Main concern remains the public health emergency. I recommend following government advice, but I no longer try to summarise it at the top of this web-site cos it is getting more sophisticated and nuanced (as might be expected), but also cos the Govt’s special advisor undermined the policy anyway.
The level of new cases is down in Nottingham and it turns out was relatively low anyway, for reasons unknown. Most challenging is the matter of how to expand the number of children attending school. Our local primary schools have given this a lot of consideration, and come up with slightly different approaches, which says to me that it’s best to let them work it out cos they know their situations concerning numbers attending already, availability of staff and design of their classrooms.
Main focus of discussions with the Police has been the compliance with social distancing etc., but there’s been a couple of tweets announcing an arrest for threats against staff at the Co-op and a request for help identifying a robber from an incident a few weeks back. The Police have tweeted that they’ve been patrolling The Embankment for nuisance, but I’ve been struck on my daily walks how I’ve seen quads and other nuisance vehicles on London Road and elsewhere.
The murder of George Floyd by police officers has given a new profile to racism in society. I attended the Black Lives Matter demonstration at The Forest. There’s been a subsequent concern about the nature of statues celebrating slave owners and others from the past. The Meadows can boast more outdoors free-standing works of art than the city centre, but I’ve yet to be notified of any concern about the content of any of them. Apparently, there is a check being conducted of street names. Whilst hate crime is only up slightly, concern is that it’s up at all given the “closure” of the city centre.
There has been encouragement to promote walking and cycling further as we come out of the emergency. For The Meadows, this means a temporary stop to through traffic along the Embankment – most probably through a barrier proximate to the paddling pool – and an opportunity to see what the impact would be. Trent Bridge, currently being re-painted, is also proposed to have its inside inbound lane to be concerned to a 2 way cycle lane, extending the extent of cycle priority that exists along the Embankment. I have asked about adding a bus and cycle lane from the outbound bus stop on Trent Bridge Island to half-way along the bridge, before allowing space for general traffic to adapt for both the entrance to the rowing clubs service road and the Radcliffe Road junctions.
The shopping centre chain, Intu, have been hit badly by the public health emergency and have suspended the construction of the new Broadmarsh, leading to the closure of a number of shops.
June’s Planning committee will consider the revised proposal for 310 flats between Crocus Street and Meadows Way, alongside Arkwright Street. Community reps have already met council staff over this proposal, which has not received objections during the latest consultation. A proposal for the company managing the flats to maintain the open space on Sheriff’s Way brings issues to manage.
Owners of Crocus Mill have announced an intent to convert two major buildings to accommodation – the market is slowly catching up with the emend created for accommodation for young people and students, in a society where people are living for longer and living in smaller units, with a heavy increase in private sector rents.
I have been disappointed to read of conspiracy nonsense regarding 5G telecom masts.
A revised statement for the ambition and development of open space in The Meadows and the wider ward is being updated.
All further to the May Progress report. Comments and feedback sought.
TO BE REVISED.