Liberal Democrats enews edited by David Watts.

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. May I give a special welcome to the new readers that we have this week. There seems to be a lot going on at the moment so this is quite a long newsletter.

  1. Bramcote Hills Park Café I’m starting this week with some really exciting news. I don’t usually ask for money and this newsletter is of course completely free but I am hoping that this week people will donate towards a really good project. The fundraising for the Bramcote Hills Park café has now started. We have launched a crowd funding site for residents to donate towards the costs of the architects, and we are hoping to raise £10,000 using this route. If everyone who subscribes to this newsletter donates £10 then we will hit our target straight away, and if people could donate £20 then we would hit our stretch target which covers the next stage of the plans as well. You can donate at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/bramcote-hills-park-community-cafe and we also have a new Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BramcoteParkCafe. As well as donating may I please ask you to circulate these links to your email and social media contacts. The more people that we can reach the more effective our fundraising will be. We will be updating the sites regularly, and I hope that we will have a promotional video online in the next few days. A lot of people have put a lot of work into this project so I really hope that people will back it. Everyone who donates will be invited to a funders reception when the café opens.
  2. Field Farm The Conservative government have overridden the views of the local council and given permission for the development at Field Farm to go ahead. Although planning permission was given in principle some time ago the detailed design was rejected by the council as not being of sufficiently high quality, but the inspector disagreed and planning permission has now been granted. Work could now start at any time in the next three years. Despite turning down the detailed design the local Conservative council did recently decide to expand the footprint of the development and allow hundreds of extra homes to be built there.
  3. Toton City There was an interesting prediction this week from the head of HS2 that once the station is built at Toton a new city will develop around it. Sir David Higgins said that the amount of available land around the station site would give plenty of scope for development. Readers may recall that during the last general election campaign the Conservatives claimed that the plans put forward by the Lib Dems for the area meant that the station would not be able to be built, but the assessment from Sir David shows that this was clearly nonsense (and now that the Conservatives run the council they have decided to build more around this area).
  4. East Midlands Trains, who run services through Beeston station, has been named as one of the UK’s top employers in a national survey. The Top Employers Institute produced a list of 78 employers awarded the accolade. Also named were Nottingham based Experian.
  5. Pulp Friction Broxtowe based Pulp Friction, which provides training opportunities for adults with learning difficulties, has been awarded a contract to run a canteen at the Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue headquarters in Arnold. This will provide an excellent new opportunity for the community interest company, and I’d like to congratulate everyone who has been involved in making this happen.
  6. Ilkeston Railway Station, whose car park is in Broxtowe, will be opening for customers on 7th April. Construction work is now finished and testing of the station is under way, and I look forward to local residents having a new option for public transport. It does strike me that if the tram line is ever extended to Kimberley then consideration should be given to extending it further to the new station, but that will be a decision for others to make.
  7. Changing Minds on the EU An opinion poll run by the Nottingham Post was reported on this week and shows that more Nottinghamshire people would vote to stay in the EU than to leave now, a reversal of the result in the referendum last year. It is of course perfectly possible for people to change their minds, which is why the Liberal Democrats believe that it is crucial the people are given a say on the final deal agreed with the EU, including an option on the ballot paper to remain.
  8. Beeston Hockey Club Congratulations to Beeston Hockey Club for raising £2,400 for cancer research last week. Both the mens and womens teams played charity matches, and both won. The money will be used by the John Van Geest Cancer Centre at Nottingham University who are trying to develop a vaccine for cancer.
  9. Rise in Hate Crime I don’t usually comment on criminal matters in the newsletter but I did want to mention this one. Unfortunately there has been a huge rise in hate crimes in Nottinghamshire since the EU referendum. There was a 75% rise in hate crimes in the three months after the referendum, the second largest increase in the country. I hope that no-one will just turn a blind eye if they see a hate crime happening, but instead please call the police immediately.
  10. Forever Stars Congratulations to Michelle and Richard Daniels from Chilwell, who have been given a Point of Light award by the Prime Minister. This award recognises their work in raising more than £100,000 through their Forever Stars charity, which was used to create a state of the art bereavement suite at the Queens Medical Centre for families who have suffered a still birth. Mr and Mrs Daniels suffered that heart breaking experience and it is inspirational to see how they have used their tragedy to help other people. This award is richly deserved.
  11. Attenborough Road Works Sewer works are being carried out on Riverdale Road in Attenborough, so it will be closed until 13th March.
  12. Stapleford Road Works The County Council have announced that Toton Lane in Stapleford will be closed for repair work from 9am to 3.30pm each day between 27th February and 10th March.
  13. DH Lawrence Museum Eastwood’s D.H Lawrence Birthplace Museum has been awarded a VisitEngland Hidden Gem Accolade, received as part of VisitEngland’s Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme. Assessors who visited praised the Museum for its exceptionally interesting tour, the outstanding knowledge and enthusiasm and great visitor care displayed by the staff, the intriguing human interest information provided and the overall high level of presentation and maintenance of the museum.
  14. Night Owl Run Runners In Broxtowe are being urged to join 200 others in the local area to take part in a challenge with a difference next month, to help raise as much as possible for Prostate Cancer UK. Liberty Leisure, who run leisure, culture and sports events on behalf of Broxtowe Borough Council have teamed up with Virtual Runner to host the Night Owler Run where participants complete a ‘virtual’ 5K, 10K or a half marathon distance, picking the time, the place and the route they wish, all in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. Whether it’s at the park, on the road, at a local parkrun or even on the treadmill in the gym, complete the challenge with friends, colleagues, family or solo. Distances must be completed between the 1st March and 31st March 2017 and once completed, Virtual Runner will send each participant their very own owl shaped medal. The event costs £12.00 to enter at www.virtualrunneruk.com/product/the-night-owler.
  15. Consultation on Brinsley Development Brinsley Residents are being urged to have their say on future development in Brinsley as part of a consultation on a potential alternative site allocation for the Part 2 Local Plan. The consultation will run on the Council’s website at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/part2localplan from Monday 13th February until Friday 24th March and will give local people an opportunity to have their say on which site in Brinsley should be selected to accommodate housing development. The Site Allocations Potential Alternative Site document and response form are available online at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/part2localplan or for inspection at Broxtowe Borough Council, Foster Avenue, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 1AB.
  16. Stapleford Town Team Open Meeting Businesses, Local Residents, Landlords, Local Councillors and any other Town Centre stakeholders are invited to attend an open meeting about improving Stapleford High Street, which will follow a drop in format, enabling people to come and go at their own leisure. It will take place on Thursday 23rd February 2017 between 5.30pm and 8.00pm at The Sanctuary Coffee House, 12 Toton Lane, Stapleford, Nottingham NG9 7HA.
  17. Chilwell Military Wives Choir Chilwell Military Wives Choir will be performing at Bramcote Memorial Hall on Saturday 25th March, starting at 7.30pm. The event is being put on by Bramcote WI and tickets, which cost £9.00 are available from elaine.smith@gmail.com or suegrundy708@gmail.com or by telephone 0115 916 4884.

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

Best wishes, David

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17 Responses to Liberal Democrats enews edited by David Watts.

  1. Barry Morrison says:

    Rise in hate crime..Are we supposed to take this seriously..Considering that nowadays you’ve only got to crack a joke about a foreigner or take the mickey out of someone’s religion you’re automatically guilty of a hate rime..Hell’s Bell’s..The Leftie Liberal Luvvies strike again..For God’s sake get real.

    • Ian Blakeley says:

      Not a snowball in hells chance of that Barry. The PC brigade have got nothing else better to do. BTW, they aren’t all lefties either.

    • stevejcarr says:

      You are completely wrong Barry. Completely. As a councillor I have been shocked at the behaviour some of the EU residents I represent have had to endure. It is not a trivial matter at all. And by the way I wear the term “Leftie Liberal” as a badge of honour. Although originally coming from a council estate in south Derby I don’t think I am a luvvie.

      • Barry Morrison says:

        No Steve, I am not wrong. To quote David Watts figures of 75% increase in race/hate crime is nonsense. It’s old news and probably plucked from The Guardian and David Watts won’t answer this as he never comes on here except to promote Lib Dem propaganda. So answer me this. Of the 75% alleged increase in race/hate crime, what percentage of that has been investigated? What percentage has been investigated and dropped through lack of evidence or because of some accusations being trivial, and what percentage have resulted in criminal prosecutions? Over to you Steve.

      • Joan Wade says:

        Like many people I have recently come across leaflets encouraging me to report hate crime and misogyny. I have no doubt that such behaviour exists and there may well have been a rise in such activity during the Brexit debate. However, I think it would be wrong without further study to completely dismiss the suggestion that the rise in reporting might be due to a rise in reporting.

      • Barry Morrison says:

        That’s strange Steve because a lot of EU nationals I know and often speak to have’nt noticed much difference, apart from a few kids taking the mickey or a few yobs coming out of the pub and mouthing off. And the next day probably can’t even remember what they said..But then again, you’ve got an agenda. I have’nt

    • davidwatts12 says:

      Barry, you are totally wrong about this and frankly show the attitudes of a dinosaur. No-one should have to endure any sort of abuse because if their race/religion/sex/colour. If you really can’t see that they I pity you. Any half decent human being should see that this is the case. As to your claim that this is old news you are again wrong, I was referring to figures that were published last week. You are right to say that I don;t visit this site too often, which is because I am very busy, but I make it very easy to contact me should you wish to do so.

      • Barry Morrison says:

        David. I am as intolerant as anyone to abuse of race, colour etc and I have’nt said any different. I was referring to the way things are being percieved nowadays when even the slightest crack of a joke or mickey taking is deemed as racist or abusive and I have been involved in a recent episode of that myself. The figures you mention as being published only last week were published a few months ago and have obviously since, been regurgitated. Still, post-Brexit the goal posts can be moved anywhere and anything goes, does’nt it?

      • Joan Wade says:

        Unless there is a post that has been deleted which I have not seen Barry Morrison has not stated that people should endure abuse because of their race/religion/sex/colour. He has queried whether there has really been a 75% increase in hate crime. It should be possible to have a rational debate on such matters without the need for name calling.

      • Mike Johnson says:

        The article about 75% Rise in Hate Crime appeared here http://www.nottinghampost.com/notts-had-second-biggest-uk-rise-in-hate-crime-after-brexit-vote/story-30137413-detail/story.html
        This was published in the Nottingham Post 17 February 2017. The figures related to the July to September quarter of 2016 compared to the April to June Quarter of 2016.

      • Joan Wade says:

        The article in The Nottingham Post is showing that the issue here is what I suspected. It is about an increase in reported crime. An increase in reporting can be due to a number of factors including heightened awareness of an issue. Like many people I have recently had through the door a leaflet encouraging me to report misogyny as a hate crime. Nottinghamshire has been in the news recently as it is at the forefront of a drive to encourage such reporting as shown in this article from the Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/sep/10/misogyny-hate-crime-nottingham-police-crackdown

  2. David,

    Field Farm … “Although planning permission was given in principle some time ago …”

    It is worth remembering that not only was outline planning permission given some time ago but the land that is Field Farm was also taken out of the green belt as part of the Aligned Core Strategy. Both these events were carried out under the auspices of the LibDem/Labour coalition in power in Broxtowe “some time ago” as you put it.

    Many of us recall ‘reassuring’ statements to the effect that Field Farm represented a tiny proportion of the green belt. However the decision to take Field Farm out of the green belt – a decision endorsed by then Lib Dem councillors of Bramcote – has proven to be the thin edge of the wedge.

    Our present trio of Councillors stood for election in 2015 on a ticket of defending the green belt but were silent at the recent Jobs & Economy committee meeting which voted to further remove a large swathe of from green belt land in Bramcote [and Stapleford].

    So I am sorry to say that the actions of a coalition that you were a core part of is continuing to give us a legacy of unwanted erosion of green belt and of squandered opportunities WITHIN the urban footprint.

    Paul Nathanail
    Bramcote resident

    • davidwatts12 says:

      Hi Paul, the bit that you missed out and which was fundamental is that when the coalition scrapped the RSS figures set by the previous Labour government they introduced a requirement that councils needed to provide for the full objectively assessed need for their area. The overall totals in the RSS were correct (at the public inquiry into the core strategies various developers tried to argue they were too low but they lost this argument) so the councils in Greater Nottingham had to allocate land to build that level of housing. If Broxtowe had agreed to take one more house than had previously been set for us in the RSS we would have been criticised for selling out our area, and we didn’t take any more. However every other council faced the same problem so no council agreed to take more. This meant that we were, in practice, stuck with the RSS figures. I argues with the government that an allowance should be made for councils who did not have sufficient land other than green belt, but this was rejected. I met the prime minister, the secretary of state for communities and local government and two different ministers of state (one Tory, one Lib Dem – I got myself into the media for telling the Lib Dem one he should resign when they failed to change the rules) and urged our Tory councillors to do the same. Unfortunately they ignored these requests and chose to continue peddling the myth that the council need not need to build on the green belt. Sadly the reality was that the rules left us no choice.

      I agree that the coalition introduced rules which left us no choice but to build in the green belt. I tried to do something about it. The Conservatives chose just to lie to local people instead. The decision of the inspector about the old golf course is a direct result of the Tories lying to the people of Broxtowe and it is our community that will pay the price for it.

  3. Steve Carr says:

    Paul. You may want to note that in a recorded vote I voted against the proposals. I thought at least you would acknowledge that. The land that has been moved out of the Green Belt was not part of the Aligned Core Strategy passed by the previous council which was approved by a Planning Inspector after we were successful in reducing the numbers the Government were asking us to commit to. The spin of the Conservatives was false, at best. Please do not carry it on.

    I know you have a different view of events but it is one that I completely disagree with.

  4. Paul Nathanail says:

    Dear Steve,
    It is not a “view of events” that matters, but facts. I outline them for you and others below. Feel free to point out any errors.

    Taking land out of the green belt at Field Farm WAS the actions of the Labour/LibDem councillors. It took place in 2014.

    And please do not spin on the housing target Broxtowe has to meet.

    One of the early actions of the Conservative/”Leftie Liberal” coalition was, in 2010, to scrap Regional Spatial Strategies and with them centrally imposed housing targets. Councils had to set their own housing targets. The scrapped Regional Spatial Strategy set a target of 6150 for Broxtowe.

    The Aligned Core Strategy (ACS) adopted in 2014 set a target of … 6150 for Broxtowe. That number was discussed and justified in the Housing Background Paper dated 2012 and chosen as the basis for the ACS by the then Councillors… including I believe your good self.

    So what we have in Bramcote is a situation initiated by “Leftie Liberals” & Labour.

    Best regards

    Paul Nathanail
    Bramcote Resident

  5. Joan Wade says:

    David Watts mention of “Toton City” provides a timely illustration of the London centric bias of our politicians that I have spoken about before now. Phase 1 of the HS2 project may well get the go ahead today. The government is making claims that the project will help re-balance the UK economy and regenerate the economy outside of London. That being the claim – and regardless of what you might think of the merits or otherwise of the project – where do you think that they plan to start construction? An obvious answer might be Toton or indeed anywhere outside of London such as Manchester or Birmingham or Scotland. This would help ensure that the chosen region got the benefit of the additional construction jobs first and was first to see the economic benefits of the project when it is up and running e.g. Phase 1 could have been a high speed link between the East Midlands and Manchester or the East Midlands and Birmingham. What you would not expect to see is London having its snout in the trough first and gaining all the economic benefit before the money runs out and the project is stopped. Where do they plan to start construction – Answer not Toton City but London. I have not heard any of our local politicians ever question the thinking behind this.

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