OMTRA newsletter – November 2020

On the points made –
Victoria Embankment – yes, please; write in with opinions;
Parking permits: have been lobbied by residents of Mundella Road and the east end of Holgate Road who want permits, so yes, will consult on permits for those streets that might want it;
Double yellow lines for junctions: will be included in the same job as perking permits so no further time has been lost as such; not really clear why it wasn’t done at the same time the other junctions along Glapton Road.

Broad Marsh: “diabolical” seems a bit harsh on Intu since the company collapsed as people stopped using their shopping centres during the public health emergency and they went bust; since they were 2/3rd owners of the shopping centre, it’s not clear how any other party could have been approached for upgrading / changing what was built in the seventies, which everyone seems to think was needed.
And if bedrooms are not created for the students who are coming to Nottingham’s 2 very successful universities in ever bigger numbers, then they will look to use houses currently geared to serving families – hence the prospect of more being built as part of Broad Marsh, beyond what is being build and planned for in Traffic Street and now being explored for Listergate / Stanford Street.

“Things are also happening In The Old Meadows as you can see from the photo below.  Residents also received a certificate of recognition from the royal horticulture society for the lovely floral displays in our area.  

“A socially distanced alleyway clean up took place on the 7th in the alley between Doncaster and Eckington terraces with some residents coming out at different times and cleaning parts of the alleyway. A few little areas left to do but on the whole a great success.”

Castleview Meadows

The seventies-built owner-occupied housing estate between Robin Hood Way and Queens Walk was launched as the “Castleview” estate. The site was developed by Costain.
Served by two access roads – Ferngill Close and Wetherham Close; with alleyways connecting the whole estate. Was initially set out as low-cost housing for people to buy in a scheme targeted at people on the council housing waiting list.
In more recent years, quite a few of the houses have come to be purchased by private landlords, some of whom live on the estate.
The walkways and some of the patches off remain in the ownership of the Housing Revenue Account, and some of these had become wild and overgrown.

Glaramara Close, with re-planted common gardens and a leaf mould compost store.

Residents on the estate have now set about some of these patches and some of the gardens of the private landlords, including planters on some front gardens, with some financial help from the landlords. A kinda “Catleview in Bloom”.
Latest project has been to construct a leaf mould compost bin in one of the car parks using large wooden pallets donated from nearby diy/building stores, holding many bags of leaf litter collected from the estate and around.

Beauvale Road deep clean

Residents together with officers at the deep clean of Beauvale Road.

Meanwhile, our thanks to Sophie, who after some years of service, is off to find a new life.
The new SCPO – Rupinder Kooner – reports:
monthly CPO actions for February 2017 for the Meadows –

  • 5 FPNs issued by CPOs for Leaving Litter.
  • 2 Dog fouling Ops conducted.
  • 1 Alcohol surrender.
  • 1 visits carried out due to Casework reports.
  • 13 properties tackles in regards to untidy gardens.
  • 5 visits to business premises.
  • 61  Fly tips investigated and reported.
  • 2 occasions of graffiti reported
  • 18 reports of Community Intelligence submitted
  • 4 cases of CPN warning letters issued.

Meadows streets issues

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New housing along Wilford Crescent West is taking shape; an exhibition is due later in January.
IMG_5603b0154h VE from QWCC
The new junction between Queens Walk and Victoria Embankment is complicated and will be safety audited again.
A problematic empty property nearby may well have been taken by the council after causing problems for possibly 20 years.
Refuse workers are catching up after ice and illness have delayed collections over the holidays.
Demolition of Q blocks has started at Tarbert Close.

White van gan

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A white van which has been parked on a back yard that fronts onto Holgate Road, has been removed after decaying on its stand for 13 years, as well as encroaching onto the public pavement.
A new tougher stance taken by council and police officers meant there was deadline for its removal which has been met.
(Although I’ve waited until nearer 2 weeks later before publishing on the matter.)

This was a special part of a significant amount of general work Community Protection Officers undertake.
In December Meadows CPOs dealt with the following –
– 12 businesses visited and trade waste arrangement and off licences checked
– 13 items of graffiti identified and reported for removal (one offensive)
– 24 messy/untidy properties visited as part of ask, warn, enforce process
– 72 fly-tips identified and investigated/reported for removal
– 2 fly-posts identified/removed
– 120 visits made in respect of noise/ASB
– 6 visits made in respect of scrap metal issues
– 14 warning letters issued
– 56 Advice letters delivered
– 8 Fixed Penalty Notices issued (all for litter)
– 3 Dog Fouling operations conducted
– 4 Alcohol confiscations made
– 37 visits made in respect of Councillor casework
– 68 reports made to the Community Protection Service Centre