News from David Watts on behalf of the Liberal Democrats

David-WattsWelcome to Broxtowe Enews, brought to you by the Liberal Democrats and edited by David Watts, on behalf of the Lib-Dems in Broxtowe. Thank you for the comments when we returned last week after our server problems.

  1. 1.  Stapleford Community Centre A petition has been launched to stop the closure of Stapleford Community Centre on Cliff Hill Avenue. The borough council informed users in 2017 that the lease would not be renewed when it expires next year, so that the centre can be demolished to make way for a new housing project. I’m not sure why people have suddenly decided to act now to try and change this decision, but I do have considerable sympathy for the many groups who use the centre and who are faced with being without a home if the plans go ahead. However if they don’t then this would mean that the land could not be used for housing and this would add to the pressure to build on the green belt.
  2. Sir Peter Mansfield It was very sad to hear this week of the death of Broxtowe resident Sir Peter Mansfield, the inventor of the MRI scanner. His invention really did change the world and change the quality of life for many people.
  3. Brexit Vote Anna Soubry, the Broxtowe MP, was one of very few Tory MP’s who backed an amendment in parliament to say that MP’s should have a vote on the final Brexit deal before it goes ahead. Unfortunately the amendment failed, and Anna then voted in favour of activating article 50, the process which will lead to us leaving the European Union.
  4. Superfast Broadband Nottinghamshire is apparently one of the top three counties in England for fast broadband speeds, and the fastest in the East Midlands. This was the conclusion of independent broadband website www.thinkbroadband.com. It said that 96.2% of the county now has access to superfast broadband, above the target of 95%.
  5. M1 Consultation The Highways Agency has launched a consultation about upgrading the M1 to a smart motorway between Junctions 23a and 25. Smart motorways have variable speed limits to improve traffic flow and the M1 has this from junction 28 northwards, although readers may remember the dreadful delays and hold-ups that the works there caused. The consultation runs until 3rd March and you can have your say at highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/m1-23a-to-25-smart-motorway.
  6. Defibrillators on Greasley Three defibrillators are being installed in Greasley after funding was obtained by the parish council. These can be found at The Horse and Groom in Moorgreen, the shops on Smithurst Road, and at the Greasley Sports Centre. Defibrillators can be used to save lives after a cardiac arrest and the 999 call handlers can talk people through how to use them. 7. Hall Om Wong Park I spoke last week about a petition by Kimberley residents to protect trees in Hall Om Wong Park. However the Borough Council have now announced that they are to go ahead with felling the trees, despite the petition, after one fell down this week.
  7. Red Riding Hood Beeston Methodist Church on Queens Road will be performing the pantomime Red Riding Hood on 15th – 18th February at 7.15pm. Tickets cost £5 (£3 concessions) and the proceeds will support Cancer Research, The Brain Tumour Charity, Mind, The Association of Young People with ME and Hibbs Lupus Trust. Full details can be found at http://www.beestonmethodist.church/event/red-riding-hood-by-jim-sperinck/?instance_id=14952&dm_i=BLC,4QM1H,KYLMQW,HW7C2,1.
  8. Bramcote Hills Community Association AGM Bramcote Hills Community Association will hold its AGM at Grangewood Methodist Church, Grangewood Road, Wollaton on 15th February. All members of the association are welcome to attend and full details can be found at https://bramcotetoday.org.uk/2017/01/11/bramcote-hills-community-association-annual-general-meeting-2/?dm_i=BLC,4QM1H,KYLMQW,HW2ON,1.
  9. Stapleford Road Works National Grid Gas will be carrying out roadworks on Lawrence Street in Stapleford from 13th to 16th February and the road will be closed during that period.
  10. Bramcote Quiz Night The Bramcote Old Church Tower Trust will be holding a Quiz Night on Saturday 4th March at the Memorial Hall in Bramcote, starting at 7.30pm. Entry is £10 per person including food and all proceeds will go towards the renovation of the tower. Further details can be obtained from David Martin on 0115 925 1492.

As ever thank you for your support for this newsletter. Any feedback is gratefully received.

Best wishes,   David

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6 Responses to News from David Watts on behalf of the Liberal Democrats

  1. Donna MacRae says:

    Stapleford Community Centre 

    You can find details of the petition by visiting this link https://www.change.org/p/broxtowe-borough-council-save-the-stapleford-community-centre

    Broxtowe Borough Council actually informed the Stapleford Community Centre Association in 2016 not 2017 that once the lease runs out in 2018 it will not be renewed.  The Association then contacted the Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council with concerns they had and still they have not had a reply to the contact they made in January 2016.  They then contacted all the Stapleford Borough Councillors and it’s only been John McGrath and Richard MacRae who have been trying to help the Association, they organised a meeting with Council Officers not to long ago and are awaiting a response to that meeting.   

    The reason John and Richard are helping the Association is because the Association asked them for help and asked them to organise a petition too. That is what Councillors are supposed to do, help people. Maybe if the current Chairman of the Stapleford Working Group organised a meeting people would know what is going on but sadly since the elections that group has only had one meeting despite all what’s going off in and around Stapleford. 

    It is only four Houses we are talking about here not hundreds. Stapleford is already taking its fair share of new housing and it is about time others areas started doing the same.  

  2. Joan Wade says:

    What none of our local politicians appear to have woken up to or started to address is the impact that Brexit will have on the East Midlands. At the moment in terms of funding the region is treated reasonably fairly by the EU but far less so by our own government. Our own government is happy to provide funds for leafy Surrey or even to provide funding for brochures extolling the virtues of the Northern Powerhouse but as local government funding settlements show the government has a total disregard for the East Midlands. This has been true of both Labour and Conservative governments. When the European funding currently coming into the region goes who honestly thinks it will be replaced by funding from our national government? In economic terms and in terms of total population the region is very important but it does not feature in the mindset of most UK politicians.

  3. Steve Carr says:

    I think you will find some of us have Joan.

  4. Barry Morrison says:

    So now the Green Party and the Lib Dems have agreed not to oppose each other in the forthcoming by elections. Big deal. I’m sure that’s gonna frighten a lot of voters

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