Hello again, As you may know in my Ministerial role I have responsibility for the Steel Industry so I have been particularly busy in the last few weeks. Urgent constituency work always takes priority; working to ensure a sustainable future for our steel industry and the many thousands of people who rely on it for work and business, has taken up much of my time. However, I have also been busy working on my local campaigns and have a good variety of news and announcements.
Supporting Tony Harper as our next PCC
I am very proud to support Tony Harper as our next Police and Crime Commissioner. Tony was born and bred in Nottinghamshire, he lives in Broxtowe and as a former senior police officer has precisely the experience and skills needed to be a great PCC. Read more about Tony and why he will make an excellent PCC here.
Bilborough College students grilling!
My thanks to the Politics Society at Bilborough College for an excellent “grilling” the other week. There was a good mix of local and national questions. I was heartened that a show of hands at the end produced an overwhelming majority in favour of us staying IN the EU.
Action on tram tracks – campaign success
- blue highlighted transition marks on the pavement and road at the Chilwell Road tram stop.
- permanent signs highlighting the danger of the tram tracks especially when wet.
- no more complicated or unnecessary signs.
- ground markings where pedestrians and cyclists share the pavement.
- clearer views for cyclists when they return to the road.
- the removal of poles that should not have been there in the first place!
Fighting for a Tram Inquiry
Public meeting on the future of Chetwynd Barracks
I am holding a public meeting about the future of Chetwynd Barracks following the recent announcement that it will close by 2020. At approximately 185 acres, this is a considerable site and I urge residents to come along to the meeting on Sunday May 15 (details below).
The MOD plans to sell the site and build up to 800 houses. This will have a huge impact on Toton and Chilwell Meadows.
I have already had a meeting with local Councillors and officials of Broxtowe Borough Council and have a meeting planned with the MOD and their organisation that looks after and disposes of land.
I believe we must make sure any plans include full consultation with residents; we need a proper, far reaching and imaginative neighbourhood plan and commitments to improved infrastructure notably roads and schools. I would like the remaining land to be released into public ownership as parkland to include the existing memorials and commemorate the people who were killed in the 1918 munitions explosion. There’s a lot to discuss so I hope you can come along – if you can’t attend please let me know and I will make sure you are kept informed. The meeting is on Sunday May 15 at 4pm at the Village Hotel, Chilwell Meadows.
The Old School Room in Cossall will re-open on May 4th after extensive improvements. The waste management company Biffa gave a grant of £50,000 (an application I supported) to add to the £30,000 raised by the community.The Old School Room now has a modern kitchen, a disabled loo inside a small extension and more space in the newly restored hall. Congratulations to everyone for all their hard work and I look forward to seeing the results!
The BIG EU debate: IN v Leave
Following my last newsletter, it is clear that there is a huge appetite for a public meeting to discuss the upcoming EU referendum. I am therefore organising a debate on Thursday 2nd June, at the Pearson Centre in Beeston from 6pm til 8pm, with speakers from both sides. I will keep you updated on who has agreed to speak!
There are still places available for the Broxtowe Business Club EU debate with speakers from the Stronger In and Leave campaigns. The debate will be held on Thursday 28 April in the Main Hall at Bramcote College. Please do get in touch if you would like to attend.
Chilwell schools planned merger – have your say
There are plans to merge two Chilwell primary schools. I very much hope parents, carers and residents connected to Meadow Lane and College House will get involved in the consultation. There are two meetings this Tuesday (details in the diary) The consultation begins on Monday 18th April closes on Sunday 12th June. Read the consultation and have your say here >>