Meadows ward monthly report 02

The World War I Centenary Memorial is completed, but the opening service is formulaic and doesn’t try to celebrate the stories of the fallen.
D-Day 75th anniversary is flat too.
A poignancy comes from the funeral of a man who after 25 years living on the streets, had found peace in a flat provided by Nottingham City Homes.

A depressing national political situation –
– Trump visits London and invokes supporters on the streets that never were;
– the Conservative candidates to be next Prime Minister see them all committing to Brexit by 31st October, when it’s still not clear the country could achieve it;
– the criticism ventured focusses on a new Prime Minister not being returned via a General Election, when it is what our constitution allows and has been the case more often than not;
– all but one of the Conservative candidates advocates big increases on public spending and the lost revenue from tax giveaways to corporations and banks is mentioned by no-one;
– Jo Brand apologised for a joke about throwing acid (that BBC Radio decided to transmit) which was a relief cos people had taken it literally, and the remark was a tad too close to a potential reality, but it prompted a debate about the death of metaphor and the power of outrage;
– Labour continues to struggle with the charge of anti-Semitism when an MP who supported party members expelled for anti-Semitism and said the party was too apologetic on the matter, is first let back in so he can be re-selected, and then suspended again in response to the outcry;
– we have to make a stand for RSE and we have to remind people about the injustice toteh Windrush generation. More positive was the celebrations of our green spaces and the launch of a book to campaign on climate change. Britain was wet, Arnold was flooded, Europe suffered a fierce heatwave and the Earth recorded its hottest June.

Locally, progress is reported at the new Area 5 committee on car parking solutions for Bridgeway Shopping Centre, which also now has improved camera coverage. The Bridgeway GP practice celebrated new rooms and facilities.
Reports on crime is positive overall, but some bizarre incidents including a hit and run on Bathley Street.
The tram’s finances improves. The electric bus service from Queens Drive park & ride are replaced by the NCT Navy 49, which means Meadows Way west loses its most local buses again. I’ve tried to be upbeat about what further major improvements to public transport are possible at joint committees.

Diary of the month.
Arts include – “Support The Girls”, “Design for Living”, “Sunset”, “Diamintino”, “One Night in Miami”, “The Keeper”.
Nice exhibits by Nottingham College design students.
Sports: England’s cricket team, Tottenham and England’s male football team are all below par; England’s women win 5 games in the World Cup without conceding a goal, but the Cameroon game brings out something ugly. A spate of wet weather means the triathlon adopted a swim-free format, but the crowds are driven away nevertheless.

Anti Trump demo – June 2019

Some great banners and posters, including from Extreme rebellion and campaigners for Trans. rights

Joined in at the end.

Asked people to reflect on Trump’s reaction to the demos at Charlottesville, and how he said he wouldn’t choose, and how we say we can choose, and that we choose the anti-racists, and that we remember Heather Heyer.
Reflecting on other things about life in America –
– that they are over-dependent on oil;
– that some of the states are starting to take bad decisions about banning abortion;
– the latest campaign against Trans people, and that the far-right in America seem to want the state so small that it can fit into our bedrooms;
– that parents have to think through scenarios concerning shooters in their children’s school and classroom.
We in Britain can take some comfort in being in a better place.
But we do face a far-right challenge the form of Brexit and the Brexit Party, who may well have won in parts of Nottingham.
That support comes from communities where the confidence they used to have in getting a job with a living wage, fair terms and conditions, and a home has been lost; that on top of a quality education and a free health service.
We need the Labour movement to re-gain these.
And we face new challenges such as caring for the larger numbers of older people, and in tackling climate change, for which we can acknowledge the recent contribution of Extreme Rebellion.

Meadows ward monthly report 01

Re-elected with an increased share of the vote.
Pleasing and gratifying; and in turn I am grateful.
Being pro-Remain did not hold me back.
Excellent results in Castle ward and Wollaton West ward. Not so good in Clifton.
Disappointed that the election issue had not been stopping austerity and the cuts to public services.

And then the European elections, which Remain won. In Nottingham, Labour held on to first, but supporters of Remain via a further referendum voted for other parties in sufficient numbers to make us third in a national election.
Oh, and Theresa May announced her departure date. And not in a nice way.

More optimistic was positive reactions to protests and campaigns on climate change.
At full council, we appointed our new Leader, David Mellen, who is to bring a new approach to listening to the public.
We also appointed an executive – with 7 out of 10 being women, and 3 being BME.
This by a Labour Group that is over 50% women for the first time, and with a significant BME membership.
I was elected as Chair of the Planning committee and seeing more green things are done is one of the hopes I have for the role.

New calling card, but missing the twitter – @MeadowsCllrMike – and the facebook – me4sd -and this web-site.

Nice to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the opening of The Council House.

Surprised to see the N Post say The Meadows is the safest neighbourhood in Nottingham, without showing the data. Concerns remain, because you can see the rough living in the area, with the abuse of BT phone boxes and the rough sleeping in hedges along Queens Drive.

More housing along Arkwright Walk and Blackstone Walk is being completed. More council housing is being started (former Clifton Miners Welfare). More apartments are being proposed (42 at the former Eagle Press site and 350 along Queens Road).

In the days after the elections, we are reviewing achievements made (including the new equipment Queens Walk Rec. just completed), current issues, aims, the progress of NCH environmental works and permit abuse on cricket days (oh yes).

Then how to write about poverty? The Daily Mirror chose to celebrate efforts in Nottingham, after a visit to Aspley where Michael Sheen met “Women for Women’s Sake“. Der Spiegel latched onto one family in particular trouble. And the Nottingham Post said “that is so unfair!

Salop finished the season inanely, whilst relegating Walsall, but with powerful memories of cup ties with Stoke and Wolves from the winter.
Notts County were relegated and its financial situation will become clearer in June.

Following the Walsall game, a steam engine turned up at Shrewsbury station and then the Black Fives of the sixties at Shrewsbury turned up on Youtube.

Hardly any time for the arts recently, but “The Stepmother” was worthwhile.

@MeadowsCllrMike

Changed to @MeadowsCllrMike from @BridgeCllrMike

Have changed my twitter handle.
Surprised I published as many as 10 tweets a month.
It’s partly cos I tend only to tweet my own material.
Then I tend to want to process a photo before tweeting, so Twitter is not a very instant media for me.


The web-site is trickier.
Many of the existing stories have “Bridge ward” embedded in their url so I need to learn how to convert the site.

Castle Marina advice surgery

Rehearsing bus services, the needs of the boating community, road safety, cycle lanes, tow paths litter and rough sleeping, oh and Brexit. 
With Lilian Greenwood MP, and Councillors Sam Webster and Georgia Power.

Published 26th March; a postscript from Cllr. Webster on the W1 and L5 services; I was going to put it in a comment, but the comments facility doesn’t take images.