News from Anna Soubry MP – 15 May 2018

Hello again,
I have a lot of news – some of it good! So please read on.
As ever,    Anna

Chilwell explosion memorial renovations

Defence Minister, Tobias Ellwood has confirmed the memorial to those who died in the Chilwell munitions explosion in 1918 will be cleaned in time for the forthcoming centenary commemorations. In a letter replying to the question I asked in the House of Commons, the Minister states that officials of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), who in effect have responsibility for the Grade II listed monument, will work with local residents to maintain the memorial to 134 workers killed in the explosion in July 1918. I will continue to monitor the restoration and keep you informed.

Good news on Beeston Station upgrade

The campaign to upgrade and improve access at Beeston Station has had a boost. The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling has announced a new round of funding and provided tips on how we can best make an application for Beeston Station. I have already shared Chris Grayling’s letter to me with the Friends of Beeston Station and have asked for a meeting with East Midlands Trains. It’s critical we bring everyone together to make a successful bid. Read the Transport Secretary’s letter here.

It’s a disgrace!

Residents of Redwood Crescent in Beeston are rightly angered about the state of four new homes built on land formerly owned by Broxtowe Borough Council. Residents first raised their concerns when they learnt of the plans to sell communal land and garages to a developer. I supported residents who resisted plans to build eight homes and settled on four, which we understood were for elderly residents. The partly completed houses are in a shocking state and the developer says they are “considering” removing the prefabricated buildings to “level” the foundations, though there are rumours that they ceased trading.The site (which is a complete mess) has been abandoned and unless it is properly secured and all material removed, will become attractive to vandals and thieves.
I have already raised the concerns of residents (which I share) with the Chief Executive and the Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council. The homes are clearly not suitable for older residents and are already being advertised for rent!

BBC East Midlands Today came to the site yesterday and reporter Tony Roe, interviewed local residents and me. The item is due to be aired tonight in their 6.30pm programme.

Visit to Chilwell School

Chilwell School’s Head Teacher, Paul Sweeney, invited me to meet the excellent School Council who quizzed me on a variety of topics. I was given a tour of the school by Sixth Formers and discussed problems faced by the school with Paul and the Chair of Governors, Judith Munro.
Serious concerns about new data protection rules raised in Parliament

I am aware of concerns among small businesses and voluntary organisations about new Data Protection Regulations and have raised the matter in Parliament.  According to the Minister, Margot James there has been a lot of misinformation about the new rules; Margot told me the Information Commissioner’s Office is undertaking a campaign to inform small businesses of the changes they will need to make. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me.

You can read my exchanges with the Minister here.

Giltbrook Care Home

will close later this year. I visited the Home some years ago and was impressed with the special care they provided for dementia sufferers. However, I am sorry to report that it was placed in to special measures some months ago; accordingly, Nottinghamshire County Council has decided to withdraw residents they fund. I have contacted the County Council to ensure residents are moved in a caring and orderly way to new care homes that meet their special needs.

John Handley ends term on a high note
A huge congratulations to Councillor John Handley (who represents Greasley on the County Council), for raising a magnificent £12,119 for the Nottinghamshire Hospice in his term as Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council. John ended his one year term of office in the last few days and has won many plaudits for his hard work during the last twelve months.
Awsworth fun run success
Runners from across Broxtowe participated in this year’s Awsworth 5k fun run, including our own Kimberley Councillor Mel Crow. I was unable to take part because all the places had been taken by the time I got round to booking mine! Well done to all those who took part and raised money for various charities.
Toton Tesco birthday celebrations
Toton and Chilwell Meadows councillors Steph Kerry, Halimah Khaled and Lee Fletcher celebrated Toton Tesco’s 15th birthday by helping to collect donations for charities across Broxtowe.


  1. On Redwood Crescent houses:
    It’s shameful that our MP pours scorn on this development. Her own government bleats on and on about developers not building enough homes and yet she thinks it is a success when her ‘campaign’ got the number of homes here reduced by 50%. Whether they are for the elderly or not, her government says not enough homes are being built. Until her government grasps the nettle and either forces developers (even Persimmon) to carry out their planning consents rather than sit on the land until it goes up in value, or return to council house building, we will never get out of this housing mess. So instead of just being critical, Ms Soubry, do something that is positive and effective to deal with the housing shortage.
    The Field Farm site in Stapleford was given consent for over 100 houses by one of her government’s planning inspectors over a year ago but apart from some work to the road no houses or even foundations have appeared.. Some effective coercion is required by a change to land and planning laws but so long as market forces are allowed to dictate the supply of homes, no positive change will happen.


    1. At Broxtowe Borough Council Jobs and Economy Committe in May in the paperwork agreed by committee members it said development is expected to be completed on Field Farm by Summer 2018.

      I honestly can’t see 118 Houses with 33 being affordable being built in the next few months for Summer. Yet not one Councillor on the committee questioned it.


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