Main effort has been making reviewing progress made in the ward (see below and mid-month long write-up).
Otherwise. a month of sunshine meant bowls, cricket and the Maasai Cricket Warriors.
In the city centre, restoration, roof-top views and another August car park fire.
Reviewing city centre office block proposed to replace Victorian hotels and offices.
Oh, and Brexit and Trump, again.
Tackling anti-social behaviour and drug dealing: since the public meeting we called with Lilian Greenwood MP on June 1st, the extra Police operations has resulted in 4 warrants executed using the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Parking for local residents: permits for the remainder of the New Meadows, and for Wilford Crescent East, is planned to be introduced by the end of September. Consultation with OMTRA has modified the introduction of yellow lines to be the minimum necessary to enable bin lorries to pass through junctions.
Improving Bridgeway Shopping Centre: no vacant units. Significant maintenance is planned. We are to update the security cameras. We are consulting on a ticketless parking scheme to give the parking spaces back to shoppers and visitors to the medical centre.
Safer traffic on Robin Hood Way: a speeding enforcement operation took place in June and another is planned for September. The complaints of speeding has reduced following the jump in parking on the road. However, extra yellow lines to improve visibility at the junctions will be introduced in September.
Events: dispersing traffic at the end of events has improved, but we are reviewing the noise levels from the Carnival.
Better homes: £200,000 of works to improve the grounds of NCH properties are to be agreed at the next Area 8 committee. Mayfield Court is the next former warden complex to have their common rooms renewed.
New homes: properties on Arkwright Walk have sold quickly, but construction has slipped (additional work is needed on the road). The council is planning 18 houses off Ainsworth Drive and 21 flats off Saffron Gardens.
Flats and apartments for young workers and students:350 flats off Crocus Street are well under way. Designs of 420 rooms for students off Waterway Street West has gone through many iterations to improve their look from The Meadows. Community activists have met the developers of flats and rooms off Arkwright Street to assess their desirability and impact on The Meadows.
New equipment from Queens Walk Rec.: a full multi-use games area and new keep fit equipment is planned for a February start, subject to a successful financing bid.
Victoria Embankment: knee-high railings are planned to manage the free parking on the former tennis court.
The Memorial: a new memorial holding the names of those who died in the First World War, both at home and abroad, is planned for 2019. A heritage bid to refresh The Memorial and the Gardens is being prepared.
Pruning trees: £20,000 of works to be done.
We celebrated 70 years of the NHS.
Britain had an extraordinary heatwave.
Brexit negotiations delivered a political shockwave. Threats of food and fuel shortages next year, promises of noticing the difference in 50 years time and political opinion took a step change.
Trump hated the ridicule when he came to Britain and had to retract a defence of Putin.
Sacha Baron Cohen was back and how.
And England threw it away again.
Canvassing around Arkwright Walk.
Ward walk along council housing facing Queens Walk, and a walk with NeMTRA’s Bel Edis.
Probably 2120 cases etc. from around 883 clients since Oct. 2011.
Visited the security camera centre to check which cameras are blocked by trees.
Planning committee was chock full of concerns for developments in the ward.
An OMTRA public meeting, with a lot of discussion on the Victoria Embankment.
Another excellent AMCG fayre, with smiles captured by a year 3 pupil. One Stop Shop celebrated its 20th anniversary.
A bigger Notts Pride parade.
Splendour had some great acts.
The Blue Orchids were excellent.
A documentary on Jack Jones was a trip down memory lane.
33 decorated fibre glass robins installed in the city centre.
Schools painted bookbenches to accompany them. One at the Meadows Library, which also hosted a Gingerbread Man show.
Barker Gate Rest Gardens was one of the latest parks in the city to be awarded a green flag.
Robin Hood Energy started trading in surplus and are switching to renewable energy sources.
Rough sleeping was debated in Parliament.
A magnificent new Meadows tapestry – this one celebrating the Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens, visited by a delegation from South Korea.
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June started with a public meeting with Lilian Greenwood MP (supported by an extensive status report and write-up). A much better month as extensive Police operations saw a fightback following knifing incidents.
Also working with Lilian when campaigning against the mayhem that’s been brought upon the railways.
Canvassing in Osier Close and Oxbow Close.
Ward walk in the Old Meadows.
Started on 3 new committees – Audit and Licensing, and Pensions.
Some stuff on stories of Nottingham.
A great play – Shebeen. Recognising the Windrush generation.
The Great Central Railway.
A design for a new World War 1 memorial announced.
Restoring property fronts along Carrington Street.
A plaque for the formal setting up of Notts. County F.C. in the George Hotel.
Tried to look to the future too, with ideas on new buildings with timber, urban farming and using heat from Nottingham’s mines.
Sport featured with the international triathlon relay and England developing a new type of organised punch from set plays at the World Cup – against Tunisia, Panama, but not Belgium. But most importantly, the football getting better cos 8 match officials and video cameras are punishing a lot more of the foul play, and that that continues is getting punished. Just the time-wasting, aggression against the ref and substitutes running on the pitch to crack.
Pleasant trip to Emmanuel School, becoming more popular.
Nice celebration of an arts event – based on the canal trip – at Queens Walk pavilion.
Nottingham City WI held a garden party in the Barker Gate Rest Gardens they re-planted.
A hard-hitting month as knifing incidents continued and travellers did criminal damage to the Meadows Recreation Ground.
An effective ward walk in Narrow Marsh.
AMCG spring event was well attended.
Queens Walk Camera Club held its first exhibition.
FoVE had its first meeting for over 5 years and were surprised.
A number of Conservative councils are now in financial trouble, and the Notts County leader set off a dog whistle demonstrating ignorance of finance, and not caring about fanning prejudice.
The kind of dog whistling which in another context has led to members of the Windrush generation banned from re-entering the UK, to the cost of the Home Secretary who had to resign.
Some great movies – Funny Cow, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – and a play – Art.
I celebrated my first election as a Councillor 25 years previous and completed my year as Lord Mayor and was appointed as chair of Audit committee.
Shrewsbury Town finished an outstanding year, but missed out at Wembley again, this time on promotion.
The conduct and the process of the Irish referendum was uplifting.
The local government results were mixed – Labour with a better share of the vote than last year and gaining in London; but losing in the Midlands and most especially Derby, where we now wait to find if literature used against the then council leader is formally judged as racist.
Cooler than more recent Aprils.
Two knife incidents in The Meadows was not great, but there have been arrests.
A new front entrance for Queens Walk Community Centre is underway, paid for by the tram project.
We said goodbye to 2 former City Councillors, Ken Williams and Mohammad Aslam.
And we are to say goodbye to Bridge ward.
Number of matters raised with me since October 2011 – 2078.
Some great art – plays: This House, Holes; movies: Isle of Dogs, Beast, and an interesting event Here to be Heard (The Slits); .
A jolly trip to Blackpool and Salop are to finish 3rd in the league – a tremendous outcome, although the “Mickey Mouse” cup final was to be a very sour event.
Nationally, the protests against protests against anti-Semitism kept being made by defenders of Jezza even though Jezza said he’d made a wrong call – la de da.
The expulsion of the Windrush generation who previously been recognised as legitimate immigrants, but without a piece of paper to say so, led to the resignation of the Home Secretary who at one stage was reported to be saying she had not seen what was in her official boxes.