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David Watts writes: Shortly before sitting down to write this week’s enews I heard reports of a tragic accident in Stapleford, in which a teenage boy fell into the River Erewash and drowned. May I offer my deepest sympathy and those of my colleagues to everyone affected by this, and especially of course to his family. Continue reading
Anna Soubry writes:The Boundary Commission has announced its proposals for new Parliamentary constituencies. The aim is to reduce the number of MPs to 600 and equal out the number of constituents in each constituency – I support both aims.
The plan for Broxtowe is easily the most controversial in Nottinghamshire. Continue reading
Older people are being reminded of the dangers of falls as part of Falls Awareness Day this week (22 September).
One in three people aged over 65 – and half of those aged over 80 – fall at least once a year and it is estimated that the possible fractures cost the economy more than £2 billion a year. We [Nottinghamshire County Council] are investing £74,000 to promote active lifestyles and minimise the risks of falling amongst older people. Continue reading
Elaine Morris writes: I am happy to report that I made it to the Paralympics and had an amazing time volunteering at the athletics stadium. Yes, Rio has its issues, but I did not feel I had to take any more precautions to stay safe than I would in any other city.
I cannot recommend volunteering highly enough and I already have 5 major events lined up for next year, if any one else wants to know more, just leave a comment.
The photo shows the view I had every day.
There will be Road Closures.
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The Nottingham Building Society sponsored event takes place at Wollaton Park on Saturday 24 September 10.00am – 5.00pm. Olympians Naomi Folkard and Patrick Huston are expected to take part. Find out more here.
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Thank you to Cllr Jan Goold, who arranged and chaired a progress meeting this morning to discuss the Sherwin island and footbridge. She and Cllr Martin Plackett have been tireless in their pursuit of seeing necessary maintenance of the island and cleansing of the footbridge. Regular readers will know this is a subject close to my heart being a local resident and regular user of the bridge. For a reminder of the story to date, click here.
The 90 minute meeting was held at Beeston Town Hall and attended by representatives from Broxtowe Borough Council (BBC), Highways England (HE), our MP, Anna Soubry’s office and myself and Tony Smith, long term residents of Bramcote. Continue reading
I commented at our recent Community Action Meeting about the many weeds that are still growing in our local roads and foot pathways. Councillor Martin Plackett forwarded my comment to Broxtowe BC. We have now been requested; I have now been requested to identify the areas where weeds are situated. I have today forward photographs of the weeds taken in and around Gateford Close to email@example.com
While photographing the weeds I also took photographs of the Pot Holes in the Close and have forwarded them to firstname.lastname@example.org Continue reading
Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry secured an Adjournment Debate in the House of Commons last night on the NET Phase 2 Tram Extension.
Anna Soubry said “I am pleased to have secured my first adjournment debate since returning to the backbenches and what better issue to raise in Parliament than one that has caused so much disruption for the residents and businesses in my constituency. It is critical we learn the lessons.”
The construction of the Phase 2 extension was months behind schedule, and caused chaos to the streets of Beeston, blighting the lives of residents and businesses.
Anna said “I am not anti-tram. But hugely expensive infrastructure projects must be built with the support of those people they are meant to benefit, be properly planned, constructed responsibly with the minimum of disruption and with proper compensation for affected residents and businesses. It is also important to deliver all that is promised on time and on budget.”
Cllr Jacky Williams reports:
This morning, at a full meeting of the Nottinghamshire County Council, I presented a petition, signed online by 358 people and an additional 24 people at a public meeting for the residents of Brookhill Street. The petition asks for the Transport and Highways committee to give consideration and take action on traffic management on Brookhill street in Stapleford. The petitioners and their two County Councillors are asking for a range of measures to be looked at, including limiting speed and restricting the weight of lorries using the road.
Cllr Stan Heptinstall, made the point at the resident’s meeting that as there is access to two primary schools from the street and a nursery at the bottom of the hill, that a 20mph advisory speed limit would be a sensible approach. Other actions, such as preventing cars from parking close to the many junctions, would be another simple action. These and other actions will be discussed in due course by the committee, and Stan and I will keep residents informed.
Some residents are keen to set up a Speed Watch scheme and this is currently being investigated alongside the police.
Nick Palmer writes on: How will the new boundaries affect us?/Grammar schools/Personal news
The proposals from the Boundary commissioners have come out, and they carve Broxtowe in half. The southern half hops over the City boundary to merge with Nottingham South, the northern have extend northwards into Ashfield. No account is taken of either traditional communities or country/city boundaries, though one can make a case that Beeston is more like Wollaton than it’s like Awsworth, and Awsworth is more like Hucknall than it’s like Toton. The details are here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-32695546 Continue reading
Councillor Steve Carr writes: The break up of the Borough of Broxtowe is one step nearer as the Boundary Commission announces its proposals for Parliamentary Constituencies. The south of Broxtowe is spilt and long term communities seem to count for nothing.
Bramcote and Stapleford have moved into the new Broxtowe and Hucknall constituency, whilst Beeston, Attenborough, Chilwell and Toton move into the new Nottingham South and Beeston.
If this goes through, Bramcote ward will have 3 Borough Councillors, two different MPs and two different County Councillors (Bramcote & Beeston North plus Stapleford and Central Broxtowe).
You can pass on your feedback to the Electoral Commission on the link below.
The proposal for Bramcote is that it will be in the new constituency of Broxtowe and Hucknall. The map below from the Boundary Commission’s website shows the area.
We lose Beeston, Chilwell and Toton and gain Bilborough from the City, and Hucknall and other parts of the Ashfield Constituency. If you look on the BBC’s website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-32695546, you can bring up a map which overlays the new constituency on the old.
These are proposals. There will be a public consultation and votes in the Parliament.
Change is essential to ensure fairness in the electoral system so that each MP represents a similar number of constituents.
Hi-tech Treasure Hunters will cash in this Saturday 17 September as they take part in a Cache In, Trash Out event at Hickings Lane Recreation Ground in Stapleford.
As part of the unique event, between 10.00am and 12.00pm, the Geocachers will litter pick at the park, whilst they seek out hidden treasures known as Geocaches. New caches will also be activated on the day. Continue reading