It’s been a busy few weeks so there is much to report. I hope you enjoy the weekend – despite the cold!
As ever, Anna
Our great town centres – update
Beeston shop owner and trader’s champion Julie Cameron is heading up the new Beeston Town Team. Boots and Santander are now part of the group which is determined to involve all traders and businesses in the town. Please let me know if you would like to join.
In Stapleford progress is being made on introducing wi-fi throughout the town. As you may have heard Aldi have been given the go ahead to open a store at the Pinfold Business Park off Nottingham Road.
Meanwhile in Kimberley, Vodaphone has announced the arrival of 4G – and about time too! Getting superfast broadband and full mobile connection to all communities is becoming a priority of mine!
Broxtowe Borough Council is conducting an online survey asking residents and businesses for their views on the current state of our towns and how they can be improved. I hope you will take part. Take part in the survey here
Elissa Mae Bradford from Kimberley is the Midlands number 1 BMX cyclist and is set to represent Great Britain in the world championships in May. I met Melissa and her father Simon to discuss funding as Melissa is looking for sponsorship.
Let me know if you can sponsor Melissa?
Time is running out to have your say on the plans to build homes on Field Farm, Stapleford. There is a very good article on Bramcote Today about the application. Even though we lost the battle to save this piece of Green Belt I would urge everyone to look at the plans and take part in the consultation which closes on January 25th. Have your say here
Ikea / A610 roundabout – a dangerous mess!
I had a very good meeting with Greasley Parish Council today. We have agreed to work together to get much needed improvements to the access to the Giltbrook Shopping Park/Ikea, which is frankly a mess, confusing and somewhat dangerous. This has been a long running problem which needs sorting out especially as Next and Ikea are set to expand. I have undertaken to set up a much needed meeting
Stapleford Training Hub
I am backing plans for a Stapleford Training Hub at Whitley Mill. It’s the idea of Stapleford Borough Councillors Richard MacRae and John McGrath who brought a number of interested parties together this afternoon. We need a commitment from a local College and a considerable amount of money to convert the Mill back into training workshops for apprentices, notably in construction skills. I’ve agreed to write to a number of people and organisations to rustle up support and funds!
The planning inspector is considering the future of The New White Bull in Giltbrook. The owners have appealed the decision of Broxtowe Borough Council to refuse planning permission to convert the pub into a shop. The Inspector’s decision is expected soon after a hearing last week. If you’re a regular reader you will know I am very much opposed to the change in use preferring the New White Bull to be sold to the nearby Blue Monkey Brewery to re-open as one of their great Organ Grinder pubs.
Solar ‘farm’ set for go ahead
Broxtowe Borough Council seems set to give the go ahead to plans for a solar energy ‘farm’ at the former brick yards in Watnall. November’s vote in favour of the solar farm was referred to the Secretary of State who has said this should be a local decision.
And finally …….
I am pleased to announce the annual summer trip and tour of Parliament is on Monday 27th June. The coach will be leaving Barton House at 6:15am (it’s worth the early start!). For further information and to book a place please contact me as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
What’s on in Broxtowe
Saturday 16 January Beeston Civic Society coffee, cake and local chat 10:30am till 12 noon Where: White Lion Bar and Kitchen, Beeston. What’s on: learn more about Beeston and District Civic Society.
Wednesday 20 January
Guided group bicycle ride 10am till 1pm Where: Meeting at Hetley Pearson Pavilion, Cartwright Way, Beeston. What’s on: A relaxed leisurely cycle ride, full details here.
Beeston and District Local History Society – Talk 7:30pm Where: Chilwell Memorial Hall. What’s on: A talk by Robert Mee “History along the Erewash Valley Trail”.
Thursday 21 January
Stapleford CAT meeting 7pm till 8:30pm Where: The Meeting Place, Stapleford, NG9 8AA.
Friday 22 January
Strelley Village Annual Pantomime – A Christmas Carol 7:30pm Where: St. John’s Church Social Centre, Graylands Road, Bilborough, NG8 4FD. What’s on: Full details here.
Saturday 23 January
Rumbletums Silver Screen – Sunshine on Leith 6:15pm Where: Rumbletums Cafe, 2A victoria Street, Kimberley. What’s on: Staring Paul Brannigan, George MacKay and Kevin Guthrie. Admission is £2.
60’s Night – Attenborough 7pm Where: Attenborough Village Hall. What’s on: Help Support a worthy cause and have a fun 60’s night for only £10. Full details here.
Strelley Village Annual Pantomime – A Christmas Carol 2:30pm and again at 7:30pm Where: St. John’s Church Social Centre, Graylands Road, Bilborough, NG8 4FD. What’s on: Full details here.
Wednesday 27 January
Holocaust Memorial Day 11am Where: The Walled Garden, Bramcote Hills Park, NG9 3JT. What’s on: Full details here
Thursday 28 January
Fund Raising event in aid of The National Carers Federation for Mental Health 7pm till midnight Where: The White Lion Bar and Kitchen, Beeston. What’s on: Live music from Crazy Heart, live folk music, food and raffle. Tickets cost £8.
Humpty Dumpty Pantomime 7:15pm Where: The Pearson Centre for Young People, Nuart Road, Beeston. What’s on: Taking place Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Please click here for details.