It is far too hot for serious politics! I will be doing a political end of term newsletter next week and in the meantime I have a lot of local news and updates.
Have a lovely weekend.
As ever, Anna
Rumbletums in Kimberley needs your help! This excellent cafe is a social enterprise providing training and work for young people with special needs. However, the building they occupy (for a peppercorn rent) is for sale and to continue their work they must raise £200,000 to buy it. I have already made enquiries about funding from a number of sources but they may not be successful so they need to raise money. For more information and to see how you can help, please click here.
HS2 has listened to the arguments and have decided to change their plans and the route by Strelley Village will be a tunnel. This is excellent news for villagers and businesses based at Strelley Hall. We now need to continue to campaign against the planned 60 foot viaduct through Trowell. I am opposed to the viaduct and will continue to make the case for an alternative way to deliver HS2.
I met representatives of residents of Redwood Crescent in Beeston who are understandably angry at the failed development on land formally owned by Broxtowe Borough Council. The original developer has gone bust leaving four incomplete houses which are in a dreadful state.
The planned community land is a complete mess and the entire site is fenced off. I have pledged my continuing support to residents. I met the new owners, Futures Housing, who assure me they will make good the entire site. Futures Housing manage the housing stock of two local authorities and are a ‘not for profit’ organisation specialising in socially affordable housing. I have already raised a number of residents’ concerns with them.
Changing Places Toilets
The Department for Transport has announced plans to make public transport more accessible including £300 million of funding to improve railway stations, and in particular, to improve disabled access. The plans also include £2 million for Changing Places lavatories which are fully accessible and were designed by Bramcote resident Martin Jackaman. I met Martin some time ago and I have no doubt his designs and involvement in the Changing Places campaign have improved many lives. To find out more about the Government’s plans click here. You can be assured I will be chasing down the extra funding to improve access at Beeston Station.
Thank you to Awsworth primary School for a copy of their latest book “Our World” which is packed full of the most positive writings from every pupil about the things they love. It’s been written in collaboration with children from “twinned schools” in India and China. I thoroughly recommend this book to lift your spirits, make you smile and give you faith in our children to create a better world.
Terry and Roger Braithwaite came to see me about how a “no deal” Brexit will badly hit their small business. The Braithwaites run Bramcote Bulbs – they have a small plot of land in Holland where they grow specialist daffodils which they sell in the UK and export some overseas. I will write more about the need for “frictionless trade” in my next email newsletter – in the meantime I am happy to support this excellent local micro business! Check them out here
A major electrical fault closed Assarts Farm Medical Centre in Nuthall last week. My team contacted the NHS in Nottingham who gave their assurances that the problems would be addressed as quickly as possible. We have now been told that the practice fully reopened on Monday.
After setting off in April on his 18,000 mile round world cycling trip, Bramcote resident Robert Cleave has reached Geneva after completing 3,000 miles. Robert is raising money for Cancer Research UK and Traidcraft Exchange and has already raised over £8000 of his £10,000 target. I am sure you will join me in congratulating him. To donate or get updates on Robert’s Ride please click here.
This year’s Beeston Carnival was a great success and much of that is due to the continued efforts of Beeston Councillors Pat and Lynda Lally.
Congratulations to Tesco Toton for their 3rd annual ‘Toton Family Fun Day”. It was a lovely day and it was good to see so many of our excellent Councillors enjoying the fun. From left to right, Jan Goold, Lee Fletcher, me and Eric Kerry; Steph Kerry and Halimah Khaled.