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