The diary is filling up with some great local events as we move in to spring and early summer. I have quite to lot to report on this week so please scroll on!
As ever, Anna
Toton crime spike
A number of constituents have contacted me about a spate of crimes in Toton and Chilwell Meadows last weekend; there were also reports of similar incidents in Beeston. I have contacted the police and an investigation is underway – they are also increasing patrols in the area. Most of the offences involved damage to cars and attempts to burgle sheds.Our new Inspector starts in a few weeks time and I have asked to meet him as a matter of some urgency to discuss the recent crime “spike”. Councillor Tony Harper has also raised the issue at last weeks Police and Crime Panel with the Chief Constable. Ensuring we have the police resources we need remains a top priority and I am keen to make sure Broxtowe receives a fair share of the extra 120 police Notts are recruiting.
Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood MP, has agreed to intervene and make sure the memorial to workers killed in the Chilwell Munitions factory in 1918, is made good before the centenary commemorations. I raised the matter at defence questions on Monday. The organisation responsible for the memorial to 134 workers, mainly Canary Girls, has asked for a meeting – which I am happy to have but I’d rather they got on with restoring the memorial. Read my question in Hansard here or watch it here.
Business breakfast meeting makes sense of slow down in growth
I hosted a breakfast meeting this morning with local businesses organised by the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce. It later emerged that our GDP (which measures the size of our economy) is slowing down. This was the message from the businesses I met.
A number have begun to execute their plans to move all or part of their business out of the Nottingham area and over to Ireland or other EU countries. There was widespread concern that the lack of certainty as to the final Brexit deal is already having a toll on local businesses.
Other concerns included a shortage of skilled workers.The Government must also listen to businesses of all sizes and from all sectors as it continues to debate our future relationship with the EU. I have long advocated we should remain in the Single Market and a customs union/arrangement. If our Government came to the same conclusion, it would not slow down or stop our leaving the EU – but it would secure jobs, growth and prosperity. It would be a return to the former Common Market which many Leave voters never had any difficulty with.
Beeston’s West End GP surgery will close on June 22nd. The surgery has faced many challenges over recent years and I am told by the Nottingham West CCG there are places for all patients in neighbouring GP surgeries. I was somewhat concerned that BBC Radio Nottingham broadcast the news before patients received a letter from the CCG.
Police action on off road bikes
Nuthall residents neighbouring Broxtowe Country Park have complained for years about nuisance motor bikes. City based p[olice tell me they now have an off road bike team which will patrol the area and seize illegal bikes. Please report all incidents by calling 101.
I was delighted to meet Hartland Pies at last nights event at Welbeck. The Cotgrave based business has a successful pie shop in Stapleford which offers pie making courses as well as their delicious pork pies.
Lee leads the way
Broxtowe Borough Councillor Lee Fletcher has launched a blog to update residents of Toton and Chilwell Meadows on his work and community events. Check it out http://leefletcher.yourcllr.com