Triathlons and marathons showed The Meadows off to advantage. Some issues to sort out regarding traffic regulation orders.
Some progress on long running issues regarding mice and anti-social neighbours but more to do.
Now more than 2000 matters raised (2005).
New Meadows based troupes in the Carnival and a mini road network for kiddies to learn bicycle riding and road safety. A spider conference and the European Squash championships – squash came home.
A Radio Nottingham show, reflecting on the disappointment that came with the first Forest vs Salop match and on the failure to do enough with Nottingham history stories, including the Battle of Mapperley Hills.
Celebrations of independence for Jamaica, India and Pakistan, though with a smack of imperialist condescension.
Rain spoiling the Salop match, but serious damage being done elsewhere – in the USA who’ve ignored Al Gore, his movie and his sequel, and in south Asia.
Political news from the USA was worse – including the condoning of a terrorist attack by The President. So we remember Heather Heyer. And in Nottingham, we remembered Alan Clark and Kate Rush too.
Certain intractable issues in The Meadows are still being tackled – many reviewed during a visit by Lilian Greenwood MP.
A site visit to St.Peter’s.
The Lace Market had a mixed time, a scrubbed street, renewed rest gardens and a car park fire. Sorrow over the demolished Black Boy Hotel.
An eventful and emotional August.
Bridgeway Shopping Centre is fully used in the first time in years.
A very impressive “Lifestyle Centre” geared to helping the elderly and less mobile is many ways has moved in, and the facility is impressive.
Elsewhere, we’ve put small goals alongside the new castle play equipment on The Green.
A small road system has been installed on The Embankment, separate, for kids to learn road sense on their bicycles and pedal cars.
We’ve announced a series of measures to improve visibility at junctions along Robin Hood way, accessibility for buses at 3 of the bus stands, protect parking for residents on a number of streets off Robin Hood Way and we are considering 2 hours limits on streets serving communal facilities. Also struck at how the new volumes of parking on Robin Hood way has slowed traffic down.
Construction of new housing on Arkwright Walk has begun.
The Riverway pub and the Arkwright Stores have re-opened.
Nice events at Meadows Library (garden party) and Community Gardens (AMCG summer fayre), and at Bridgeway Consulting (Queens Award).
In the city centre, The Art File also won a Queens Award, and we saw Nottingham Beach back again and Pride – very good feeling.
In the wider city, the Chinasaurs and a test match.
Lots of positive things, but lack of money in people’s pockets remains the big concern, with dealing a widepsread concern in The Meadows, highlighted by a serious stabbing;and growing repeated begging in the city centre.
The General Election was the most extraordinary event, a result that was not predicted when the election was called.
Election Day in The Meadows was special.
Labour didn’t win, but something else changed, not the least the public credibility of the Prime Minister, and also Labour achieving a 40% share of the vote for the first time for some time. We are in striking distance for the next time, even the Conservatives will not make the same mistakes again. They’ve thrown away 3 years of government, and we now wait to see if they can continue, especially depending on a pact with Unionists from the north of Ireland.
It’s not the change we needed, and the cuts in public services will continue to undermine the capacity of the country and reduce the quality of life.
We’ll continue to graft, and opportunities for small amounts of physical improvements are found, but we need more money in people’s pockets, unified public services to bring all children on and more – not less – people defending community safety.
It was nice to see the pride of The Meadows shine through at the city parade, both with a banner and the dance & music of the Ancestors.
See the graphic for more news of progress.
A bit of a struggle to keep up with posting stories during a General Election campaign.
Main story is the attack on Manchester, for which both a minute’s silence and a vigil was held.
Big welcome for the new play equipment on The Green; bins and goalposts to follow.
A series of improvements planned for Queens Walk Rec.
Big issue is dealing at various locations across The Meadows.
Some consultation needed on extension of parking permits and need to review Robin hood Way to give pedestrians greater confidence for crossing the road.
Improvements planned for Meadows Library in June.
The new residents parking permits scheme for the New Meadows is settling in, but there has been an impact on Robin Hood Way and some further changes to protect bus stands and pedestrian crossing points may be needed.
The construction of the play equipment for The Green has started.
The new council housing in the New Meadows is still being finished, and the new housing for Arkwright Walk is still to start.
An application for new housing off Wilford Crescent East was withdrawn from the April planning committee.
Bollards in the city centre have been introduced to make Lace Market streets more pleasant for pedestrians.
Approx. 1920 matters from approx. 800 clients logged since Oct. 21st 2011.
So many years after the Co-Op halved the size of their supermarket in Bridgeway Centre, the keys have been handed over to 2 charities who want the empty half-unit as both a shop and a distribution centre.
TO BE UPDATED.