Saturday, 7 July 2012

Broxtowe Enews 7th 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. May I give a special welcome to the new readers that we have this week.

1.       Police Stop and Search
One very worrying statistic that was announced this week is that in Nottinghamshire black people are nine times as likely to be the subject of a stop and search by the police as white people are. Asian people are twice as likely to be searched as white people. The police have admitted that this is a cause for concern and have called in help from the National Police Improvement Agency to tackle diversity training.

2.       Bus Changes
I’ve mentioned a few times that there is a strong will in the borough council to improve bus services in Broxtowe, but the County Council are not keen. Now the County have announced that they want to cut £2million a year from their public transport budget, which will make the job even harder. They  are running a consultation which is open now and runs through to September 4th. You can have your say at

3.       Girls Football
The borough council is running new football workshops for girls aged between 5 and 11. These take place each Thursday from 4.15 to 5.15 at the Manor Recreation Ground in Toton. Further details are available by ringing 0115 917 3572.

4.       Help For Troubled Families
192 families in Broxtowe will be amongst those across Nottinghamshire who receive help from the County Council under a scheme aimed at helping troubled families. Support will be offered to households that are either involved in crime and anti-social behaviour, have children out of school, have an adult on out of work benefits or those who cause high costs to the public purse. The Government have made £2.3 million available to the county council to help them address the issues around these families, on a payments by results basis.

5.       Disco Dancer
Congratulations to Toton resident Cordelia Mills who won both the single and pairs titles at the World Freestyle Disco Dancing championships in Blackpool this week.

6.       Forthcoming Community Action Team Meetings
We had a very lively discussion at the Bramcote CAT meeting this week. There are a number of others coming up in the next few days. The Beeston Rylands CAT is on 17th July at the Rylands Community Centre from 7.30pm, the Trowell meeting is on 18th July at Trowell Parish Hall, starting at 7.45pm, Chilwell West’s meeting will take place on 19th July at Inham Nook Methodist Church, starting at 7pm, and the Nuthall meeting in the same night at the Spinney, Nuthall Crescent, starting at 7.30pm. Local residents are welcome to each of these to raise any concerns or discuss any issues that they have.

7.       Police Neighbourhood Alerts
The police have a new email service alerting people about crime and community safety issues in local areas. You can sign up to these at

8.       Patient Participation Groups
Each local GP’s surgery either now has or is creating a patient participation group. These aim to give patients more involvement in how services are offered locally. If you would like to be involved with your group please contact the Practice Manager at your surgery.

9.       Kimberley Farmers Market
Kimberley Farmers Market will have extended opening hours from now on. Today’s market is the first one with the new hours, and it is now open from 9am to 2pm. The market takes place on the first Saturday of every month.

10.   Beeston Maltings
Unfortunately efforts to save Beeston Maltings have so far failed, but the council have agreed to fund a project by the Beeston and District Civic Society to obtain a pictorial record of the building. This way at least an extensive record of the building will be retained.

11.   Waterways
 A new charity has now taken over the running of Britain’s waterways, including the River Trent and the Nottingham Canal. British Waterways has ceased to exist and the Canals and Rivers Trust has taken over their activities. No doubt we will begin to see their name appear from now on.

12.   Great Kimberley Book Read
A 12 week reading competition in Kimberley is being launched by Rev Barbara Holbrook next Saturday. The Great Kimberley Book Read will be declared open at the town library on Saturday July 14. It marks the start of a 12 week feast of reading, with 18 new titles that people can borrow from the library and read, before voting on their favourite. To find out more go to

13.   Tales From The Priory
Tales from the Priory will be held at Beauvale Priory on Saturday 22nd June from 10am – 3.30pm. Each session lasts for  30 minutes and visitors will be escorted around the abbey by guides highlighting some of the history.

14.   Friends of Bramcote Tower
The Friends of Bramcote Tower are holding a strawberry tea at the tower tomorrow, Sunday 8th July, from 1pm – 4pm. At the time they arranged this they did not know that Murray was going to be in the men’s singles final at Wimbledon, so if you’re not a tennis fan please come along and give them your support.

May I end by saying how delighted I was to see Jonny Marray win in the mens doubles at Wimbledon, and good luck to Andy Murray for tomorrow. If this run of British success has inspired you to play tennis the borough council have a number of courts across the borough.

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