Sunday, 1 July 2012

Broxtowe Enews 1st July 2012

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. Many apologies that we are a day late with this but I’m afraid that I just couldn’t tear myself away from the Murray match last night. The roof at centre court has certainly helped to provide three successive nights of excitement.

1.       School Terms
Notts County Council have decided to alter the length of the Spring Term from next year, so that from now on the spring term will always be a set length, irrespective of where Easter falls. I think that there are pluses and minuses to this, but we will have to see how it goes.

2.       Beeston Carnival
This years Beeston Carnival will take place on 14th July. It is always an excellent event and hopefully the rain might hold off.

3.       High Speed Internet
BT have announced that they will be rolling out high speed internet to houses in the Beeston area over the next twelve months. This is something that the borough and county council’s have both agreed to help fund so that our residents and businesses can enjoy the benefits of the technology. We see this as essential in helping the borough to remain an attractive place for businesses to set up.

4.       Roadwork’s
A new mini-roundabout is being constructed in Greasley at the moment and as a result there are temporary lights at the junction of Main Road and Narrow Lane. These should be finished on or about 23rd July.

5.       Summer Reading Scheme
Notts County Council is launching a summer reading scheme over the long summer holiday period. They are inviting children from 4 – 11 to read six books from their library over the six weeks of the holidays. There will be celebration events for the successful children in both the north and south of the county.

6.       Police Mounted Section
Notts police have decided to scrap their mounted section is a move designed to save them £93,000 per year. The Police Authority voted at their annual meeting this week to support this move.

7.       Public Transport Improvements
The Government have allocated £10 million to Nottinghamshire to improve public transport here. No doubt there will be much negotiation and discussion over the next few weeks about how this will be spent, and when we know how much will come to Broxtowe I’ll report further.

8.       Football for Children With Disabilities
Trowell Football club and Broxtowe Borough Council are offering a new programme of football  coaching for children with disabilities at Bramcote Leisure Centre every Wednesday from 6-7pm, aimed at children from 5-14. Details are available from  07747 190341.

9.       Art Exhibitions
An art exhibition is being held this month at Beeston library, starting tomorrow and running through until 13th June. It will display work by the New Beginnings Art Group, who meet at the Oasis Centre in Beeston. Another exhibition will be held at George Spencer School in Stapleford on 7th July, and the school are inviting local artists to display their work. Details are available from Deborah Fry on 0115 917 0119.

10.   Carers Emergency Service
Notts County Council have set up a new Carers Crisis Prevention Scheme to provide support if an adult carer of another adult is involved in an accident. The scheme will cost £85,000 per year to run and it seems to me that this will be money very well spent. Details are available on 08449 808080.

11.   Award Winner
Congratulations to Beeston Photographer Philippa Double from Double Image Photography who won 12 awards, including three overall winners in different categories, at the East Midlands Master Photographers Association annual print competition.

12.   Chilwell School Events

On Friday 13th July Paradiso Cinema presents The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Starring Judi Dench, at Chilwell Arts Theatre, Chilwell School, Queens Road West. Tickets cost on the door £5 (£4 conc). The film starts at 7.30pm but come at 7pm for refreshments.
On Sunday 8th July Chilwell School Partnership are holding an Outdoor Car Boot Sale (weather permitting), also at Chilwell School, Queen’s Road West, from 9am to 1pm. Entrance = donation to school funds. Sellers can set up 7.30am to 9am – cars £5, vans £7.50. There is no need to book, just turn up. If the weather is uncertain see

13.   Olympic Torch
Finally may I say how great it was to see that a number of Broxtowe residents carried the Olympic Torch on it’s visit to Nottingham this year, and even the rain didn’t put people off. I was delighted that my friend Matthew Galtrass carried it over Trent Bridge. Well done to everyone involved.

As ever thank you for your support for this newsletter, and any feedback is gratefully received.
Best wishes
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