1. New Homes
Twenty Seven new low-cost homes have been built in Broxtowe. Leicester developer Westleigh Homes has just finished the work, which is concentrated in Hall Drive in Chilwell and Wilson Road in Eastwood. They have been doing this in partnership with the borough council, carrying through a programme that was set up when the Lib-Dems were running the authority. It is part of a wider plan to create 114 new low-cost houses across the borough.
2. New Sponsors
Developers Peverill Homes have announced that they will be sponsoring Stapleford Town Football Club. The club has more than 150 players and has junior teams from six years old and upwards. Regular readers may recall that they are the team that my younger daughter plays for, and it was my pleasure to be able to introduce the developers to the club about a year or so back. I am pleased that this is eventually led to a sponsorship deal.
3. County Council Charges
Nottinghamshire county council is consulting on plans to charge vulnerable people £12 per week to manage their finances. This is a service that they currently provide for free, and if it goes through it will mean that service users will be paying £600 per year. This move has been criticised by the Nottingham Elders Forum. If you wish to have a say on this proposed change you can do so at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/budget.
4. Beeston Oxjam
Many congratulations to the organisers of the Beeston Oxjam Festival, after it was named as Oxfam’s fundraiser of the year. The festival raised more for the charity than any of the other festivals it held during the year. This year it raised more than £17,000, and since it started five years ago it has raised more than £48,000. This is an excellent achievement.
5. Crime Prevention Grants
Nottinghamshire Police will be giving out grants totalling £250,000 to local crime prevention groups looking to develop new projects. The maximum grant per group will be £25,000 and there will be available for projects running between April 2016 and March 2017. Any group interested in applying is asked to ring
(0115) 844 5998 for further details.
6. Bulb Planting
Pupils from Wadsworth Fields primary school in Stapleford this week planted
1000 daffodil bulbs to brighten up the town. The bulbs have been planted at the end of Ewe Lamb Lane and so are visible as people come into the town.
7. New Beeston Signs
Plans have been unveiled this week for the erection of new ‘Welcome to Beeston’ signs for the Lower Road area. These will be displayed where the tram comes into Beeston, and feature a design of bees. The drawings I’ve seen of them looked to be quite a good design, although I haven’t seen any details regarding the costs of the scheme.
8. Adult Carers Wanted
Nottinghamshire County Council wants to recruit 30 families to care for vulnerable adults by having them to live in their own homes. Essentially this appears to be foster care for adults with mental health problems, and it is called the ‘Shared Lives Scheme.’ Volunteers are paid an allowance to cover the costs of having the extra resident with them, and the hope is that families can be found to avoid having to have the service users living in residential care. If you are interested in taking part in this please contact the county council.
9. Dropped Kerbs
The County Council is to begin issuing penalty notices to motorists who park their cars across dropped kerbs which are there to help vulnerable pedestrians cross the road safely. Enforcement is set to begin on Monday, December 14. The County Council have reminded motorists that a vehicle does not have to be fully obstructing the crossing point area. A Civil Enforcement Officer can issue a Penalty Charge Notice if any part of the vehicle is obstructing the crossing area.
As ever thank you for your support for this newsletter. Any feedback is gratefully received. May I wish everyone a happy Christmas and a peaceful new year. The next edition of the newsletter will be on the second Sunday of January 2016.