Bridge ward monthly report 70

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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.

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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.

Bridge ward monthly report 68

MME Bridge ward OVERVIEW progress v170531 1715 aa1764hA 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.

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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.

Bridge ward monthly report 66

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Daffodils celebrating the end of a winter that never was.
Residents of Lamcote Grove celebrating the return of their street.
Friends of Ireland celebrating St.Patrick’s Day.


Some ups; and
some downs.
The burning of the bandstand on Victoria Embankment.
The complete distraction of the whole country from the real issues as a letter is sent to start the negotiations to withdraw the UK from the European Union.
A national budget that fell apart within a week.
Cuts to the council’s budget; and cuts to schools.


Commemorations too. Martin McGuinness, the commander of the (Provisional) IRA in Derry who became a chuckle brother alongside Ian Paisley. Professor Peter Mansfield who lead the development of NMR body scanning. Caroline Harper – the first woman Nottingham City councillor.

And for four people killed by a man using a car and two knives for weapons on Westminster Bridge and in the yard outside of Parliament.  Horrendous.

Showing “I, Daniel Blake” in The Meadows – a reminder of how we are going backwards; and a number of Police operations trying to stop the rot on drug-dealing.


Approx. 1888 matters from approx. 787 clients logged since Oct. 21st 2011.

Bridge ward monthly report 64

Trump is President of the USA and we’ve already had our first protests. Holocaust Memorial Day focussed on the genocide of the Jews – Trump didn’t mention it.  The Meadows also celebrated Chinese New Year.
Nationally, more chaos for the government over their plans for Brexit, and cuts to school budgets that have passed under the radar.
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Arkwright Walk is back as a wide street after 50 years, proposed flats now have planning permissions and a bus route with 3 sets of bus stops is viable.  The new NCT Navy 49 was introduced and the electric Centrelink services to Queens Drive park & ride began.

Still the next big change to The Meadows will be the introduction of parking permits for residents, for many more streets in the New Meadows.
Current implementation date is 6th February though seems likely to slip.

The Green play localtions ab0535h.pngRecommendations for the location of the play equipment for The Green are now agreed, but maybe we might  add some goalposts.

ASB issues continue, and there’s a current concern about abuse of the playfields on Victoria Embankment.

Planning permission has again been given to 350 flats on Crocus Street, but this time with more references to the crocus, symbol of The Meadows.

In the city centre, the Big Wheel is back.

Approx 1842 matters have been raised for tracking since 2011..