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Broxtowe Enews 7th September 2014

September 7, 2014 10:09 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. I hope that everyone had a good summer break and may I give a special welcome to the new readers that we have gained over the holiday period.

  1. County Council

One of the things that happened over the summer which is worth a brief mention here is that Labour have lost control of the County Council. A Labour councillor resigned from the party saying that he was fed up being told not just what to do but also what to think. He will now sit as an independent and as Labour only had a majority of one they have now lost this. However they remain the largest party on the council and will continue to run things for the foreseeable future.

  1. Heritage Open Days

There are a number of events taking place between 11th and 13th September across the borough. These are part of the national heritage open day events taking place over that weekend and a full list of local ones can be found at www.beestoncivicsociety.wordpress.com. Please note that for some events you do need to pre-book because of limited space, but for others you can simply turn up.

  1. DH Lawrence Festival

Following on from the last item may I remind people that the DH Lawrence Festival is running in Eastwood throughout this month. Full details are available here: http://www.experiencenottinghamshire.com/whats-on/d-h-lawrence-festival-2014-p473751

  1. Road Closure

Ilkeston Road in Bramcote will be closed overnight between 15th September and 27th September whilst major road works are carried out. For those who don't know the road names this is the road that runs along the bottom of Bramcote Park and is a very major route. Diversions will be signposted but it is inevitable that there will be disruption.

  1. New Road Plan

Boots have submitted a planning application to build a new road on their site to connect Thane Road in the city with Humber Road South in Broxtowe. This should improve access to the Boots site and in particular the area set out for redevelopment as part of the Enterprise Zone. Hopefully this will speed up progress on the site.

  1. Would You Like To Be A Councillor

There will be elections for the borough council next year in May. Prospective councillors are being invited to gain a unique insight into life as an elected member of Broxtowe Borough Council at an open event at the Town Hall, Beeston from 5.30pm. The special free event will provide a flavour of life as a borough councillor and is open to people who would like to know more about it. At the event participants will learn more about how councillors represent their community, the responsibilities of their role as decision makers and how councillors shape the future of services in the Borough. Attendees will also receive information and advice on the elections process, details of Members allowances and an indication of the levels of time and commitment involved. For details contact Sue Rodden at the borough council on 0115 917 7777.

  1. County Council Refurbishment

I was very surprised to read over the summer that the County Council are to spend nearly £500,000 on redecorating the council chamber at County Hall. I have made enquiries about this and have been informed that the decision was taken without any reference to councillors and my colleagues on the Lib-Dem group have objected strongly to spending this money when massive cuts are being made elsewhere.

  1. Notts Police

Another eye-watering figure that caught my eye this week was the news that Notts Police paid out £4 million over the last year in sick pay. However whilst the council refurbishment figure seems inexplicable that is not necessarily the case here. The police carry out a very demanding, stressful and at times dangerous job and this can cause no end of health issues. In addition the figure is lower than last year and hopefully the issues that cause illness are being monitored and causes looked into.

Whilst mentioning the police they have also announced this week that they are going to miss their savings target for the year. They had planned to cut expenditure by £12.7 million but have now said that they will fall short of this by £829,000.

  1. Fracking

Oil and gas exploration company IGas, who do a lot of research work for the energy industry, have said that they have no plans to carry out any fracking in Nottinghamshire. They have carried out some testing but it looks like they are not taking matters forward at the moment.

  1. Leisure Provision

The borough council has launched an online customer satisfaction survey about our sports and leisure facilities. This is open until 30th September and can be found on the councils website at www.broxtowe.gov.uk. If you are a user, or potential user, of the leisure facilities then please take the opportunity to have your say. However the council have told the Eastwood Academy that we are withdrawing from the joint use of the Eastwood Community Sports Centre. Sadly the school is now part of an academy which does not seem to want to work with the community, and we have reached the position where we feel we have no choice but to pull out.

  1. Signposting Course

Rumbletums, in partnership with St Patrick's and Holy Trinity Churches and the Transforming Notts Together Project, will be offering a signposting course on Wednesday 17th September at 7.00pm. This will take place at Holy Trinity Church, Eastwood Road, Kimberley. The course is aimed at helping staff and volunteers, who come across vulnerable people, to signpost them to external support services. If you would like to attend, could you please contact Jeff Buck on germinal@live.co.uk or ring him on (0115) 9459421.

  1. Aldi in Stapleford

The supermarket chain Aldi has announced plans to develop a new store in Stapleford, on the Pinfold Business Park. Part of this has been in a very poor state for a while and it is great news to hear of the plans for redevelopment. However it is away from the town centre and before giving planning permission the council will need to consider what impact his would have on the town centre and businesses there. Aldi will be submitting their planning application before the end of next month and it will then be assessed by the borough council.

  1. Dementia Café

A dementia café opens in Beeston this Thursday. The Memory Café will be based at the Middle Street Resource Centre. The café gives people affected by dementia the opportunity to get together and will offer a range of different activities. It will then meet on the second Thursday of every month.

  1. House Prices

A survey by the TUC published this week shows that house prices in Broxtowe cost an average of 5.47 times the average salary earned locally. By contrast average house prices in the city are 3.99 times the average salary and in Erewash they are 4.93 times. The highest in Notts were in Rushcliffe where the average house price in over 7 times the average salary.

  1. Swimming Lessons

Swimming lessons at the council's leisure centres in Bramcote and Kimberley are now so popular that the council has agreed to recruit two further instructors to help cope with demand.

  1. Council Budget

The council have now concluded the auditing of the accounts for the last financial year and we had a net underspend of £333,000 compared to what we budgeted, and the Housing Revenue Account, which deals with council housing, we had an underspend of £930,000. This is a continuation of a trend over the last few years where we have managed to spend less than we budgeted each year.

  1. Bramcote Care Group

Bramcote Care Group is a small group of volunteers providing a 'neighbourly' service to residents of Bramcote/Bramcote Hills area. This includes shopping, collecting prescriptions, transport to hospital or doctors, visiting/befriending services and also emergency practical help. I'm informed by the organisers that at the moment they are receiving very few calls. If Bramcote residents would benefit from this service please contact Elaine Morris on 0115 939 2566 or by email at morris@bramcote60.freeserve.co.uk., or Julie Davenport on 0115 925 1029.

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

Best wishes

David

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