Hello again, I have warmly welcomed the early morning deal secured by the Prime Minister and the EU. By making it clear there will be no hard border in Northern Ireland and that any future trade deal or arrangement will cover the entire UK, I believe we have taken important steps away from a hard Brexit and towards maintaining the benefits of the existing Customs Union and Single Market, after we have left the EU. That is good news for British business and so it is good news for all of us.
Finally; the blue skies and sunshine is welcome but it’s blooming cold! If you have an elderly neighbour please check they are warm and well.
As ever, Anna
Broxtowe Borough Council tell Aldi they must build houses in Stapleford
On Wednesday, Broxtowe Borough Council’s Planning Committee voted to uphold Aldi’s original planning permission which means they must build houses alongside their proposed store in Stapleford. This is the right decision and in my view Aldi must now get on with the job which will not only benefit themselves, but will also benefit the whole of Stapleford.
The Chilwell based charity, Forever Stars has opened a bereavement suite in the City Hospital’s maternity unit. Michelle and Richard Daniels have raised over £300,000 since their baby Emily was stillborn. Their first suite opened at the QMC with a third planned in Derby City Hospital. My old friend Anne Davies of BBC East Midlands Today, opened the City Hospital suite today.
Freshcut Foods have expanded with a new factory at their Beeston Rylands business. It was an honour to open the factory which has added 30 new jobs to the 220 strong workforce. The company imports vegetables and fruit from mainly EU countries, supplying supermarkets and popular food retailers. Freshcut Foods is a good example of a great British business that will be badly hit by “hard Brexit” tariffs .
New garden project for Attenborough Station Attenborough Garden Club have big plans for Attenborough Station. They aim to install community “gardens” on both platforms. The Club is working with East Midlands Trains and wants everyone to get involved. If you would like to get involved with this excellent scheme or help fund it, please visit the Garden Club’s Just Giving page here.
Small Business Saturday needs local boost Broxtowe has many excellent small, independent businesses and last Saturday was all about shopping locally. It was a pleasure – given the quality and variety of shops in Stapleford, Beeston and Kimberley. It’s important this national day of action has good local support and I have contacted Broxtowe Borough Council about how they can do more to promote Small Business Saturday next year.
Kimberley Christmas Market Kimberley held its first Christmas Market a few weeks ago. Congratulations to Nygel “Mad Hatter” for his organisation, the traders who took part and Kimberley’s supportive Borough Councillors Mel Crow and Shane Easom. No doubt there were some lessons to be learnt to make sure it is even better next year.
De Fibs save lives!
Kimberley Miners Welfare Football Club are raising money for a much needed defibrillator at the Stag ground. Defibs save lives, providing easy to use, vital first aid to someone suffering a cardiac arrest. If you would like to join me in donating please email Trevor Rood at email@example.com.
Broxtowe’s voice in Parliament
This week has been dominated by Brexit. The week began badly for the Prime Minister after negotiations on phase 1 of the negotiations failed to reach a deal. It was never right to have a separate favourable deal for one part of the UK – it should extend beyond Northern Ireland as I explained on Tuesday (you can read my contribution here). I also made a speech about the type of Brexit deal we need and the importance of no border to maintaining peace in Northern Ireland and the Republic. You can read my speech here.