Anti Trump demo – June 2019

Some great banners and posters, including from Extreme rebellion and campaigners for Trans. rights

Joined in at the end.

Asked people to reflect on Trump’s reaction to the demos at Charlottesville, and how he said he wouldn’t choose, and how we say we can choose, and that we choose the anti-racists, and that we remember Heather Heyer.
Reflecting on other things about life in America –
– that they are over-dependent on oil;
– that some of the states are starting to take bad decisions about banning abortion;
– the latest campaign against Trans people, and that the far-right in America seem to want the state so small that it can fit into our bedrooms;
– that parents have to think through scenarios concerning shooters in their children’s school and classroom.
We in Britain can take some comfort in being in a better place.
But we do face a far-right challenge the form of Brexit and the Brexit Party, who may well have won in parts of Nottingham.
That support comes from communities where the confidence they used to have in getting a job with a living wage, fair terms and conditions, and a home has been lost; that on top of a quality education and a free health service.
We need the Labour movement to re-gain these.
And we face new challenges such as caring for the larger numbers of older people, and in tackling climate change, for which we can acknowledge the recent contribution of Extreme Rebellion.

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Full council – March 2019

A budget is agreed, but little joy as it expects £23m of savings in much needed public service to be found.
The national financial settlements are unfair, biased against the cities and towns of the North and the Midlands, and the Conservatives are setting themselves up to take more money to give to rural areas.

A slightly different budget from the Conservatives this year. Instead of avoiding any Council tax increase, they propose an increase 1% lower than Labour’s. Clearly picking up some points from officers and the majority group, but drawing different conclusions, they propose spending £3 million on pump-priming investments on social services, by selling shares in Robin Hood Energy, covering the gap whilst waiting for share sales with draws upon reserves. Loads of risks – value of share yield, savings from extra investments, timings etc.
They had to be pressured to confirm that they wouldn’t sell off Nottingham City Transport, but I still think they would.
N Post article.

I am always struck by the basic element of sound financial management, which is that during a period where you are expected to look after more people in need during a time of cuts, you need to maximise the Council tax base to meet the need.

Meanwhile, we again expose Nottingham city centre Conservatives for their false claims and less than relevant priorities for city centre residents.

Bizarrely, the Conservatives again call for Hansard style recording of full council, without putting the idea in their budget proposals. Even stranger, the Conservative leader joins in a tribute to the 16 retiring Labour Councillors, before his Deputy piles in to say they’re all being driven out by people with ideology.
I say – “you’ve got to have a belief.”

Official photos of retirees
We paid tribute to Betty Higgins, with Brian Parbutt giving a speech; Graham Chapman makes a point in the budget debate; thanks expressed to this retiring, including Malcolm Wood, John Hartshorne, Brian Grocock, Ginny Klein, Glyn Jenkins, Jackie Morris, Steve Young, Cat Arnold-Adamds

Public Meeting with Lilian Greenwood MP

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Please join Lilian Greenwood MP at a public meeting at 6pm on Friday 1st June in the Concert Hall at Queens Walk Community Centre.

Lilian says – “This meeting has been arranged at short notice in response to recent events to provide an opportunity for me to hear from local residents and to provide updates on community safety, improvements to parks and open spaces and other local issues.” 

Agenda

– circulation of progress report;
– welcome incl. to
    Notts Police Commissioner Paddy \Tipping
Meadows Police Inspector James Walker;

– opening remarks from Lilian;

Part A
a. community safety
(tackling use of knives and drug dealing; improved cameras);
b. parks, play and open spaces
(repairs, security and promoting usage; VE and QWRec; In Bloom);
c. parking
(Meadows residents permits phase 2; RINGGO for shopping centre);

Part B – if there’s time
d. housing developments
(off Crocus Street, Sheriff’s Way and Traffic Street; new housing in the south-west);
e. street scene (tree pruning, grass cutting);
f. events (city wide and local);
g. other (health, schools, Brexit);- conclusion   (7:15pm)

Area 8 committee – February 2018

Area 8 received presentations on –
–          proposed RingGo to protect Bridgeway Shopping Centre for shopkeepers, shoppers and residents, against commuters;
–          individual travel planning for the south-east of The Meadows;
–          the new building between Meadows Way that has started, about to start or is under consideration (over 1,000 properties);
–          ideas for the use of  Section 106 money from that building that can be used for school places,  the environment or parks and open spaces that are related to the actual developments.

The committee agreed –
–          support for the NCT no. 11 bus again needed to be pushed;
–          fencing and environment works on streets including nearer to the new bungalows that have been built;
–          to proceed with consultation on the RingGo proposal, mindful of the special needs of shops like the hairdressers;
–          that s106 money should be used to improve the Memorial Gardens;
–          that the list of ideas be agreed, and that we should add consideration of a MUGA for Arkwright Walk, and the restoration of metal railings along the boundary of the bund between London Road and Meadows Way (east) which like the story poles down Queens Walk.
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Lilian and Toby at NeMTRA

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Lilian covered –
celebrating votes for women; impact of women MPs; being chair of the Transport Select cttee.; preparing to clean air; the failure of Carillion and noting that the
NHS in Nottingham sacked them; the need fo more council housing; campaigning on gov’t proposals on supported housing (e.g. Carroll Gardens) – gov’t backtracked; new legislation for homes fit for human habitation; wanting more new council homes in The Meadows; that the government could do more; NHS – massive winter pressures; the waits for A&E ambulances: 300 more (check) operations cancelled.  Adult social care needs more support. Instead, the burden on council tax.  Pleased to see money secured for improvements to the Meadows Health Centre.  The new spaces available in local primary schools.
We need more police officers.

Community involvement counts. Casework is key to what she does and the feedback informs.  Meadows Advice Group is invaluable.

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Councillor Toby Neal spoke on the cuts to the council’s budget being made by the national government.

Full Council – January 2018

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Celebrating Robin Hood Energy going into surplus this financial year; reviewing impact of Carillion going into liquidation; reviewing concern over local hospitals going into “opal 4” status; asking gov’t to do more about homelessness; objecting to the re-warding of Nottingham that includes dividing The Meadows.

See a statement on outsourcing by Cllr. Graham Chapman in the comments section.