News and political views

A photo-journal of news and views from The Meadows, Nottingham and the Labour Party, by Councillor Michael M Edwards, using Wordpress

Nottingham Green Festival 2018

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A simple stall with leaflets focussing on green achievements in Nottingham – bio-fuel buses, energy investment homes, better and accredited public parks, Robin Hood Energy – all by Labour.  With visits from Paddy Tipping (Police Commissioner) and Leonie (former Parliamentary Candidate in Sherwood), as well as colleagues Glyn and John.Some city centre casework, and a big thumbs up from a Clifton North resident who’s saving £12 a month and more having switched to Robin Hood Energy.

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Tory Rail Turmoil

Enjoyed leafleting rail passengers, and calling for public ownership, during the morning rush hour, with Lilian Greenwood MP and former rail colleagues Anne Peach and Steve Young.
Dropping the franchising system. can save us billions.

No extra cleaner air plan required

For some time, Nottingham was being picked out for projected increases in NO2 and extra plans to tackle it was being expected.
But it seemed odd given it was based on the projected growth of distance covered by cars in the city – and our public transport continues to attract custom.
A motion to do more was adopted at full council.
But the biggest thing we can do is in planning.  Two mantras – “cities are good for us” and “put mass transport first”.
Agglomeration – reducing the need for people to travel by bringing people’s homes, work, education and recreation closer together.
Putting mass transport first – and given the ability to expand the tram network seems so far off, we must not do anything that hits at the viability of the bus.
Meanwhile, the Conservative government announcement of measures such as electric car recharging form lampposts by 2040 pails into insignificance against plans of other countries such as the Netherlands who plan to cease the sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2025, and to start making progress on that through focussing on companies’ car fleets.

Robin Hood Energy into surplus and to go green

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Robin Hood Energy has made an operating surplus in its third year of trading.- a trading surplus of £202,000.
Launched in September 2015, Robin Hood Energy is the first local authority owned, not for profit, energy company.
The company has over 115,000 customers and is valued at around £30million – well in excess of the Council’s original investment. Set up with the aim of tackling fuel poverty, Robin Hood Energy will:
– Voluntarily enter arrangements to offer the Warm Home Discount, for older people, and those on low incomes.
– Protect tariff rates for Nottingham City prepayment customers.
– Go Green – Robin Hood Energy will be switching all of their electricity to be supplied from renewable sources certified as being provided by UK based Wind and Solar projects (in mid-July).

Per Rail portrays Nottingham in 1913

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A book from Edwardian times comprising of a series of articles on cities and towns along the Great Central Line, with 4 pages on Nottingham’s history and the offices, platforms and yards of the freight operations along Queens Walk.
Scans of the pages are available.  Interesting insights into the industries of “Nottingham – the Capital of the Lace World”.