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.


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

Full Council – January 2018

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.


Full council – July 2017

Covered –
– a sober review of actions taking place prompted by the fire that devastated the Grenfell Tower;
– the council being awarded good for its children services by Ofsted;
– condemnation of the cuts the government is still planning for school budgets;
– a motion calling for Bedroom tax to be dropped now that there is a majority opposing it in the House of Commons;
– protests against money being found for the north of Ireland whilst Nottingham’s budget is cut.
Astonishing to hear the Conservative Deputy Leader saying that cuts to Nottingham had been justified.  Yep, justifying the cuts made on Nottingham.

Tributes to Glen O’Connell on his retirement on the 22nd anniversary of his return to the city council to lead our legal team.


OMTRA public meeting – March 2017

A residents’ meeting that ended with a round of applause. How rare is that?
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Nicola opened with a presentation on her work as portfolio holder for neighbourhood services and community safety.
A speaker on cats came along cos of the issues we have with feral cats in The Meadows.
Local uniformed officers turned up to report on crime stats and the latest Police operations against drug dealing.
Points were made and questions were taken on parks, parking permits and the Meadows Medical Centre.
Well advertised, organised and chaired; supportive and never accusatory, the meeting was packed full of stuff and exemplary – hence the applause at the end.


Area 8 committee – March 2017

A meeting packed with content, with a particular long discussion over a plan to extend the quality of housing and housing services provided by private landlord through a new licensing scheme.
The police talked about further measures planned to tackle drug dealing which I’ll expand upon elsewhere.
A programme of £37,000 of investment for Queens Walk Recreation Ground was agreed, although further consultation on the most important to do was agreed.  The money comes from developers (known as section 106 money) and in this case, from phase 1 of the Hicking buildings.  And worth realising that many more people are expected to live in that part of The Meadows which is around Crocus Street.
Also announced the special showing of “I, Daniel Blake” in The Meadows.



Old Meadows Tenants and Residents Association were thanked for their advocacy for their neighbourhood, especially their focus on trees, empty houses and their support for the Embankment, in particular their support for the 2016 Meadows Cricket Pavilion.
Certificates for Glapton Road and the Terraces in Bloom were given out to each terrace.
Margaret, Jackie and Kevin were re-elected to office and Simon became Vice-Chair.
Thirty attended.
Cllr. Dave Trimble explained Nottingham City Council’s achievements on sports for disabled, major sports events, Portland Centre, the Castle, Wollaton Hall, our 560 caves, Theatre Royal, Libraries, parks& green flags, the Embankment and the Green.
Casework raised included –
– effective use of Queens Walk Community Centre,
– usage of Meadows Recreation Ground;
– benches for Bathley Street;
– parking on the grass along the Embankment;
– tackling dog fouling and fly-tipping.