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,
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.
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.