We seem all set for a lovely Bank Holiday weekend. There’s some very good news about more police in Broxtowe so please read on!
Whatever your plans, have a lovely weekend.
As ever, Anna
More police and quicker responses – that’s the good news on local policing from our new Inspector. I met Simon Riley this morning and raised a number of issues that are concerning constituents. Inspector Riley told me that Broxtowe now has a new dedicated response team (including 5 Sergeants) in addition to our existing police teams.
I asked Inspector Riley about the “crime spike” in Stapleford and recent events in Toton and Chilwell Meadows. I cannot reveal all the operational details he provided, but I am confident the police are getting a handle on the situation and are working well with the Borough Council, Social Services and Youth offending teams. Insp. Riley assured me enquiries are continuing. I am also pleased that the police are working with NET to solve long standing problems in Chilwell with youths throwing tram track ballast into peoples’ homes. I hope to provide a full update soon. Inspector Riley made it very clear that people must report crime or suspicious behaviour by calling 101. If you fail to get a response from the police then please let me know and I will inform Inspector Riley, directly.
from a half a million pound investment by the Borough Council in brand new play areas for children across Broxtowe. Our Mayor Councillor Halimah Khaled MBE opened the new facilities which include sand and water play tables, a giant swing, trampoline, climbing units and a 30 metre zip wire.
Chair of the Leisure and Environment Committee, Councillor Shane Easom said “this is the first and we can’t wait to start work on the other parks and opens spaces.”
Aldi are refusing to confirm rumours that they have struck a deal with a builder to comply with their planning permission and build 10 new homes and a store in Stapleford. I have been campaigning for the supermarket and homes for some time. Aldi need to get on and carry out their agreement. I will keep you updated.
I met a number of residents of Main Street in Awsworth after a car crashed into a wall narrowly avoiding damage to a home. There is a long standing problem with speeding through the village. Borough Councillor Lydia Ball and I have written to Nottinghamshire County Council asking for a meeting with Highways Councillor, John Cottee and his officials, to find long term solutions.
Head Teacher Paul Allen invited me to Stapleford’s Albany School. It was great to meet the pupils and staff. I was suitably ‘grilled’ by the School Council and then discussed funding concerns with Paul, the school’s business manager and Chair of Governors,Gemma Marshall.
Greasley Parish Council is planning its commemorations of the end of the First World War and are particularly keen to hear the stories of those who survived and returned home.
Councillor Margaret Handley has contacted me about the plans which they are making with Eastwood Town Council. Margaret says “The commemorations will focus not only on those who sadly lost their lives but also those who returned.” If you have memories of a relative or any memorabilia then please contact the Parish Council in the Greasley Sports Centre on Dovecote Road or call 0177 376 0439.
I popped next door this morning and congratulated G.H Hurt & Sons on (yet again) supplying the shawl and bonnet for a new Royal baby. The Chilwell based lace and knitting company has received hundreds of orders and enquiries from all over the world after Prince Louis made his debut in their beautifully made shawl. Check them out here.
I was very sorry to see Amber Rudd resign as Home Secretary but agree with her decision to step down. My old “boss” Sajid Javid has replaced Amber and I believe he will implement the changes Amber promised in the wake of the Windrush scandal.
We need changes in policy and attitude in the Home Office so that immigration is no longer seen as a problem, but as a benefit to our country; migrants must be seen as people and not numbers.
I raised this in a question to the new Home Secretary which is available to read here or watch here.
I also spoke in Wednesday’s debate on Windrush. Click here to read my speech or watch it here.
The Nottingham Post reported how a Giltbrook resident came across a tarantula in a bin on open space off Acorn Avenue. It appears someone dumped the unfortunate creature along with a broken cage. Huge thanks to the RSPCA who rescued the spider. Read more here.