Meadows ward monthly report 06

A General Election was called and we didn’t leave the European Union –
Five Leaves and We Are Not Leaving. Give People the Final Say march

Further to the mid-month progress report and a general review written to coincide with with the AGM of Bridges Community Trust
– I have liaised with the Police Inspector and other concerns complaints of robbery in The Meadows and across the conurbation south of the river;
– Police have gone public on their concerns over the abuse of phone boxes –
– Meadows shop stabbing assailant has pleaded guilty in court;
– there is a lot of property development happening or planned to happen in The Meadows ward;
– I have met the landowners of the former Three Bridges pub to ask about the security of the site and their intentions to develop;
– we have introduced the RINGGO car parking scheme at the Bridgeway Shopping Centre, and it has had a significant impact;
– Councillor Langton has acted upon a breakout of graffiti, obscene and political graffiti, in Old Meadows;
– Congratulations to Notts County Football in the Community on the celebration of Constance Jeans’ swimming records in 1919.
– Congratulations to Meadows Advice Group who have celebrated their 40th anniversary.

58 matters raised since May 3rd, 2019.

Culture and events –
Plays: Getting the Third Degree, Prism, “It’s True, It’s True, It’s True”
Events – Opening of the 725th Goose Fair, FoML Quiz – October 2019
Meetings – The Struggle for Democracy in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Supporting the Hong Kong protestors from Nottingham,Jess Phillips MP tells Truth to Power, Tribute to Eric Irons

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National and international politics dominated.
The proroguing of Parliament was declared illegal by the Supreme Court. 11-0. This after 25 Conservative party MPs lost the whip and John Major gave evidence to the court hearings.
I spoke at the second European and Democracy Nottingham rally. Also attended an AEIP meeting where Paul Mason spoke.
The Government started lots of General Election campaigning, without giving any testable indication of negotiating with the EU.
Personal conduct of Johnson and Trump now being questioned at a more serious level.
Thomas Cook were allowed to crash – remember the banks weren’t. And yet again, the board members had received big payouts.
Labour conference came out with some gems – including ending prescription charges in England.

A lot of top line news coverage on climate change and the protests –
– an independent Greener Meadows community organisation has been launched after a public meeting;  
– Green Festival: held a stall;
Earth Strike: nice to speak at something that was part of a protest occurring across the world.

In The Meadows – 
– a warden was attacked at Bridgeway Shopping Centre, but the warden made an arrest anyway;
– a stabbing at the shop by Meadows Embankment – apparently between friends; assailant arrested; the shopkeeper told the N Post “Nothing really happens around here. It is usually very quiet.
– the red phone box near the Old Toll Bridge has been locked and the issues caused by abuse of other phone boxes is being chased with BT suggesting that they may consider disabling some comms services at other boxes;
– Area committee: focus was Police action; the local Inspector reported that Nottinghamshire Police are running Operation Baxter to tackle issues around drug dealing in The Meadows, including extra patrols and operations, and so far eight arrests have been made and 30 dispersal notices issued, ordering people to leave the area. As part of this operation, a warrant was executed where we seized drugs with a street value of around £20,000.
– the issues of knife crime and general levels of rough living in The Meadows was raised and rehearsed at Police Panel on Monday; the Chief Constable is still of the view that pressures elsewhere don’t merit a return to one sergeant each for Meadows ward and Dales ward.  

Within Nottingham –
– disappointment for teachers at Nottingham College who’ve had to strike cos of the imposition of new contracts; I met them at their UCU picket lines and spoke at their rally;
– took the chance to view Nottingham from the top of St.Mary’s Church tower.

With Nottingham City Council –
Full council: apparently extra money from Government for next year, instead of cuts, but we don’t know how much, so we are waiting;
– Planning cttee.: a tour of 10 sites in Nottingham showing both good and bad;
– Joint committee on Strategic Planning and Transport where I spoke against the gravel extraction planned for part of Clifton;
– Joint Planning cttee.: checking progress of all the conurbation’s councils’ local plans.
– Roma training: surprised by the number of Roma now living in Nottingham.
– Area committee – agreed resurfacing of Osier Road.
– Audit committee: I spoke on IICSA – I think we need a re-statement on our ambition for children and on the conditions that lead to abuse, once actions in response to the findings have been set in place; full accounts still to be assessed by the External Auditor. ( Note, the City Council always appoints an External Auditor to assess its accounts – something the N Post story doesn’t understand).

Housing in The Meadows –
– house building is progressing off Arkwright Walk and people are moving into the Masson Court flats;
– council house building is progressing off Ainsworth Drive;
– clearing the site of the former Meadows Police station may begin in November, with construction starting perhaps in January;
– Saffron Court (Hicking phase 2) has begun to welcome new tenants.
– Sadly, the new student block off Summer Leys Lane is being completed late and students are being place in nearby hotels;
a landlord was fined £6,000 for housing nine people in terraced house.

Also in The Meadows –
Lilian Greenwood MP canvass session along Woolmer Road; issues – Remain, car parking and arts.
the Robin Hood half-marathon took place, without local traffic jams; 
– the introduction of RINGGO at Bridgeway Shopping Centre is around 4 weeks away;
– a ward walk of the south-west of The Meadows; found some scree to be cleared; a couple of houses are using parking areas for other purposes;
Summer Reading Challenge;
Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens Autumn event;
– Queens Walk Community Association held their AGM;
– a project to repaint Trent Bridge has been agreed, partly to improve appearance, but mainly as part of the works need to protect the structure of the bridge.

Culturally –
Foxfinder, The Enemy Within, Every Brilliant Thing;
The Farewell, Mrs Lowry & Son;
Beyond Bauhaus, left Nottingham newsletters since the ’70s.
– Peaky Blinders, series 5 – at times ludicrous but still, engrossing and it’s based in Birmingham.

51 requests for action recorded be actioned; probably from 22 or so new clients.

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Outrage at Prorogation of Parliament with city centre demonstration.
Continued erratic weather, but with higher concern about climate change with meetings and features on new ideas, including in The Meadows.

A new progress leaflet, and a visit from Lilian Greenwood MP.
News from Nottingham City Homes.

The red telephone kiosk near the Old Toll Bridge is decommissioned and locked up.
A warden is assaulted, and the culprit gets 18 weeks in jail within 24 hours.

Loads on – The Nottingham Carnival, Riverside Festival and the return of our Bandstand, including by the MineFest.

Drama –
Peaky Blinders series 5 starts,
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Woman at War, Vita and Virginia, Booksmart, Photograph;
Coram Boy, The Girl of Ink and Stars.


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Frame from time lapse video of the Nottinghamshire Parade capturing me photoing Roxanne Ellis and her friends with her long trans flag.

The AMC Gardens Midsummer Community Event and Nottinghamshire Pride, are triumphs; celebration of people and communities at their best. Full council is happy too as it celebrated 9 of its retiring Councillors.
Old Meadows TRA public meeting is a more serious event, talking about planning and new developments in the north of The Meadows. A progress report is shared which again tries to show all the ongoing issues in one place. The ward walk picks up on the main current concern – the use and abuse of 3 public telephone boxes.
Consultation on a renewed Memorial and Memorial Gardens begins.

Salutary to begin to read the report published by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse whilst in the care of Nottinghamshire Councils.

EnviroEnergy reports £487k profit and Audit committee meets twice to approve the Statement of Accounts and reflect on how the council is governing. Planning committee starts special planning documents for biodiversity and caves, and a collection of public information films on New Towns prompts further reflections on what planning has to do to create and sustain great places.

The 50th anniversary of first man walking on the moon (and Apollo 11) could have been an opportunity to re-focus and be ambitious. Having suffered the hottest day in the UK’s recorded history, it all ought to prompt a focus on climate change, but Britain is horribly distracted by Brexit and a new Prime Minister who seeks to create and impression of can do through jolly hockey sticks and bags of tomato and lettuce, but soon hits the reality of concerns for Britain’s border with Ireland and whose presentation of progress in Britain is piffle.
Despite the proposed deal with the EU being written off, the only one the EU has said it will offer, Tony Blair reminds us that a People’s Vote will be needed; which is kinda Jeremy Corbyn’s view, too except he still offers the notion that a jobs friendly Lexit can be considered. He has though re-launched Labour’s anti-Semitism campaign.

For drama, the Cricket World Cup final excelled, though the abiding memory should be the sporting nature of amazingly unlucky New Zealand players. Instead, more piffle – as the multi-cultural nature of the England team passes nationalists by.
In football, England lost another semi-final. The Open is kinda ruined by the weather of the final round, and what you learn is golf on TV is only interesting when enough players doing well.
The Lehman Trilogy is great theatre, but arguably misses the big conclusions to be drawn. Yesterday is a great concept ruined by Richard Curtis’ concept of romance. Sometimes, Always, Never is a gentle surprise.
Grace Eden also offers thoughts on growing older but using photos and pre-Raphaelite painting.