News from Anna Soubry MP September 23 2016

publication2Anna Soubry writes:The Boundary Commission has announced its proposals for new Parliamentary constituencies. The aim is to reduce the number of MPs to 600 and equal out the number of constituents in each constituency – I support both aims.

The plan for Broxtowe is easily the most controversial in Nottinghamshire.

The Commission has recommended the creation of two new constituencies – Broxtowe and Hucknall and Beeston and Nottingham South. The first – Broxtowe and Hucknall comprises of Hucknall, Bilborough from the City and most of the existing Broxtowe constituency. It does not include Beeston, Chilwell, Attenborough, Toton and Chilwell Meadows. These would go into Nottingham South – which includes various city wards from Wollaton to Radford. I think most people in Toton, Chilwell and Beeston will not welcome going into a predominantly City constituency.

I think Bilborough should stay in a City constituency otherwise the new Broxtowe and Hucknall seat will be made up of three local authorities which is contrary to the Boundary Commission’s own objectives. Many are concerned that the Borough will be in three parliamentary seats – Eastwood and Brinsley stay in Ashfield. The Boundary Commission has a very good web site which explains their proposals in more detail and I would urge you to read the proposals and get involved in the consultation.

>>Boundary Commission web site

Minister pledges Government will not repeat tramwork mistakes

In the debate I pledged not to support any further extension of the tram until the promised economic benefits of the extension to Beeston are fulfilled.

In the debate I pledged not to support any further extension of the tram until the promised economic benefits of the extension to Beeston are fulfilled.

Last week’s debate in Parliament about the affect of the tramworks on Beeston and Chilwell and the lessons to be learnt won praise from the Transport Minister, Paul Maynard. The Minister has agreed to come to the area to meet residents and traders and said the Government will learn lessons from the works which ran over time and caused chaos and huge disruption along the route.

Meanwhile NET and the Borough Council have agreed to meet to ensure Lower Road residents get the land restoration they were promised. I am hosting a meeting with High Road traders and Broxtowe Borough Council.

“Cycles have no place on tram tracks” Minister’s verdict!

Transport Minister, Paul Maynard didn’t hold back in the debate when it came to cyclist safety and tram tracks. Paul represents Blackpool and is familiar with the sort of accidents we have seen when cyclists wheels become trapped in tram tracks. I will now work with other MPs on this and anticipate another debate on the very real safety threats tram tracks pose to cyclists.

» Read the debate in Hansard

Broxtowe GP teams amongst best in England

sr2It’s a pleasure to relay a good news story about our local GP’s and their teams.

Recent patient satisfaction stats place our second in the country for receptionists being very helpful and appointments being very convenient. the survey of all GP commissioning groups in England put our GPs in the top ten for the making an appointments being very good, very easy to get through by phone and convenient opening hours.

Heritage Open days

Mayor Graham Harvey and author Julia Powell

Mayor Graham Harvey and author Julia Powell

Congratulations to everyone who made this year’s Heritage Open Days a great success. I particularly enjoyed the exhibits at Barton’s and the launch of “I remember when”. The book has been penned by Julia Powell for the Beeston and District Local History Society and is a wonderful collation of memories and stories from Beeston’s older residents.
Beeston Library gets million pound make over

sr4Beeston Library closes on Saturday 1st October for nine months and a one million pound refurbishment. During the works a temporary Library will be open in the Beeston Youth and Community Centre West End. The works will include

New roof, windows, ceiling, lights, flooring and heating system and shelving and a re-design of public spaces. The original main entrance on Foster Avenue will re-open along with a new arts and learning room, an IT innovation suite and other improvements.

Stapleford pavements – not good enough!

sr5It was good to get such a warm welcome last Saturday when out canvassing with Councillors John Longdon, Jan Goold and Dr. John Doddy. Unfortunately, the pavements off Washington Drive (Hobart and Perth Drives) are frankly a disgrace. I have contacted Notts County Council – they need urgent resurfacing and making good. I will keep you informed. Stapleford residents are reminded of tomorrow’s Meet the Team event in the Carnegie Centre from 10am till 12 (details in the diary).
Bramcote island update

sr6Bramcote Councillors Jan Goold and Martin Plackett held a meeting with the Highways England and Broxtowe Borough Council about the condition of the roundabout and footbridge. It seems progress is being made on the maintenance of the roundabout and there are plans to clean the bridge before Christmas.

» Read the full story on Bramcote Today

Local boy done good!

sr7I didn’t hesitate to accept local comedian Matt Forde’s invitation to appear on his new TV programme. “UnSpun” is on Dave TV and Matt gives his irreverent and very funny ‘take’ on political events.

I also appeared on last week’s Question Time when I shared my reservations about the Government’s plans to expand grammar schools – I said we do not need one in Broxtowe.

I also defended women Labour MP’s who continue to suffer abuse from members of their own party. Meanwhile the local Labour Party have pledged full support for their Chair who has been expelled because of his association with a far left organisation. Tomorrow Jeremy Corbyn seems set to win the leadership of his party which I believe is deeply regrettable. Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party is incapable of providing the strong and credible opposition we need to hold the Government to account and ensure everyone is heard.

Blatant plug for Canalside Project!

Beeston Canalside Heritage Centre needs your support to win £12.5K for a bio mass boiler, solar panels and water cylinder. The competition is run by Marks and Spencer Energy Fund and if successful will make a huge difference to this great project which is due to open next summer. Click below for more details and then vote!

» Follow the link to vote

» Find out more about the Beeston Canalside Heritage Centre

Parliament tour

We have a few places left on this year’s Christmas tour of Parliament. It’s on Monday 12th December leaving Barton House in Beeston at 6:30am. Tickets for the coach are £14.50 per person. Please email charlotte.hallam@parliament.uk to secure your place.

Bramcote Badminton Club

I am fulfilling my promise to promote Bramcote Badminton Club – details in the diary section!

Contact me
High Road,
Barton House,
Chilwell
NG9 4AJ

0115 9436507

anna.soubry.mp@parliament.uk

What’s on in Broxtowe and ‘Meet the Team’

Saturday 24 September
Meet the Team Surgery – Stapleford
10am till 12 noon
Where: Carnegie Hall, Stapleford
What’s on: Got a problem? Can we help? Everyone in Stapleford is invited to meet me, their Borough and County Councillors. Private facility available.
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Saturday mornings with Dig In Stapleford
10am till 12 noon
Where: Albany Allotments, Pasture Road, Stapleford.
What’s on: Full details here.
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Oxjam – Ceilidh
7:30pm till 11pm
Where: Christ Church Hall, Lime Grove Avenue, Beeston, NG9 4AR.
What’s on: Full details here.

Monday 26 September
National Older Persons Week
What’s on: For the full list of events taking place throughout Broxtowe please click here.

Wednesday 28 September
Wednesday mornings with Dig In Stapleford
10am till 12 noon
Where: Albany Allotments, Pasture Road, Stapleford.
What’s on: Full details here.
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Age with Independence
1pm
Where: The Village Club Hotel, Chilwell Retail Park.
What’s on: Full details here.
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Kimberley Pensioners Association
10am till 12 noon
Where: Kimberley parish Hall, Newdigate Street, Kimberley.
What’s on: There is bingo, dancing, entertainers and much more. Cost £1 which includes tea and biscuits. New members welcome.

Thursday 29 September
Lawn Bowls – Open afternoon
1:30pm till 3:30pm
Where: Bowling Green, Broadgate Park, Beeston.
What’s on: Come along to try out bowls, full details here.
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Bramcote Hills Badminton Club
7:30pm till 9pm
Where: Main Hall, Bramcote college, Moor Lane, Bramcote.
What’s on: The club are looking for new members, if you would like to try a free evening or join the club please call Keith on 0115 928 4643 or email keithdinsdale@btinternet.com.
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Nottingham West CCG – AGM
6pm till 8pm
Where: The Haven Centre, Wadsworth Road, Stapleford, NG9 8BD.
What’s on: Full details here.

Friday 30 September
Mayors Charity Golf Day
12 noon
Where: Chilwell Manor Golf Club.
What’s on: Full details here.
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knit and Natter
10:30am till 12:30pm
Where: Kitty’s Handmade, 210 Derby road, Stapleford.
What’s on: Knit and Natter session which will be held every Friday. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits. Cost £3.50 per person.

Saturday 1 October
Attenborough Health Walk
10am
Where: Meeting at Attenborough Nature Centre.
What’s on: Free health walk.
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Michaelmas Market
11am till 2pm
Where: Beeston Parish Church.
What’s on: Free event with various stalls.
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Stapleford Combined Services Table Top Sale
10am till 12 noon
Where: The Stapleford Conservative Club, Derby Road, Stapleford.
What’s on: Various stalls ranging from second hand goods and homemade crafts.
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Stapleford Monthly Farmers’ Market
9am till 2pm
Where: Walter parker V.C Memorial Square.
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Saturday mornings with Dig In Stapleford
10am till 12 noon
Where: Albany Allotments, Pasture Road, Stapleford.
What’s on: Full details here.
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Beeston Park Run – 12th Anniversary
9am
Where: Weirfields Recreation Ground, Canal Side, Beesotn, NG9 1LZ.
What’s on: Full details here.

Sunday 2 October
Nottingham Building Society’s Charity Dinner
1pm
Where: Haveli, Attenborough Lane, Chilwell.
What’s on: The Beeston branch of the Nottingham Building society will be holding a charity dinner to raise money for Framework and SportsAid. Tickets Cost £20 which includes a four-course meal as well as entertainment and a raffle. Further details here.

Monday 3 October
Beeston Market
9am till 3pm
Where: Beeston Square.

Wednesday 5 October
Wednesday mornings with Dig In Stapleford
10am till 12 noon
Where: Albany Allotments, Pasture Road, Stapleford.
What’s on: Full details here.
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Kimberley Pensioners Association
10am till 12 noon
Where: Kimberley Parish Hall, Newdigate Street, Kimberley.
What’s on: There is bingo, dancing, entertainers and much more. Cost £1 which includes tea and biscuits. New members welcome.

Thursday 6 October
Lawn Bowls – Open afternoon
1:30pm till 3:30pm
Where: Bowling Green, Broadgate Park, Beeston.
What’s on: Come along to try out bowls, full details here.
– –
Bramcote Hills Badminton Club
7:30pm till 9pm
Where: Main Hall, Bramcote college, Moor Lane, Bramcote.
What’s on: The club are looking for new members, if you would like to try a free evening or join the club please call Keith on 0115 928 4643 or email keithdinsdale@btinternet.com

Friday 7 October
Beeston Arts and crafts Fair
10:30am till 4:30pm
Where: Beeston Square.
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kint and Natter
10:30am till 12:30pm
Where: Kitty’s Handmade, 210 Derby road, Stapleford.
What’s on: Knit and Natter session which will be held every Friday. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits. Cost £3.50 per person.

Saturday 8 October
Harvest Barn Dance
7pm till 10pm
Where: St Michael’s Church, Church Street, Bramcote, NG9 3HD.
What’s on: Fun for all the family. There will be a live band and hot supper. Ticket’s cost £10 call the Church office for more details 0115 943 0137.
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Saturday mornings with Dig In Stapleford
10am till 12 noon
Where: Albany Allotments, Pasture Road, Stapleford.
What’s on: Full details here.
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Trowell WI – Last night of the Proms
7:30pm
Where: Trowell Parish Hall, Stapleford Road, Trowell, NG9 3QA.
What’s on: “Last night of the Proms” music will be performed by Ilkeston Brass Band. Full details here.

Monday 10 October
Beeston Market
9am till 3pm
Where: Beeston Square.

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7 Responses to News from Anna Soubry MP September 23 2016

  1. Donna MacRae says:

    It was good to get such a warm welcome last Saturday when out canvassing with Councillors John Longdon, Jan Goold and Dr. John Doddy. Unfortunately, the pavements off Washington Drive (Hobart and Perth Drives) are frankly a disgrace.

    It is funny that all of a sudden Councillors are out and about in the area, especially in an area two of them do not represnt, there must be an election over the horizon or something.   Most people on the streets you mention know Richard MacRae as that’s where he grew up, he speaks to people daily around that area.  I can’t repeat what many people actually said to him after last Saturday, but in wouldn’t call it a warm welcome for your Councillors, maybe people were just being polite. 

    John Longdon was actually kicked off Stapleford Community Group as he was not doing anything and he is never seen out and about in the community helping and talking to people or even joining in on estate inspections. It’s a shame really as it’s well known he only got elected off the back of the hard work Richard MacRae does.  He also objected when Richard had ‘Drugs In Stapleford ‘ on the agenda at a recent Stapleford Town Council meeting. Maybe if he spent time doing his job he would be doing something like Richard is about the problems with Drugs in Stapleford instead of sticking his head in the sand.

  2. Fred R says:

    Whenever a project goes over-budget, over-time, or to the dogs, there are always “lessons to be learned”, but clearly from all the project failures, locally and nationally, the wrong lessons are being learned, or the wrong teachers are in charge. Kimberley’s next for tram chaos, lucky them. Talking about economic benefits for Beeston, are there any figures in yet on how trade has increased or decreased since the tram finally got running? The optimists were saying that it would bring punters into Beeston from town, the pessimists precisely the opposite. Is there any evidence to back up either view?

  3. Dear Anna,

    Could you consider asking the Boundary Commission to hold a Public Hearing in Nottingham-Broxtowe?

    They have a long list of dates and venues, including two in Derby on 27 & 28 October, but none in Nottinghamshire (http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/boundary-commission-for-england-10840540288).

    thanks,

    Paul

    • Ian Blakeley says:

      Does Anna actually read what’s written on here. Or is Pauls post a copy of an email to her.

    • Here is the reply I got to my request for a Nottingham Meeting.

      Dear Cllr MacRae

      Thank you for your email.

      The number of hearings in each region we are bounded by the rules in the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011 Schedule 2A, which sets out the purpose and frequency of public hearings as below;

       (1)  In relation to any particular report under sections 3(1)(a) of the Act –

      a) the Boundary Commission for England shall cause at least two and no more than five public hearings to be held in each English region’

      The Commission have decided that the number of constituencies in a particular region determines the number of hearings convened. In the case of the East Midlands region, the Commission decided to arrange three hearings. 

      In determining the locations of the three hearings in the East Midlands region the Commission have tried to ensure a geographical spread, hence the convening of hearings in Lincoln, Derby and Northampton. Also, as the Commission has to plan the location of hearings well in advance, it is not able to anticipate where particular issues might arise so far ahead of the publication of initial proposals.

      All of these hearings will last two days, with the hours of day one from 10am – 8pm and day two 9am – 5pm.

      In the case of each of the above hearings, the Commission is able to accept comments on any aspect of its initial proposals for the East Midlands.

      The public hearings are only one aspect of the Commission’s consultation process. The Commission welcomes representations through its consultation website – bce2018.org.uk, by writing to the Commission’s office or by email. All representations received, both in writing and those recorded at public hearings, will be considered fully and are given equal weight.

      I hope this clarifies the Commissions position in regard to public hearings.

      Yours​ ​sincerely,  

      Glenn Reed

      Boundary Commission for England

  4. Susan A. says:

    In re pavements being a disgrace, Rivergreen Crescent (from the junction with Totland Road to Deddington Lane) is a disgrace also. The Council come round and spray yellow crosses on the worst offenders, we all wait with baited breathe but nothing happens, the yellow fades to lemon and then disappears, another winter comes with frost and thaw and the cracks get worse and worse. One resident had a dreadful accident tripping on an uneven paving slab, the results of which were serious and life changing, others have tripped and I’ve fallen over but fortunately just had a solar plexus injury and bruising.

    I’ve contacted the Council several times but each time the response is that there isn’t sufficient money in the budget. I’ve offered to pay for the slabs to be replaced outside our house or the pavement tarmaced but have been advised that we’d personally have to have £10 million in liability insurance. Trying to follow this up got us nowhere.

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