Meadows ward monthly report 04

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.

TO BE COMPLETED.

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Meadows ward monthly report 03

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.

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The World War I Centenary Memorial is completed, but the opening service is formulaic and doesn’t try to celebrate the stories of the fallen.
D-Day 75th anniversary is flat too.
A poignancy comes from the funeral of a man who after 25 years living on the streets, had found peace in a flat provided by Nottingham City Homes.

A depressing national political situation –
– Trump visits London and invokes supporters on the streets that never were;
– the Conservative candidates to be next Prime Minister see them all committing to Brexit by 31st October, when it’s still not clear the country could achieve it;
– the criticism ventured focusses on a new Prime Minister not being returned via a General Election, when it is what our constitution allows and has been the case more often than not;
– all but one of the Conservative candidates advocates big increases on public spending and the lost revenue from tax giveaways to corporations and banks is mentioned by no-one;
– Jo Brand apologised for a joke about throwing acid (that BBC Radio decided to transmit) which was a relief cos people had taken it literally, and the remark was a tad too close to a potential reality, but it prompted a debate about the death of metaphor and the power of outrage;
– Labour continues to struggle with the charge of anti-Semitism when an MP who supported party members expelled for anti-Semitism and said the party was too apologetic on the matter, is first let back in so he can be re-selected, and then suspended again in response to the outcry;
– we have to make a stand for RSE and we have to remind people about the injustice toteh Windrush generation. More positive was the celebrations of our green spaces and the launch of a book to campaign on climate change. Britain was wet, Arnold was flooded, Europe suffered a fierce heatwave and the Earth recorded its hottest June.

Locally, progress is reported at the new Area 5 committee on car parking solutions for Bridgeway Shopping Centre, which also now has improved camera coverage. The Bridgeway GP practice celebrated new rooms and facilities.
Reports on crime is positive overall, but some bizarre incidents including a hit and run on Bathley Street.
The tram’s finances improves. The electric bus service from Queens Drive park & ride are replaced by the NCT Navy 49, which means Meadows Way west loses its most local buses again. I’ve tried to be upbeat about what further major improvements to public transport are possible at joint committees.

Diary of the month.
Arts include – “Support The Girls”, “Design for Living”, “Sunset”, “Diamintino”, “One Night in Miami”, “The Keeper”.
Nice exhibits by Nottingham College design students.
Sports: England’s cricket team, Tottenham and England’s male football team are all below par; England’s women win 5 games in the World Cup without conceding a goal, but the Cameroon game brings out something ugly. A spate of wet weather means the triathlon adopted a swim-free format, but the crowds are driven away nevertheless.

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Re-elected with an increased share of the vote.
Pleasing and gratifying; and in turn I am grateful.
Being pro-Remain did not hold me back.
Excellent results in Castle ward and Wollaton West ward. Not so good in Clifton.
Disappointed that the election issue had not been stopping austerity and the cuts to public services.

And then the European elections, which Remain won. In Nottingham, Labour held on to first, but supporters of Remain via a further referendum voted for other parties in sufficient numbers to make us third in a national election.
Oh, and Theresa May announced her departure date. And not in a nice way.

More optimistic was positive reactions to protests and campaigns on climate change.
At full council, we appointed our new Leader, David Mellen, who is to bring a new approach to listening to the public.
We also appointed an executive – with 7 out of 10 being women, and 3 being BME.
This by a Labour Group that is over 50% women for the first time, and with a significant BME membership.
I was elected as Chair of the Planning committee and seeing more green things are done is one of the hopes I have for the role.

New calling card, but missing the twitter – @MeadowsCllrMike – and the facebook – me4sd -and this web-site.

Nice to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the opening of The Council House.

Surprised to see the N Post say The Meadows is the safest neighbourhood in Nottingham, without showing the data. Concerns remain, because you can see the rough living in the area, with the abuse of BT phone boxes and the rough sleeping in hedges along Queens Drive.

More housing along Arkwright Walk and Blackstone Walk is being completed. More council housing is being started (former Clifton Miners Welfare). More apartments are being proposed (42 at the former Eagle Press site and 350 along Queens Road).

In the days after the elections, we are reviewing achievements made (including the new equipment Queens Walk Rec. just completed), current issues, aims, the progress of NCH environmental works and permit abuse on cricket days (oh yes).

Then how to write about poverty? The Daily Mirror chose to celebrate efforts in Nottingham, after a visit to Aspley where Michael Sheen met “Women for Women’s Sake“. Der Spiegel latched onto one family in particular trouble. And the Nottingham Post said “that is so unfair!

Salop finished the season inanely, whilst relegating Walsall, but with powerful memories of cup ties with Stoke and Wolves from the winter.
Notts County were relegated and its financial situation will become clearer in June.

Following the Walsall game, a steam engine turned up at Shrewsbury station and then the Black Fives of the sixties at Shrewsbury turned up on Youtube.

Hardly any time for the arts recently, but “The Stepmother” was worthwhile.

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Main political issues have been Brexit, extremes in weather, Trump being exposed by his former lawyer, and anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

Nicola and I have started the new season of visiting people on doorsteps on Woolmer Road and Beauvale Road. 

Two ward walks – a regular one and one with the Chief Exec of Nottingham City Homes.
Pleased to have helped out at an MP’s advice surgery at Contemporary Art Gallery for city centre residents.

New housing: new council houses approved for the former Clifton Miners Welfare site; construction at the former Meadows Police station to start in early Summer; Chainey Place – new flats (a third phase) approved at Hicking site. Welcome to new residents who’ve moved into Riverway Gardens, Arkwright Walk and Blackstone Walk.
Meanwhile improvements to communal facilities at Mayfield Court.

Parks:
A separate progress report is available.

Permits 
New arrangements have created more residents spaces in th south-west and helped Bridgway consulting, whilst slowing down traffic on Riverside Way.
The pressure on parking on Wilford Crescent East has been relieved. 
Cllrs are now receiving requests for permits to be applied along Mundella Road.  

Meadows Muslim Centre AGM heard progress is being made on tackling crime and that the Police facility at the London Road fire station is finally being used.

Audit cttee did loads of important suff that was hard to turn into news – oh yes.

Interesting proposal from a former nuclear sub commander on the political control of targeting nuclear weapons.

And the launch of Nottingham Labour’s new manifesto. And a pleasant visit to the Stonebridge City Farm (north of the city centre) which is campaigning to fund raise to survive.

Some great films –  Green BookBurningSpider-Man into the Spider-VerseA Private War, Can you ever forgive me?, Vice, If Beale Street could talk.

Football wise, a great night out for Salop at Wolves where for while, we were leading having gone behind. 
Forest beat Derby and displayed some banners kinda highlighting the radical characters of the city’s history – nice.

Finally, a loss of our former council leader and a key player in our radical history – Betty Higgins has died.