Briefly, most of us held our breath this week and put all our efforts in to hoping the England squad got through the semi-finals of the World Cup (Women’s). They played extremely well and good luck to them tomorrow evening when they go for third place. I have no doubt the Lionesses have inspired girls to take up the sport and converted many followers of the men’s game. Good luck too to the England cricket team (men’s) who will hopefully get through their semi-final next week in the One Day World Cup competition.
I am sorry to report that Parliament has done nothing this week, except for an important general debate on assisted dying. I believe that the law should be fundamentally reformed (I was one of the first MPs to argue the case) and that with all the necessary checks and balances, those who have a terminal condition should be free to choose the time and manner of their death. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend this debate but you can read it here. I believe a number of important medical groups will move to support a change in the law and again urge the Government to set up the necessary consultation with a view to reforming our existing laws.
On a sunnier note, I hope the weather holds for a variety of local events this weekend.
As ever, Anna
Illegal travellers’ camps in Stapleford
Travellers have illegally accessed two sites in Stapleford over the past month. Locks were broken at the Japanese Water Gardens off Bardill’s Island and this week another group illegally entered Toton Lane Park and Ride. Following complaints of staff being abused I contacted the police as they really must ensure no-one is above the law. I visited the area this afternoon and will raise the owners understandable complaints with the police.
There was a good turnout and a great welcome for 170 (Infra Support) Engineer Group when they exercised their Freedom of the Borough and marched through Beeston on Saturday.
The Royal Engineers have a significant number of soldiers based at Chetwynd Barracks and they rightly command huge respect and support from across Broxtowe.
Nottingham East MP, Chris Leslie and I met Midlands Connect this morning – it’s the group responsible for putting together a transport strategy for the East and West Midlands. Midlands Connect have ambitious plans to ensure the HS2 hub in Toton is directly connected to East Midlands airport and neighbouring cities (notably Nottingham and Derby) using the existing rail network. It would mean the journey from Nottingham to Birmingham would be dramatically reduced to just 33 mins. We also discussed the unacceptably slow rollout of electric car charging points across the East Midlands
Read more about Midland Connect’s rail strategy here.
I had a catch up with the mighty Stewart Craven of Beeston Canalside Heritage Trust. The Canalside Cottage centre is going from strength to strength with 60,000 visitors in the last twelve months and 493 school students engaged in local history projects (read more about the Trust here). Stuart’s latest project is bringing together archaeologists, historians, and others to explore the ancient and rich history of the River Trent. You can read more about it here.