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Broxtowe Enews 28th September 2014

September 28, 2014 10:29 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. May I give a special welcome to the new readers that we have this week.

  1. Bin Collections

This week the cabinet at the borough council agreed new arrangements for bin collections along the tram route in Beeston. The council had previously consulted on four options but none of them proved very popular. As a result the issue has been looked at again and a compromise found with the tram so that affected houses will have their bins collected from 7.00am, rather than 5.00am as had originally been suggested. Congratulations must go to my colleague Steve Carr who had campaigned very hard for this.

  1. County Council Refurbishment

I reported a few weeks ago that the Labour controlled County Council were proposing to spend £500,000 on refurbishing the council chamber. I'm pleased to say that as a result of pressure by the Liberal Democrats on the County Council these plans have now been drastically reduced. One example was an adaptation that the County originally said would cost £140,000. Following our pressure they decided that it could actually be done for £10,000. It seems to me that somebody needed new batteries for their calculator!

  1. Councils

This week the leader of the Conservatives on Notts County Council, Kay Cutts, called for the abolition of Broxtowe Borough Council and the other councils around Notts. The Conservatives have now taken the view that all services should be delivered through the County Council. She justifies this as being what people want. We now have the city council, both Labour and Conservative, seeking to abolish Broxtowe to suck us into the city and now the County Council wanting to abolish us so they can get control of our budgets and staff. I think Councillor Cutts is wrong to say that this is what people want and I would be very interested to hear what people think.

  1. Web site update

I will be giving my web site at a facelift later this week so do please drop by and let me know what you think of the new look. A new service I will be adding for Bramcote residents is that each week I will be listing the new planning applications that have been submitted in the ward. Hopefully this will be of use to local residents.

  1. Nuthall War Memorial

Nuthall war memorial was dedicated last week by the clergy from the village. Sadly three plaques containing the names of the Nuthall men who died in action during the world wars were not delivered in time but hopefully they will be here by Remembrance Day.

  1. Apprentices

One thing that the Liberal Democrats have pressed for in Government over the past four years is the increase in apprenticeships to make sure that young people have the opportunity to learn proper skills. I am pleased to say that the borough council, with the Lib-Dems as part of the ruling partnership, have led the way on this and we have now had 52 apprentices within the council and this week agreed to more recruitment.

  1. Young Performers Wanted

Notts County Council's Youth Arts team is organising a show at the Royal Concert Hall for children aged between 13 and 19. Auditions will take place in November with the shows in February. More details can be found at

  1. Café Open Day

Yew Tree Community Café in Beeston will be holding an open day on 1st October between 10.00 and 12.00. This is a project between the borough council and the Yew Tree Court retirement living complex and will include a magician, a harpist and a caricaturist.

  1. Over 50's and Computers

Broxtowe Borough Council is holding a training session for those aged over 50 on using computers. The session is free of charge and will take place in Beeston on 2nd October between 10am and 4pm. It will cover how to use Skype, online payments and social media. Bookings can be made by ringing 0115 917 3037.

  1. Eastwood Vintage Tea Room

The Hopkins Court retirement living scheme in Albert Street, Eastwood, will be hosting a vintage tea room recreating the atmosphere of a DH Lawrence novel on Monday 29th September from 2.30 to 4.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

  1. "Crime Prevention Volunteers"

Notts Police have reported that people have been going door to door claiming to be collecting for the charity Crime Prevention Volunteers. The police say that this is completely bogus and officials from crime prevention schemes will always wear official identification and will never ask for money door to door.

  1. Nominate a Sporting Hero

The County Council have opened nominations for the 2014 Nottinghamshire Sports Awards. As well as professional achievements the awards seek to highlight grassroots activity. There are fourteen categories and nominations will close on 30th November. To make a nomination visit

  1. Call Blockers

Notts County Council will this week decide whether to loan call blockers to people vulnerable to telephone scams. A pilot with the technology has been tested and proved very effective at blocking a large number of nuisance calls. The devices cost a total of £20,000 but prevent people being targeted by scammers. It seems to me that this would be money well spent.

  1. Wood Recycling Yard

The borough council have formally objected to a plan to create a wood recycling yard at Shilo Way in Awsworth. This is an application which will be decided by the County Council but the borough council have had our say to object to the application.

  1. Abandoned Vehicles

The borough council have agreed a new working arrangement with the City Council to ensure that abandoned vehicles are removed from our streets as soon as possible. This new arrangement will start shortly and will save the council a significant amount of money each year.

  1. Newsletter

There will be no newsletter next week as I will be away at the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow. The next newsletter will be in two weeks time. I am fairly certain that none of our MP's will be defecting to UKIP before it starts!

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

Best wishes


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