Bridge ward monthly report 75

Quick points –

·         Money has been released for the renewal of Meadows Health Centre (circa £750k);

·         Keepmoat have a published community portal webpage, with plans for Arkwright Walk & Blackstone Walk, FAQs contact details, jobs info and local issues;

·         We will consult on further parking changes in The Meadows to tackle problems caused by commuters; (delayed by Broadmarsh changes);

·         the replacement of the old lighting on the north and south bank of the Trent at the Embankment with new LED fittings (to reduce the energy consumption and improve the light quality) has been agreed;

·         Many new flats and apartments are proposed at Waterway Street West and at Meadows Way / Sheriffs Way; get in touch if you have concerns.

·         The proposed new electoral wards unhelpfully divide The Meadows, despite nearly all public services treating The Meadows as a whole; (many are protesting);

·         Cuts in national government support for Nottingham City Council will require further cuts of £27 million.

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Bridge ward monthly report 73

city of culture cartoon ab0914h DNJFE2aX0AIfcouStart the month with  a massive one-man rifle assault on a country & western concert, witness an ex-hurricane hit the British Isles mid-month and finish with reports of record levels of CO2 in the earth’s atmosphere.

The Conservative Prime Minister has a nightmare at the conference and still appears to have gained ground.  Even a former Conservative prime minister calls for the suspension of the rollout of Universal Credit.

Celebrities having been called out for sexual harassment,  politicians follow – first Conservative MPs and Ministers – then it turns out a Greater Nottingham Labour activist had been raped and party officials appear to give poor advice.

Seems like a Trump campaign manager has previous for money laundering.  Following a triumphant declaration that he’s releasing all the JFK files, as he was required to do – and then failed to cos he got the process wrong.  Meanwhile, the JFK files bring out all the conspiracists out, who never stop to think how “they” want them to believe in conspiracies.

Catalonia strikes out for independence from Spain without a proper referendum and with plenty of people saying they don’t support the change.
Brexit doesn’t feel any better.

Labour hold three Nottingham city council seats in by-elections, but low turnouts in October remain a challenge, despite many new party members.

Then a boundary commission recommends splitting The Meadows into 2 parts.  The Conservatives requested it, but the commission does kinda recognised that nobody else had even thought of it and so are looking for further comment.

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So where in any of this is there hope or perspective or joy?

Perspective is brought by the documentary series on The Vietnam War  shown on BBC 4 tv.

Hope comes from learning about the Luddites in Nottingham 200 years ago.   How they struck out for values and the vote.
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And keeping on keeping on with regeneration and parks improvements.

The joy – lots of opportunities to tell stories about Nottingham this month, especially at Goose Fair, and at the launch of the city of culture bid, and of hoodwinked; recognising that not only did Herbert Kilpin found AC Milan, but he gave them the red and black stripes of Notts Olympic;  oh, and comedy bikes and Salop going 15 league games unbeaten.

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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.

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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.