China opened the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge and tunnel, linking the financial centre of Hong Kong, the gambling hub of Macau and western reaches of the Pearl River Delta at the heart of southern China’s economic boom, at a cost of GBP11,790,000,000.
Meanwhile, works on stage 5 of River Leen Cycle Route project, improving the connection of the former Toll Bridge to Birdcage Walk, has been completed; a couple of snagging works on stage 4 using Birdcage Walk are outstanding (2 lampposts on Rennie Hogg Road).
More positive feedback has been received about the use of the road facility for kiddies learning to cycle on Victoria Embankment.
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.
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.
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”.
Handing out campaign scratch cards during the morning peak period.
Part of a national Labour party campaign.
Lilian spoke to camera.
Of course, I’m against graffiti. But what do you say to “I love my Mum”?
Kids were out and being kids, but parents were nearby and the neighbour whose fence was chalked didn’t mind.
Overwhelming concern whilst canvassing Osier Close and Oxbow Close off Robin Hood Way, is car parking. Whilst this could have been guessed at, this hadn’t come through on casework. Some doubt that permits will make a difference, but their effectiveness is why were having to introduce another phase, most probably in August. Some requests for grass and trees to be taken out for car parking space – priorities for investment remain on pavement and road repairs, but we’re short of money for that anyway.
Knifing didn’t come up, but drug taking in the Oxbow Close underpass did.
That grass in common areas had got long was mentioned, and some thought we’d arranged for it be cut before the canvass! (We hadn’t – but we have been reporting problems on a general level.) Weed spraying has been late too.
Joining in with the campaign day; cycling to school on an electric bicycle.