Hello again, Parliament finishes on Tuesday when we will be (lawfully) prorogued for the Queen’s Speech on Monday 14th October; this will mark the beginning of a new Parliament with a new legislative agenda.
There is quite a lot of news so please scroll on down.
As ever, Anna
Where’s the money? QMC and City hospitals miss out on “new” funding
Nottingham University Hospitals Trust (NUHT) which runs the QMC and City Hospitals will not be receiving any new money despite Government claims to have increased funding to rebuild 44 hospitals. I met members of the NUHT senior team this morning who confirmed that, although being in need of “critical maintenance” costing £104 million, our local hospitals will not be receiving more cash. Meanwhile, the number of people attending the Emergency Department has risen by 9% compared to last year and admissions are also up.
In better news, a new 30 bed assessment area, costing £5 million, will soon be up and running and NUHT is well prepared for the winter.
I specifically raised concerns about the Treatment Centre at the QMC which until recently had been run by the private company Circle. They began legal action after they lost the contract to run the Treatment Centre to the NHS. Although the legal case continues, Circle have handed over the Centre to NUHT who assure me they are offering full and good services to all patients.
Police appeal for robbery witnesses
An elderly constituent was attacked in her garden on Wednesday (Oct 2nd) in Beeston. The attacker stole the victim’s handbag and then left the scene on a bicycle; police are appealing for witnesses. The incident occurred on Winchester Avenue at 4.15 pm and if you have any information please call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 and refer to the incident number which is 674.
Our senior officer (who I am delighted is back with us) Inspector Simon Riley, informed me of the incident. There may be no connection but I raised my concerns about a group of criminals that appear to be operating in Beeston town centre. A number of constituents have complained that the group are involved in drug dealing and bicycle thefts. I will of course update you with any further information.
Kimberley Town Council Update
Kimberley residents will be more involved with their local events following my intervention a few weeks ago. I wrote to Borough Council leader Milan Radulovic asking that the Town Council had more say over events like the Christmas Lights switch on and residents could continue to help run them.
Milan has assured me that this will be the case and there will be better working between the Borough and Town Councils. I raised the matter following a meeting I had with Kimberley Town Council. I am pleased that their plans to mark VE and VJ Day will be part of this new way of working.
Exhibition style photographs have been installed on Platform 2 at Beeston Station to celebrate the history of the station and its surrounding area.
The installation was opened today and I was delighted to take part. The project is the result of the continued hard work of the Friends of Beeston Station (FOBS). They have worked with Network Rail, East Midlands Trains, local businesses and councils to restore the ‘tin bridge’, clean up the platforms and install planters and hanging baskets.
FOBS has also successfully campaigned for better parking and disabled access. However, there is more to be done – notably to get lifts installed so the station has proper step free access for everyone.
If you would like to support their work please contact them here.
Barratt Homes have announced that work is underway to build 310 new homes in Beeston Rylands as part of the redevelopment of Beeston Business Park. The development is long overdue and I am delighted that this brownfield site will finally be developed, delivering some desperately needed new homes. The sales centre for the homes should be open as early as February 2020.
Local charity Forever Stars will be turning Broxtowe and Nottingham pink and blue next week to mark Baby Loss Awareness Week. a number of charities support the week which supports families who have suffered the loss of babies during pregnancy, birth or infancy. Parliament will debate the topic on Tuesday and I very much hope to contribute. If you would like to find out more or get involved, visit the baby loss awareness week website here.
Energy bills advice on offer
Our excellent Citizens Advice is offering free advice on how to save money on your energy bills. You can book an appointment with one of their Energy Advisors on 01159173802. The CAB is in Broxtowe Borough Council on Foster Avenue in Beeston.
Whilst appreciating that overwhelmingly people are thoroughly fed up with Brexit, not only is it extremely important for our country’s future, it continues to strangle much of the work of Parliament and Government.
However, we did pass the second stage of the Domestic Abuse Bill on Wednesday. This important piece of legislation commands all party support and makes hugely important strides in safeguarding men and women from abusive partners and relationships. You can read my contribution here and learn more about the Bill here.
I am very grateful for all the messages of support and understand the “crossness” of many constituents at the failure to deliver on the referendum result.
As leader of a political party I am called every so often in Prime Minister’s Questions. With Boris Johnson at his party’s conference, his deputy Dominic Raab stood in this week. I asked about trust in democracy making the point that the majority of people didn’t vote to leave the EU and that the most democratic way to resolve the Brexit crisis was a confirmatory referendum. You can read my question here.
Yesterday Boris Johnson announced his proposed Brexit “deal” to replace the Irish backstop. The proposal is for the implementation of two borders on a four year cycle. Not surprisingly, only the hard Brexiteers in the Conservative Party and the DUP have given the plan a warm welcome.
You can read my question to the Prime Minister here.