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Broxtowe Enews 14th September 2014

September 14, 2014 10:04 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. Core Strategy

The preparation of a core strategy by Broxtowe Borough Council has been highly controversial but hopefully the matter will finally be concluded on Wednesday evening when the council will vote on whether to accept the core strategy as our official policy or not. The matter has now been considered by an independent government inspector who concluded that the council had got things right. This itself is very rare as most authorities have had to make modifications following the inspectors review but we have not had to make any. The meeting is at Beeston Town Hall at 7pm.

If the council do approve the strategy that itself will not be the end of the process. The core strategy deals with "strategic sites" and the general areas where housing will be built but the question of exactly where development will take place will still need to be determined. The council will be consulting on this over the next few months with a view to concluding the process by the end of next year. Another aspect of the council meeting on Wednesday will be for the parish council's in Awsworth, Greasley and Eastwood to take charge of that process for their own local areas, something that I have been very keen to encourage.

  1. Broxtowe Duathlon

A duathlon is a combination of running and cycling and the Broxtowe Duathlon this year will take place at Colliers Wood in Moorgreen on October 12th. The adult race starts at 9.00am and costs £11 for an online booking and the junior race starts at 12.30 and costs £5. Bookings can be made at

  1. Town Centres

The borough council is running a consultation on the best way to regenerate the town centres in the borough. An online questionnaire is available at This consultation will run until the beginning of December.

  1. Watnall Green Consultation

The borough council are looking at how to improve Watnall Green and are running a consultation about the best things to do. This can be completed at This consultation closes next week.

  1. Employment Outlook

A survey this week by Manpower UK suggests that the East Midlands is the area of the country where employers are most looking to recruit new staff. This is extremely good news and is one of a wave of items of good economic news that have come out over the past few months.

  1. Care Homes

Less good news is that 36 percent of care homes in Nottinghamshire failed at least one check when inspected by the Care Quality Commission. This is worse than anywhere else in England and Wales. The County Council say that this is because of a "trailblazing" monitoring system that they use, although it is fair to say that the Nottingham Post were able to find people easily enough who suggested that this was not the case.

  1. Friends of Brinsley Headstock

The Friends of Brinsley Headstock are running a consultation about improvements to the Headstock. This consultation has only a few questions so should not take long to complete and is available at

  1. Leisure Centres

The final consultation for me to mention this week is the council's annual consultation about their leisure centres. This runs until the end of this month and can be found at

  1. Time to Join The Liberal Democrats

Figures out this week show that the membership of the Liberal Democrats has now risen for five quarters in a row. This is unprecedented for a party of Government. This is really exciting for us and I'd invite anyone who supports us to consider joining. You can join online at our website at

  1. Messy Church

Following the summer break Messy Church is back at Wollaton Road Methodist Church Saturday 27th September from 3.30 to 5.30pm. The free event includes games, activities and worship for all the family and will be followed by a simple meal for everyone. Details can be obtained by ringing Jane on 07419 324475.

  1. Revamped Pub

The Midland Hotel on Derby Road in Stapleford has now reopened after a £340,000 makeover. As well as being redecorated it now has an entertainment area and large screen TV's to show sporting events.

  1. Stapleford Town Council

Following the change in law to permit the recording of council meetings the latest meeting of Stapleford Town Council is now available to view on line. This can be seen at

  1. Nepal Appeal

A voluntary community group in Beeston has launched an appeal to help orphans and children in Nepal whose parents have been killed by war. The Arts-Culture-Tourism group is urging people to help 65 children in Nepal who have had to stop their education since April because of a lack of money. Donations can be arranged by emailing

  1. County Council Chief Executive

Mick Burrows, the Chief Executive of Notts County Council, announced during the summer than he is to retire. The council have now agreed that the salary of his successor will be £170,000 per year, £14,000 less than Mr Burrows receives. They are now beginning the search for a replacement.

  1. Tip Opening Hours

The opening hours of Beeston Tip will change on 1st October so it will be open from 8am until 6pm rather than 8pm as at present. This has been the case in previous years as well, with the hours being reduced during the autumn and winter and then longer during spring and summer.

  1. New Youth Club

Awsworth, Babbington and Cossal youth club has reopened after being closed for four years. The club is based in The Lane in Awsworth and facilities include table tennis, pool table and tuck shop. The club was reopened by former Nottingham Forest player John McGovern.

  1. Street Lighting Repairs

Notts County Council are to spend £600,000 over the next two years to restart a programme of servicing street lights. They used to run a scheduled programme to service all the lights but stopped this to try and save money, only repairing the lights when they developed faults. However the county council found out that this actually worked out to be more expensive than running the scheduled programme and so they have restarted it.

  1. Anti-Social Behaviour in Chilwell

Notts police have been patrolling on Mountbatten Park after complaints about anti-social behaviour there. These patrols will continue over the next few weeks to try and tackle any problems.

  1. Golf Charity Day

My colleague Stan Heptinstall, the mayor of Broxtowe, is staging a charity golf day on Friday 24th October at Beeston Fields Golf Club. Tickets cost £40 and businesses are invited to sponsor a hole for £25 per hole. The event starts at 12pm and all proceeds go towards Cancer Research UK and Hope Nottingham. More information can be obtained by ringing 0115 917 3210.

  1. Missing Date

Unfortunately in last week's newsletter I forgot to mention the date of the meeting where people can find out about being a councillor. Many apologies for this. The date is the 23rd October.

  1. Nocturnal Nature Night

Bats, moths and more will be out at Watnall Spinney next week as local people are invited to join their nocturnal friends for a special Nature Night. The Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Stan Heptinstall MBE will open the event on Friday 19th September at 6.00pm, alongside moth and bat experts who will be on hand to shed some light on the habits of these nocturnal creatures. As well as bird box making and bug identification, visitors to the Spinney will also be able to watch professional sculptor Peter Leadbeater as he begins work on a tree sculpture which he will carve into a tree stump on the edge of the woodland.

Kimberley Guides visited Watnall Spinney to help design the sculpture as part of a number of conservation workshops earlier this year. The carving work has been generously funded by Broxtowe Borough Council's construction partner Bullock and their sub-contractors. The event has been organised in partnership with Broxtowe Borough Council and the Greenwood Community Forest Team and is the last in a series of sessions that local scouts and guides have been involved with over the summer to help encourage local people to use the woodland, now that major work has taken place on the local nature reserve. Watnall Spinney, off Trough Lane, Watnall was designated as a Local Nature Reserve by Broxtowe Borough Council in 2012 is a haven for wildlife. Scouts and Guides have recently planted bluebells and primroses as well as aquatic plants around one of the ponds to encourage biodiversity. They also removed some sycamore growth following major tree work on the site.

  1. Leadership of the Liberal Democrats

I'm delighted to say that my fellow Lib Dem councillors this week re-elected me as the leader of the Lib Dems on Broxtowe Borough Council. It will be my privilege to lead the local Lib-Dems into the elections for the borough council next year. However you intend to vote in the general election I hope that you will vote for your local Lib Dem councillors as the council is far better with us involved in running it than without us.

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

Best wishes


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