I have arranged an urgent meeting next Tuesday with senior executives from Tramlink and NET, the police and Broxtowe and Notts Council officials and Councillors. I am calling for urgent action to make Chilwell/High Road in Beeston safe for cyclists. The problem is that wheels are getting trapped in the tram tracks with serious consequences.
Since my last email newsletter I have been overwhelmed
by the number of people who have contacted me about their cycling accidents along the road. Many experienced and responsible cyclists have suffered serious injuries through no fault of their own. The Beeston Cycling Club will not use the route and other cycling groups accept it is dangerous.
A large number of accidents have gone unreported and we are keeping a full record of incidents brought to my attention.
Campaigning to make John’s accident the last I had a long meeting with Margaret Melia, wife of John Melia; John had the very serious cycling accident just before Christmas which attracted a lot of publicity. You may may recall that having caught his front wheel in a tram track John ended up under a car.
John’s injuries were so serious he was placed in a medically induced coma and it was heart breaking to hear from Margaret that she and their family feared he would not survive. John’s injuries included two punctured lungs, all of his ribs on one side broken, five broken on the other side in two places, both arms were fractured, four lumbar cracks and a crack to the thorax. John was recently discharged from hospital after some six weeks. John Melia was a very fit man who loved his sport especially who cycling and golf. He was a very experienced and careful cyclist; I wish him a full recovery though it will take a long time.
I am sure you will agree with me that we need to make the road safe for cyclists so his is the last accident.
Until speaking with Margaret Melia I hadn’t appreciated just how remarkable a number of traders and passers by had been in helping John. Not only did they lift off the car to release him but they looked after him until the ambulance arrived. A huge thank you to everyone at the QMC and especially the ambulance crew.
Have you been injured in a cycling accident involving the tram tracks?
I am holding a meeting of all those who have had an accident along this stretch of road on 26th February. Please do contact me if you have not already done so.
New White Bull update I am sorry to report that the owners of The New White Bull in Newthorpe have won their appeal. Broxtowe Borough Council courageously refused planning permission to turn the popular pub into a Co-Op using new powers brought in by the last Government. The owners appealed the decision to the Inspector and were successful. This is a blow after a long campaign. The Inspectors findings need careful analysis so we can be sure the new legislation is working and what lessons can be learnt. Please be assured I will continue to do all I can to oppose the application and secure a sale to the neighbouring Blue Monkey Brewery.
White Hills Park Federation plans for new school WHPF have announced plans to build a much needed new school on its Bramcote campus. As the plans involve selling land to build houses this is bound to be controversial. You can be assured I will represent all views to the school and any planning authority in due course. Click here to see Bramcote Today post.
Save Kimberley Swimming Club I am supporting Kimberley Swimming Club who face closure because of Broxtowe Borough Councils plans to run their own swimming lessons in the Leisure Centre. I have written to Broxtowe urging them not to impose the policy decided before Kimberley elected two Conservative Borough Councillors! Like all swimming clubs Kimberley is run by wonderful volunteers, has members of all ages and abilities and their demise would be a serious loss to our community.
Kimberley Primary School visit I was delighted to be invited to visit Kimberley Primary School last week where I met the outstanding head teacher, Mrs Porter and the very impressive Junior Leadership Team. The pupils, who showed me around and gave me somewhat of a grilling in a question and answer session are clearly passionate about their school and I was delighted to receive such a warm welcome. I invited them to Westminster and like many of our schools I very much hope they will take up the invitation and I can return their kind hospitality.
Vote on Thursday in Toton & Chilwell Meadows and Greasley Thursday is polling day in Greasley and Toton & Chilwell Meadows. I am very happy to support Eddie Cubley (Greasley) and Stephanie Kerry (Toton & Chilwell Meadows). They will be excellent Borough Councillors and I very much hope you will vote for them if you can. Polls open at 7am until 10pm.
Bits and bobs The Post Office on Central Avenue in Beeston is to be modernised. It will close on March 2nd for a refit and will offer longer hours and even better services when it reopens on the 11th. Meanwhile, I am delighted the post box on Larkfield Road in Nuthall had been repaired and is back in use. It was a pleasure to help get it sorted.
I am in Brussels from Sunday to represent the UK at an important EU meeting to help our energy intensive industries. Later in the week I am in Kendall to support businesses severely affected by the winter floods.
This will be my fifth visit to a flood affected area and I am pleased to see that £11 million package of support for businesses is being put to good use. I was keen to get the money out to business in days and it seems to be working!
I seem to have done quite a few debates in the last few weeks on a good variety of subjects including getting more youngsters to take up careers in engineering and science to cash retentions in the construction business. Read debates in Hansard >>>