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Broxtowe Enews 20th July 2014

July 20, 2014 10:49 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. Textile Collections

I'm delighted to report that from November the borough council will be running a kerbside textile collection service alongside the household waste collections. If your old clothes etc will be useful for charity chops then please donate them to these, but if not the council will take them away as another area to be recycled. It is unlikely to generate any extra income for the council but we agreed to do it to reduce the amount of stuff that goes to landfill and to increase the amount that is recycled.

  1. Highfields Fire Station

I have heard very worrying rumours this week that the fire brigade areintending to cut one fire appliance from Highfields. Originally there were three fire engines based there, which has already been reduced to two. Reducing this further would be wholly wrong in my view and I will be campaigning against it. I have already been in touch with Anna Soubry MP and she is also opposed to the proposals.

  1. Cabinet Reshuffle

Talking of Anna may I congratulate her on being promoted to minister of state in the Ministry of Defence, one step up from the position that she previously held.

  1. Garden Waste Charges

As regular readers may recall a charge was introduced this year for the council to take away a separate collection of garden waste. Despite this more people are using the service now than when it was free. I'm delighted to say that there will be no increase in charges for next year and the charge for 2015 will be £20 for the year.

  1. Cator Lane, Chilwell

After being closed to through traffic for almost a year because of the tram works Cator Lane has now reopened to traffic. Since it was closed the contractors have installed a water culvert, moved the utilities that were under the road and installed the tram tracks.

  1. Council Spending

The final accounts for the borough council for the last financial year have now been published. We underspent our anticipated budget by £330,000 which was 3.0% of the total budget. I'm delighted that despite the pressures that remain on local authority budgets we have continued to live within our means and to still provide the same level of services that we always did. This has not been easy and I am absolutely convinced that if the Liberal Democrats had not been involved in running the council then we would not have achieved this.

  1. Old Midland Bank, Stapleford

On Wednesday the councils Development Control Committee turned down an application to convert the old Midland/HSBC bank at the Roach in Stapleford to a pub with flats above. The committee felt that the impact on neighbours would be unacceptable and that the scheme was out of keeping for the area.

  1. Funeral Centre Open Day

I'm reporting this one as much for its unusualness as anything else. A Chilwell funeral director is holding an open day where the public will be able to look round their premises. Julie Wessons will be open for the public to visit their new premises in Blenheim Drive, Chilwell, on Saturday 26th July at 11am.

  1. St James the Great Church, Brinsley

St James the Great church in Brinsley will be reopening next week after a six month refurbishment. The church will now be able to function as a community centre as well as a church. The changes to the church will mean that many other community groups will be able to use the church building and as Brinsley has not had a village hall for some years this is extremely good news.

  1. Eastwood Community Football Club

There have been two consortia bidding to take over the Coronation Park ground in Eastwood, which was the home of the now defunct Eastwood Town Football Club. The borough council had to call the liquidators in to that club over unpaid debts earlier this year. Eastwood Community Football Club have now announced that they have agreed terms with the borough council to take over the ground and that they will be entering a team into Central Midlands Football League South Division. Their long term plans involve developing youth, women's and disabled teams as well as the men's team. I wish them success.

  1. Lights Out Campaign

The Lights Out Campaign, which is being supported by the County Council, is aimed at marking the start of World War One by encouraging householders and businesses to switch all their lights off for one hour on 4th August between 10pm and 11pm to mark the exact time that Britain declared war on Germany in 1914. I hope that many people will support this. My Great Grandfather served as a Tommy in the war and fought at the Somme, where he lost part of his hand in the conflict. He lived to a great age but many hundreds of thousands of young men lost their lives in this conflict, and the lights out campaign seems like an interesting way to commemorate their sacrifice.

  1. Eastwood War Memorial

Also on 4th August, at 10.45am, the borough council will unveil a granite memorial to those who served in the First World War in Eastwood. The structure is being installed in the Memorial Gardens in the Mansfield Road Recreation Ground in Eastwood.

  1. Summer Break

Next weekend's edition of the newsletter will be the last before we break for the summer holidays. The next edition after this will be on the weekend of 6th/7th September. I am aware however of a couple of major news items for the borough which might break during the summer period and if so I will send out a short newsletter to report on these.

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

Best wishes


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