Mid-month progress report – March 2020 (2)

The public health emergency has taken over much of the work of the council and public services. I am following the Government’s advice on social distancing.

Many of you are making arrangements for family, friends and neighbours. The council is burdened through both extra work and fewer staff being available to do them. The council is unlikely to be in a position to evaluate or approve wider schemes organised by volunteers to serve strangers, so please work in a safe way in terms of helping people who don’t yet know you.

The council is sustaining its bin collections and street cleaning but not doing weeding, grass cutting and bulky waste collections. Libraries are open only 2 days a weeks.

My advice surgeries are cancelled, as are all public meetings of the council.

Trent Bridge is being re-painted; the Bandstand was re-painted last year.

Area 5 committee was cancelled, but we are acting on 2 priorities with Area Capital funds –
1. to consult on parking permits for “home zones” within New Meadows, Mundella Road neighbourhood and the Mundella Court streets.
2. to re-surface the stretches of roads with the potholes that most disturb cyclists, bus passengers and residents.

Two redundant traffic signs poles on the entrance to the Old Meadows on Wilford Grove have been removed; a pothole at the entrance to Wilford Crescent East has been patched; the pile of leaves on Embankment park has been removed.


The Council has been awarded £130,000 by the Lottery for a £170,000 package to renew and improve The Embankment and Memorial Gardens. This is a significant step on the way to achieving a total package of £1.7m.

The bid for the Climate Action Fund remains top priority.  

The City Council has won money to improve public transport and wants to develop a business case for expanding the tram, including through Meadow Lane.

Pleased that the Police announced yesterday, further progress against drug dealing in The Meadows (the previous announcement was that the Police have charged 2 people from the New Meadows for drug dealing
The previous mid-March progress report and the end of February progress report is available – probably 120 matters raised since 3 May.  

Mid-month progress report – March 2020

Funds will be ear-marked for highways works at Area 5 cttee on the 18th.   A bit unfortunate that the Conservatives and Independents voted to take the existing funds away from The Meadows, but they never had anywhere near a majority anyway.

A list of proposals will be provided at the meeting, but comment is sought on the current priorities.  Need to be mindful of the 1 in 4 chance of Forest being in the Premiership next year. 

Pleased that RINGGO at Bridgeway Shopping Centre has had a good impact.  Will look out for commuters becoming tolerant of the £4 charge, especially as the tax offices open in Summer 2021.  

We do have a problem with tree stumps and will seek solutions, but concern remains with utilities being bound up with the tree roots.

News on the bid for a Lottery funded £1.7m for The Embankment is due soon.

Pleased to work with reps on forthcoming developments north of Meadows Way.  Note a developer has bought both the pub site and the car wash site south of Ryehill Street.  

The council took strong measures to protect trams, buses and local resident access on Meadows Way during the Clifton Bridge jams.  I hope we will now chase expanding the tram system to the east, to bring relief to London Road and bring us another tram stop.   Disappointed to see Clifton Independents call for all traffic to use bus lanes – which during the peak hours just provides spaces for 30 more cars to queue down Meadows Way east.

The bid for the Climate Action Fund is top priority.  We are well based to bid. A leaflet has been published by the new consortium.

Pleased that the Police have charged 2 people from the New Meadows for drug dealingamazed that a rumour went around about Covid-19!

New play surfaces on Mundella Park.

On Covid-19, merely want to say – follow the national advice.  

Been disappointed with pen-name authored attacks on Bridgeway General Practice; there are channels for making proper complaints.  

The council has a new “customer hub” at Loxley House. 

Previous progress report is available – 114 matters raised since 3 May.  

Printed reports will be provided for NeMTRA AGM, Meadows Money Hub, OMTRA.

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To be updated; 111 requests, 46 new clients

Bridge failure. Traffic jams. Floods. The growth of a pandemic. Abuse of the civil service. Oh, and poor media practice & N Post click-bait.

Clifton Bridge failed. The Meadows was jammed with commuters.
It rained, the river was high and Gunthorpe bridge was closed. Elsewhere, houses and property and crops were ruined by floods.

Successes – putting trams, buses and local transport first in response to the jams; progress by Meadows Police; pushing on with greening The Meadows, building on what we already have. And we have to push for green solutions for the future (and challenge some of the myths).
MeGA are doing well and launched a new web-site.
Nottingham City Council opened its new customer hub.

I supported Keir Starmer for Leader of the Labour Party.

Culture and events – 
Films: Parasite; Richard Jewell; Mr. Jones; Weathering with you; Greed;
Plays: Moonlight and Magnolias;
Events: Meadows Light Night 2020; Nottingham Light Night 2020;  Ivon Hitchens exhibition; Vote For Planet Earth by Judy Liebert; Flight;
TV: Confronting Holocaust Denial by David Baddiel;
Football: Salop scored a great goal at Anfield (alright, properly disallowed) but the performance was woeful.

And farewells: Mary Phillips; Dieter Peetz; Harry Gregg.

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Leaving the European Union.
On top of the Wuhan Coronavirus breakout and Australia on fire.
Austerity wasn’t cancelled after all.
And a very sad manslaughter in Nottingham city centre.

Loads to write-up but significant parts of Meadows news already covered in the mid-month report, notes from the ward walk and a presentation of development sites across the north of The Meadows. The N Post also celebrated progress in The Meadows.

Once again, the need to re-state opposition to anti-Semitism. I’ve also put together a statement on Islamophobia.
Hosted a seminar on Greener Office buildings, and gave speeches on simplistic tests for attractive buildings and (at full council) on carbon neutrality for Nottingham, on the Local Plan (& the Cattle Market), on new polling districts and against the Knife Angel.

Meadows Labour Party has re-booted after the election defeat and more analysis makes plain how badly Labour lost and how unpopular Jeremy Corbyn is.

Culture and events – 
Films: it’s the pre-Oscars season so a lot of go see movies around – JoJo Rabbit; Bombshell; Queen & Slim; The Personal History of David Copperfield; 1917; and then Little Women; A Hidden Life;
Events:  Holocaust Memorial Day; Stewart Lee;
TV: drama series and documentary on The Profumo Affair;
Football: Salop looked destined to be thrashed by Liverpool Reserves but came back to draw 2-2.

Mid-month progress report – January 2020

Most of this report already posted on this web-site; this presentation has been prepared for meetings in The Meadows.

Nottingham 2028 Carbon Neutral Charter
Nottingham has declared a climate emergency and agreed a charter to act.  A lot of big vision stuff, and good to set out a big aim.  
Towards a Greener Meadows

The Meadows is bidding for a big revenue project to spend on developing greener living; changes in what we. eat and how we grow food; how we waste less and renew / repair more.  The Meadows bid depends on being community based and the establishment of the Greener Meadows group has been very important to that.  
Re-charging points
More electric car re-charging points are being explored, most likely in the north-east corner of Victoria Embankment, towards Trent Bridge.  

Greener Offices
There’s a meeting between officers and Green campaigners on greener architecture for offices on Friday morning.  

Crocus Meadows
A ton of stuff has happened / is being sought for “Crocus Meadows”.  Officers are taking the Planning committee on a walking tour on Wednesday, 22nd.  

Local Plan
A major re-statement of the planning policies for lots of parcels of land throughout the city has been agreed …

Cattle Market
… including the Cattle Market; I see the plan changing so as to enable change rather than demand it, and to fit in with the huge re-development throughout Waterside, including enabling new tram routes.  
The leases on much of the Cattle Market site have some years to run and the market is a very distinctive part of the city’s offer.

Crime and Knives
Knife crime in the city is down slightly, but we have had incidents again in The Meadows, the latest being between “acquaintances” (mid-Decemebr) for which an arrest was made the following day.  
I’m opposing calls for the Knife Angel to come to Nottingham. 
What I want is a dedicated police sergeant.  

Leaf Mulch Litter
The wet Autumn, and the distinct periods of prolonged raid has made clearing pavements difficult; 
Officers report we have recovered on the leaf mulch, but I would welcome feedback. 

Football pitches
The pitches have been waterlogged; hoping they’ll be dry enough in a further fortnight.

Austerity and Cuts
We’re planning a stall at the Bridgeway Shopping Centre for Friday, 24th, at 10am.  
The cuts are limiting the number of events that Meadows Councillors can now support – down to “Your Choice, Your Voice”, Christmas Tree, Library grotto.  
We wish we could do more, including …

Road maintenance
Osier Road resurfaced. 

Parking management
Requests keep being asked about parking permits for more of the Old Meadows.  The tests remain – is there a problem? is there a problem that permits can actually fix?  does it have support from the residents directly affected?

We do think RINGGO at Bridgeway Shopping Centre has been a success, but we now need to look at parcels of lands (“home zones”) in the New Meadows.  

Polling Places
Quite a few changes for the New Meadows and a new polling station for Crocus Street.   

Old Meadows conservation area 
… goes to Exec Board in March [updated].  

Ward Walk, 30th
This month starts from Bathley Street/Collygate Road at 11am. 

Light Night
AMCG are doing a light night on Saturday, 8th February, 6pm
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Good community events –
Christmas tree lights switch-on and Christmas Grotto.

Progress reviewed at Area 5 committee.
Another stabbing, with a quick arrest. Police still working on closing phone boxes.
The wet Autumn with mulched leaves still on some pavements and Embankment football pitches still unplayable.
Some new parking protection needed following deterring commuters from parking at Bridgeway Shopping Centre.
N Post asked residents about improving The Meadows, but we haven’t yet announced project being developed for a Greener Meadows.
Ambitions for better transport and more housing rehearsed at Joint Committee on Strategic Planning and Transport, Joint Planning Board and Planning committee.

A General Election defeat. But the Conservatives didn’t even send an election address out.
I’ve written at some length on the reasons for Labour’s defeat.
A tragedy given what we coulda been doing already.
I don’t want a Corbyn 2.0.

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To be updated.

A month dominated by the General Election campaign, but ending on the tragedy of a terrorist killing 2 people trying to organise a better way, and then being brought down by people before the Police could get there.

In The Meadows, the prolonged rain turned leaves that weren’t blown away into a slippy mulch. A corner raised by residents in the shopping centre and on the ward walk.
The other main issue is the continued use of drugs in our parks, streets and hedges.
A separate difficult issue of children being robbed outside school locations has been dealt with by Children’s services and the Police.
And after 8 years as a Meadows Councillor, we appear to have stopped the abuse of the Bridgeway Shopping Centre car parks by commuters. We continue to monitor.
The former Three Bridges pub site has been cleared.
Some significant community meetings – including “Your Choice, Your Voice“, OMTRA’s AGM and their consultation on a conservation area, MOzES’s AGM with their report on Project SENSIBLE and BCT’s AGM. I’ve still to write all of this up.
But for each meeting, I produced a latest version of the graphical progress report (see above) and an overall statement on the ward.
The Nottingham Arrow included a Meadows supplement.
Oh, and Lilian Greenwood moved into The Meadows.

Loads of meeting and greeting and political events, including more case work.
76 matters raised by probably around 32 new clients since May 3rd, 2019.
Political events included another Climate Change strike.
Planning committee went through 40 minutes of concerns before welcoming a proposal for 348 flats for the Queens Road.
Full council discussed loads.
And of course, Remembrance Sunday.

Culture and events – 
Plays: 
Films: The Report; Die Welle (The Wave);
Events:  
Meetings: 
Football: saw Salop for the first time this season – the latest since I first followed them in 1972; and a special connection with Grenada has developed.