Full Council – November 2019

On knife crime, asked colleagues not to support the knife angel being installed in Nottingham.
On the Council Plan, remained colleagues that a new Labour Gov’t might set targets and challenges that require fast implementation of of electrification of Midland Main Line, a rail solution to reach Gedling, a NET extant ion. to an A52 Gamston Park & Ride, and commuters services to Derbyshire from Long Eaton and Sutton to improve.
On financial stability for British people, explained how we needed a much better labour market.
On Kashmir resolution, recognised how Britain would be playing a role in the reaching a peace that will be needed; and asked people to learn from our own Troubles, to reflect on how peace was achieved and complained that people were letting the peace slip away.

Looking forward to November 2019

Advice Surgery, Meadows Library; 1st, 4pm – 5:30pm;
Remembrance Sunday, The Memorial; 10th, 10:45am;
Full Council, The Council House; 11th, 2pm – 5pm;
Advice Surgery, Meadows Library; 15th, 4pm – 5:30pm; 
OMTRA AGM, Meadows Library; 19th, 7pm.
Planning committee, Loxley House; 20th, 2:30pm;
Your Choice, Your Voice – agreeing ward plan of action, QWCC; 26th, 6pm – 8pm;
Ward walk, from Bridgeway Shopping Centre; 28th, 11am;  
Enviroenergy; 28th, 4pm;
MOzES AGM, at church hall at junction of Lamcote Grove and Bathley Street; 28th, 6:30pm;  
OMTRA public meeting on conservation area; 30th, 10am – 2pm.

Planning committee – October 2019

Some surprise during the consideration of a new Bridewell (police centre for detainees, as opposed to prisoners), that public concerns had not been sufficiently addressed in evidence submitted; a point that became clear after ward Councillor Toby Neal’s presentation.
Many of the points to be covered are outside of the remit of Planning law, so the committee resolved to write a letter. Meanwhile, despite some clear evident of thought and consideration, still questions to be answered in terms of landscaping, supporting bees, using green technology, cycling and walking.
N Post report

A car wash in Bulwell has been causing problems for residents and a new permission is to be granted in a manner that allows environmental health officers to check compliance on lower noise levels (using the right water pressures and nozzles).

Recharging more electric buses at the Meadows Bus Depot

Images from N Post and Google street view

An N Post article highlights NCT’s plans to redevelop the west end of the larger of its 2 depot buildings, with a new and extra entrance from Pyatt Street.
The proposal could enable a larger electricity sub-station to re-charge more buses (and potentially do more for other Meadows development, including for green projects); and may also enable the demolition of the Gotham bus depot – for housing.
In 2011, the expectation was that the 2 main city NCT bus depots would move to the former Manvers school site and the Meadows site cleared for housing. But that plan went some years back.
Now, the Lower Parliament Street bus depot has become about servicing the double deckers and The Meadows depot about the single-deckers, some of which may become electric powered over time.
But, there may be features within the buildings worth protection, and the existing perimeter buildings blend in incredibly well with the existing streetscape – you can forget that they are there. Hard to envisage modern buildings fitting in so well.
The Civic Society have raised concerns and some constituents have protested.

Nottingham City Homes report – August 2019

From Nottingham City Homes (NCH) –

Meadows News

Masson House market rent properties
The NCH Masson House development on Arkwright Walk is now completely finished and let to market rent tenants.

Clifton Miner’s Welfare site
There will be 20 homes on this site, owned by Nottingham City Council and managed by NCH. Work is now underway, and the site is a Considerate Constructors’ Ultrasite, showcasing the very best in site management.

Meadows police station site
NCH is creating a flagship scheme of 21 premium apartments for market rent. The scheme will be owned and managed by NCH. Start on site to be confirmed.

Painting upgrades
NCH are painting exterior panels and balconies to improve the streetscape and enhance the environment on Oxbow Close, Osier Road, Willowbrook Court, and Sandays Close, near Queens Walk. We have also painted communal areas, bin stores, woodwork and front entrance porches and outside stores in this area.

Fencing in the Meadows
The final planning stages of the major fencing programme for The Meadows is now being agreed in conjunction with ward councillors. When the finer details have been agreed, we will programme in the works and consult with residents.

Also

McKee mural for the Meadows

Artist Pete McKee is painting a mural on the side of Lothmore Court, next to The Meadows tram stop, to commemorate 100 years of social housing. The works are scheduled to take place in mid to late August and will take a couple of days to complete, after which there will be a celebration with the residents to allow them the opportunity to meet the artist himself. The mural is being created pro bono of part of McKee’s hugely popular recent pop-up at Rough Trade, and references the Old Meadows wash house, the last to close in the country, and a memory beloved to many of The Meadows’ older residents.

Across the city

Homes and Places book – new edition to mark 100 years of council housing
As part of the celebrations to mark 100 years of council housing this year, NCH have published a new edition of our book, Homes and Places, a History of Nottingham’s Council Houses.

100 years of council housing exhibition and trees
As part of the celebrations to mark 100 years of council housing this year, NCH have developed a pop-up exhibition based on our book, Homes and Places, a History of Nottingham’s Council Houses.

NCH are also going to be plating 100 trees, 10 each in 10 locations across the city.

Properties for homeless people
We’re buying and refurbishing properties across the city to provide temporary accommodation for homeless families and avoid them having to go into B&B accommodation. We’ve completed 10 properties this financial year, and a further five are due to be completed over the summer.

The Big Birthday Bash – NCH Fun Day 2019
This year’s Tenant Fun Day on 14 September at the Bulwell Academy is themed the Big Birthday Bash, and runs from 12 noon to 4pm. This year will be all about celebrating 100 years of council housing; contributors include Homelink, mutual exchanges, Just Grow and green initiatives, the Nottingham Playhouse, Read On Nottingham, a DJ, a Bouncy castle, glow in the dark sports and more. There’s a free lunch for all attendees, and we’re hoping to beat last year’s record attendance of almost 2,000 All are welcome – hope to see you there.

Homelink Housing Options surgeries
HomeLink is the system by which people can join the waiting list for housing, and bid on properties across the city. We run surgeries for people wanting to join the housing register; at the surgeries, people can access support with joining the waiting list, and advice on their housing options. There’s a surgery at Loxley House on Wednesday 11 September from 10am to 3pm; please encourage constituents to attend if they are seeking housing or if the have any questions about the allocations policy consultation.

Damp and mould works
Reports of damp and mould are at their lowest levels now summer has finally arrived. Appointments for site surveys continue to trickle through on a daily basis and it is expected that this low level of appointments will continue throughout the summer months. Proactive surveys are continuing, and we continue to give residents advice on ways to control condensation and mould within the home. Improvement works such as installing or upgrading extractor fans are identified and included for priority attention as required.

Maintaining Decency
NCH will spend £¼billion over the next five years on our Asset Management programme, including maintaining Decent Homes standards in all the homes we manage – the scope of works will include:

  • Replacement of or alterations to kitchens
  • Replacement of or alteration to bathrooms, including level access showers
  • Aids and adaptations as required
  • Whole or partial electrical upgrades
  • Whole or partial heating upgrades.

Garden tool loan scheme
Keeping gardens tidy over the summer is important. The NCH garden tool loan scheme continues to expand, with over 60 NCH residents now registered. Any residents who are interested in the scheme can contact their housing patch manager for more details – information about housing patch managers is available on the NCH website.