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Broxtowe Enews 13th July 2014

July 13, 2014 6:45 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.

  1. Shortwood Farm Mining

There are strong rumours of a Government reshuffle tomorrow and the media are speculating that Eric Pickles will be replaced as Secretary of State for Local Government. Personally I'd be delighted if that happened as I think Mr Pickles has been appalling as the representative of local government in cabinet. Unfortunately one of Mr Pickles last acts as Secretary of State has been to authorise open cast mining at Shortwood Farm between Cossall and Trowell. This is despite the massive local opposition to the scheme. When it was first proposed I went to see Mr Pickles with Anna Soubry MP and we told him about the strength of feeling locally. Unfortunately both the Labour controlled County Council and the Conservative Secretary of State have let Broxtowe residents down. The result is that a massive part of what DH Lawrence called the "County Of My Heart" will now be scarred by mining.

  1. Bramcote School

Proposals have been announced this week to completely rebuild the Bramcote Park school and Bramcote College and also to completely refurbish Alderman White School. This work will be financed by selling some of the land that the school is currently on for housing. I haven't seen the details yet, which will be published in the next few weeks, but I did have the opportunity of meeting with Paul Feery, the headmaster, some time ago and I have stressed that any development would need to have appropriate access and to respect and preserve the nature of Bramcote. I understand that the school are proposing to do a presentation at the next Bramcote CAT meeting at the start of September so that everyone can see the plans and have their say.

  1. Stapleford Villa

Stapleford Villa youth football club have announced that they are merging with Stapleford Town adult club from next season and that they will play under the Stapleford Town title. There will be a new badge and new kits, with the current claret and blue being replaced with red and black stripes. I'm delighted to say that at the clubs awards evening my younger daughter won the "most improved player" award for the under eights. Congratulations to all the children who won awards across the whole age range of teams.

  1. Water Levels

Severn Trent have confirmed this week that, despite the driest June for more than 50 years (although I don't recall it feeling like that) their reservoirs are at a high level and there should be no risk of water shortages this year.

  1. Beeston Carnival

Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make the Beeston Carnival a great success yesterday, Many apologies that it need not appear in last weeks newsletter which was a complete oversight on my part. It was great to see so many people there to take part yesterday and thankfully the threatened rain stayed well away until the evening.

  1. School Zig-Zags

There were some interesting figures published this week about the number of people given fixed penalty notices for parking on the zig-zag roads outside of schools. Parking is not permitted on a zigzag to keep children safe, and in the last six years only ten tickets have been given out to people parking on them. I suspect that most schools would initially try and deal with problems by providing advice rather than prosecution.

  1. First World War exhibition

An exhibition to commemorate the contribution to Stapleford residents to the First World War is on between now and 1st August at the Meeting Place in Stapleford. On 2nd August it will be on display at the Walter Parker Square and then on 4th August in St Helens Church Hall on Frederick Road. Everyone is welcome to attend.

  1. Broxtowe Ward Boundaries

Anyone wanting to make any comments on the Boundary Commission's proposals for new ward boundaries in Broxtowe needs to do so in the next few days as the consultation ends on 21st July. I reported on these when they were proposed but just to recap the big changes are to link Attenborough in with Chilwell into one ward represented by three councillors and also to link Trowell, Awsworth and Cossall as a two member ward. It is proposed to split Eastwood into three wards and there are minor boundary changes in Beeston. To make any comments please visit the Boundary Commission website at

  1. Beeston Enterprise Zone

The Government have announced that they will be investing a further £6 million through their Local Growth Fund into the Boots site at Beeston. This is aimed at making sure that the infrastructure is in place to develop the site as the Nottingham Enterprise Zone.

  1. Shopper Bus

From 4th August Notts County Council will be making significant changes to the Stapleford Shopper 111 Bus Service. Between 9.15am and 3.45pm the service will no longer stop on Brookhill Street in Stapleford. This is extremely bad news and is yet another case of the county council deciding to significantly reduce the services that they provide to Broxtowe residents.

  1. Tram Cash

The County Council are making more funds available to compensate businesses affected by the overrunning tram works. They are putting an extra £25,000 into their exceptional hardship fund which the borough council administers. Unfortunately they still have no plans to compensate residents despite appeals to do so. Interestingly the Nottingham Post have reported that 48 workers have been sacked from the construction project for alcohol and drug issues.

  1. Summer Closure

Finally just a quick note to say that there will be two more editions of the newsletter before we shut for a summer break, as we have done each year. The newsletter will then restart in September.

As ever thank you for your support for this newsletter. Any feedback is gratefully received.

Best wishes


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