Scouts Campsite on Common Lane
For many years the scouts and guides have used the land owned by the University of Nottingham on Common Lane as a campsite, but their ability to use the area into the future has always been uncertain. This has now changed because the University has now leased the land to the Scouts. The Scouts are now looking into the possibility of enhancing the usefulness of the site by providing some facilities (a toilet block for example). Incidentally, the date for the annual Fireworks Extravaganza on the site this year is Saturday 31 October.
Boundary Changes for County Council Divisions
As part of the consultation on the proposals from the Boundary Commission on new county divisions within the Broxtowe area, the Liberal Democrat Group at County Hall is formulating suggestions for some changes. Our first concern is the proposal to create a huge 2-member division called Stapleford and Central Broxtowe that does not reflect existing communities and will be too large for county councillors to manage effectively. Our second concern is that this huge division includes part of Bramcote with the other part of Bramcote going into a Bramcote and Beeston North Division, thus splitting Bramcote in two. The suggestions being put forward by the Liberal Democrats will aim to rectify these two problems.
Imminent Road Closure - Town Street, Bramcote
Town Street will be closed between its junctions with A52 Derby Road and Peache Way from Monday 27th July 2015 until Friday 21st August 2015 (07:00 hours until 17:00 hours daily). Town Street will also be closed from 07:00 hours until 14:00 hours on Saturday 1st August and Saturday 15th August 2015.
Road Closure - Cow Lane, Bramcote
Cow Lane will be closed between its junctions with Town Street and Beeston Fields Drive from Monday 17th August 2015 until Friday 21st August 2015 (07:00 hours until 17:00 hours daily).
Road Closure - Chapel Street, Bramcote
Chapel Street will be closed between its junctions with Town Street and Church Street from Monday 17th August 2015 until Friday 21st August 2015 (07:00 hours until 17:00 hours daily).
Arundel Drive, Bramcote
A resident suggested that Arundel Drive between Thoresby Road and no 20 is becoming very uneven and that this may be due to subsidence. In consequence a highways inspector assessed this road on 21st July and reported that he did not find any evidence to suggest that the road was subsiding; however he did state that the road surface was uneven with a number of utility reinstatements and tracks. Although he advised that this did not give a good aesthetic view of the road, it is deemed as safe and currently there are no defects that breach the County Council’s safety intervention levels for action. The inspector will monitor this site during his routine inspections in the area.
Cow Lane, Bramcote
Residents have been asking for a 20mph limit for the whole length of Cow Lane, not just the section outside the school. I have passed this message on to the Highways Department at County Hall and am frustrated at the lack of response. Consequently I have taken up the matter with Alan Rhodes, the Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, and am hoping for action quite soon.
Central Avenue, Stapleford
This road has several areas of carriageway awaiting repair. The Senior Highways Inspector has chased the works order up with the County Council’s Operations Team and I am assured the required works will be completed imminently.
Stanley Drive, Bramcote
It has been noted in a recent routine inspection that the carriageway surface on Stanley Drive is deteriorating. As such the road has been highlighted for a new repair treatment. This bespoke programme is scheduled to begin in August.
Hickings Lane/Washington Drive junction, Stapleford
I am told that there are still problems at this junction with a local garage engaged in repair work on the public road and causing congestion near the new Co-op and other shops. I am hoping these will now stop, but do please report any further incidents.
The Chancery, Bramcote
Cyclists and motorcyclists on the footpaths through The Chancery are perceived to be of danger to other footpath and road users. Following a site-visit with a council officer it has been agreed to erect a safety fence at one particular point where other users are particularly at risk.
Changes at the Highways Authority
Over the next year all those who work for the Highways Authority at Nottinghamshire County Council will become employees of a public-private partnership organisation that will take over the running of the highways service. Cuts in funding from the Government have had severe effects on the ability of the Highways Authority to continue to operate as a purely public company, and county councillors voted in favour of a partnership with a private sector company as being the way forward. I will be attending the meetings that will determine the details of the changes that are to occur.
HS2 at Toton
The East Midlands Hub for the HS2 is now more likely than ever to end up just over the Stapleford boundary in Toton, not far from the tram terminus. No alternative sites are being considered. This is good news for future prosperity of our area.
Real time bus information
I am told that the ‘real time’ bus stop information for the i4 route, though somewhat improved, is still not accurate. If you have examples of problems please let me know.
Stapleford Town Centre
My county council colleague Jacky Williams and I showed Dave Walker, our Highways Manager, the state of the painted lampposts, benches and other street furniture in Stapleford Town Centre. Apart from the Walter Parker Memorial Square where all the items were repainted in March this year, everything else is now very tatty and in need of both maintenance and a coat of paint. Dave suggests that a bid is made to the Supporting Local Communities Fund at the County Council to deal with this issue. We hope to obtain support for this from the Stapleford Town Centre Management Group, Stapleford Town Council and Broxtowe Borough Council working together with the County Council to “Restore Stapleford’s Glory”.
BMX Bike Event
On 19th September there is to be a BMX Bike Event on Hickings Lane Recreation Ground in Stapleford. It is being organised by the Youth Workers in Stapleford with input from the young people in the area.
New Lamps for Old
Street lamps are being changed in the Bramcote and Stapleford areas over the next couple of months. The “bulk clean and change process” involves changing all the lamps, cleaning the lanterns and checking that that light is working before moving on to the next. To further improve lighting levels it has been decided to upgrade the old high-pressure sodium (Orange SOX) lanterns with a white LED alternative. The LED's will be pre-set to dim down between the hours of 10pm-7am and this will make energy savings of around 60% when compared to the old SOX lanterns.
Broxtowe’s response to a needle injury
Following a report of an injury to a child playing in Bramcote Hills Park who picked up a discarded needle, Broxtowe Borough Council has instructed the teams that undertake maintenance in the park to be extra vigilant to ensure the safety of the public. The Neighbourhood Warden team has also been tasked with undertaking extra patrols to deter this form of anti-social behaviour.
It was a delight to be asked to give a short talk at the two Graduation Ceremonies at Alderman White School this year. Graduation recognizes achievement across the board whether in academic study or in contributions to the wider life of the White Hills Park Federation and the local community. I was delighted to be able to congratulate the students on their achievements, both academic and vocational, during the last year.
Chilwell Munitions Tragedy
Many thanks to Andy Barratt of Excavate who produced and directed a memorial to those who lost their lives in the Chilwell Munitions Tragedy on 1st July 1918. There were five live performances in Beeston Square earlier this month involving local actors and children from the Alderman White School. Those who saw the production were visibly moved by it. The event was sponsored by the Heretage Lottery Fund who provided the funding following an application sent in via the Bramcote and Stapleford Golden Jubilee Group, which I chair.
Retirement of PC Peter Farrell
I was delighted to attend a presentation event for PC Peter Farrell on the occasion of his retirement from the police force. Pete has been a good friend of Stapleford for many years and has worked tirelessly on behalf of our community. We will miss him enormously.
Personal delight for Lillian and me
My wife Lillian and I are pleased to announce the birth of Ezra John Robert Heptinstall, our ninth grandchild, born to James and Jacqui Heptinstall. Ezra joins Jonah, Elise and Amos in their happy family home up in Newcastle. They won’t be so far away for long as the family is moving to Stapleford in August. James is taking up a new job in Leicestershire and with four children, James and Jacqui want to be to be closer to the grandparents.