Important Meeting tonight at The Pastures Community Church 7.00pm

Councillor Richard MacRae informs us: At the request of the local Police, Residents and Businesses alike I have organised a meeting which will be held this evening,  Thursday 27th July from 7pm until 8.30pm at The Pastures Community Church, Pasture Road, Stapleford.

Something needs to be done with Pastures Road and done ASAP our County Councillors
need to come along, listen to our concerns and then act on them.
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Who needs Skegness when you have Beeston?!!

Beeston - sandChildren and families can enjoy the feel of the sand between their toes from 22nd July to 3rd September between 10.30am and 6.00pm daily at the special ‘Beeston-on-Sands’ resort, complete with giant sand area to build sandcastles, deck chairs to relax and a crazy golf course, as well as children’s rides, game stalls and puppets shows on selected days.
There will also be seaside treats in the form of ice creams, a licensed bar and hot food stalls.

The beach is free to enter and is conveniently situated next to the Bus and Tram Interchange.
Puppet show dates include:
23rd & 29th July
6th, 13th & 19th August
2nd September

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Crossrail 2: Support by government ‘outrageous’ after northern snub

The electrification of the Midland Main Line to Beeston and Nottingham has been cancelled by the Government to save money.  But the next day support the Crossrail 2 project in London.  See more on this here on the BBC Website.

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New Homes off Stapleford Lane

Councillor Lee Fletcher  a Borough Councillor for Toton and Chilwell Meadows writes regarding the planning application from Peveril Homes:

One day after the proposed HS2 route was confirmed at Toton, Peveril Homes lodged their application to build 253 homes on the site adjacent to Stapleford Lane. It follows on from a previous planning application which granted outline planning permission to build 500 homes – contributing towards the Councils target of over 6000 homes to be built across Broxtowe by 2028.

The proposed homes are within the borough ward of Toton and Chilwell Meadows. Lee Fletcher, Stephanie Kerry and Halimah Khaled MBE are the borough councillors for the ward and we welcome residents to contact us regarding any issues you may have about the proposal. It is important we get this right and your local borough councillors are on hand to ensure we get the best deal for Toton and the surrounding areas.

You can access the plans here

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News From Anna Soubry MP 22 July 2017

There have been an abundance of fetes, fairs and carnivals over the past few weeks and my thanks to all the organisers (more in the diary section).

Parliament has risen for the summer recess and like other MPs I will continue to be working in the constituency. There is a great deal to report back on both locally and from Westminster

I have been very busy in Parliament raising local concerns about school funding, HS2 and other issues, including the safety of the A52.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend,
Anna Continue reading

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The Bone of Contention – The Toton-Stapleford Boundary on Toton Lane/Stapleford Lane

A screen grab from Street View (2016) on Google Maps. The tram terminus is in Stapleford. The boundary crosses the road and goes along the path by the electrical sub station. You can check out the boundary signs for yourself on Street View.

Ward/Divisional boundaries are often different.

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HS2 Compensation Scheme Extended in Long Eaton and Trowell

It comes after a campaign was started by Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry.

Click on this link to read the Nottingham Post article.

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Plans to Build as Many as 500 Homes in Stapleford

Councillor Richard MacRae writes. If anyone would like to look at the plans for the Toton Lane Development they are on display at Stapleford Town Council. Carnegie Hall, Warren Avenue, Stapleford. You can call the Town Clerk on 0115 939 1818 or pop along during the times on the picture.

You can also access the plans here

Apart from sharing this information I am unable to get into questions or debates regards this application as I am a member of the Planning Committee.

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Plan to Build as Many as 500 Homes in Stapleford Submitted One Day After HS2 Route Approved

A plan has been submitted to build as many as 500 new houses in Stapleford – just one day after the route of HS2 was given final approval.

The self-contained development, on Toton Lane, also includes plans for an 80-bed residential care home, a doctor’s surgery, a nursery school, and several shops.

Click on this link to read the full Nottingham Post article.


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Reopening of Beeston Library

Beeston Library will re-open on Saturday 5th August 2017 following extensive refurbishment. The library closed last year to enable a series of improvements to the building’s infrastructure, including:
• New roof, windows, ceiling, lights, flooring and heating system.
• New shelving and a re-design of public spaces for modern library use.
• Re-opening of the original main entrance on Foster Avenue.
• Discovery room – a space for hands on learning, creativity and innovation
• Improvements to the meeting areas and exhibition spaces.

Local businesses are being given the opportunity to have a sneak preview tour in advance of the official opening. Those interested in the preview tours taking place on Wednesday 2nd August 2017 at 8.15am, should RSVP directly to Marie Davis of inspire.
To confirm your attendance for Wednesday 2nd August please email: Or call: 07768 702502,

Source: Email from Broxtowe Borough Council.

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HS2 is Coming – So What Exactly is Happening at Toton?

Read the Nottingham Post article. Within the article Dr John Disney, transport researcher at Nottingham Business School, said: “The biggest issue with Toton is that it’s not Nottingham and it’s not Derby. It will be a place of departure, rather than one of arrival………………..”.

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Electrification of Nottingham To London Railway Line Is Scrapped

A serious loss for Nottingham, Derby and Leicester.

See Nottingham Post Article

See BBC Website

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Roadworks Bulletins – Stapleford

Source: Councillor Richard MacRae.

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Getting Fit and Having Fun

Attenborough tennis club in Shady Lane, Attenborough, is now offering regular Cardio Tennis sessions on a Monday evening between 6 and 7pm. As it’s name suggests, the exercise involves using a tennis racket and balls but, because the focus is on keeping moving rather than playing shots, it doesn’t matter if you struggle to hit the ball and they are never called “Out!” Why not come and have a go next Monday 24th July? Check out the club website for more info or contact Jane Bowden:

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Broxtowe Parks Retain Their Longstanding Green Flag Awards

Bramcote Hills Park and Colliers Woods have retained their prestigious Green Flag Awards for their high environmental standards and well maintained facilities.

Bramcote Hills Park now celebrates 11 consecutive years as a Green Flag award winner, with Colliers Wood close behind on 9 consecutive awards.

Community Green Flags were also awarded to Alexandrina Plantation and Sandy Lane Local Nature Reserve at Bramcote, Brinsley Headstocks and the Old Church Tower at Bramcote. Continue reading

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Canalside Heritage Centre at Beeston Lock is Seeking Volunteers

The newly opened Canalside Heritage Centre is urgently seeking enthusiastic and friendly volunteers to join their passionate team.

The Canalside Heritage Centre, a small local charity sharing history and stories of the canal opened just a few weeks ago. This is the perfect opportunity to join a small and personal team, and to make a huge impact. Continue reading

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Highways England are reviewing Speed and Safety on the A52

Anna Soubry MP writes:  Bramcote campaigner Tony Smith has taken his campaign to improve safety on the A52 to Parliament. Tony met roads minister Jesse Norman and Highways England officials following a spate of accidents and fatalities on the road. 

“I am pleased that Highways England is conducting a full review of speed and safety on the A52 between Bramcote Island and the QMC,” said Tony. “They will report back in late August with proposals and want to work with me and local residents to find the best way to make the road safe”.  Continue reading

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Road Works Bulletins – Traffic Lights Ilkeston Road, Melbourne Road Closure

Courtesy of Councillor Richard MacRae.

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Road Works Bulletin – Town Street Bramcote

Courtesy of Councillor Richard MacRae.

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Public Footpath Across Field Farm Closed Until January 2018

Donna MacRae, Secretary, Stapleford Community Group writes: This is a Public Footpath used by 100s of people and will doubt have a knock on effect to Trowell Garden Centre as many people use this Public Footpath to access the local business.

The Public Footpath has been blocked off from both sides. So anyone coming from the other side will have to turn back. Many people walk along the old Nottingham Canal from Coventry Lane then across Field Farm. Sadly the path has been blocked.

The Public Footpath is used by 100s of local Dog Walkers and Families alike to access to Erewash Valley Trail which runs at the back of Field Farm.

The question you have to ask is why have the two County Councillors not made anyone aware of this before it’s happened.

Stapleford Councillor Richard MacRae has contacted Broxtowe Borough Council Planning Department and asked what is going on and is now awaiting a reply as the closer of this much used Public Footpath has never been mentioned in the past.

With the Summer Holidays starting next week this Public Path would be used more than ever but now access has been cut off.

For the past 6 years we have also organised Community Walks which always start at the entrance to Field Farm and will not be able to hold our ever popular walks now due to the route being blocked.

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