Sunday, 18 May 2014

Broxtowe Enews 18th May 2014

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.       Tram Works
It appears that the seemingly never ending tram works in Beeston are getting to an end. The plan now is that Chilwell Road up to the bed shop will open on May 26, from the bed shop to the Hop Pole will open by June 30 and the whole of Chilwell Road should be open by August 4th. The County Council have now also agreed that all businesses who have been affected financially by the scheme in Beeston should be eligible for compensation, following a campaign run by both Liberal Democrat and Conservative Councillors. This is good news, but there is still no compensation for residents who have been affected.

2.       Eastwood Dogs Fun Day
The DH Lawrence Heritage Centre on Mansfield Road will be holding a fun day for dog owners on 29th June. There will be dog training classes and dog showing. Entry is free but there is a charge of £1.50 for every class attended.

3.       Cabinet Reshuffle
Broxtowe’s cabinet has been reshuffled and new portfolio’s allocated. I have accepted a request to take over responsibility for the council’s finance portfolio, and so for the first time in nearly a dozen years I will not be carrying responsibility for planning in one form or another.

4.       Euro Elections
This Thursday is election day for the European Parliament. The polls are open from 7am to 10pm. One of our candidates, Issan Ghazni, managed to break his leg in two places today whilst out canvassing, so I’d like to wish him a very speedy recovery. Despite the proximity of the date I am still to hear anything from either the Labour or Conservative Parties about how they really stand on Europe. The Liberal Democrats are unashamedly the party of in. If you believe that Britain is better off in Europe then I would ask you to use your vote on Thursday and vote Liberal Democrat. If you believe that we should withdraw from Europe, despite the loss of jobs and opportunity that would follow from such an approach, then please vote UKIP. A vote for us or for UKIP makes it clear where people stand. Anything else is an ambiguous vote.

5.       Unemployment Down
Unemployment in Nottinghamshire is continuing to fall. The latest figures show that 600 fewer people were claiming out of work benefits in April than they were in March. In total 2.5% of those ages between 16 and 65 are out of work compared to 3.3% this time last year. This has been a really difficult recession but all the figures now show that we are through the worst and things will continue to get better. However part of what the Government must do is ensure that this time our economic performance is based on a wider platform of the economy as a whole and not solely on financial services, which is what caused such a deep recession in the first place.

6.       Mondays at Pastures
On Monday 19 May there will be an After School Club for children aged 4-11 years old from 3:30 till 5pm at The Pastures Community Centre, Stapleford, NG9 8GQ.

7.       Attenborough Friendship Group - Coach Trip
Attenborough Friendship Group are planning a coach trip to Finden Garden Centre, from 1pm till 6pm on Wednesday 21 May. The cost is £5.  Please call Shirley Porter on 0115 922 1183 to book a place.

8.       Beauvale Priory - Beer Festival
The 3rd Annual Beauvale Priory Beer Festival will take place from Friday 23 May - Monday 26 May between 12pm and 1am. At the festival there will be a range of real ales, ciders, larger and wine for sale.  The festival is free to enter (the beer isn’t) and there is free car parking on site, but please do not drink and drive.

9.       Beeston Shopmobility - Open day
Just a quick reminder that the Beeston Shopmobility open day takes place next Saturday, 24th May, at 10 Devonshire Avenue, Beeston, NG9 1BS. Everyone is welcome to attend.

10.   Greasley Gathering
The Greasley Gathering 2014 takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 26th May between 10am and 3pm. The centre of activities will be at Greasley Community and Sports Centre with other fun filled activities throughout the parish. The theme of this years event is transport and there will be an opportunity to tour the whole area in a Red London Bus; see birds of prey, music bands, have a bite to eat or even have a  go on a zip wire. 

11.   Labour Leaflet
I had to had a bit of a smile about a leaflet Labour have been putting out in Broxtowe over the last few days proclaiming the successes of Labour run Broxtowe Borough Council. The only problem is that Broxtowe Borough Council hasn’t been Labour run for eleven years! Talk about behind the times!

12.   County Council to Privatise Activities?
This isn’t definite yet but in an interview this week the leader of the Labour run County Council, Alan Rhodes, seemed to hint that a number of council services including highways, children and adults social care, could all be privatised. I am not opposed to work being done by private firms if it can be shown that they can provide the same level of service more efficiently, but I strongly feel that recent experiences across the country show who social care should not be left to the private sector and I feel that this would be a very short sighted move if Labour push ahead with it.

13.   New Football Pitch
The derelict skate park at Chilwell Olympia Sports Centre is to be redeveloped as an extra all weather football pitch. The park has not been used for a number of years yet there is a strong demand for football pitches, so hopefully a number of teams will benefit from this.

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

Best wishes

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Sunday, 11 May 2014

Broxtowe Enews 11th May 2014

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. I’m delighted to say that I am writing this sat in my own living room. Regular readers may recall that last November my house flooded but yesterday, just four days less than six months after the flood, we were able to move back home.

1.       Beeston and Chilwell Garden Trail
The Beeston and Chilwell Garden Trail 2014 will be taking place on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June from 1.00p.m. to 5.00 p.m. on both days. 14 gardens will be open, including some new ones. Tickets cost £3.50 per person which covers both days and children are free. All proceeds go to charity. Tickets can be purchased in any of the gardens. Flyers are available in local venues and full details can be found on the website

2.       Hope Into Action
Hope into Action is a national charity for the homeless which is opening a home in Beeston. A three bedroomed house has been purchased to help people get off the streets and back into more normal society. This has been funded by the incredible generosity of twelve local church goers who have each donated £10,000 to fund the purchase. They deserve to be warmly thanked for their actions.

3.       Tram Petition
Our MP, Anna Soubry, organised a petition calling on the County Council to provide aid for shops hit by the tram works. This was supported by Liberal Democrat and Conservative County Councillors. The petition has been signed by over 3,000 local residents and will be presented to the County Council at a meeting on Thursday.

4.       Promotional  Video’s
Broxtowe Borough Council have been working with media students from Nottingham Trent University to produce a series of promotional video’s. Three have been produced, covering glass recycling, the Helpful Bureaux in Stapleford and responsible dog ownership. These can be seen at

5.       Nuthall War Memorial
Broxtowe Borough Council have agreed to provide a grant to Nuthall Parish Council to help create Nuthall’s first outdoor war memorial. However the Parish Council are still appealing for more funds to complete the project. If you would like to help please contact the parish clerk, Sue Stack, on 0115 951 5717.

6.       Stapleford Community Safety Event
There will be an event at Hickings Lane Recreation Ground on Wednesday 28th May from 2pm to 4pm where residents can raise issues with the police, fire brigade and local councillors. Free cycle servicing and bike security measures are also available. For more information ring the borough council on 917 3625.

7.       Speeding Motorists
New figures released this week showed that last year 73.946 people were caught speeding in Nottinghamshire, which works out at more than 150 people a day. This is the figure for people caught by speed camera’s, and so on top of this there will be those who were caught by police officers as well.

8.       Ambulance Service Staff
Over the last few months I have highlighted a number of problems which have been reported about East Midlands Ambulance Service. Now figures have been released which show that the number of EMAS staff off sick with stress has trebled over the past five years, so that last year there were 217 incidents which led to a total of 48,156 working days being lost to stress. Low morale amongst the staff is being blamed for the figures.

9.       Dog micro-chipping
Broxtowe pet owners will be able to get their dogs microchipped free of charge at Coronation Park in Eastwood on Thursday 29th May from 9.30 until 11.30 a.m. No booking is necessary and owners are able to simply turn up.

10.   Beeston Bus Station
A disagreement has broken out between the borough and county council’s over the future of Beeston bus station. A new transport exchange is being built as part of the tram works, and officers of the borough council want to close the old bus station when the new one opens so that we can get on with developing the area as a new shopping centre, but the County Council want to keep the old bus station open for some time to ensure that there are no teething troubles with the new interchange first. A decision will be taken by the borough council’s cabinet on Tuesday.

11.   Good Neighbour
Congratulations to Kimberley resident Jeff Buck for winning the Nottingham Post good neighbour award for this year. Jeff is the motivational force behind Rumbletums in Kimberley, as well as the local branch of the Nottingham Credit Union and his award is richly deserved.

12.   WEA
Following on from the last item, the Kimberley branch of the WEA is re-launching at an event at Rumbletums on Wednesday 18th June (7.30pm). This will be an illustrated talk on the recent history of Kimberley by Roy Plumb, Kimberley resident and local historian. The event takes place during national Adult Learners' Week and will herald the start of a new push to promote and facilitate adult learning in Kimberley and the surrounding area through WEA courses.

13.   Eastwood Housing Application
A planning application has been submitted to the borough council to demolish part of the Great Northern Road Industrial estate in Eastwood and replace it with housing. This would include a number of low cost and starter homes. The council will decide on this in due course.

14.   Newark
You may be aware that I have been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Newark by election. I’m deeply humbled to have been granted this honour by the party and I’m looking forward to an interesting campaign. For the next four weeks I’ll be combining campaigning in Newark with my role as a local councillor for Bramcote.

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

Best wishes

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Sunday, 4 May 2014

Broxtowe Enews 4th May 2014

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. I hope that everyone had a good Easter. I took a slightly longer break from the newsletter than I had originally intended, simply because I had so much work on last week that I couldn’t get an edition prepared. We’re back to normal now though.

1.       New Cycling Centre
A new cycling centre has opened in Beeston, run by Travel Rght. Based at the Hetley Pearson Recreation Ground the centre will be offering free cycle hire, lessons and group rides. More details can be found at

2.       Attenborough Nature Reserve
To bring the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of Nottinghamshire wildlife trust to a close there will be a series of activities at Attenborough nature reserve next weekend. The programme includes on Friday 9th May the Big 50 2013 Talk from 6pm - 7pm, an Evening Bird Walk from 7pm - 9pm (cost £2), Moth trapping from 9pm - 11pm (cost £2), a Bat Walk from 8pm - 11pm (cost £5 with limited places remaining). On Saturday 10th May - Free walks and talks including Pond dipping from 10-4, (just come along), a Plant ID walk from 9am - 11am, a Ladybird Walk from 10am - 12noon and 1pm - 3pm, Slugs & Snails from 11am - 1pm, a Family wildlife walk from 12noon - 2pm, a Butterfly Walk from 2pm - 4pm, Hoverflies, Bees and Wasps from 3pm - 5pm and Aquatic Plants from 4pm - 6pm. Please book in advance for these. Finally on Sunday 11th May there is a Family Fun Day. There is no need to book for this, just come along from 10.30am and join in the fun - Plant stall, bird ID, help in the hides and drop in craft activities with a wildlife theme.

3.       Beeston Civic Society Open Meeting
On Friday 9th  May Beeston Civic Society have organised a meeting entitled “A New Deal for Beeston Continuum.” This follows on from a meeting in January to decide on what Beeston's needs are following the arrival of The Tram. Beestonia editor Matt Goold will be chairing the meeting at John Clifford School, Nether Street, Beeston, NG9 2AT at 7.30.p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

4.      Freedom of Entry Parade
On Saturday 17 May, members of 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group will exercise their Freedom of Entry to march through Kimberley. The serving soldiers will be joined by veterans from the Royal Engineers Association and the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers (Volunteers).  The Parade will march through Kimberley Town Centre, starting at 11.00 am. Following the Parade, a 30 minute outdoor Drum Head Service will be held in Hall Om Wong Park.

5.       Beeston Shopmobility
 Beeston Shopmobility has been in operation for 14 years, and is now based at Cavendish Lodge, Devonshire Avenue, telephone number 0115 9173077.  They operate with a team of volunteers, Mondays to Saturdays 52 weeks a year, opening times 10.30 am to 3.00 pm.  It is a local charity managed and manned by unpaid volunteers, with a fleet of mobility scooters and wheelchairs for hire to people with mobility problems to use in Beeston town centre, typically for a couple of hours. It also allows its members to hire out for longer periods i.e. for holidays or if a disabled relative is visiting.  On Saturday 24th May Beeston Shopmobility will have an Open Day when its premises will be officially opened by the Mayor of Broxtowe, all are welcome to have a go on a mobility scooter and meet our volunteers

6.       HMS Sherwood
The Royal Naval Reserves have a new one million pound home in Toton. HMS Sherwood’s new building was officially opened by HRH Prince Michael of Kent. Prince Michael also hosted a reception at County Hall to thank local employers who hire and support Reserves and to encourage more employers to recruit Reservists.

7.       Bramcote Old Church Tower AGM
On Thursday 8 May Bramcote Old Church Tower AGM  will take place at St Michael's Church, Bramcote, starting at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend. Following this on Saturday Bramcote Old Church Tower  Dance Night  takes place at the Memorial Hall, Bramcote, starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are £10 and all proceeds raised will go to the restoration of the Tower.

8.       Sunnyside Road Post Office, Beeston
The Royal Mail are considering upgrading the Sunnyside Road Post Office to one of their new “local” branches. They are asking for customers opinions first. To have a say go to and enter the branch code 33022799.

9.       New Mayor
This coming Wednesday the annual council meeting will be held at the Town Hall in Beestoin where my colleague Stan Heptinstall will be installed as the new mayor of the borough. I am delighted that Stan is being given this honour, which recognises his long term work for and commitment to the residents of Broxtowe. I doubt that there has ever been a more popular mayor.

10.   Boundary Review
The Boundary Commission has now published its recommendations for new ward boundaries in Broxtowe. There are some minor changes to boundaries in Beeston between Beeston West, Beeston Rylands and Beeston Central, but the biggest proposed changes are that Trowell, Cossall and Awsworth are to be merged to create one new ward with two councillors and Attenborough is to be merged with Chilwell East to create a new three councillor ward. Full details of the proposals and how to make comments are at

11.   Nottingham Credit Union, Kimberley
Nottingham Credit Union Access and Information point in Kimberley is now open every Wednesday morning from 10.00am to 12.00 (it was previously open on a Tuesday).  People can come along to Rumbletums Cafe on Victoria Street to find out about all the products and services available through the credit union (including current accounts, savings accounts and loans) and can join the credit union there too. No appointment is necessary; just come along. If people want to join the credit union though, they need to bring two proofs of identity, one of which confirms their address and £4 in the form of cash or a cheque (a £3 membership fee and minimum £1 deposit to open an account). More details are available at

12.   Bramcote Blues Football Club
Bramcote Blues have sent the following message:  “We are currently moving forward with the under 11 team in to next seasons nine a side league, but at present we only have 7 players and need to get another four players to make a good team.  If anyone in the community would like their son to play football and join the team, they would be very welcome.  The age restriction is they need need to be 11 during the term starting September 2014 (or starting Year 6 in school). We train on a Wednesday at the moment on the Bramcote Playing Fields (next to the Leisure Centre) between 5.30 – 6.45 and then play in the Young Elizabethan League on a Saturday from Sept to May.  We are a friendly club and would like to maintain a local club in the Bramcote, Stapleford, Beeston area and within the Nottingham League that plays against teams of the same age around Nottingham.  If we are unable to find any additional players, then we will probably have to close, which means that our currently committed team of 7 players will be without a team.  So we are keen to maintain the team in Bramcote. Contact: Alastair Luff on 0115 9258029 or email.”

13.   Disruption in Beeston
Residents shopping in Beeston on Friday lunchtimemay have encountered significant disruption. Unfortunately a suspected unexploded bomb was uncovered by the tram works in Middle Street. Nottinghamshire police said that the device was thought to be from pre-the Second World War and was not live, although obviously this wasn’t known at the time.

14.   Record Breakers
290 pupils from Chetwynd primary school in Toton are now world record holders. They took part in the world’s largest ever three legged race, running 200 metres at a track at the Chetwynd garrison. The event was organised to raise money for the soldiers charity ‘Walking with the Wounded.’

15.   New Industrial Buildings
Plans have been submitted to the Borough Council for a new industrial site in Stapleford. The application is to build two large buildings and a storage building on Bessell Lane. This will be determined by the Borough Council in due course.

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

Best wishes

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