Beeston, parts of Chilwell and Toton were all badly affected and in Stapleford blocked culverts and drains were responsible for localised flooding.
Yesterday I contacted both Broxtowe and Notts County Council who quickly swung into action. I know residents on Lower and Fletcher Road in Beeston were particularly grateful to the leader of Broxtowe, Cllr Richard Jackson who got council workers on the scene to clear up raw sewage. My thanks to all concerned. There is clearly a problem in parts of Beeston and Chilwell which didn’t exist before the tram works so I have already asked for a thorough investigation. I am pleased to report that the leader of Notts County Council, Alan Rhodes got straight back to me having asked his senior Highways officials for a full report.
Chetwynd Barracks update
Earlier this week the leader of Broxtowe Borough Council Richard Jackson, the legal officer Phil Horsefield and I met with the Defence Minister and his officials to discuss the future of Chetwynd Barracks.
We were told the Army does intend to vacate the barracks as soon as is operationally possible and almost all the land will be sold – the MoD has a target of 800 houses. It appears the Reserve Centres, notably HMS Sherwood will remain and that would seem a very good place for the various memorials on the site to be placed in perpetuity.
Broxtowe Borough Council has a plan for how the land should be sold and its overall development, which in my view, must include a substantial amount of land freely open to all residents to enjoy. Broxtowe is keen to play a significant and important role in making sure the right infrastructure is in place and that the emerging neighbourhood forum develop a plan for the area. I am delighted that last week’s meeting attracted well over 30 people who want to play a part in the neighbourhood forum.
We will now formally write to the Ministry of Defence detailing how we want the land to be disposed of and the local controls we want to establish. I will publish that letter once it has been finalised.
EU campaigning suspended
Following the murder of Jo Cox both sides in the EU Referendum have stopped campaigning.
My thanks to BBC former editor John Hess who chaired the event and speakers Robert Buckland MP and Kate Godfrey for Stronger In and from Leave – Douglas Carswell MP and Nigel Baxter. Over 300 people took part in my debate on whether we should remain in or leave the EU. There were some excellent contributions and questions from the floor and my thanks to everyone who came along.
I am proudly working with all parties on the Stronger In campaign. Gedling MP Vernon Coker (Labour), Kat Boettge from the Green Party, Lib Dems and I were out campaigning in Nottingham recently and last weekend Stronger In was in Beeston. We will not be campaigning this weekend following the murder of Jo Cox.
The Hemlock Happening is a great annual event I am honoured to help open. It was good to catch up with a number of community groups and in particular Stapleford Town Football Club which goes from strength to strength. It was also good to catch up with our Mayor, Graham Harvey.
Safe cycling campaign continues to get results
Highways and NET continue to make cyclists safer on the tram route through Chilwell and Beeston. More warning signs have recently gone up and there will now be a ‘de-cluttering’ along High/Chilwell Road.
Women and the vote
I think we sometimes need reminding that we have yet to celebrate 100 years of universal suffrage – the right of all to adults to vote. On June 8 I was one of the women MP’s who gathered in the House of Commons, to mark the 150th anniversary of a petition to Parliament that began the campaign for women to gain the vote.
As Ever, Anna