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Broxtowe Enews 6th July 2014

July 6, 2014 10:08 PM

Welcome to Broxtowe Enews, brought to you by the Liberal Democrats and edited by David Watts, the leader of the Lib-Dems on Broxtowe Borough Council. Thanks for all the feedback for last weeks newsletter. The most common question that people were asking was "what is a bus plug?" In short it is a section of road which is restricted to just buses, and is aimed at ensuring public transport works as efficiently as possible.

  1. Neighbourhood Plans

Residents in Eastwood, Nuthall and Greasley are currently being consulted about proposals to hand significant planning powers to them from the borough council. The three parish councils have applied to develop neighbourhood plans and a consultation is currently running about whether people will support it. This is something that I strongly support and I have been pushing for parish councils to take on this role since the power first became available. I think that decisions on planning are far better if people in the local area have a major say on what happens in their area. To take part in the consultation visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplans. The consultation closes on August 15th.

I do hope that other parish councils will also take this forward. I know that Stapleford are actively discussing it at the moment and expect them to seek to develop a neighbourhood plan as well. In areas where there is no parish council, primarily in the south of the borough, then any community organisation can apply to the council to take on this role.

  1. Great Beeston Bake Off

Congratulations to the organisers of the Great Beeston Bake Off who raised £400 for the Oxjam charity. The event attracted 20 competitors and over 100 people attended to sample the entries. Congratulations also to Michael Lyons and Harinee Selvadurai who won the adult categories.

  1. Boots Merger

Boots parent company, Alliance Boots, have announced that they will complete a merger with American firm Walgreens by the end of 2015. The full details are to be announced by the end of this month. Although the merger will greatly alter the national and international management of the company it is expected that operations in Beeston will be unaffected and will carry on as they are.

  1. Notts Outsourcing

Notts County Council have taken the next step towards outsourcing a significant raft of jobs and services to the private sector. The Labour controlled council have identified libraries and parks as being a strong starting point to put into the private sector. This seems to me to be wholly the wrong approach to take.

  1. House Prices

The average price of a house in the East Midlands is now £145,968, an increase of 11% over the last year. This is apparently the fastest growth for a decade. Whilst increased house prices are a sign of the rapid improvements in the economy I fear that such a rapid rise in prices will price many people out of being able to afford their own home.

  1. GP Satisfaction Levels

A survey released this week showed that 86% of patients in Nottinghamshire said that their experience of their GP surgery was good. In addition 92% said that they were offered an appointment at a time that was convenient to them. However less happy reading was a report that said that 13 people in Nottinghamshire have died whilst waiting for transplants due to a shortage of donors.

  1. Gala at the Pavilion

A family gala is being held at Brinsley Bowls Club on 19th July from 10am to 3pm. This is a free family day and will feature outdoor entertainment throughout the event, the Star Attraction being Vintage Vocalists STRING OF PEARLS. There will also be an Elvis tribute act and other vocalists. There will be a number of stalls and a number of home made crafts for sale.

  1. Summer Holidays

As usual during the summer holidays there will be no enews. The last edition for this term will be in three weeks time and we will resume again at the beginning of September.

As ever thank you for your support for this newsletter, and any feedback is gratefully received.

Best wishes

David

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