Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP – Remembrance Sunday and Other Matters

AP1Anna Soubry writes: I very much hope you will join in tomorrow’s acts of Remembrance at war memorials throughout Broxtowe – there is a list in the diary section. My thanks to everyone who will be laying wreaths on my behalf whilst I attend the main civic event in Beeston. Last night I was honoured to propose the toast to our Armed Forces at the Armistice Dinner of the Notts United Services Club in Nottingham.

If you are yet to celebrate Bonfire Night then there are lots of opportunities this evening.

Whatever you are doing I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend.

As ever,

Anna

Is it a lack of finance that’s stopping hundreds of new homes from being built? it’s certainly not a lack of planning permission!

AP2Broxtowe Borough Council claim they have given planning permission for hundreds of new homes but hardly any are being built.

In Beeston plans for over 800 homes on the Boots site and in the Rylands have come to a halt. In Kimberley the Brewery site remains in a dilapidated state despite plans for a hundred or more homes.

The problem appears to be a lack of financial backing. There are claims large developers are holding back, waiting for house prices to rise and smaller developers just can’t raise the cash.

I have asked to meet the new owners of the Beeston Business Park, Bridge Venture who have recently bought the site with planning permission for 220 homes and as far as I can see, no good reason not to get on with the scheme. I am waiting for them to agree a date!

AP3I have also asked to meet the owners of the Kimberley Brewery site. I am also seeking updates from Boots on the progress of their successful application which is now almost a year old.

You can be assured I will do everything to advance these schemes – not just because they will provide much needed homes but also because these are brown field sites which should be developed rather than building housing on our Green Belt.

Tram Expansion Doubts

AP4The leader of Nottingham City Council, Jon Collins appears to have poured cold water on any plans to take the tram to Kimberley.

In a letter to me, Jon says he is “keen to take stock of what we have achieved so far and consider on a conurbation wide basis what benefits further tram extensions may bring. This includes giving full consideration to the potential implications of an HS2 stop at Toton.”

Councillor Collins identifies the shortcomings of a report into a Kimberley tram extension commissioned by the previous administration at Broxtowe Borough Council to the tune of £20,000. I greatly fear the report was a waste of tax payers money.

Read Cllr. Collins letter here >>

In his letter Jon also says there will be a ‘lessons learnt exercise’ into the tram extension through Beeston and Chilwell. I will ask for more details and request that the views of residents and traders are fully represented.

I have also spoken to the Chair of the Transport Select Committee who assures me her committee will hold an enquiry of some description in the new year. This is not what was promised and I will not let the matter drop!

Syrian Refugees – Broxtowe Must Play Its Part

Richard Harrington, Minister for Syrian Refugees with Syrian refugees in Bradford

Richard Harrington, Minister for Syrian Refugees with Syrian refugees in Bradford

I have urged Broxtowe Borough Council to play its part in helping settle Syrian refugees in the next few months. I had a very positive meeting with the leader, Richard Jackson who is also a County Councillor. Notts County Council has been approached by the Home Office to take a number of families.

I have written to the Leader of the County Council urging him to start work on finding homes and offering my full support if there are any problems. I have already spoken with the new Minister for Syrian refugees, Richard Harrington; I believe there is a real desire locally to accommodate Syrian refugees and am confident that Notts County and Broxtowe Borough will now put warm words into action before Christmas.

How the Government is supporting Syria’s refugees >>

HS2 – Fairness for Home Owners and Toton Update

AP6I met officials from HS2 yesterday to discuss the concerns of a number of residents whose homes are on the proposed route. HS2 assure me they are keen to be fair and prevent blight. I will write to everyone who has contacted me so far and to all those who may be affected should HS2 go ahead with the proposed route.

I took the opportunity to express my opposition to plans for hundreds of houses by Toton Sidings and the woefully inadequate plans for economic development on the site next to the proposed HS2 East Midlands Hub. I have asked HS2 (again) to intervene to stop the plans which will not only destroy Green Belt land but also hamper the economic prosperity HS2 will deliver for us all.

Central College visit

It was a real pleasure to pop over the road and meet students and staff at Central College in Beeston yesterday afternoon. I was particularly impressed with the Horizons team and their students. Horizon students face many challenges and it was good to see how Central gives them the skills, support and opportunities they need.

Cash Office Closures

AP7Broxtowe Borough Council has decided to close its ‘cash offices’ saving council tax payers £130,000. The offices in Beeston, Stapleford and Eastwood enabled rate and rent payers to take, in person cash or cheques to settle their bills. It is a very long time since utility companies stopped similar schemes encouraging customers to pay by direct debit, at the Post Office or post in a cheque. I am very surprised it’s taken so long for the system in Broxtowe to change!

Have Your Say On Broxtowe’s Future

Broxtowe Borough Council’s new administration is developing its budget for 2016-2020 and asking residents to contribute. Have your say by clicking the link below.

View details >>

Bennerley Benefits

Congratulations to the Bennerley Viaduct Project on an award of £40,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This grant will help the project ‘interpret and manage the heritage of the Bennerley Viaduct and raise awareness of its importance and ensure its survival into the future’.

The disused railway viaduct from Erewash Valley through to Awsworth wil be restored and incorporated into a newly formed cycle-path.

Christmas Comes Early to St Michael’s

AP8It was a great treat to open this morning’s Christmas bazaar at St Michael’s, Bramcote. It is the first of many similar events around Broxtowe and if you would like to advertise yours in the What’s On section below please let me know.

What’s On in Broxtowe

Saturday 7 November

Bonfire Night – Beeston Marina
6:30pm
Where: Beeston Marina, Riverside Road, Beeston, NG9 1NA.
What’s on: Bonfire night with fireworks display, BBQ, hot and cold food, licensed bar and much more.

Fireworks Extravaganza!
6pm till 10pm
Where: George Spence Academy, NG9 7EW.
What’s on: Licensed bar, hot food, fairground rides, tombola and raffle. Further details here.

Bonfire and Fireworks Display – Kimberley
7pm till 9pm
Where: Kettlebrook Lodge, Eastwood Road, Kimberley, NG16 2HX.
What’s on: 2nd Kimberley Scouts annual bonfire night and fireworks display.

Sunday 8 November
Remembrance Sunday
What’s on: There will be services taking place all over the constituency; Awsworth, Beeston, Cossall, Greasley, Kimberley, Nuthall, Stapleford and Trowell. The Civic commemoration is in Beeston with a parade starting from the RBL to the War Memorial.

Monday 9 November
Public Consultation for Stapleford/ Toton HS2 proposals
2pm till 8pm
Where: Coronation Hall, Portland Road, Toton.
What’s on: Full details here.

Wednesday 11 November
Remembrance Day
10:45am
Service in Beeston Square.

Thursday 12 November
Broxtowe EnergyFest
1:30pm till 4pm
Where: Council Offices, Foster Avenue, Beeston.
What’s on: Broxtowe Citizens Advice is holding a series of events around the Borough, full details here.

Autumn Years Friendship Group
10am till 2pm
Where: St Helen’s Church Hall, Frederick Road, Stapleford.
What’s on: Resource centre for the over-60’s full details on this weekly event here.

Give Blood event – Stapleford
1:15pm till 3:15pm then 4:45pm till 7:35pm
Where: Stapleford Community Centre, Washington Drive, NG9 8PY.

Friday 13 November
Beeston and District Civic Society – AGM
What’s on: Full details here.

Public Consultation for Stapleford/ Toton HS2 proposals
2pm till 8pm
Where: Greenwood Community Centre, Toton.
What’s on: Full details here.

Saturday 14 November
Christmas Craft Fair
11am till 3pm
Where: Stapleford Methodist Church, Easton road, NG9 7EA.
What’s on: Organised by the Helpful Bureau, please click here for all the details.

Christmas Fayre – Chilwell
12 noon
Where: Southfields Court, Chilwell, NG9 4GA.
What’s on: There will be assorted stalls.

Dig In – Stapleford
12 noon till 2pm
Where: Community Allotments, Pasture Road, Stapleford.
What’s on: Full details can be found here.

Classical Oxjam
7pm till 9:30pm
Where: Beeston Parish Church.
What’s on: Evening of Classical Music with all proceeds going to Oxfam.

Kimberley Unsung Heroes night
7pm till midnight
Where: Kettlebrook Lodge, Eastwood Road, Kimberley, NG16 2HX.
What’s on: Kimberley Town Council is hosting an Unsung Heroes night if you would like to nominate someone who has worked for the community or given up their free please do so before the 31st October. £5 per ticket or £6 on the door, to book and or nominate someone please call 0115 9381733.

Sunday 15 November
Walled Garden Winter Market
10am till 4pm
Where: The Walled Garden, Beeston Fields Drive, Wollaton Road, NG9 3DA.
What’s on: What’s on: Winter market with food, wine, Christmas inspirations and much more.

Monday 16 November
Public Consultation for Stapleford/ Toton HS2 proposals
2pm till 8pm
Where: The Meeting Place, Stapleford, NG9 8AA.
What’s on: Full details here.

Anna Soubry MP
Barton House, 61 High Road, Chilwell, NG9 4AJ
0115 943 6507
anna.soubry.mp@parliament.uk
www.annasoubry.org.uk

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47 Responses to Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP – Remembrance Sunday and Other Matters

  1. stevebarber says:

    It’s interesting to read Jon Collins letter and see what he actually said,then re -read Miss Soubry’s twisted analysis. .

    • Cllr Adam Stockwell for Stapleford South East says:

      How is it twisted?? Anna says everything that is in letter! Just picking fault for the sake of picking fault will not help anyone

      • Joan Wade says:

        Adam – Take another and this time careful look at the letter and what has been said above. She does state what is in the letter. She then ADDS a very twisted analysis of what is in the letter.

      • Barry Morrison says:

        Adam. You’re wasting your time repyling to Steve Barber/Joan Wade or whichever hat they’re wearing today. They can’t get over the fact that 6 months ago the electorate got rid of Nick Palmer and gave Anna Soubry a increased majority

  2. Joan Wade says:

    Anna really should by now have come to terms with the fact that the tram is here. It is being well used and is of great benefit to Beeston. Anna should recognise this and along with all those politicians who have opposed the tram she should at the very least be willing to speak out and condemn those who are seeking to vandalise the new network.

    • Barry Morrison says:

      Yes, we know the tram is here, and yes it is being well used by people going into Nottingham City Centre. Please tell me how it is of great benefit to Beeston as I have yet to see it.
      Example one..1 Trader told me last week his trade has increased fractionally since the tram started and another has told me that trade has been that bad that due to lack of funds he has had to suspend his internet connection..
      Don’t forget Steve, this is the ever thriving community you mentioned 3 months ago.

      • Joan Wade says:

        Why can the tram not also bring people into Beeston? There are two tracks and the tram travels in both directions. Providing the traders and those managing the town give customers what they want and market themselves via Beeston Bid and in other ways then they should succeed. The argument that people could have been forced to shop in Beeston had they not been able to get on the tram is an appalling argument. People already knew that towns and cities existed elsewhere and were visiting them. They also had access to the Internet. Most traders in Beeston can and will succeed on their merits and not through any system of enforced captivity of customers. Lets stop running the town down please. Our traders deserve better than this.

  3. stevebarber says:

    Analysis to follow. Bit busy doing my hair right now.

  4. Howard Shakespeare says:

    Firstly, the amount of carbon created in the construction of the tram is colossal.
    Secondly, trams are not green. They use electricity which has to be generated, mostly from carbon fuels.
    Thirdly, the cost of maintaining the infrastructure of the tram is significant.

    London has been using Hydrogen buses on the RV1 route from Aldwych to Tower Hill for some time. They truly are eco-friendly.
    Whilst hydrogen has to be manufactured with electricity, new catalysts being formulated will make production more efficient. Furthermore by using wind power at night, hydrogen can be produced without a carbon footprint.
    At a cost of £570,000,000 tram lines two and three can hardly be considered cost effective. Buses are cheap.
    Nottingham City Council are effectively a one party administration being under perpetual Labour control. Whist they complain about finding, they are able to raise money for vanity projects like the tram.

    • Ian Blakeley says:

      We’ll assume that you don’t like trams, or any other PUBLIC services shall we Howard. In case you don’t know what I mean, That’s services run for the benefit of the public. Just like the railways throughout Europe (except UK), and other parts of the world. Also the trams in the Netherlands, De Lijn (look it up) in Belgium, trams and trains in Switzerland ……………..etc. I’m not surprised that you ignored the Electric buses run by NCT or the Electric Medilink buses (FOC) by a Labour Administration.

  5. Howard Shakespeare says:

    Firstly, the amount of carbon created in the construction of the tram is colossal.
    Secondly, trams are not green. They use electricity which has to be generated, mostly from carbon fuels.
    Thirdly, the cost of maintaining the infrastructure of the tram is significant.

    London has been using Hydrogen buses on the RV1 route from Aldwych to Tower Hill for some time. They truly are eco-friendly.
    Whilst hydrogen has to be manufactured with electricity, new catalysts being formulated will make production more efficient. Furthermore by using wind power at night, hydrogen can be produced without a carbon footprint.
    At a cost of £570,000,000 tram lines two and three can hardly be considered cost effective. Buses are cheap.
    Nottingham City Council are effectively a one party administration being under perpetual Labour control. Whist they complain about funding, they are able to raise money for vanity projects like the tram.

    • RichHartman says:

      Howard – hydrogen buses: excellent; wind power: excellent. But your Party recently threw out planning consent for a wind turbine (and also for a ‘solar farm’) near the M1. These installations could have provided some ‘green’ electric power for your eco-buses. Oops?

    • Joan Wade says:

      What has brought this outburst on? It seems unrelated to any of the postings above. These matters have been debated endlessly and have been the subject of public enquiries and public vote.

    • Joan Wade says:

      It is time local Conservatives moved on. The tram is here. This bitterness towards the tram seems to be engulfing their thoughts in a way that quite frankly must be destructive to their health.

    • Ian Blakeley says:

      Howards a little bit like New York. So good he posted twice. Have a lovely day. ;-D

      • Howard Shakespeare says:

        Ian.
        I posted twice because there was a typo in the first posting, due to word prediction. I thought the first post was intercepted in time, so I sent the corrected version. Unfortunately, both copies were posted.

      • Ian Blakeley says:

        Lighten up Howard, it was a gentle leg pull. I realised that something like that had happened.

    • Ian Blakeley says:

      I thought that a couple of days ago I caught a glimpse of East Mids Today and heard that Nottingham was getting some H2 buses. Is this true?

  6. Steve Carr says:

    “Broxtowe Borough Council claim they have given planning permission for hundreds of new homes but hardly any are being built.”

    It is not a claim but a fact. You can go on the council website and see them. Not only that but they are also already included in the 6000 plus houses in the Core Strategy.

    The recent Tory strategy is an attempted diversion from the fact that they cannot fulfill their false election promises.

  7. stevebarber says:

    Finished my hair now so here’s my response to Miss Soubry’s Kimberley tram item:

    Ms Soubry titles this “Tram expansion doubts” then follows up by claiming the leader of Nottingham City Council has “appeared to pour cold water on any plans to take the tram to Kimberley “. If you then read what Cllr Collins has actually said, it becomes clear that only a person who understands nothing about major infrastructure projects, or one being disingenuous would come to that conclusion.  His letter firstly acknowledges that the study “clearly provides some useful technical information” which was it’s main remit. He goes on to say further studies are needed, particularly in relation to the financial viability. Cllr Collins mentions extensions of the network to HS2 and other conurbation-wide possibilities. This is all sensible and logical stuff. There is probably to be further phases of NET, not just one line, but more of an expansion throughout the travel to work area, as seen in Manchester and other forward thinking European Cities. There are strong arguments for going to Kimberley and this report was commissioned  to identify route options and to find out if there are any major engineering difficulties. It has identified 6 possible routes, dismissed 2 of those and comes down in favour of two strong possibilities, finding no major issues on those. The City Council recognise that. 

    • Cllr Adam Stockwell for Stapleford South East says:

      Steve, you know full well that the report was not just to find out the best tram route to Kimberley, it was in fact a traffic feasibility study to identify the best way to sort the problems around the ikea roundabout which is not what we got from Mott MacDonald, which is why the Strategic Planning and Economic Development EIG rejected the report and requested that Mott MacDonald redo the report and give us what the council actually commissioned them to do.

      • stevebarber says:

        The clue may be in the words “main remit ” Adam. Hope you can make it to the Informal Meeting on 20 November. See you then.

  8. Howard Shakespeare says:

    The hope is that the Nottingham City Council, will have learned by their mistakes in developing the tram, and not build any more lines.
    Nottingham isn’t London. There is insufficient money available for such capital projects.
    It’s all very well that a group of little empire builders, seated in the council chamber, coming up with such extravagant ideas. But it is the people who have to pay for these vanity projects.
    It must be hoped that before the end of 2025, the Conservative government will have introduced a bill, which requires a local referendum, before councils may embarking upon major capital projects.
    Like the EU referendum, it is called democracy!

    • Ian Blakeley says:

      Unlike the EU of course which borders on dictatorship. At least the European Parliament is elected (sort of) but the Commissars (sorry typo, I mean Commissioners) ignore the parliament.

      • Barry Morrison says:

        That’s true Ian. The European Parliament is elected but having no powers seems an awful waste of time and money. With the monstrous amount of money spent on shifting the whole lot to Strasbourg once a month is an even bigger waste of money..But, they tell us it’s democracy…Joke of the day

    • Joan Wade says:

      And just what mistakes would these be Howard? It is early days but already it is clear to all but the most ardent opponent of infrastructure improvements that the tram is very popular and being well used.

    • RichHartman says:

      Howard – and it’s the people who have to pay for a referendum. An unnecessary waste of your council tax. We elect councillors already: are you really suggesting that your elected councillors cannot be trusted to make correct, sensible and difficult decisions? You & I voted them in, we should let them get on with the job they have been elected to do.

    • Joan Wade says:

      Front page news this morning Howard that business leaders are pressing for more tram lines to be built. However, much your people might lash out at the business community it seems inevitable that we will see further moves to improve transport in the local area.

      http://www.nottinghampost.com/pound-200m-tram-link-Derby-investigated/story-28160650-detail/story.html

  9. stevebarber says:

    The City Council did commission a professional opinion poll which showed 2:1 in favour of the Toton Lane line and 3:1 for Clifton.

  10. Barry Morrison says:

    Allegedly

  11. Howard Shakespeare says:

    If referenda are a waste of council tax, one could say that democracy too is a waste of council tax.
    Remember that the Conservative/Libdem coalition introduced a halt to the runaway council tax increases, by the former Labour government. Council tax increases were limited to under 2%, unless the electorate gave their approval, through a referendum, for larger increases.
    This policy has remained in force with the Conservative government, and is likely to remain so until the General Election of 2025.

    • Joan Wade says:

      Howard – Your posts show your contempt for the democratic process. You sneer at the City Council and call it a one party administration and you refuse to acknowledge the will of the people when it comes to infrastructure projects such as the tram. If your party was more popular and put forward a vision for the local area it might well do better in the polls.

      • Howard Shakespeare says:

        Ms Wade. I am not surprised to read that a Socialist considers referenda as being undemocratic. May I give you a definition of democracy. “Government of the people, by the people, for the people”. When Americans visit their poling stations, they vote not only for a candidate, but for a range of policies.
        Referenda are democracy in action, as opposed to an elected dictatorship.
        Let me remind you that the Conservative – LibDem coalition, introduced a Bill which requires a referendum, before any future European treaty can be signed, which would pass rights and democracy, from the UK to the EU.
        Admittedly this may be academic, as a majority of supporters of the UK’s first party, and 100% of the third party [Popular vote] are likely to vote to leave the EU.

      • Barry Morrison says:

        And if your party was so popular the present administration would have never got in…What goes around comes around.

      • Barry Morrison says:

        And if your party had done what was right the present administration would not have been voted in. And what’s all this about the will of the people???Where do you get that from??.The people were never asked..You/Steve will keep spouting the ”Exhaustive consultation” which we all know various addresses and streets were discarded,which interpreted means they cherry picked where they thought they would get the most positive reaction..And nobody knows who was consulted..And the last time I saw this Steve Barber said a FIA request should be available from the City Council..No Steve..You’re the one who has spouted this ”exhaustive consultation” for a couple of years so when people ask the question, you should have the answer instead of passing the buck.

      • Joan Wade says:

        Howard – “Ms Wade. I am not surprised to read that a Socialist considers referenda as being undemocratic.” Howard I am not a socialist and I have not before this post used the word referenda in a post. Was it your intention to make such a misleading statement? If so why do you feel the need to do this? If not would you like now to apologise? Why not try and debate the issues raised? If you believe in democracy you should also be willing to respect the outcome of the democratic process rather than sneering at those who have been elected to serve us. .

    • Ian Blakeley says:

      That’s twice you’ve mentioned 2025 Howard. Do you know something we don’t, like the General Election for 2020 has been cancelled?

      • Howard Shakespeare says:

        2025.
        Face reality. The Conservatives have a ten year term in office. 2020 is ours.
        Jeremy Corbyn has as much chance of taking residence in number ten as Coco the Clown.
        Labour have only had four elected Prime Ministers in its 100 year history. Tony Blair tried to make the party into a modern Social Democratic party. But Labour has now been hijacked my Marxists.
        Labour have reached the end of the line. The future may well see the rise of a new Social Democratic party. Or a second party based around UKIP. But the Labour party are finished.

  12. stevebarber says:

    If we have decision making by referenda then elections are a waste of money.

    • Howard Shakespeare says:

      Thank god that view didn’t prevail. We have a referendum in 2017 to determine our future within the European Union.
      The final Labour government promised us a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. They later backtracked when it became clear that the people were likely to vote no.

      • Ian Blakeley says:

        If my memory serves me Howard, several countries held referenda in the lead up to the Lisbon Treaty. Some of them rejected the treaty, the result being that the treaty was ‘tweaked’ and the countries governments were told (behind closed doors) to go away, hold more referenda, and come back with the required result i.e. Acceptance.

    • Barry Morrison says:

      In Swiitzerland, under the Swiss constitution any legislation passed in the Swiss Parliament can be, and very often is, challenged by a referendum and they don’t seem to be doing too badly, thank you very much.

  13. Barry Morrison says:

    In 2005 France and Holland held referenda on The Lisbon Treaty(or The Constitution For Europe)as it was then called..Voters in both countries rejected it and France was told to vote again…Holland was ignored as the Dutch government had already said they would ignore the outcome of the referendum as it was only a test of public opinion..Democracy EU style eh chaps?

    • Howard Shakespeare says:

      Exactly Barry.
      But the EU can’t interfere in the UK’s referendum on continued membership.
      Of the 28 member nations of the EU, who’s voice do we hear but that of Angela Merkel.
      Mrs Merkel has seized the leadership of the EU, like some South American dictator of a banana republic. So much for the EU institutions.
      We were assured that by signing the Lisbon Treaty, we were not signing away our rights and democracy, but pooling them.
      History has shown what utter nonsense that was.

  14. Barry Morrison says:

    What did Labour MP Peter Hain say about The Lisbon Treaty? It’s only a tidying up exercise. Just another lie in a very big catalogue of continued lies.

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