NHS Crisis

Time for people to reflect on what, with 3 General Elections, we have allowed to slip with regards to our health care and our NHS.


I received 2 tweets in quick succession from Theresa May boasting about a scheme that they claim will help a few thousand people onto the property ladder.
That evening, a BBC tv East Midlands political journalist lists the kind of conditions that warrant a visit to A&E (and I didn’t hear broken bones included).
Whatever was said, on top of the cancellation of non-urgent operations, this is a pretty shocking statement. And it’s the BBC announcing it! (Not someone from the NHS.)
Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, comes on national tele to say they’re trying to do it a different way this year – expressed in a way that makes it sound like he deserves some sympathy at least.
Another spokesperson has said that a range of factors have come together – including the cold weather. (Maybe it’s true that we didn’t have snow in Tony Blair’s era.)

Time to remember, the factors of growing demand (including more people, an older population, more cures (with greater expense) and more people surviving with challenging conditions) existed before 2010 when (after 13 years), New Labour more than trebled the spend on the NHS including the launch of the largest hospital building programme in our history. Targets for getting a GP appointment, being tended to in A&E and for operations, were set and were being met.

We deserve better. We used to get better.

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London Road fire station

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A year now since it was opened by Lilian Greenwood MP.
Visited with co-Councillor Nicola Heaton and saw that the building is working well for the Fire Brigade.
The Ambulance Service use the facility and the Police may soon share the same office too.
On the top floor, the City Council’s emergency planning team have their office and the command centre for emergencies.
Some souvenirs from the old Central fire station have been brought over, including the two lions – one alert, and one at home and sleeping – to represent the then two watches (red and blue). There are now four watches – green, white, blue and red – who showed us around.
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Discussions were held on fire safety standards in mid-rise buildings in the city centre and traffic management.

Residents parking scheme comes in

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The order is now in force.
Permits should be out, but if you have applied and not received one, get in touch.

Following the lining being painted and the permits notices being installed, have had another complaint about parking on Wilford Crescent East and Robin Hood Way, which clearly shows the permit scheme is having an effect – and we’ve not even started enforcement which is now due on March 27th.
On Wilford Crescent East, not enough space for residents, especially when Forest are playing at home.
Robin Hood Way issues now appear to be –
– parking on grass, particularly proximate to tram stop;
– parking near Soudan Drive junction obscuring pedestrians’ view; we’re proposing extra signage, but a resident, who uses a disability scooter, can’t see well enough;
– parking (possibly not legal) too near to inbound Thrumpton Drive bus stop is stopping NCT buses getting in to serve less mobile passengers properly;
– heavy parking near the Houseman Gardens junction, which is causing some alarm to older people seeking to cross the road; (I’ve also received a suggestion of more yellow lines around that junction);
We will consider all possible changes that might be needed after implementation of the permits in full.

Victoria Embankment bandstand damaged by fire

davVery disappointing.
The council and others have invested heavily along Victoria Embankment in recent years – a new cricket pavilion, street lighting along the resurfaced carriageway, a parking system to prioritize local shoppers and park users – this fire is a big step back.
We are about to put better pavements in behind the bandstand and are planning a mini-road system for kiddies to learn to cycle.

The fire started at the bandstand at approx. 2.30am this morning.
The Fire Brigade attended and extinguished the fire.
An individual has been arrested.
A crime scene team were to visit.
The council’s parks officer was to visit with a Structural Engineer and the site will be fenced off.
Initial perception is that the back rooms are badly damaged, but the damage to the front is more superficial – but we await a proper inspection.
The bandstand is Grade 2 Listed (“built in the Moderne style and is particularly unusual and progressive for its date, … bold in design and appearance”), and is insured.

We now wait to properly know –
– the cause of the fire and the motivation behind it;
– the status of the bandstand’s structure.
It seems any restoration will need better lighting and security, but we should also explore the quality of the support facilities for performers.

News from late Friday check – Initial view is that the structure is sound, so will be looking at repairs – but I think we have to consider enhancements to make the building more secure and support better events

Also, N Post report.

Planning committee – March 2017

Supported a retail park in Clifton and a new supermarket in Bulwell as part of a strategy of encouraging retail near existing town centres, where the public transport is already serving.
New NCH housing in Lenton (on the old shopping centre site) is to have solar pipes (looking like chimneys) as part of revisions bringing detail and decoration to make the homes more attractive.
Turns out the planning team won a regional award for their work earlier this month.

Police operations in The Meadows

C7MVAgFXQAAl0-1Last night, a number of searches conducted, drugs were recovered and a knife also.  There were three arrests made.
A warrant was also executed at an address within the Meadows. This resulted in 4 persons being arrested for drugs related matters.
Note, some residents have noticed higher levels of policing recently following a difficult arrest at Bridgeway Centre a week previous.
More info available on from Meadows Police on twitter.
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