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. Newark By Election
As regular readers will know I was the Lib-Dem candidate for the Newark by election. The result was very disappointing but we were probably outspent a thousand times over by the Conservatives. My small team did all that we could be a lot of our supporters voted Conservative to stop UKIP winning. I enjoyed the campaign but I’m looking forward to getting back to normality now.
2. “Racist” Constituents
The press got very excited this week about comments that our MP made saying that some constituents were racist. Unfortunately this puts the wrong slant on what Anna said. The point that she was making was that when you discuss the facts on immigration with most people their concerns are alleviated. Perhaps Anna’s choice of words wasn’t the best but the point she was trying to make was correct.
3. Stapleford History Society
The next meeting of the Stapleford and District History Society will be on Wednesday 11th June at the Maycliffe Hall on Toton Lane, starting at 7.30pm. The subject is Mary Ellen Shaw (1859-1926) and admission is £2.50.
4. Axe Attack on Attenborough Nature Reserve
I was disgusted to hear yesterday that the visitors centre at Attenborough Nature Reserve could not open when it was meant to as vandals had attacked the bridge to the centre with an axe! The centre is the jewel in the crown of an excellent reserve and for people to act like this is absolutely disgraceful. It can’t even have been an opportunistic attack as someone had to take the axe there in the first place! Thankfully the centre was able to open later in the day.
5. Bramcote Litter Pick
This is advance notice for Bramcote residents that my fellow Bramcote councillors and I will be organising another community litter pick in the village on 30th August. More details will be provided in due course.
6. Speed Skaters
At the British Speed Skating Championships held at the National Ice Centre in Nottingham on 25 and 26 May 2014 Andrew Martin from Bramcote won the Bronze Medal for the aged 14 group and Kyle Ross-Waddell, also from Bramcote, won the Silver Medal for the aged 12 group. Congratulations to them both.
7. Hemlock Happening
Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s Hemlock Happening and especially to those who took part. I’d like to congratulate my colleague Stan Heptinstall who is in charge of organising this each year and who arranged for the rain to stop just as the event started! Both of my children took part and thoroughly enjoyed the day, as always.
8. Model makers
A new club has been formed in Chilwell for local model makers. Anyone aged over 35 who is interested in learning more about arts and crafts is invited to join the group which will meet at 56 Longleat Crescent every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm. The sessions have disabled access. For more details phone Pauline Day on 0115 925 9989.
9. Chilwell Road
At long last Chilwell Road in Beeston is open to traffic. It has been closed for many months for the tram work, and work will continue for the next few months. However traffic can now travel down the road again.
10. New Curate
Brinsley and Eastwood Church of England churches have a new curate. Anna Alls has been appointed as curate of St Mary’s Eastwood, St James in Brinsley and also a church in Underwood. Congratulations to her on her new role. She lives in Brinsley.
11. Eastwood Cemetery Chapel
The council have launched a consultation with local residents about the future of the cemetery chapel in Eastwood which was gutted by fire in April. Local residents are being asked to give their views on a range of options from a complete rebuild to demolition. The survey will close at the end of this month and decisions will be made very quickly afterwards.
12. Power for Kimberley
Work is now starting on a £5 million scheme to improve power supplies in Kimberley. This includes a new sub-station in Watnall and new cabling and the result should be that there are less power cuts for local residents.
13. Sunnyside Post Office
Sunnyside Post Office in Beeston has now closed for a refurbishment. It will reopen on 13th June at 1pm and when reopened will then have longer opening hours, from 6am to 9pm. These longer opening hours are certainly to be welcomed.
14. Grass Verges
A number of people have contacted me about the fact that once again this year the grass verges do not appear to have been cut as they should have been. I have made enquiries about this with the council and will report back next week. I apologise that I haven’t responded to the various comments about this in individual emails but due to the Newark by election I have been pretty busy over the last few days.
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