Bridge ward monthly report 88

CO2 towers: disappointment as tower blocks for government offices are approved for construction next to the railway station, failing completely in the standards we should expect of modern buildings when tackling climate change. And despite a resolution to full Council on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

More agreeably, student flats and private rent apartments for west of Arkwright Street are agreed, but I had to intervene when no Section 106 money was to be paid. £100,000 will not be given to the public realm – in this case, the Memorial Gardens and play equipment for Arkwright Walk.

Audit committee reviewed the risks to the City Council of a hard Brexit (on 29th March at 11pm). Chief concern being staffing care services.
Parliament debated Brexit at length and got some stick for not being able to agree on anything. Yet the decision was taken away from them and Theresa May kept trying to stretch things out. We will need to find a way of knowing what kind of Brexit people voted for and a reconciliation process as part of Brexit, or as I hope, avoiding Brexit.

Joined 3 protests this month: for the railways, for Remain and against the cuts.

Pleased to attend Nottm Central Women’s Aid at their 7th AGM.
National Holocaust Day and surprise some parts of the Left still can’t get it right on anti-Semitism.  

Films on show this month were particularly strong, as they end to be in the UK in the run-up to the BAFTAs and Oscars.
Stan & OllieColetteThe FavouriteUn Amour ImpossibleNae PasaranThe Front RunnerMary Queen of ScotsRosa LuxemburgI’m Not Running.

Salop have a new manager, but are struggling in the League. Despite this, drew with Wolves in the FA Cup after sensationally coming from 2-0 behind to win at Stoke with 3 brilliant moves in 10 minutes.

Bridge ward monthly report 87

Stories of poverty in The Meadows affecting family life. Frustration with Universal Credit.
Celebrating Christmas as a community, as a party , with a residents’ group and at the library. Another Christmas card. and then a Christmas Day funeral for Cllr Mohammed Ibrahim.
(sorrow too at the loss of Pete Shelley.)
Area 8 committee. Finally rolled out most of the traffic changes long-promised for the Meadows.
Protests against the proposed closure of the Crown Post Office on Queen Street.

Bridge ward monthly report 86

A massive relief to see the USA reject Trump by 9.4 million votes.  But it took a fortnight to find out what had actually happened.  24.5 millions extra votes for the Democratic Party – candles – in the elections for the House compared to 4 years ago.  Now we just hope that the average 40% approval rate – an historic low – finally crumbles under the pressure of the latest revelations that he put his personal wealth in Russia ahead of national interest.  
Brexit has become a choice between Leave on March 29th, remain for another 21 months under a Gov’t deal before Leaving (with probably no deal for a further 2 years), Remain (probably needing another referendum to confirm), and with none of these options having a majority, I think we’ll lurch towards a no-deal Brexit until the country resolves to withdraw Article 50 so as to negotiate a full Brexit deal, and then ask again.  
Then, for some perspective – the centenary of the end of World War I.  A stupid war, that should bring perspective to the stupidity of supporting Trump or wanting Brexit.  Britain and the USA needs to get its perspective back.

A new format graphical progress report. 

Drama in the ward with a shooting in Fletcher Gate and arson triggering a terrible fire in Cattle Market. (Arrests made for both.)

Busy with a lot of reports and public meetings.  
Bridge ward is being divided into The Meadows and the city centre (with the Park estate and Castle Marina), so I’m now producing 2 graphical reports.  
In the city centre, reviewing ideas for changing some of the pedestrianisation.  
In Castle Marina, hearing of concerns about ASB in the public space by the canal.
In The Meadows, loads of public meetings – Your Choice, Your Voice;  OMTRA AGM; the new Memorial Gardens Association (MeGA); MOzES AGM; and a ward walk.  One concern coming up at these meetings is the proposed government offices by the railway station and their height. 
For the council – full Council, Police Panel, Audit committee, heritage along Carrington Street and in Hockley (The People’s Hall) – and a report on Brexit.
Political protests and meetings – Anti Brexit, John Hess meeting with a former Tory MP, an exhibition on elections – and a tribute to the Nottingham Labour MPs who didn’t get a mention, a presentation on gypsy culture, and a presentation on New Labour.  
And the arts: The Madness of George III; Alleluyah!; Killing Joke; Fahrenheit 11/9;.
Events: Christmas lights and fireworks night.  Panthers losing 4-0, not so much.
And the Remembrance.  The service, the parade, the ceremony.  The start to a new memorial.  They Shall not Grow Old.

P.S. Some solace from other cities contemplating Workplace Parking Levy.  Some sorrow for a Salop manager who was dropped.  And some gratitude to Irena Paxton for her advice, help and support in The Meadows.