A hard-hitting month as knifing incidents continued and travellers did criminal damage to the Meadows Recreation Ground.
An effective ward walk in Narrow Marsh.
AMCG spring event was well attended.
Queens Walk Camera Club held its first exhibition.
FoVE had its first meeting for over 5 years and were surprised.
A number of Conservative councils are now in financial trouble, and the Notts County leader set off a dog whistle demonstrating ignorance of finance, and not caring about fanning prejudice.
The kind of dog whistling which in another context has led to members of the Windrush generation banned from re-entering the UK, to the cost of the Home Secretary who had to resign.
Some great movies – Funny Cow, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – and a play – Art.
I celebrated my first election as a Councillor 25 years previous and completed my year as Lord Mayor and was appointed as chair of Audit committee.
Shrewsbury Town finished an outstanding year, but missed out at Wembley again, this time on promotion.
The conduct and the process of the Irish referendum was uplifting.
The local government results were mixed – Labour with a better share of the vote than last year and gaining in London; but losing in the Midlands and most especially Derby, where we now wait to find if literature used against the then council leader is formally judged as racist.
Cooler than more recent Aprils.
Two knife incidents in The Meadows was not great, but there have been arrests.
A new front entrance for Queens Walk Community Centre is underway, paid for by the tram project.
We said goodbye to 2 former City Councillors, Ken Williams and Mohammad Aslam.
And we are to say goodbye to Bridge ward.
Number of matters raised with me since October 2011 – 2078.
Some great art – plays: This House, Holes; movies: Isle of Dogs, Beast, and an interesting event Here to be Heard (The Slits); .
A jolly trip to Blackpool and Salop are to finish 3rd in the league – a tremendous outcome, although the “Mickey Mouse” cup final was to be a very sour event.
Nationally, the protests against protests against anti-Semitism kept being made by defenders of Jezza even though Jezza said he’d made a wrong call – la de da.
The expulsion of the Windrush generation who previously been recognised as legitimate immigrants, but without a piece of paper to say so, led to the resignation of the Home Secretary who at one stage was reported to be saying she had not seen what was in her official boxes.
Slightly taken about that it snowed in Nottingham this month (first time in 6 years?) – twice.
New NCH houses and bungalows were made available, although there is still some works to do and another check a week or so on ought to be able to see most of the remaining works done.
The first of the new housing along Arkwright Walk (pictured) has also become available.
A planning application to redevelop County House is welcomed in principle, cos the grade 1 listed building is a mess. But, there are concerns already from neighbours about potential noise from drinking proposed for the courtyard at the rear.
The City Council agreed its budget, with cuts of £25million, but asserted the Government’s model of financing local government is broken, as inspectors came from outside to take over the running of Conservative controlled Northamptonshire County Council.
Nottingham Labour took a second seat in the previous Conservative stronghold of Wollaton West.
2070 matters reported to me since October 2011, from probably around 863 clients.
The manslaughter of Mariam Moustafa in Nottingham city centre from an assault in the city centre in February, following a previous assault last year, is a tragedy and is begging questions.
We were sorry to lose former Nottingham City Labour councillors, Ken Williams and Marie Yuill this month. Also former Trade Union General Secretary Brenda Dean.
Sad too that Stephen Hawking passed away, but incredibly grateful for his science, his support for the NHS and the Labour Party, and for him living so long given the disease he suffered from.
The Nottingham University Hospitals have launched a new Breast Care Research Centre and it was noticeable to see concepts used across the world in the understanding and treatment of the disease were named after Nottingham.
At times, news about the future of Britain outside the EU was pitiful. The news of an attempted murder using a nerve agent for the first time in Britain was wrong, outrageous and astonishing.
Some great local events including the St.Patrick’s Day parade and the Puppetry Festival. Plenty of interesting films too, although my aim to become a credible film critic using a rating system of my own design fell apart as it announced that the best film of the previous 12 months had been “Paddington 2“. La de da.
A privilege to see the naming of H.M.S. Trent, a vessel to provide coastal defence and is being “twinned” with Nottingham.
And now we might look forward to an attractive memorial carrying the names of the Notts fallen from WWI.
Main focus has been making representations over development planned in the ward, most particular the Broadmarsh bus station & car park and the new college buildings for Narrowmarsh. Made a special effort to stress the importance of bus services.
Area 8 committee rehearsed the sheer scale of developments now looking to come to Bridge ward, the section 156 works being considered for parks (reflected in an overall parks development statement), and heard the proposal for RINGGO to manage the car parks at Bridgeway shopping centre. A further step change in managing parking in The Meadows is still planned for July, and aspects of this were rehearsed bat the Meadows Muslim Centre AGM.
New NCH houses and bungalows were made available, although the ward walk saw quite a bit of tidying up still to do.
New building along Arkwright Walk is on-going, if late, and piling at Blackstone Walk is about to begin.
Nice to see the Watson Fothergill offices repaired.
Tragedy in the USA with a white supremacist killing teenagers in another mass shooting, made worse by clichéd prayers and glib remarks of the ability to kill with a pencil. Perhaps the new youth protest movement can be the difference.
The Olympics lifted the spirit a bit. Light Night entertained and new projects from local groups included Nottingham City Centre WI at Barker’s Gate and The Meadows Art Gallery celebrating Queen Victoria; The Council House was lit in purple to celebrate Rotary International’s fundraising to eliminate polio.
The season for the best movies of course (The Shape of Water, Lady Bird, Call Me by Your Name, Phantom Thread), but theatre was at the fore this month for the Lace Market Theatre’s “Flare Path” and Nottingham Playhouse’s “Wonderland”.
Fire at Midland station. Hospitals cancelling operations. Government cuts meaning City Council having to find £27 million to balance the budget for the next financial year. Rough sleeping and drug dealing growing or to be seen in new locations. Carillion went into liquidation. Lots of things to think on.
We’ve had better months.
On local projects – designs are drawn up for tackling commuter parking; a RINGGO system is to be suggested to tackle the excessive commuter parking in Bridgeway Shopping Centre; plans for future s106 money are being developed further and include bidding again for a 3G football pitch and a now a renewed football pavilion; more student flats have been approved and more flats are still being planned; raised levels for 1 in 100 flood events rule out bungalows for the Clifton Miners Welfare site.
Radio Nottingham reached its 50th birthday.
Good films in the run-up to the Oscar awards – Molly’s Game, Billboards, The Post and Darkest Hour.
Salop had the chance to entertain the whole country and failed.
Sad to hear of the deaths of Cyrille Regis and Mark E Smith.
Lessons learnt rehearsed at the Holocaust Memorial Service.