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Issue Date: 01 April 2014



AS BEESTON looks ahead to a new tram system and town centre Square, it’s an exciting time in Broxtowe. Borough residents are being urged to have their say on how they would like to see the town improve for the future.

The questionnaire is available online at and is quick and easy to fill in, using a series of drop down boxes to rate a number of ideas in order of priority, as well as providing an opportunity to give their own, practical and fundable suggestions.

There are many opportunities and initiatives that could make Beeston a better place to work, shop, visit and relax. Options include replacing street furniture, introducing free accessible Wi-Fi across the town centre, improving Christmas decorations, a TV screen in The Square and installing a new sculpture.

Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration at Broxtowe Borough Council, Councillor David Watts said: “This is an important time for Broxtowe and the views of local residents are extremely important to the Council to ensure that Beeston is a place with quality amenities for local residents, businesses and shoppers alike.”

Broxtowe Borough Council are keen to hear from as many residents, business and shoppers as possible and will be promoting the questionnaires across the borough including through Beeston BID and Beeston and District Civic Society.

Anyone who would like a hardcopy of the questionnaire should look out for the Town Centres Team stall at Beeston Market.

The questionnaire will run on the Council’s website until Monday 30th June.

For more information, contact Broxtowe Borough Council on 0115 917 3043, email or to have your say.

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Issue Date: 11 MARCH 2014


BROXTOWE RESIDENTS are being reminded that their brown-lidded garden waste collections will now be on the same day as their recycling collection.

The garden waste collection service started again this week, following the introduction of a new payment scheme. Over 8000 subscribers have already signed up.

Those residents that have subscribed to the service will have their first garden waste collection the week after their payment has been processed.

Requests for additional bins have been far greater than anticipated and to meet demand the Council is sourcing additional stock. These additional bins will be delivered to residents in early April. Until then residents will be asked to place their garden waste in bags at the edge of their property for collection.

Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Richard Robinson said: “The Council appreciates that changes to services can cause confusion and uncertainty so we are ensuring that the website is kept up to date with all the new information, including an FAQ page to answer any concerns from residents.

“The Council would like to thank Broxtowe residents for their support and we are delighted to see that so many of our residents are committed to being green and taking advantage of an extended all year round service.”

Thanks to the fantastic response from its green residents the introduction of service charges for Broxtowe Borough Council garden waste collection scheme looks set to be an unprecedented success.

Residents can still subscribe to the scheme in one of the following ways:

·         Sign up to the service by using the online ‘Garden Waste Service Form’ using this link

·         Registering at one of the Council’s cash offices in Beeston, Eastwood and Stapleford

·         By credit or debit card by contacting 0115 917 7777

·         Returning the reply slip with a cheque, (reply slip) provided on the leaflet currently being delivered to households in the borough

For full details of the waste and recycling collections schemes contact Broxtowe Borough Council on 0115 917 7777, email  or visit  for more details and FAQs.


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Anna Soubry……..Newsletter

Hello again,

Just a few matters – there’s some potentially very good news for all small businesses in Beeston struggling with the tram works, but we now need  Notts County Council to give their support.
My thanks to everyone who came to last week’s “drop in” surgery in the Rylands. I will be holding more across the constituency – next week the team and I will be outside Sainsbury’s in Kimberley.
Finally, if you saw Question Time on Thursday you will know I am a lot better!  Thank you for all the get well messages.  Being  ‘laid up’ means I have quite a back log of emails and constituents to see so please bear with me.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend,
As ever,

The honest truth is this; it’s going to be, at best, bad for at least the next 4-5 months. I was given various assurances that important junctions and lights are properly monitored and problems dealt with as quickly as possible. Please don’t shoot the messenger! What we can all do is keep NET informed of any problems especially if you do Twitter use the has tags @NETPhaseTwo and @MyNottingham.

This is the stuff of madness! Many residents who have lost chunks of their garden to the tram along with their privacy and security want 3 metre high fencing. Jon Collins doesn’t have a problem with it but our very own Broxtowe Borough Council leader, Milan Ra dulovic does. He is adamant residents can only have 2.4 metres with a trellis on top. I have asked Milan to come and visit residents and see the problem for himself. I am hoping Milan, who is essentially a good man, will take up this offer and then agree to these perfectly reasonable requests.High and Chilwell Roads
I was assured the road will be open for business in July. Jon Collins has agreed to visit traders along with collegues from the County Council.

Lower and Fletcher Roads
Poor lighting and workers taking residents car parking spaces were just some of the problems almost fixed within hours of my raising them at the meeting


Trent Vale Sports Ground future dominates Rylands “drop in”

Thank you to everyone who attended last Saturday’s “drop in” surgery in Beeston Rylands.

The overwhelming majority of people came to discuss plans for up to 250 new homes in the area with 28 more on the Trent Vale Sports Ground. There wasn’t any objection in principle to the main site of housing but there was concern about how the existing roads would cope with the extra traffic.  However, there was considerable opposition to plans for a two storey Sports and Social Club on the Trent Vale Sports Ground.

I very much support improving sport facilities for the use of everyone in the Rylands. However, I am far from convinced that the former Plessey Social Club (which is a great place) should be moved down to that part of the Rylands.

At this stage it is important residents are properly consulted with. I have met the developers who struck me as reasonable people and my letter to them will reflect the variety of views I have received in the last week or so. My thanks to everyone who has contacted me so far.


Did I read that correctly?If you support and follow my campaign to protect our Green Belt from  housing development you may well have just asked that question. The answer is yes – over 270 houses in the pipe line on brown field land and no mention in Broxtowe’s contr oversial plans to allow thousands of houses on our Green Belt. As you might imagine I will be asking whether the plans in the Rylands (which I am told could see building start later this year) will mean a reduction in the houses Broxtowe’s wants to allow on Green Belt land at Stapleford and Toton …..


Unfortunately, my recent illness prevented me from voting in favour of banning smoking in cars where children are passengers; I was very pleased the vote was won. During my time as Public Health Minister I spoke in favour of new laws to standardise cigarette packaging and ban smoking in cars with children present. I am very pleased to see these important measures gaining support.
Saturday 1 March
Boogie Night at Rumbletums 
7.15pm – 9.30pm
Rumbletums, 2 Victoria Street, Kimberley
Disco for young people with learning disabilities, their family and friends.

Cost:  £3 including snacks.

Monday 3 March
Bramcote CAT Meeting 
7pm -8.30pm
Memorial Hall, Church Street, Bramcote  
Tuesday 4 March
Chilwell East CAT Meeting  
7pm – 8.30pm
College House Junior School
Wednesday 5 March
Charity Tea Dance In Beeston  
1.30pm – 4.30pm
Beeston Youth and Community Centre, NG9 1GL 
Please click here for more details.
Saturday 8 March
Drop-In Surgery – Kimberley  
10am til 12pm
Sainsbury’s Supermarket, Main Street, Kimberley, NG16  2LY

Your opportunity to meet with me to discuss any issues you may have.  I will be situated in the foyer.

WOW Ball – Charity Event
7pm til late!
The Village Hotel, Chilwell 

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News Release Issue Date: 24 February 2014 CHANGES TO GARDEN WASTE COLLECTIONS

News Release

Issue Date: 24 February 2014

CHANGES TO GARDEN WASTE COLLECTIONS   FROM 10 MARCH 2014, Broxtowe Borough Council will be introducing a small charge for garden waste collections. Leaflets have been issued to local residents. Cabinet Member for Environment, Councillor Richard Robinson said: “Regrettably, the Council has decided that in order to balance its books it can no longer find the funding to offer a free garden waste collection service. “Garden waste collection is not a compulsory service and the recent tough budget cuts have meant we have had to review this to make necessary savings. Broxtowe is one of the last Council’s in the local area to make this decision and start charging.”

“Although there will be a charge for garden waste collections, residents will benefit from an extended all year round, fortnightly service, which at £1.25 per collection is great value for money.”

Garden waste will only be collected from brown-lidded bins. For residents already in possession of brown-lidded bins the fee is £20 service charge for any number of brown-lidded bins (First year only and thereafter at the full rate per bin). For those requiring a brown lidded bin and service the fee is £30.

Additional bins are available at £10 each.

Residents who would like the Council to collect their garden waste can do so in the following ways:

You can sign up to the service by using the online ‘Garden Waste Service Form’ using this link

  • Registering at one of the Council’s cash offices in Beeston, Eastwood and Stapleford
  • By credit or debit card by contacting 0115 917 7777
  • Or by returning the reply slip with a cheque, (reply slip) provided on the leaflet currently being delivered to households in the borough

Residents are being advised not to use their green-lidded bin for garden waste as it will not be collected.

Collections will be fortnightly on the same day as the green-lidded bin is emptied March – November inclusive and additional monthly collections December to February. Exact dates for the additional collections will be confirmed shortly.

The garden collection dates on existing calendars no longer apply.

For more information please contact Broxtowe Borough Council on 0115 917 7777, email  or  for more details and FAQs.

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AS THE UK TRIES to recover from an “almost unparalleled” flooding crisis, winds of over 100mph and one of the wettest winters on record so far, forecasters warned that there is yet more severe weather to come.

Broxtowe Borough Council in Nottingham via the Department of Communities and Local Government has advised COBRA, the government’s national emergencies committee that they could provide 1000 sandbags if necessary to help with the flooding emergency.

“This is a major emergency and our sympathies go out to all those who have been effected.  We are also prepared to do our bit to help if we can, said Councillor Milan Radulovic, Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council.

“Sandbags can provide a short term and relatively cheap way to manage flooding, but only if they are filled and placed correctly so we are pleased to be able to help if needed, even if it’s only in a small way.”

The severe weather is set to continue and the Council has also updated its own severe weather pages to provide the public with useful information should there be local problems. Visit the website at  to find out more.

In the event of heavy rain and rising water levels, the public are urged to monitor the situation at or contact the Environment Agency Flood Line on 0845 988 1188 for up to date information on flooding levels nationally.


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Anna Soubry Latest News

Hello again,

I have some important news for people in Trowell who oppose plans for an open cast coal mine near to the village and some encouraging news for all of us who want the positive benefits of HS2.

I attended Holocaust Memorial Day in Bramcote today with the Mayor of Broxtowe, Cllr Iris White, the Leader of the Borough Council, Milan Radulovic and a very good turn out of people from throughout the constituency. Please read on for that and other news.

As ever,


Beeston business forced out by the tram worksGreenfingers, a

well established business on the Chilwell end of High Road is moving out of the Beeston area because of the tram works. Greenfingers owner Sharon Breedon wrote to me as follows;
“After 18 years of trading we are having to re-locate before our business finishes altogether, as you can imagine we are gutted.We just hope our loyal customers will continue to support us.

I feel so sorry for all the businesses trying to hold it together and I pray they succeed. Although my head tells me there will be very little left of the thriving Beeston we used to know.”

Greenfingers are relocating to Cossall.

The tram works are well behind schedule; the recent traffic gridlock has made an already dreadful situation on our roads even worse. I am seeking an urgent meeting with NET, the City and Borough Councils for assurances that the works will finish on time, proper traffic management systems are in place and all businesses throughout the Beeston area are contacted as a matter of priority to help anyone struggling. Without this sort of proactive approach Beeston and Chilwell will not be able to take advantage of the benefits promised by the tram.

Yes to HS2 Hub – no to hundreds of homes  

I have tonight spoken to the Chair of HS2 Sir David Higgins about Broxtowe Borough Council’s plans for a minimum of 500 houses at Toton Sidings – the site of the planned HS2 East Midlands hub.

Sir David expressed his surprise and made it clear that the site at Toton must allow full connection to the tram terminus and other transport links. I also gave my view that a project of this importance needs a capable and visionary planning authority – which I regret to say is not Broxtowe.

I will now write to the Inspector and Sir David asking that HS2 is called to the re opened Inquiry to give evidence.

There was a good turnout for yesterday’s meeting in support of positive sustainable development at the planned HS2 East Midlands hub at Toton Sidings. Congratulations to Michelle Patel and Mia who organised the meeting on behalf of South Broxtowe 2020
The majority of people oppose Broxtowe Borough Council’s decision to allow a minimum of 500 houses on the site and support the sort of economic development that HS2 promises.We all agree there must be no decision to allow any housing on the Green Belt land at the Sidings until we know whether the  HS2 Hub is coming to Toton. That decision will be made by the end of the year.

Join the campaign for positive and sustainable development from HS2 by emailing or by calling 07732 402 283.
Hovis sell off

Premier Foods, owners of the Hovis bakery in Watnall, have  sold 51% of  Hovis to the Gores Group (an American private equity orgnaisation). In return there will be  £45 million investment into the Hovis brand.

This is obviously worrying but the huge investment is good news for our Watnall bakery which I visited a few weeks ago. I was told then that new investment would make an already great bakery even better.

I have made enquiries with Premier Foods, and understand that there will be no job losses at Watnall and that all current staff are expected to transfer to the joint venture, following a brief consultation period.


Thank you to everyone who attended Saturday’s “drop in” surgery in Trowell. I was particularly pleased to meet campaigners battling to stop the planned Open Cast coal mine at Shortwood Farm.

A petition has been organised which everyone in Trowell is being urged to sign. There are copies in the newsagents, Post Office, Festival Inn, Parish Hall and Dr John Doddy’s surgery in Stapleford. The petition supports my request to Eric Pickles to “call in” the decision taken last month by Notts County Council.

We also want to visit every house in Trowell with the petition. If you can help please email Lyn Harley on or call Noleen Potts on 0115 9194242.

Holocaust Memorial Day
Children from St John’s Primary C of E school in Stapleford joined two hundred people in the Bramcote Memorial Garden to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. We were joined by Holocaust survivor Bob Norton and Amdani Juma who survived the genocide in Rwanda; both spoke with great dignity as they told their terrible story.
6 million Jews were murdered in the Nazi Camps as were thousands of other people because they were disabled, or gay or a gypsy.Prejudice, ignorance and fear if left unchallenged and unchecked can become hatred and discrimination and if tolerated lead to the sorts of genocide we remembered today.

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News letter from Cllr Steve Barber

Traffic Problems

I hardly need to mention the horrendous traffic problems we have had this week. On Monday everything ground to a halt and it didn’t seem much better on Tuesday. I am fortunate in as much as I didn’t need a car this week so I was able to use the train or cycle in to town, but I really feel for those who needed to drive in. First thing on Monday I brought this up with NET who told me that the phasing was wrong on the traffic lights at the end on University Boulevard (Radio Nottingham talked of little else all day). This was meant to have been fixed later in the day. Today I brought up this and the whole issue of tramworks in Beeston with City Councillor Jane Urquhart and senior City officers; they have asked to be kept informed. Appreciating that things are bad but we are where we are, it would be helpful if you could let me know how things pan out over the next few days, so I can pass it on. Accurate journey times (good and bad) would be helpful. Thanks.

Civic Society

Beeston Civic Society is a local active group, celebrating their 40th anniversary. They hope to have considerable influence over the future of Beeston and hold monthly meetings.They meet at John Clifford School at 7:30 on the second Friday of the month and their program can be viewed here. The next meeting has John Hess (BBC fame) as guest speaker on 14 Feb.


Learner Drivers

I’ve had a number of positive responses from driving schools and from the Test Centre regarding the number of Learner Drivers. The Test Centre have put up a notice about it. Please let me know if there is a noticeable improvement or otherwise.

Dog Dirt

This has once again reared it’s ugly head again. There seems to be a particular problem around the lock at the moment and I have asked the Dog Warden to attend. There are bins and there aren’t excuses.


Best Wishes and feedback welcome.



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