The public health emergency has taken over much of the work of the council and public services. I am following the Government’s advice on social distancing.
Many of you are making arrangements for family, friends and neighbours. The council is burdened through both extra work and fewer staff being available to do them. The council is unlikely to be in a position to evaluate or approve wider schemes organised by volunteers to serve strangers, so please work in a safe way in terms of helping people who don’t yet know you.
The council is sustaining its bin collections and street cleaning but not doing weeding, grass cutting and bulky waste collections. Libraries are open only 2 days a weeks.
My advice surgeries are cancelled, as are all public meetings of the council.
Area 5 committee was cancelled, but we are acting on 2 priorities with Area Capital funds – 1. to consult on parking permits for “home zones” within New Meadows, Mundella Road neighbourhood and the Mundella Court streets. 2. to re-surface the stretches of roads with the potholes that most disturb cyclists, bus passengers and residents.
Most of this report already posted on this web-site; this presentation has been prepared for meetings in The Meadows.
Nottingham 2028 Carbon Neutral Charter Nottingham has declared a climate emergency and agreed a charter to act. A lot of big vision stuff, and good to set out a big aim. Towards a Greener Meadows The Meadows is bidding for a big revenue project to spend on developing greener living; changes in what we. eat and how we grow food; how we waste less and renew / repair more. The Meadows bid depends on being community based and the establishment of the Greener Meadows group has been very important to that. Re-charging points More electric car re-charging points are being explored, most likely in the north-east corner of Victoria Embankment, towards Trent Bridge. Greener Offices There’s a meeting between officers and Green campaigners on greener architecture for offices on Friday morning.
Crocus Meadows A ton of stuff has happened / is being sought for “Crocus Meadows”. Officers are taking the Planning committee on a walking tour on Wednesday, 22nd. Local Plan A major re-statement of the planning policies for lots of parcels of land throughout the city has been agreed … Cattle Market … including the Cattle Market; I see the plan changing so as to enable change rather than demand it, and to fit in with the huge re-development throughout Waterside, including enabling new tram routes. The leases on much of the Cattle Market site have some years to run and the market is a very distinctive part of the city’s offer. Crime and Knives Knife crime in the city is down slightly, but we have had incidents again in The Meadows, the latest being between “acquaintances” (mid-Decemebr) for which an arrest was made the following day. I’m opposing calls for the Knife Angel to come to Nottingham. What I want is a dedicated police sergeant.
Leaf Mulch Litter The wet Autumn, and the distinct periods of prolonged raid has made clearing pavements difficult; Officers report we have recovered on the leaf mulch, but I would welcome feedback. Football pitches The pitches have been waterlogged; hoping they’ll be dry enough in a further fortnight. Austerity and Cuts We’re planning a stall at the Bridgeway Shopping Centre for Friday, 24th, at 10am. The cuts are limiting the number of events that Meadows Councillors can now support – down to “Your Choice, Your Voice”, Christmas Tree, Library grotto. We wish we could do more, including …
Road maintenance Osier Road resurfaced. Parking management Requests keep being asked about parking permits for more of the Old Meadows. The tests remain – is there a problem? is there a problem that permits can actually fix? does it have support from the residents directly affected? We do think RINGGO at Bridgeway Shopping Centre has been a success, but we now need to look at parcels of lands (“home zones”) in the New Meadows.
Polling Places Quite a few changes for the New Meadows and a new polling station for Crocus Street. Old Meadows conservation area … goes to Exec Board in March [updated]. Ward Walk, 30th This month starts from Bathley Street/Collygate Road at 11am. Light Night AMCG are doing a light night on Saturday, 8th February, 6pm.
Progress reviewed at Area 5 committee. Another stabbing, with a quick arrest. Police still working on closing phone boxes. The wet Autumn with mulched leaves still on some pavements and Embankment football pitches still unplayable. Some new parking protection needed following deterring commuters from parking at Bridgeway Shopping Centre. N Post asked residents about improving The Meadows, but we haven’t yet announced project being developed for a Greener Meadows. Ambitions for better transport and more housing rehearsed at Joint Committee on Strategic Planning and Transport, Joint Planning Board and Planning committee.
A month dominated by the General Election campaign, but ending on the tragedy of a terrorist killing 2 people trying to organise a better way, and then being brought down by people before the Police could get there.
In The Meadows, the prolonged rain turned leaves that weren’t blown away into a slippy mulch. A corner raised by residents in the shopping centre and on the ward walk. The other main issue is the continued use of drugs in our parks, streets and hedges. A separate difficult issue of children being robbed outside school locations has been dealt with by Children’s services and the Police. And after 8 years as a Meadows Councillor, we appear to have stopped the abuse of the Bridgeway Shopping Centre car parks by commuters. We continue to monitor. The former Three Bridges pub site has been cleared. Some significant community meetings – including “Your Choice, Your Voice“, OMTRA’s AGM and their consultation on a conservation area, MOzES’s AGM with their report on Project SENSIBLE and BCT’s AGM. I’ve still to write all of this up. But for each meeting, I produced a latest version of the graphical progress report (see above) and an overall statement on the ward. The Nottingham Arrow included a Meadows supplement. Oh, and Lilian Greenwood moved into The Meadows.
Loads of meeting and greeting and political events, including more case work. 76 matters raised by probably around 32 new clients since May 3rd, 2019. Political events included another Climate Change strike. Planning committee went through 40 minutes of concerns before welcoming a proposal for 348 flats for the Queens Road. Full council discussed loads. And of course, Remembrance Sunday.