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Steve Barber update

Plessey Site update

As I promised; I now have an update on the application for the Plessey Site:

Negotiations have been on-going regarding school places. Clearly the Rylands Junior School will need expanding to take care of the need generated by the additional housing. However, we need to think ahead and be in a position for further expansion should the Boots/Severn Trent applications go ahead. With that in mind the following modifications have been made to the application:

▪ The total number of residences; 285, remains the same.

▪ No housing on the Trent Vale Sports Ground (there were to be 28), this land will be reserved for “sports pitch/leisure expansion”.

▪ 0.35 Ha land immediately made available next to the school for expansion.

▪ 0.74Ha land made available for future school expansion, the above two plots to be taken out of the main site behind the Trent Vale Road properties, up to and inc. behind no 23.

▪ More housing / less commercial land on the main site.

The last point is probably the most controversial. It is land owned by Notts County Council who are prepared to swop it for land owned by the applicant, actually the County get just over 1 Ha for 0.67 Ha. There will also be a net gain of land on the sports field which will remain as leisure use.▪ The 0.67 Ha playing field site adjacent to Trent Vale Road and on the corner of Trent Road to be used for housing.

Neighbours and those who have written in should receive notification about this new application in the next few days. There is a further consultation period and of course following this further alterations could be made, before it comes before the Development Control Committee probably on 8 October. The detailed plans should be on the Broxtowe website in the morning. In the meantime I have the revised Masterplan, email me if you would like a copy.



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Steve Barber, latest news.

Events Galore

This weekend is a busy one for Beeston and especially the Rylands we have:

Canalside Heritage Centre at the Boat and Horses
Saturday from 10am to 4pm;
* Traditional Folk music and Morris dancing
* Vintage Bus Service and display
* Refreshments, cake stall and Tombola
* All manner of heritage displays, including corn dollies, spinning, weaving, bobbin lace, proddy rug making, crochet and embroidery.
* Narrow boat trips from the lock

I understand there will be a record (for Beeston ) number of Morris and folk dancers present. This looks like a big one! All proceeds are towards the Canal Heritage Centre which has now raised 93% of the necessary money to provide this terrific facility.

Rylands Community Fair at Trent Vale Infant School
Saturday 12 noon to 3 pm
This is a free event for everyone to enjoy. There will be hot food, ice cream, ponies, sports games, local groups and much more. Come along to see what the Rylands has to offer.

Beeston Heritage Open Days

This takes place over the weekend with 25 venues throughout the town. For example there will be a talk on the Archaeology unearthed during the tramworks (Sat 11-3 with a talk at 1pm) at Bartons on Chilwell Road or see the oldest frame knitting machine (over 200 years old) still in regular commercial production working in the shawl factory next door.

Boots Planning Application

We have now received the first planning application for the Boots site, which is for the new road and other infrastructure, click The formal consultation process started on 8 September and runs to the 29 September, use the link to make representations or write to the Council planning department with reference number above. As can be seen from here the road access from Beeston will be at the current Lilac Grove entrance; I am anxious that this will also serve any housing developments on the Severn Trent land and there will be no vehicular access from the Meadow Road end. This is in addition to the applications received by the City Council for development on their side of the boundary. Please let me know what you think.

Plessey Site

The application for the Plessey site is further advanced, it should have been decided last night but there has been a delay whilst a few points are sorted out . I should have more detail early next week and I shall send out a special Newsletter once I know. If you have any thoughts on the changes you will need to act quickly as we hope to bring it to the Development Control Committee meeting on 8 October. In the meantime watch this space!

Tram Tracks and Cycles

There have been a number of incidents with cyclists on roads with tram tracks. I have always pressed for as much safety as possible and called for the flangeways to be filled until the roads are properly marked out and the kerbside obstructions are removed, this happened in Porthmadog North Wales. Two of my friends who have come a cropper agree with me. I shall admit that a few years ago I learnt the hard way when I came off in the Old Market Square so I welcome a training initiative. On Thursday 18 Sept 6pm to 8pm and Sat 20 Sept 10am to midday, free cakes and cycle training wrt tram lines are available. Turn up with your bike at the cycle stands outside Tesco on Station Road for a tour around various locations where this is important.

Best Wishes, and I’ll be in touch once I know more about Plessey.


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Anna Soubry, Latest News

Hello again,
It has been a particularly busy week mainly thanks to the Invictus Games which finishes on Sunday. As the Minister for Veterans, I have a special interest in the event which has seen teams of wounded former service men and women from all round the world, in competition.

There is a lot of constituency news – notably about next week’s important vote on the future of our Green Belt land.

There are some great events this weekend so please scroll on down to the Diary section;  a special plug for the Forever Stars Ball on October 3rd. This is a Broxtowe based charity to raise money for facilities at the QMC for parents who have suffered a still birth. Get your tickets now please! And don’t forget the “and finally …”!
As ever,

Save Our Green Belt – vital Council meeting on Wednesday.

Broxtowe Borough Council meets on Wednesday to decide whether to give the go ahead to their controversial “Core Strategy”, which would allow thousands of houses on our Green Belt land.
Today, I met the Planning and Housing Minister, Brandon Lewis and his officials and as a result have written to Eric Pickles asking him to intervene. It would be a first, but I believe Broxtowe’s plans, which I accept have been approved by the Planning Inspector, are so at odds with Government policy that Green Belt land should not be built on save for exceptional circumstances, they require scrutiny at the highest level. I know there will be legal action based on similar grounds.

In my letter to Eric I also rely on Broxtowe’s bad plans for Toton and express my view, which is shared by many others, that if HS2 is to provide the many benefits it promises, we need world class economic development at Toton Sidings, not over 500 houses.

The Council meet on Wednesday at 7pm. Save Broxtowe’s Greenbelt is planning a demonstration at the Town Hall in Beeston.

One of the reasons so many people are opposed to Broxtowe’s plan is that it puts housing development on Green Belt land before building homes on our brown field sites. Developers have applied to build 675 homes on the Boots site and a further 280 in Beeston Rylands – both brown field sites that should be developed long before we give away our precious Green Belt land.

White Hills Park Federation plans

I have written to the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan about the Federation’s plans for £20 million of new school buildings and other improvements. Schools Minister, David Laws has assured me that any plan to sell land can only be done with the consent of the Sec. of State who will want to be satisfied the Federation has consulted with the local community and Borough Council.
Alderman White has applied for “priority school funding” and I will add my support to their application which I hope will help considerably with this important project.

Stapleford Carnival’s Iron Ladies!

It was really good to see so many friendly and familiar faces at last week’s Stapleford Carnival. Mind you it was my first encounter with the Man of Iron’s Ladies darts team. This  great bunch of women raise serious money for various charities and are worthy of all support. 

Kimberley Town Council update
There continues to be considerable concern about the running of Kimberley Town Council. I have spoken to the auditors, Grant Thornton, who say they hope to present the accounts by the end of the month, but are investigating the various complaints raised by former Councillors and myself about the lack of transparency and other matters concerning the Council’s finances.

I have written to Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Cimmunities and Local government following representations from five former Councillors. The Council is not being properly run and we are further concerned that complaints to Broxtowe Borough Council were not acted upon. There is a real need to ensure proper recourse for people facing a rogue town or parish council and I understand the Government is looking at how we can improve the system. 10 out of 15 Councillors has now resigned including 2 Green, 1 Labour and 1 Conservative.

Meanwhile, former Town Councillor and Green Party member, Kat Boettge has accepted a fresh apology from Kimberley Town and Borough Councillor, Andy Cooper, who used highly offensive and racist language against Kat in an email to all Councillors and the Town Clerk. However, Kat has repeated her call for Cooper to resign, which he continues to refuse to do.
Andy failed to see the person when he chose to insult Kat and instead saw her nationality. In law race and nationality are the same.
Former Town Councillor, Labour’s Janet Pearce, who is the tenth Councillor to resign, was the first to describe Coopers comments as racist and offensive.
However, local Labour supporters rushed to Coopers defence launching a rather vicious attack on any of us daring to call for his resignation. This has been a shameful episode. If Andy had apologised immediately, understanding why his comment was so offensive, it would have been the end of the matter.

In all of this it has been forgotten that a few years ago, Labour didn’t hesitate to call for a Lib Dem Councillor to resign when he used the utterly vile “n word” in a Council meeting. Councillor Cooper meanwhile is to be sent on a “diversity course”; I hope he is paying for it.

Tram works update
Fencing – result!
Let me be the first to congratulate Broxtowe Borough Councillors who voted unanimously last night for 3.4 metre fencing along the tram route in Chilwell.
Milan Radulovic proposed the change seconded by Chilwell Councillor Richard Jackson. I really do hope this is the end of the matter, for the sake of long suffering residents.
Hotel accommodation for residents
One of the best kept secrets was out this week, as you may have heard and seen on BBC East Midlands Today. Residents on Lower Road have been put up in hotels during all night working. We all agreed not to publicise the arrangements because of security fears. I have called (again) for residents who have suffered so much for almost two years to receive compensation.

Cycling danger
I have had more complaints from cyclists who have suffered really nasty injuries when their bikes became caught in tram tracks. I continue to raise this with NET and will report back.

Bramcote Hills Golf Course – tidy up promised

Following my email to Broxtowe Borough Council, the owners have been contacted and have agreed to tidy up the site off Thoresby Road within the next three weeks.

Rumbletums wins award
Congratulations to Kimberley’s Rumbletums cafe who have been named “Cafe of the Year” by the Kimberley and Eastwood Advertiser.

Nuthall bus plug 

I have received reports that fines issued by Nottinghamshire County Council to motorists using the Nuthall ‘Bus Plug’ on Bank Holidays have been overturned on appeal because of poor signage. Understandably, this has angered constituents who have already paid fines. I am supporting County Councillor Cllr Philip Owen who wants fairness for all. Best of all we want a better system that doesn’t penalise local drivers!

What’s on in Broxtowe and surgery details
Today – Sunday 14 September
Heritage Open Days
Where:  Attenborough, Beeston, Bramcote, Chilwell, Stapleford, Toton and Wollaton.

What’s on:  This year’s Heritage open days are set to be jam packed. For the full line up please click here.

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Saturday 13 September
Rylands Community Fair  

12 noon till 3pm
Where:  Trent Vale Infant School.
What’s on:  There is plenty for everyone to enjoy including sports, bouncy castle, food, drinks, prizes and much more. Entry is Free.
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Grand Ceilidh   
Where:  The Boat and Horses, Trent Road, Beeston, NG91LP.
What’s on:  Special guest appearance of the Black Pig Border Morris Dancers, tickets cost £10 please call 0115 922 9831 for tickets.  All proceeds raised for the Canalside Heritage Centre.
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Craft Fair
10am till 3pm
Where: St Mary’s Church Hall
What’s on: Craft fair with a selection of tables, refreshments will be available too.
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Sunday 14 September
Exhibition of Toton’s past and current archaeology  
Where:  Sports Pavilion, Toton Manor Farm Recreation Ground.
What’s on:  This is part of Beeston and District Civic Society Heritage open day events.
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Monday 15 September
Tea for Two
10am and 1pm
Where:  VAB – Oban House, 8 Chilwell Road, Beeston.
What’s on:  National campaign aimed at breaking down the stigma associated with mental health issues.  Time to change sessions are running every Monday from now until the end of October.  Everyone is welcome but places must be pre-booked, please email
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Beeston Wildlife Group, new talk – Dolphins
7:30pm till 9:30pm
Where:  Trent Vale Infants School.
What’s on:  A slide illustrated talk by Robert Alan-Haven.  For more details please click here.
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Wednesday 17 September
Signposting Course
Where:  Holy Trinity Church, Eastwood Road, Kimberley.
What’s on:  Rumbletums, in partnership with St Patrick’s Holy Trinity Church and the Transforming Notts Together Project will be running the course which is aimed at helping staff and volunteers who come across vulnerable people, to sign post them to external support services. If you would like to attend please call Jeff on 0115 945 9421.
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Thursday 18 September
Chilwell’s Creative Corner
5pm till 9pm
Where:  178 High Road, Chilwell, NG9 5DW.
What’s on:  Open invitation to come to the first official event showcasing; Attik, Created By Hand, Fusion Café, Mish Mash Gallery and Tranquillity.  There will be arts and crafts demonstrations, music and special offers.  Please click here to visit the website.
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Friday 19 September – Sunday 21 September
Beeston Food and Drink Weekend   
What’s on:  A weekend celebrating all of Beeston’s food and drink establishments, street food market, farmers market, street entertainment and much more.  Please click here for more details.
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Vintage Tea Parlour
10am till 4pm
Where:  Oban House, 8 Chilwell Road, Beeston.
What’s on:  Homemade cakes, afternoon tea, toasties and much more.
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Saturday 20 September

10am -12pm
Beeston Library
Please call the office for an appointment

Readers Network Event

1:30 till 3:30pm
Where:  Beeston Library.
What’s on:  For anyone who likes reading and talking about books; fiction, nonfiction and poetry. There will be a poetry theme this time, so please bring a poem about a tree – this is optional, there is also the opportunity to swap a poetry book.  The Vintage Pop Up Cafe will also feature.  Any question please contact

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Wednesday 24 September
Cabaret Show – Paul Tayler’s Swing Thing
Where: Boat & Horses, Trent Road, Beeston.
What’s on: Music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s; providing a social evening for people to meet and enjoy the shows. Cost is £5 on the door.
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Friday 26 September
Country Market   
7:30am till 11:45am
Where:  Wollaton Road Methodist Church, Wollaton Road, Beeston.
What’s on:  The market takes place every Friday morning, everything is home grown, home baked and hand crafted.
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Friday 3 October
Forever Stars Gala Dinner    
Where:  East Midlands Conference Centre.
What’s on:  Event in aid of Forever Stars Charity.  Tickets are £45pp, for more information please email
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Sunday 5 October
Kimberley and District Striders 10 Goose Fair Gallop    
Where:  Race starts at Kimberley leisure Centre.
What’s on:  The event involves a 10 Kilometre run along roads, bridle ways and path ways.  For full details please click here.
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Wednesday 8 October
Dig In – Stapleford     
10am till 12 noon
Where:  Albany Allotments site, Pasture Road, Stapleford NG9 8HZ
What’s on:  Dig In is Stapleford’s community allotment, where people from different ages and backgrounds come together to share skills, knowledge and experience of food growing.  – – – – – – – -
Friday 10 October
World Sight Day – Notts – Derby Hemlockstone Lions Club      
10am till 4pm
Where:  Stapleford Care Centre, Church Street.
What’s on:  Celebrating Lions Sight Awareness Week, in trying to prevent sight loss and helping those people with sight loss and impaired vision. They are hoping to attract companies, charities and people involved with sight problems along to the event as well as the general public.
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Saturday 11 October
Autumn Fair – Attenborough and Chilwell Women’s Club       
10am till 12 noon
Where:  Attenborough Village Hall.
What’s on:  Autumn Fair where proceeds go to local charities, there will be stalls, refreshments, raffle, tombola and much more.

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Anna Soubry…..Latest news

Kimberley Residents Meeting – people power!

Hello again,

More than 60 people attended a meeting of Kimberley Residents Association this evening amidst growing concerns about the running of the Town Council. 9 out of 15 original Councillors have resigned amongst them Independents, a Conservative and two Green Party members – most of whom attended the meeting. No-one is suggesting corruption but there is concern that the Council’s reserves have all but been spent and Councillors are consistently denied financial details.
I have already written to the district auditors and will take up all allegations with the Borough Council’s legal department. It now appears there will be a by-election for the two vacancies and I hope voters will exercise their right and send a clear message to the controlling Labour group that they are out of order, undemocratic and spending tax payers’ money irresponsibly.

Pub refurb marks Stapleford on the mend?

I opened the new look Midland Hotel in Stapleford last night and my best wishes to the new landlady, Kate Carlin. The town now has an excellent collection of pubs serving everyone’s needs; with the new Iceland store reaching completion and plans for an Aldi in the town I just get the feeling that Stapleford’s fortunes are on the up. I think there is room for other supermarkets which would complement not out-compete existing independent retailers. In my view local businesses and traders tend to know better than politicians and officials but we need ideas from everyone, a vision and advice from experts.

Save Our Green Belt!

It is more than likely that there will be a legal challenge to the plans for housing development as put forward by Broxtowe, Gedling and Nottingham City Councils. The challenge is likely to come from a group of parish councils outside Broxtowe but if successful could play a huge part in saving our Green Belt from Broxtowe’s plans to allow more than 3,000 houses on it. I understand that STRAG (who I am honoured to work with to stop development on Field Farm in Stapleford) will be supporting the legal challenge.
I particularly support the argument that Broxtowe has failed to look and assess all our brownfield sites – there is growing evidence we can build thousands of new homes on these sites and spare our Green Belt. I will keep you informed of what is happening.

Tram meeting
I am meeting the City and County Councils, NET and constructors tomorrow for our regular get together when I raise constituents’ concerns about the tram works. The recent gridlocks will be high up the list!

Lower/Fletcher/Albert Roads
My thanks to Alison Dobbs who so ably represents and works for residents on Lower/Fletcher and Albert Roads and who has provided me with a troublingly lengthy list of problems.

Broxtowe Council leader Milan Radulovic has assured me he is determined to keep his promise to residents and ensure they get 3m solid with .4 trellis fencing if they want it to screen homes from the tram. TWA have different view on this ridiculous situation which needs sorting along with other problems residents face. I find it staggering that residents who have put up with so much, have lost their peace and quiet, can’t have the ruddy fence they want!

Tram lines catch cyclists

A number of constituents have suffered serious injury after falling from their bikes whilst negotiating the new tram tracks. There clearly is a problem and I have accordingly contacted NET. In turn they have helpfully provided me with details on advice to cyclists. Again I will raise these matters at tomorrows meeting.

Tram fine scandal

I have had a number of very serious complaints about the way passengers have been treated by ticket enforcers on the tram.
In one case a lone female passenger was reduced to tears; everyone who has contacted me commented how they were humiliated, escorted off the tram and made to feel like a “common criminal” because they didn’t know the new system. Pleas to buy a ticket were ignored and a £50 fine issued.
It is a disgraceful way to treat customers and I have written on their behalf asking for an explanation, an apology to constituents (and in one case their children who were also left distressed) and an assurance that this wholly unacceptable behaviour will stop. I have also asked for that staff are properly trained.
If you are one of over 600 people who have been subjected to a £50 fine because you didn’t know the new system, please contact me asap.

Rant on!
I confess I am a fan of the Tram Ranting Room on Facebook (click here ). I am happy to make clear that the NET Phase Two Discussion page is not run by or in any way connected to NET. The uncensored Ranting Room is a great way to let off steam and is a good source of information. The language is sometimes very strong and it gets a tad too personal at times, but then there are a lot of people who are utterly at their wits end because of the huge disruption caused by the tram works. I make it clear again – I like trams but will not support any extension to Kimberley until I am confident the mistakes of Line 2 will not be repeated.

Bouncing to success

Congratulations to gymnasts from Elevate Trampoline club based at Chilwell Olympia, who won two silvers and one gold medal at the first International Trampoline competition in Denmark earlier this month.

New Church in Beeston

Methodist congregations from four churches in Beeston have agreed to come together, sell their places of worship and use the proceeds for a new church in the town. I wish them well and note this is yet more potential housing development not included in the Borough Council’s plans and far more preferable to building on our Green Belt land.
What’s on in Broxtowe
Saturday 30 August
Rumbletums Silver Screen Film Night
Time: 6:45pm
Where: Rumbletums Café, Kimberley.
What’s on: “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” with Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt.
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Proms in the Park
Time: 7pm
Where: Dovecote Lane Recreation Ground.
What’s on: Performances are outdoors so bring chairs/ blankets and an umbrella. For the full line up please click here.
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Sunday 31 August
Awsworth, Cossall and District Villages Produce Association
Time: 9:30am till 11am
Where: The Gate Inn, Awsworth.
What’s on: For the full line up and viewing times please click here.
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Monday 1 September
Bramcote CAT meeting
Time: 7pm till 8:30pm
Where: Bramcote Memorial Hall. This meeting will discuss the controversial plans for new school buildings at White Hills Park Fed.
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Charity Fashion Show and Clothing Sale
Time: 7pm
Where: Kettlebrook Lodge, Kimberley.
What’s on: Tickets cost £5 including a refreshment, please click here for the full details.
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Wednesday 3 September
Open Consultation Event
Time: 6pm till 8pm
Where: The Quadrant, Nuart Road, Beeston, NG9 2NH.
What’s on: Meet with other local businesses owners to network, discuss issues and ideas. Please click here for full details.
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Trowell CAT meeting
Time: 7:30pm till 9pm
Where: Trowell Parish Hall.
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Saturday 6 September
DKam – Dads & Kids in the Morning
Time: 10am till 12pm
Where: Pastures Community Church, 166 Pastures Road, Stapleford, NG9 8GQ.
What’s on: The event is aimed at children and their dads, granddads, step-dads and male carers. For the activity details please click here.
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Stapleford Charity Carnival
Time: 11:30am – official opening 12:30pm
Where: Ilkeston Road Recreation Ground, Stapleford.
What’s on: Charity carnival organised by Notts, Derby Hemlockstone Lions Club, there will be entertainment, attractions, stalls, fairground rides, classic vehicles and much more.
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Monday 8 September
Athletics Club
Time: 4:30pm till 5:30pm
Where: The Pearson Centre, 2 Nuart Road, Beeston.
What’s on: Athletics club for primary school children aged 5 to 11. £3 per session, please call 0115 925 4112 for availability.
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Wednesday 10 September
Stapleford Jobs Fair
Time: 10am till 2pm
Where: The Meeting Place, 22-26 Nottingham Road, Stapleford, NG9 8AA.
What’s on: This will be Stapleford Community Group’s fourth Jobs Fair. For details please click here.
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Thursday 11 September – Sunday 14 September
Heritage Open Days
Where: Attenborough, Beeston, Bramcote, Chilwell, Stapleford, Toton and Wollaton.

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Steve Barber …….latest

Bus Station Blues

Pedestrian access to/from the bus station is now at a very low point. Due to the Square refurbishment work (nothing to do with the tram this time) the Station Road pavement to Birds is closed. The waymarked route is to cross over to in front of Tescos at the pelican crossing then walk up to the High Road crossing. The route in front of B&M to the Square is shut for another 4 weeks; I have asked for this to be opened early as things are desperate but I’m not holding my breath. To crown it all the pavement outside the Crown on Middle St is closed and you need to walk on the opposite side by the old police station. Rylanders may find it easier to get off the 18 bus at the Commercial on Wollaton Road and walk back to the High Road or cross over for Sainsburys. You can get back on nearby to return. The new bus station is well under way and I have asked for that to be opened as soon as possible, as I believe the old one is becoming increasingly dangerous.

Blue Plaques

The Beeston Civic Society have unveiled a number of blue plaques on historic buildings throughout the town (click here for details). They are to unveil two more relevant to the Rylands then close this program. Many of you will remember Sid Standard who had a cycle shop on Chilwell Road and for years took youngsters out on rides whatever the weather every Sunday. He lived in the Rylands and his wife Kath still does. I am pleased to say that a Blue Plaque will be unveiled at his shop on 14 September at 10:00am (here for details). Sir Paul Smith used to ride with Sid and has generously contributed to the fund.
The final plaque will be on Beeston station which is the only station between Nottingham and Derby still in its original location and serving its original purpose.

Yoga class

Rylands resident Yvonne Patrick is starting a new Yoga class at the White Lion Here are the details:

Improve your flexibility & sense of wellbeing.
Venue: White Lion. Middle Street, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 1FX

Mondays 10:30-11:45
Commencing September 29th 2014
Block of 6 classes £30 or £7 drop in
To book a place or for more information please contact Yvonne on 07880624336 or
Univ Bvd before works
Queens Road junction

I’ve been away for a week so have not been able to visit the junction, how’s it been behaving? Were there any major issues? I went to have a look at the work today and although there clearly is a lot to do we seem to be through the worst. The draconian closure planned for next week has been cancelled, but there will still be overnight works and off-peak lane closures; I expect these to be kept to a minimum. However, next week-end is going to be the big difficult finale and I strongly advise avoiding the area by car. It will effectively be closed from 20:00 on Friday to 05:00 on Monday. I am assured that emergency vehicles can get through as can cycles and pedestrians. Click here for details. Hopefully we will then be through with major works at that junction.

Best Wishes and enjoy the Bank Holiday


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Anna Soubry News letter

Anna Soubry MP
working hard for Broxtowe

E-newsletter| August  18 2014

Hello again,
I was out and about in Kimberley on Saturday; thank you to everyone who filled in my survey and a warm welcome to new subscribers to this newsletter.
I popped into Sainsbury’s to do some shopping and came across members of the Parachute Regiment Veterans Assoc who were raising funds in the lobby. It was a treat to meet them and our combined thanks to shoppers for their generosity.
Here’s to a warm Bank Holiday weekend – it may feel rather autumnal but summer is not over and please check out the diary for some great local events.
As ever,


Record levels of employment 
Unemployment in Broxtowe has fallen yet again. There 512 more people in work since last July and 1,058 people looking for work in the constituency.  The rise in employment is very good news – we have over 500 people more people in work, earning a wage and building a better future. I am particularly pleased that youth unemployment is dropping at a record pace.
Meeting with the Environment Agency
It was a pleasure to meet Environment Agency officers to discuss a number of issues – notably problems of flooding in Trowell and Thorn Drive Giltbrook, and the future of the former bund in Attenborough. The EA were very helpful and  will be writing to residents with details of our discussions. I am pleased to say that I have finally secured a meeting with the County Councillor responsible for flood related issues to discuss the long standing problem at Boundary Brook in Trowell. 
BT say landlines will be restored by the end of the week
Hundreds of people in Beeston, Bramcote, Chilwell and Attenborough remain without their land lines and many have also lost their internet connection. BT assure me they worked through the weekend and hope to have everyone reconnected by the end of the week.
My thanks to everyone who has passed on details of loved ones and neighbours who need urgent assistance and we have had some success with BT and other providers. Please do check with your neighbours and forward on any problems to me.
View from my office on Friday.
Tram works latest –  “Park and Ride” coming to a street near you? traffic chaos and ranting on !

I met a group of people from Cator Lane North who are campaigning for a residents only parking scheme. They have severe problems with commuters blocking drives, taking spaces and so on who then catch the bus into the City and avoid the Workplace Parking Levy.
Things will only get considerably worse when the tram finally opens because there has been poor planning; commuters need  public car parks in Beeston town centre so they can take the tram and use the town’s shops and businesses on the way home.

This lack of foresight means there is a danger Beeston and parts of Chilwell will become a huge, free, park and ride in residential streets, with no advantage to our shops and businesses. I have written to the leaders of the City, County and Borough Councils urging them to address this problem as a matter of urgency  In the meantime I will help residents on Cator Lane North and Dovecote Lane who have been battling with commuter parking problems for far too long!

Road chaos
After a rather sharp email I sent to Notts Council, they have decided not to add to the traffic nightmare in Chilwell/Beeston and will defer the repainting of the pedestrian bridge on Bye Pass Road until after the tram works have finished. Meanwhile there will be road closures and more lane restrictions on University Boulevard and Queens Road.
Click here for more details on my web site.

Rant on!
It’s not for the faint hearted but it is a good way to have your say and get good local info on what is happening, so if you use Facebook you might want to join the Tram Ranting room.
Click here for the Facebook Tram Rant Room
there is also a NET run Tram discussion page
Click here for the NET Discussion page
Traditionally a good local paper provided much of the the same opportunity and service.
it is unfortunate that the Beeston Express, which was a very good community newspaper, decided to turn on residents from Lower/Fletcher and Albert Road in a front page “editorial” about a private meeting between them and the tram constructors.  
To add to the concern, letters and emails to the Editor from people who feel their comments were misrepresented or that the Editor has failed to appreciate the dreadful conditions people have been living and working in for over 18 months, have not been published in the latest edition, but “pro tram” letters have.
I am sorry to see the demise of this community newspaper. In the past the local MP had a monthly column and I was allowed the same until two years ago when the Editor cancelled it. This is her right and it is also her right not to print any of my press releases however completely non party political! It’s a pity the Editor appears to have a different attitude to the Labour Party and the “pro tram lobby” or more accurately the “rose tinted specs brigade”.
I like trams and though I have very grave concerns about the lack of planning for its arrival, it could bring considerable benefits to Beeston, Chilwell, Stapleford and Toton. But the route and a huge stack of failings has meant residents and businesses have suffered dreadfully during its construction. Those who speak out about their experiences should be listened to and their political representatives should help them. And by the way, we should not be considering extending the current network until we have learnt the lessons from the current works.
“You pays your money and takes your choice” – the problem is there is no alternative community paper to the Beeston Express other than the Rant Room!

Blue Monkey success

Congratulations to Blue Monkey brewery in Giltbrook who won a CAMRA silver award for Ape Ale, in the strong ale category at their recent Great British Beer Festival. Regular readers will know I am a big fan of the less strong BG Tips. Blue Monkey is a great local business which goes from strength to strength, as it were. 

Events in Iraq, Gaza and Ukraine
The Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond has sent me a letter giving an update on the Governement’s action and policy in relation to events in Iraq, Gaza and Ukraine. Of course the situation, notably in Iraq is constantly changing and the ceasefire in Gaza continues (we have supplied £17 million of aid to the people of Gaza).
Please read the full letter by clicking here
What’s on in Broxtowe

Wednesday 20 August
Time: 10am till 4pm
Disney Theatre Workshop Day
Where:  Stapleford Methodist Church
What’s on:  Songs and dance routines from Disney favourites, for ages 5 – 11.  Please book a place by calling 07549688361.
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Thursday 21 August
Top House Beer Festival
Where:  The White Lion, Town Street, Bramcote.
What’s on:  Thursday 21 August till Monday 25 August Festival with over 20 beers, live music, charity raffle and much more.   
Inham Nook Free Play Fun Day
Time:  12 noon till 4pm
Where:  Inham Nook, Chilwell. Vehicle entrance via Blandford Avenue, NG9 4GY
What’s on:  Everyone is welcome. For more information please call 0115 917 3695.  .
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Friday 22 August
Time:  10am till 4pm
Vintage Tea Parlour
Where:  Oban House, Beeston
What’s on:  Home made cakes, afternoon tea, toasties and sandwiches.    
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Sunday 24 August
The Inaugural Beauvale Horticultural Show
Time 1pm – 5pm
Where:  Greasley Sports and Community Centre, Dovecote Road.
What’s on: stalls, demonstrations, a tombola, cream tea and lots more. 
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Monday 25 August
Forever Stars Family Fun Day
Where:  The Village Hotel, Chilwell.
What’s on:  Event in aid of Beeston based Forever Stars Charity. BBQ, Fashion Show, Children’s entertainment. 
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Wednesday 27 August
Time:  1pm till 6pm  
Attenborough Friendship Group – Coach Trip
Pick up point:  Attenborough Village Hall
What’s on:  A trip to Mansion Mills in Matlock, followed by cream tea at Willersley Castle. Please call Shirley Porter on 0115 922 1183 for full details.

Time:  10am till 1:30pm
Customer Service Course
Where:  The Meeting Place, 22-26 Nottingham Road, Stapleford, NG9 8AA
What’s on:  Please click here for the full details about the course.
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Friday 29 August
Time:  7:30am till 11:45am  
Nottingham Country Market
Where:  Wollaton Road Methodist Church, Beeston, NG9 2NG
What’s on: The market takes place every Friday morning. Everything is home grown, home baked and hand crafted.
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Saturday 30 August
Time:  6:45pm  
Rumbletums Silver Screen Film Night
Where:  Rumbletums Café, Kimberley
What’s on:  “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” with Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt. 
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Sunday 31 August
Awsworth, Cossall and District Villages Produce Association
Where:  The Gate Inn, Awsworth  
What’s on:  For the full line up and viewing times please click here.  

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Road Closures – 25/8 to 1/9

Councillor Steve Barber:

Road Closures

I’m afraid it’s more bad news. They intend to severely restrict traffic flow around the Queens Road/University Boulevard junction the week after next. From Monday 25 August to Friday 29th there will be no right turn from Queens Road towards town. You will have to turn left to the University roundabout then come back. However, this won’t be good as there is then only a single lane through the works. Then from 8pm on Friday to 5am on Monday it is proposed to get worse with effective a complete week-end closure from our direction. The bus operators have contingency plans made, see their web sites for details

I feel that this is overkill and have questioned whether on top of all the overnight closures under way it is really necessary. I shall let you know once I get a response but felt that I should let you all know first so that you can consider other arrangements. As it stands I would strongly advise avoiding this area if at all possible. Some alternatives which I can think of include:

  • Station Road/Wollaton Road to Derby Road.
  • Queens Road to Meadow Road, Cator Lane and so to Bramcote then Thoresby Road if you are going to the west or north.
  • Train to Nottingham, departures from the Rylands are 07:52, 07:59, 08:09, 08:15, 08:22, 08:38, 09:00, 09:03, 09:08 (in fact just turn up) it takes between 8 and 9 minutes and the return fare is £2.40 or £4.20 to include onward travel by bus or tram. There’s a café on the platform for coffee and bacon cobs. You can hire a cycle in Nottingham for £1 click here if you have a £4.20 Kangaroo ticket.
  • Take the week off!


Full details can be found here.


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