Bridge ward monthly report 84

TO BE WRITTEN UP.

Main effort has been making reviewing progress made in the ward (see mid-month graphic).
New development prompted debate at planning committee.  A conservation area for the Old Meadows was considered.  Astonishment that a builder decided to build a new house on Glapton Road without permission.
Hoodwinked brightened the city centre for 3 months.
Frank starred at the ward walk.
BT concede on their phone boxes in Bridgeway Centre.
Oh, and Brexit and Trump, again.
The Kavanaugh hearings were extraordinary – and even if the supreme justice candidate is appointed without deserving it, violence against young women has been given another hearing.
Trump was laughed at by the world, but the Republicans have been losing ground for some week now  and the mid-term elections could

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Ward walk – September 2018

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Meet Frank.
Frank is hosteling at Nicola Heaton’s.
Frank is on his best behaviour.
Frank even obeys orders. “Sit!”
Frank joined the ward walk today.
Frank didn’t understand all that was required of him.
“Frank – put those 2 top layers of bricks back on the side to a car pool!”
Not a twitch of a response.

Toured Middle Furlong Gardens & Mews, Causeway Mews, Barra Mews and Meredith Close.

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.

 

 

At the start of a Trent Bridge test match

 

Test matches are great events and good for the city.
Less dressing up than I’ve seen before as spectators arrived.
But previously, the joy has been a tad at the expense of The Meadows, whose residents lost their car parking and their streets to cars of the visitors.
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Well, not this morning.  All the parked cars this morning had permits and residents could be sure that when they came back from their trips, their usual space was waiting for them.
Good, yeah.
Except I’ve had recurrence of previous concerns pointed out – damage to the ornate iron work on the Trent Bridge, trip hazards on the NCH land, tipping, back gardens in need of clearance; and a new one, huge outbreaks of sprouting thorny twigs from the Robinia trees that were cut down a year or so back.

Bridge ward monthly report 82

July 2018.
We celebrated 70 years of the NHS.
Britain had an extraordinary heatwave.
Brexit negotiations delivered a political shockwave.  Threats of food and fuel shortages next year, promises of noticing the difference in 50 years time and political opinion took a step change.
Trump hated the ridicule when he came to Britain and had to retract a defence of Putin.
Sacha Baron Cohen was back and how.
And England threw it away again.

MME Bridge ward OVERVIEW progress v180717 1845 aa1764hCanvassing around Arkwright Walk.
Ward walk along council housing facing Queens Walk, and a walk with NeMTRA’s Bel Edis.
Probably 2120 cases etc. from around 883 clients since Oct. 2011.
Visited the security camera centre to check which cameras are blocked by trees.
Planning committee was chock full of concerns for developments in the ward.
An OMTRA public meeting, with a lot of discussion on the Victoria Embankment.
Another excellent AMCG fayre, with smiles captured by a year 3 pupilOne Stop Shop celebrated its 20th anniversary.
A bigger Notts Pride parade.

Splendour had some great acts.
The Blue Orchids were excellent.
A documentary on Jack Jones was a trip down memory lane.
33 decorated fibre glass robins installed in the city centre.
Schools painted bookbenches to accompany them.  One at the Meadows Library, which also hosted a Gingerbread Man show.
Barker Gate Rest Gardens was one of the latest parks in the city to be awarded a green flag.

Robin Hood Energy started trading in surplus and are switching to renewable energy sources.
Rough sleeping was debated in Parliament.

Paddy visits Arkwright Walk

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Canvassing in the streets in The Meadows most affected by drug dealers and users in the last few months.
There is a multi-agency day of action on the forthcoming Wednesday in the neighbourhood.
All following a public meeting with Lilian Greenwood MP and a major uniform initiative – after a series of knifing wounds inflicted by dealers upon dealers.
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We had a special leaflet printed, to help seek opinions including a possibility of re-used play equipment for the neighbourhood.
Plans for investment in parks elsewhere in the city might release a 3 sided fence which includes a goal, a basketball hoop and a cricket wicket.
But it needs a kinda 22 yard by 12 yard piece of tarmac, so there is a cost.  If we can find the money, we’d like to offer this “half-muga” for the neighbourhood, either to the west of the play area on Arkwright Walk, or to the south.
Crudely, the play-area would continue to serve toddlers and younger children, and the “half-muga” would serve teenagers.
Response on the doors was positive, including from older residents.

Paddy found one home that was still displaying a “vote Labour” poster from last year’s General Election; he spoke to a number of residents about policing matters.
Nicola and I picked up some general case-work.