News from Anna Soubry MP – 16 Feb 2018

Hello again,

You may be receiving this because you are one of the many hundreds of people who have contacted me about Brexit. The sheer volume means I am struggling to reply to everyone personally and of course I have emails from constituents needing help and advice – and they take priority!
It’s been a busy week and there’s a lot of news. Parliament returns next week as half-term begins! If you are going away I hope you have a good break.
As ever, Anna

Stapleford crime – action demanded

I attended Monday evening’s public meeting in Stapleford, called in response to a number of serious incidents in the town.   A gang of youths is making many peoples lives a misery. Last week the police imposed a special order on Stapleford town centre, as a result, 25 youths were stopped by the police and 14 were issued with orders banning them from the town centre. Our most senior police office, Inspector Steve Wragg attended the meeting. He told us how he has 3 Police Constables and 7 PCSOs  to police Stapleford, Beeston,Chilwell, Toton and Bramcote. When a serious incident happens in the City centre, his officers are called to assist, further depleting his resources.

Nottinghamshire’s new Chief Constable has already announced an extra 120 officers which is to be welcomed. However, we need more police officers in Broxtowe, and in particular to police Stapleford. I have therefore written to the Home Secretary and you can read my letter here.
More police officers is not the only solution to Stapleford’s spike in crime. More parental responsibility and less under-age drinking are also important so we all welcomed initiatives from Broxtowe Borough Council.  Strengthening our communities, better communication between all the relevant authorities and individual residents and encouraging people to report crime to the police are critical wherever you live.

Thanks are due to Councillor Richard MacRae who organised the meeting and Borough Councillors Adam Stockwell, Chris Rice and John McGrath who attended. Councillor Jan Gould and her officers from the Borough were extremely helpful assuring residents their work with young people and licensees continues to be effective.

Forever Stars launches new project

The Chilwell based charity, Forever Stars has launched a new project to help bereaved families after the loss of a baby. Founders Michelle and Richard Daniels are raising funds for a Remembrance Garden on Highfields not far from the QMC. For more details click here.

Chetwynd Forum success

It was good to catch up with the Chair of the Chetwynd: Toton and Chilwell Neighbourhood Forum, Richard Hutchinson. Richard and his team are doing an excellent job in preparing a bold and exciting plan for the future of the area. A recent residents meeting attracted over 350 people.

A new school, green open spaces, new roads, cycle routes and paths – how the plan is shaping up

The Chetwynd Forum has been working hard. A great bunch of volunteers, led by Richard Hutchinson, have held meetings with all the people responsible for the future of Chetwynd Barracks, HS2 coming to Toton Sidings and proposed housing development on the fields on both sides of Stapleford Lane. Over a thousand new homes are in the pipeline, many on our Green Belt, most are planned as part of the sale of Chetwynd Barracks. But the Forum’s success is mainly due to its constant consultation and communication with everyone in Toton and Chilwell. Currently they are looking at a new George Spencer Academy school and infrastructure improvements – not just better roads but also green corridors of paths and cycle routes. We lost the fight to keep housing off Toton’s Green Belt and the new administration at Broxtowe Borough Council successfully reduced Labour and the Lib Dems numbers. Now we must ensure Toton and Chilwell residents will have  a new country park on the Barracks after it has been sold. It’s five years away at the earliest, but the Forum is making sure proper plans worked through with the community, will be in place.
Keep in touch with the Forum’s work here.

Kimberley’s Kettlebrook con

Over 2,000 people in Kimberley signed a petition organised by Labour activists about the future of Kettlebrook Lodge. They falsely claimed the building was under threat of demolition. Broxtowe Borough Council are adamant there were never any such plans.This sort of phoney campaigning does nothing to restore peoples faith in politics.

Beeston man wins world croquet title

Paddy Chapman from Beeston has just won the AC World Croquet Championships in New Zealand. Paddy started  playing croquet at 19 and eleven years on he’s the best in the world. Well done Paddy!

Anna Soubry & Chuka Umunna #brexit

I appeared on Sunday’s Andrew Marr Show with Labour MP Chukka Umunna making the case against a Hard Brexit. You can watch the entire interview. I was hugely disappointed with Boris Johnson’s speech today which lacked any detail but did advocate the Hard Brexit only a few people want. Overwhelmingly British business, people who voted Leave and those who voted Remain want our new relationship with the EU to mitigate the damage Brexit will cause our economy. The Government must wake up the reality of the type of deal we are likely to get and make a decision as to whether we want a Norwegian style Brexit or a Canadian style deal. It is also increasingly clear that only the Customs Union avoids a hard border in Northern Ireland and protects the peace process.

Parking trouble 

Nuisance and dangerous parking on Eskdale Drive in Chilwell is causing problems for residents and posing a threat to pupils from Alderman Pounder Infants and Eskdale Drive Junior Schools. The situation is made worse by commuter parking at the tram stop. I have contacted Nottinghamshire County Council and they are investigating the problem and possible solutions.

Kimberley Church regeneration

Holy Trinity Church has started its ambitious regeneration plan.The Church Hall which is in a poor state will be demolished and two new homes will be built and sold. The proceeds will be used to refit the Church’s huge interior as a communal area and a place of worship.All the groups which currently use the Church Hall will move into the newly fitted Church. It all makes sense I have agreed to back additional fund raising schemes.

Want to be a Councillor?

Would you like to serve your community and make it an even better place to live? If so I hope you would consider standing as a Borough, Town or Parish Councillor. The next set of elections is in 2019 and Broxtowe Conservatives are asking anyone who is interested in becoming a candidate to contact them. If you want more details please contact Tony Harper at tonyharper@me.com.

Kimberley Church regeneration

Holy Trinity Church has started its ambitious regeneration plan.The Church Hall which is in a poor state will be demolished and two new homes will be built and sold. The proceeds will be used to refit the Church’s huge interior as a communal area and a place of worship.All the groups which currently use the Church Hall will move into the newly fitted Church. It all makes sense I have agreed to back additional fund raising schemes.

Girlguide leaders and helpers are  needed in Nuthall!
If you are interested please call 0800 169 5901 

 

2 Comments

  1. How would it be if we change the way Westminster operates?
    Instead of a government being composed of elected Members of Parliament, instead it is appointed by an elite.
    We would still have Members of Parliament, but their role would be to approve or reject legislation proposed by the unelected government.

    Like the idea? Is it Democratic?
    If your answer is no, you disapprove of the European Union, because that is precisely how Brussels works.

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