As we remember and thank all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country and defence of freedom, it’s been an honour to attend a number of events this week. The Remembrance Games saw men and women’s football teams from the British and German armies playing at the City Ground and Meadow Lane yesterday. Today I went to a special school assembly at Chetwynd Primary alongside veterans and representatives from the Army stationed at the neighbouring Barracks. Head teacher Lorraine Tonks is rightly very proud of her outstanding pupils who read out their own poems. The Chilwell Military Wives choir provided lovely music and we all marvelled at the poppy tributes the children had designed and made. I spoke in Parliament about those Broxtowe men and women who died in the First World War as we commemorate the centenary of its end on Sunday. You can read my speech here or watch it here. We will remember them.
There is speculation as to whether the Government will pull its commitment to deliver HS2 from Birmingham to Leeds with the East Midlands hub at Toton Sidings. I am writing to the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling for clarification as we need to know one way or the other.
I am also making a formal request for the entire section through Long Eaton to Nuthall to be tunnelled with a full financial assessment of this option. I will of course share Chris Grayling’s response. Please take part in the consultation if you live on or near the proposed route by clicking here.
The Chetwynd: Toton and Chilwell Neighbourhood Forum has organised an HS2 Information event on Saturday November 24th from 1pm-8pm at the Greenwood Centre off the Banks Road in Toton.
Chetwynd Garden Bid
Meanwhile, I am backing the Forum’s bid to turn the development of Chetwynd Barracks into a Garden Community. Broxtowe Borough Council and the Chetwynd: Toton and Chilwell Neighbourhood Forum have put forward their plan to the Government. Read my letter here.
Middle Street Resource Centre
I dropped into Middle Street Resource Centre in Beeston which is continuing to do an excellent job at providing mental health support. They now have over 70 volunteers helping more than 200 people with full time professional support as well. I was proud to support the Centre when it was faced with closure and keeping it open was clearly the right decision.
Broxtowe chosen for Voter ID pilot
Broxtowe Borough Council has been selected as one of 12 local authorities to pilot “Voter ID”. At the Borough Council elections next May, voters will be required to bring either one photo ID or two forms of non-photo ID to the polling station and without ID you will not be allowed to vote. I would very much welcome your thoughts on this matter.
I gave my first lecture at Nottingham University recently in a spate of talks and meetings hosted by a number of societies on the campus. I am grateful for the excellent turn out. Brexit continues to be the hot topic. I will continue to express my concerns about the proposed withdrawal agreement which will not confer the deal we were promised and will not be as good as the current deal we have with the EU. I believe a People’s Vote as the only way out of this dreadful mess and my thanks to everyone who has emailed in with messages of support.
Four burglars who broke into people’s homes across Beeston and Chilwell have received lengthy prison sentences. One pair was jailed for a total of 12 years and the other two received 14 years between them. As a former criminal barrister I can assure you these are very long sentences! Congratulations to the County Burglary Team for bringing them to justice. For more information on the police’s work in Broxtowe you can read Inspector Riley’s latest blog here.
Saying goodbye to Tony Smith
The funeral of Bramcote campaigner Tony Smith will take place at Bramcote Crematorium at 1.15pm on Friday 16th November with the wake afterwards at the White Lion pub (the Top House).