This week’s email newsletter is earlier than normal because I will be in court on Friday giving evidence in a trial in London. It follows a series of incidents I was involved in outside Parliament.
This afternoon, Parliament voted to sit and work as we normally do in September and October. The effect of the vote will be that the next Prime Minister (widely tipped to be Boris Johnson) cannot force a No Deal Brexit on the country by excluding Parliament. Boris Johnson has refused to rule out proroguing Parliament in order to deliver “no deal” and I am very pleased that we came together from all parties to make sure that we are here in the autumn to represent all our constituents.
Finally, thanks are due to all the volunteers who made the Beeston Carnival and Parade a success, I was particularly pleased to bump in to the Oxjam crew and there’s more on a special appeal from them below.
As ever, Anna
On Tuesday Nottinghamshire County Council hosted a water safety awareness event at County Hall in memory of Beeston Rylands’ Owen Jenkins, who tragically drowned at Beeston Weir in July 2017 whilst saving two friends.
The event was part of the OWEN Network which was set up to teach children about water safety following Owen’s death and you can find out more on their website here. It is so important we make sure our youngsters know the dangers open water can pose and how to act in an emergency. This excellent campaign is a fine tribute to Owen and his family.
The Chetwynd, Toton and Chilwell Neighbourhood Forum
The Chetwynd, Toton and Chilwell Neighbourhood Forum have just released their neighbourhood plan for consultation. This is the culmination of years of hardwork – congratulations to everyone involved, especially Richard Hutchinson and Graham Heal who have done an excellent job whilst giving up their own time to run the Forum. The proposed plan is particularly important as it includes the Chetwynd Barracks site which will provide up to 1500 houses once the Army leave in 2021. The plan also includes economic growth around the planned HS2 East Midlands Hub Station at Toton Sidings as well as vitally important proposals to improve the local environment for everyone. The consultation closes on the 20th September and you can read the full version of the plan and comment on it at the Neighbourhood Forum’s website here.
Nuthall Horse Fair
I am very pleased that Broxtowe Borough Council has taken a responsible approach to the planned Horse Fair in Nuthall next weekend. In a recent statement Labour leader Cllr Milan Radulovic MBE and Lib Dem deputy leader, Cllr Steve Carr, said they will “work with the organisers to ensure the event runs smoothly and safely”.
In these matters it is important for elected representatives not to inflame the situation but to act in a responsible manner.
I’ve been a season ticket holder at Notts County football club for a number of seasons, so was particularly saddened at their relegation from the Football League last season. Britain’s oldest League Club (or rather it was) is also in profound financial difficulty owing £800,000 in unpaid tax with staff and players unpaid for a number of weeks. Recent court proceedings have given County three weeks to find a buyer or face financial ruin. The Club’s current owner has been looking for a buyer for months and there is real concern about the management of the Magpies in recent years. Yesterday, the Club’s MP Lilian Greenwood raised those concerns in Parliament. Today I initiated a meeting with Lilian and other local MPs to discuss how we can help the survival of Notts County. I will keep you updated but if you would like to help in any way then please email me.
I was delighted to catch up with Oxjam at this year’s Beeston Carnival. They are looking for volunteers to help with the Takeover Event on Saturday 19th October. This extremely popular multi-venue music festival has raised over £100,000 for Oxfam since it started in 2011. Oxjam need volunteers to help with the organisation and co-ordination of the event, and also to undertake duties during the festival. A variety of voluntary roles are available, if you would like to get involved, please click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Broadband issues in Cossall
Cossall Parish Council have contacted me to say BT’s broadband speeds to residents’ homes and businesses, particularly those off Coronation Road, are poor. Like the majority of Broxtowe, Cossall is supposed to have superfast broadband and I will take this issue up with BT.