Sunday, 19 May 2013

Broxtowe Enews 19th May 2013

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. Bramcote Hills Care Home
An application to extend Bramcote Hills Care Home by extending it to include the two houses next to it was defeated at the Development Control Committee at Broxtowe Borough Council on Wednesday. Both myself and my colleague Stan Heptinstall spoke against the application, drawing attention to the parking problems that already exist and would be made worse by the extension and also he dominating impact on the street scene that the building would have. I’m pleased to report that the vote to reject the scheme was unanimous.

2. New Homes in Kimberley
Also on Wednesday the Development Control Committee approved an application to build 22 new homes next to Kimberley Brewery.  This one had the unanimous support of the councillors, as did an outline application for building in Newthorpe, where 20 homes are to be built.

3. Kimberley Brewery
An exhibition of the final plans for the Kimberley Brewery site will be on display the end of the month. The developers say the ‘master plan’ has been worked on since a public consultation, and they now wants to present people with the finished planning application. The exhibition will be held at Holy Trinity Church Hall in Kimberley on May 24 between 2pm and 7.30pm.

4. Core Strategy
The borough council will meet tomorrow to discuss the Core Strategy for the next 15 years. This is a hugely important document which has attracted a lot of publicity in the past over the limits for house building that we will be imposing over the plan period, but it covers much more than that. It covers the way that the council will try and tackle global warming, traffic management and employment and regeneration. I’ve attached a fact sheet to this email giving more details about it, and I will be discussing it on Radio Nottingham tomorrow morning at 7.10am with Andy Whittaker.

5. New Mayors
This week both Eastwood and Stapleford have elected new town mayors, and both are Liberal Democrats. Hazel Charlesworth is the new mayor of Eastwood and David Grindell is the new mayor of Stapleford. Congratulations to both of them on their new roles. Jim MacDonald was elected in Kimberley to continue as the Chairman of the town council there.

6. Kimberley Pram Race
I reported last week that it looked like Kimberley Pram Race would be scrapped following anti-social behaviour in previous events. However I’m delighted to say that following further discussions an alternative route has been prepared for the race and it looks set to continue. It will now start at Swingate or the Stag Recreation Ground and finish at Hall Om Wong Park.

7. Beeston BID
The Beeston Business Improvement District is the not-for-profit body which promotes Beeston Town Centre. It’s success has been shown by the very few vacant shop units along the High Road. The latest scheme they are launching is to target families by putting on a number of family friendly events over the next few months. With the disruption in the town at the moment with the tram works this is a very welcome initiative.

8. British Geological Survey Open Day
 Whilst Keyworth is not in Broxtowe a significant number of BGS staff live there. A significant amount of public money is spent every year by BGS doing science that is by intended to be of direct benefit or importance to the UK public. As BGS have not had an open day at the Keyworth site for well over a decade (in which time the site has been completely rebuilt) many people will have no idea that one of the world’s foremost scientific institutions in its field is just down the road. Details are available at

9. Beeston Market
Starting tomorrow Beeston Market is back. The market closed last year because of the poor state of the old site but from tomorrow it will be a weekly market in the town square, offering a mix of craft stalls, food and retail.

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