News from Anna Soubry MP – 23 November 2018

Hello again,
Unfortunately I have caught one of the nasty bugs going around so I’m writing this from my bed! I hope to be better tomorrow to attend the Greasley Victorian Christmas Market, the Christmas light switch on in Stapleford and on Sunday, the Kimberley Christmas Market.
Whatever your plans have a lovely weekend,

Aldi finally coming to Stapleford

After long delays of their own making, Aldi have announced they will open a new store in Stapleford next year having finally agreed to build 10 new homes at the same time as the new supermarket. Broxtowe Borough Council took the radical step of only granting planning permission for the store if the new homes were built at the same time. Aldi tried to challenge the decision and drag their feet. I took the matter to Parliament and am delighted they have finally done the right thing. Building new affordable homes on brown field land is a priority for the Conservative run Borough Council, and rightly so.

Queens Canopy takes root in Broxtowe

The Woodland Trust gave me five saplings to plant in Broxtowe as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. and where better to plant them than in the Queen Elizabeth II Park in Stapleford.

The saplings form part of a new copse, planted by Broxtowe Borough Council with the help of pupils from Fairfield Academy. Broxtowe’s Mayor Derek Burnett and local Councillor Richard MacRae joined me yesterday for the dig in! The Queen’s Canopy project marks Her Majesty’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth with tree planting in each of the 53 countries.

Broxtowe honours our best

Two of Broxtowe’s longest serving (and most popular) retired Councillors, have been made Honorary Alderman by the Borough. My congratulations to Stan Heptinstall MBE, who represented Bramcote for many years, and John Booth, who represented Stapleford and Brinsley during his long service to both communities. Ellie Leatherland, Brian Watson and Nigel Adams were made Honorary Freemen of the Borough in recognition of the work that they have done for the community. Ellie runs the Eastwood People’s Initiative, Brian has dedicated his life to the Boys Brigade and Nigel runs Hope in Beeston which supports people in need.

Attenborough crossings meeting

Network Rail are holding an information event about their plans to install Miniature Stop Lights at the Nature Reserve Level Crossing in Attenborough. The meeting is on Wednesday 5th December from 4pm-7pm at Attenborough Village Hall.



  1. Why was everyone so exercised about the building of 10 homes on the Aldi site when 1,190 homes are about to be given the go-ahead within about a mile? (East and West of Coventry Lane plus Field Farm).
    Stapleford residents have been denied a supermarket for years because of this odd planning requirement. Aldi are not home builders, and 10 homes plus or minus makes little difference when so many new homes are planned in the immediate area. Not Broxtowe Borough Council’s finest hour.


    1. Stapleford has never been ‘denied’ a supermarket. The Co-Op was there from at least 1977 until it recently moved out. Any other supermarket operator could have moved into the vacated building,
      Aldi applied for planning consent to build a supermarket AND houses back in 2015 but it’s taken them this long to get their act in gear and not wriggle out of building the houses (which they sought planning consent for).
      Aldi are retailers not house-builders, yes, that’s why they went into an arrangement with others (Willmark (=Jowett builders & others)) to ensure they could build the whole lot rather than just the supermarket. This may only be 10 houses but it could mean 10 less being built in the greenbelt. Far from being ‘odd’, the council planners’ stipulation that some houses be built here as part of the whole site construction, was forward-thinking.


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