There’s some important news on a number of local matters notably the HS2 event at Trowell.
As I said before the EU Referendum, I will respect and honour the result and so will be voting for the Bill which will begin the process of our leaving the EU. I have said this for many months now. I appreciate and understand why so many constituents will be deeply disappointed by my decision and I know marginally more – will be very pleased. I believe almost everyone is getting somewhat bored by Brexit and wants us to get on with it.
Like most constituents, I was appalled to learn that President Trump has decided to impose a temporary ban on people and refugees from a number of countries which are predominantly Muslim. This ban has no moral or factual justification. There hasn’t been a single terrorist attack since 9/11 in America involving anyone who emigrated from or whose parents emigrated from any of the 7 countries on Trump’s list. However, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Egypt are not included in the ban even though their citizens have mounted terrorist attacks on the USA.
We can accordingly be sure Trump’s ban is based entirely on prejudice and unjustified fear which he seeks to stoke and exploit – meanwhile it appears he’s keen not to harm his own financial interests. In any event it is deeply offensive and plain wrong to stereotype any faith, religion or race on the wicked actions of a tiny minority.
Our deep rooted sense of tolerance in Broxtowe is best exemplified in our Deputy Mayor Halimah Khaled and her family. Like the overwhelming majority of British Muslims, Halimah embodies our traditional values of family, hard work, being involved in your community, respect for the rule of law, and tolerance. Perhaps President Trump would like to meet Halimah ,who is a Conservative, when he comes to our country . As ever
HS2 – Trowell meeting highlights serious issues
Over a thousand people attended the HS2 event in Trowell Parish Hall on Friday. I was there for much of the day along with Councillors from the village and beyond.
The maps and helpful staff provided much information but the lack of a model and ‘artists impression’ has added to the considerable concern about the height of the proposed viaduct – 16m or as one resident tells me – the same height as the church spire.
It’s right to assume people living near the proposed East Midlands hub at Toton Sidings will see an increase in the value of their home. However, Trowell is included in the area so homes on the route through the village will not be compensated. This is flawed reasoning and I have made my views clear to the Secretary of State, Chris Grayling. I have also invited him to Broxtowe and in particular to Trowell.
I have already written to every household in Trowell, Strelley Village and the relevant parts of Nuthall. I have also spoken to a number of residents and Borough Councillors about the proposed route. Just because HS2 has widespread support (in particular the siting of the East Midlands Hub at Toton Sidings) amongst elected representatives it doesn’t mean we back the planned route nor the plans. Not surprisingly, I haven’t met anyone who supports the lack of compensation for people on the route through Trowell.
We learnt from the tram extension to Toton that it is critical to get the right route and to work and consult with all residents. Proper planning and compensation is critical to reduce and mitigate the construction of such a vast infrastructure project. The route must also have the minimum visual and aesthetic impact on the village.
Two actions have come from Friday’s event: I will write again to all residents about the consultation which ends in March detailing how they can have their say and what I am doing as the MP to represent all their concerns. Secondly, I have called a meeting of all the Borough and County Councillors (including Stapleford) along the route. I believe we must work together and coordinate our work on behalf of everyone we represent.
Please email me for more information or to raise any matter about HS2 and use the HS2 link at the top of this newsletter
Stapleford free Wi-Fi by end of April
Stapleford is all set to get free Wi-Fi in the town centre by the end of April, after a successful campaign by traders which I fiercely supported! Well done to Amy Davis of Tailored For You who has led the campaign along with the Town Team and the Town’s Councillors. Broxtowe Borough Council’s Jobs and Economy Committee agreed to invest £25,000 in the scheme along with Government funding, which will boost the town’s economy.
Bramcote set for new school as Borough Council secures Green Belt and builds new homes
Broxtowe Borough Council has voted in favour of controversial plans to change our Green Belt.
When the Conservatives were elected to run the Council in 2015 they inherited a housing target of 6150 new houses and grave problems in providing what’s called a 5 year land supply. Without that bank of land available for housing, the risk to our Green Belt increases.
The Council’s plans include a £20 million new school at Bramcote on the existing White Hills Park Federation site. The spend is the proceeds of selling the school’s little used land off Coventry Lane for 300 new homes. This sale will also protect the remaining Green Belt in Bramcote including, I believe, any building on the Golf Course.
There will be more homes at Awsworth with the approval of the Neighbourhood Forum and new homes in Kimberley on the Depot and neighbouring caravan business site (which is moving to a bigger location in Broxtowe). The Green Belt in places like Nuthall and Greasley is now much safer from development as the Council has met the 5 year land supply target.
Brexit – bringing everyone together as we get on with it
In my email newsletter of June 22nd 2016 I wrote “be assured if we vote out we’re out”. When I was re-elected as your MP in 2015 I made a clear promise to vote for an In Out EU Referendum and honour the result. I’ve never said I would do otherwise, even though I did my best to persuade constituents to vote Remain and have always believed it is in our best interests to be a member of the EU. You can’t vote for a Referendum, agreeing “you the people will settle this matter” and then not vote to implement the vote just because you don’t agree with it. So, I will vote this week to give the Prime Minister the power to trigger Article 50 and begin the process of leaving the EU
In the wake of the Referendum result many who voted Remain have felt sidelined and ignored. Those of us who put our heads above the parapet have been abused and even threatened.
We have seen vicious campaigns in some of our newspapers who have blatantly and deliberately printed lies and all manner of nonsenses. Judges, politicians, commentators and experts have been vilified for simply doing their job. Hate crime rose and has yet to fall to pre Referendum levels in our county.
I have spoken on behalf of both remain and leave constituents, especially those running businesses, in favour of membership of the single market and the free movement of people from the EU.
Unfortunately, the Government has decided that restricting immigration is more important than the economic benefits membership of the single market confers.
I will not stop making those arguments; just because you lose a debate or a vote doesn’t mean you lose your right to continue to campaign for what you believe in, though many seem to have forgotten that.
But most importantly perhaps, we need to move on and as we leave the EU we need to come together to get the best deal for everyone in our country. And you can be assured that as part of that process I will continue for the restoration of those most traditional British values – free speech in a Parliamentary democracy, tolerance and fairness for all.
Finally, I was very pleased the Prime Minister has agreed to publish a White Paper setting out the Government’s objectives in the Brexit negotiations. I called for the White Paper in last weeks PM Questions. This week Theresa May gave me the credit for the change of heart but it was in fact thanks to a number of MP’s on all sides.
Flashing Tram reveals Ice problem
My thanks to Phil Shiel who is a regular contributor to the Tram Rant Room on Facebook. Phil has alerted me to the difficulties the tram has when ice forms on overhead lines. He’s posted an alarming video on Facebook which shows dramatic flashes as the tram struggled with hard frosts last week. I am seeking assurances from NET for residents on the route.