physical improvements are found, but we need more money in people’s pockets, unified public services to bring all children on and more – not less – people defending community safety.
It was nice to see the pride of The Meadows shine through at the city parade, both with a banner and the dance & music of the Ancestors.
See the graphic for more news of progress.
Images by Wikipedia and the New York Times.