Bridge ward monthly report 75

Quick points –

·         Money has been released for the renewal of Meadows Health Centre (circa £750k);

·         Keepmoat have a published community portal webpage, with plans for Arkwright Walk & Blackstone Walk, FAQs contact details, jobs info and local issues;

·         We will consult on further parking changes in The Meadows to tackle problems caused by commuters; (delayed by Broadmarsh changes);

·         the replacement of the old lighting on the north and south bank of the Trent at the Embankment with new LED fittings (to reduce the energy consumption and improve the light quality) has been agreed;

·         Many new flats and apartments are proposed at Waterway Street West and at Meadows Way / Sheriffs Way; get in touch if you have concerns.

·         The proposed new electoral wards unhelpfully divide The Meadows, despite nearly all public services treating The Meadows as a whole; (many are protesting);

·         Cuts in national government support for Nottingham City Council will require further cuts of £27 million.


Run down of new building

Proposed houses, flats and students rooms between Meadows Way and Crocus Street has prompted new questions about how new development should relate to the New Meadows, especially that of height.
As a substitute member of the Planning Committee I won’t make any judgements, but what follows is a quick run down of new building in The Meadows, along Crocus Street and Queens Road, Broadmarsh, Narrowmarsh, the Lace Market and Meadow Lane; plus what is not happening.


** “Creswell” site: Houses, flats and students rooms between Meadows Way, Arkwright Street, Crocus Street and Sheriffs Way
Hundreds of homes (400-ish), pitched at young professionals and students, with no provision for cars.  Design by Stephenson Studio.  Public consultation has begun, application to be submitted in 3rd week of January and could be coming to Planning committee in April.  Claiming some inspiration from the Lace Market and proposed in a whitish brick.  Tapers down, but impact on neighbouring houses weren’t available at a public meeting.  Might need extra bus stops.

** Crocus Square: offices
Offices, under design, perhaps 8 stories high.

** Unity Square: offices and leisure between the railway line and Sheriffs Way
Three large and high blocks (perhaps 12 stories), with some provision for cars.  Outline planning permission agreed at Planning committee, but may have lapsed. Very proximate to railway station, tram stop and NCT Navy and Green.  If business customers can’t be found, developers might look for residential.

** Apartments between railway line and Traffic Street
40 apartments granted planning application, with parking.

** “Sentinel”: offices between Wilford Road and Traffic Street
Perhaps 8 stories; outline planning application, though may have lapsed.

** “Vantage”: Flats and students rooms between Waterway Street West, Wilford Road and Traffic Street
Hundreds of homes, pitched at students, with no provision for cars.  Public consultation has begun but more to be done and could be coming to Planning committee after April.  Designed in part to announce the start of the city centre on a trunk road, and proposing a high tower, much more to be done on the design.  Seems set to deny views of the castle to some households in Castlefields and Kinglake Place.  Might need extra bus stops.

** Hicking phase 2: houses, flats and students rooms between Crocus Street, Summer Leys Lane and the Nether Leen
350 flats, pitched at young professionals (so much so, might only bring an extra 8 children to local primary schools) with some provision for cars.  Red brick, with possibly some acknowledgement to the crocus in the design and naming.  Construction  has begun.  Proximate to the railway station, the tram stop and NCT Green buses.

** “The Laceworks”: flats and students rooms between Queens Road, Summer Leys Road and the Nether Leen DTSFanEX0AAK8ta
222 apartments, pitched at students and no provision for cars.  Agreed at Planning committee in dramatic black and yellow colours, but coming back to Planning committee in January with a new colour scheme.  Construction could start in March. Proximate to the railway station, the tram stop and NCT Green & Navy buses.

** Apartments and flats between London Road Island and Pemberton Street
Hundreds of homes, pitched at young professionals, with no provision for cars.  Agreed at Planning committee but currently undergoing a “right to light” complaint process from the student block behind it.  Claiming a lot of inspiration from the Lace Market, 4 blocks, the highest of which reaches nine stories and proposes a metal sheet finish down the western side.

** Apartments and flats along Pemberton Street
Tens of homes, pitched at young professionals, with no provision for cars.  Not yet gone to Planning committee (CHECK) and currently undergoing some design changes.

** Apartments and flats between Short Hill and Malin Hill
Hundreds of homes, pitched at young professionals, with no provision for cars.  Agreed at Planning committee subject to getting the details of the views from Stoney Street and from London Road correct.
Fills one of the last 2 holes in the city centre made by the Nazis.

** Houses and flats between Meadow Lane and the River Trent
Approved, then new owners and developers said they couldn’t build  as specified and a new design agreed at Planning committee.
I voted against the second set of proposals.

*** Smaller developments in The Meadows

** Mundella Building
To be converted into 10 houses.

** The Water Works,  Wilford Crescent East
25 houses agreed by Planning committee.

** Meadows Police Station
A 22 flats complex by Nottingham City Homes; no consultation yet.

** Clifton Welfare site
An 18 bungalow development by the council; design by changed to meet EA flood defence expectations; no consultation yet.

*** What’s not happening

** Demolition of the Bridgeway shopping centre / The Precinct
Despite repeated whispers, there are no plans and no finance available for the demolition and re-siting of these shops; and haven’t been since the cancellation of £200m for the re-generation of The Meadows which was dropped by the coalition Government in 2010.

** Further Demolition of housing in the New Meadows
Despite repeated whispers, in part related to misunderstanding about Arkwright Walk, there are no plans and no finance available for the any further demolition; and haven’t been since the cancellation of £200m for the re-generation of The Meadows which was dropped by the coalition Government in 2010.

** Development at the former Collygate school, off Wilford Grove
Use of the land is with the owner, who may well seek new houses, but I am aware of no plans.

** Development at the former Three Bridges Inn, Gritley Mews
Use of the land is with the owner, who may well seek new houses, but I am aware of no plans.

*** Broadmarsh and Narrowmarsh

** Broadmarsh shopping centre
Plans agreed with Intu.

** Broadmarsh bus station and car park
Plans coming to Planning committee in February.

** New Nottingham College off New Popham Street in the Narrowmarsh
Plans coming to Planning committee in February.

All off the top; I’ll update with a bit more detail soon. 

Bridge ward monthly report 73

city of culture cartoon ab0914h DNJFE2aX0AIfcouStart the month with  a massive one-man rifle assault on a country & western concert, witness an ex-hurricane hit the British Isles mid-month and finish with reports of record levels of CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere.

The Conservative Prime Minister has a nightmare at the conference and still appears to have gained ground.  Even a former Conservative prime minister calls for the suspension of the rollout of Universal Credit.

Celebrities having been called out for sexual harassment,  politicians follow – first Conservative MPs and Ministers – then it turns out a Greater Nottingham Labour activist had been raped and party officials appear to give poor advice.

Seems like a Trump campaign manager has previous for money laundering.  Following a triumphant declaration that he’s releasing all the JFK files, as he was required to do – and then failed to cos he got the process wrong.  Meanwhile, the JFK files bring out all the conspiracists out, who never stop to think how “they” want them to believe in conspiracies.

Catalonia strikes out for independence from Spain without a proper referendum and with plenty of people saying they don’t support the change.
Brexit doesn’t feel any better.

Labour hold three Nottingham city council seats in by-elections, but low turnouts in October remain a challenge, despite many new party members.

Then a boundary commission recommends splitting The Meadows into 2 parts.  The Conservatives requested it, but the commission does kinda recognised that nobody else had even thought of it and so are looking for further comment.

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So where in any of this is there hope or perspective or joy?

Perspective is brought by the documentary series on The Vietnam War  shown on BBC 4 tv.

Hope comes from learning about the Luddites in Nottingham 200 years ago.   How they struck out for values and the vote.
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And keeping on keeping on with regeneration and parks improvements.

The joy – lots of opportunities to tell stories about Nottingham this month, especially at Goose Fair, and at the launch of the city of culture bid, and of hoodwinked; recognising that not only did Herbert Kilpin found AC Milan, but he gave them the red and black stripes of Notts Olympic;  oh, and comedy bikes and Salop going 15 league games unbeaten.

May has no vision

Theresa May’s conference speech is famous now for a lot of mishaps.

Being poorly, with a nasty cough; spilling water; a prankster getting her to accept a fake P45, and then talking to Boris Johnson; wearing a chic bracelet using paintings by Leon Trotsky’s girlfriend; the lettering falling off the conference slogan background.

Well, imagine the fuss and ridicule if such mishaps happened to a Labour Leader at their conference speech. The nearest I can think is the huge fuss made over Ed Miliband not mentioning the deficit in one speech.
Now, I know Kinnock and Wilson made conference speeches that defined them; Gaitskill made a famous one too; and Blair’s speeches could sometimes give you something to work with, like his speech on respect.
But I’m not sure I know of a conference speech that has destroyed a leader (possibly Iain Duncan Smith’s “small man roar” speech).

So the real point to draw from May’s speech is her vision of “the British Dream”, which in essence is that the children should do better in life than their parents (just at the time this is no longer proving to be true).
Underpinning this was a repeated assertion in the belief in free markets. (Then kinda undermined by saying more council housing was now needed.)

Better I think to state how we learned that in life, we needed everyone to succeed, especially drawing from World War 2.
So, coming together; full employment, so that people are active and pay in, rather than too many only taking out;  proper jobs and proper goods, so that we’re not subsiding cheap labour and illness;  more common ownership and more money to the many to keep businesses going, rather than profits to the very rich that are  taken away;  free education and quality child development;  health services free at the point of use and service within deadlines;  quality housing and housing services – and stop subsidising the private landlords that don’t deliver;  valuing good government, enabling local government to deliver more and bringing in accountability;  tackle the newish challenges of globalisation, aging societies and climate change;  a global solution for abolishing nuclear weapons;  a free society – rights, responsibilities and respect; and winning the World Cup.
Alright, maybe the World Cup in the modern era is a bit impossible – but elements of the rest were all implemented and overseen by Attlee, Wilson and even Blair.
Things tend to go wrong when you codify this as an ideology, but these are the values of British Socialism / democratic Socialism.  (British cos we were once the country that drove these values, not cos we should be isolationist.)
And big change is needed.  Radical change.  And some kind of repeat of the 1945 “British Resolve” is needed.