Please make a note in your diaries:
The dates for the CAT meetings next year are:
* 11 March
* 15 July
* 11 November
All at the Leyton Cres Community Centre starting at 7.30pm.
Recently we have noticed attendance at CATs dropping, have you any suggestions as to anything you would like to do at the meetings? The best attended ones in the past have been when we invite a guest to discuss a burning Rylands issue. Any thoughts?
On the Buses
I have asked Trent Barton what the arrangements will be for the 18 in the week before Christmas when Canalside is closed. Watch this space for their answer.
More seriously there is a move to reduce the Sunday (20) service due to County Council cutbacks; they are carrying out a consultation, click here to comment. I have made the points that:
* There are several elderly people and peole without cars who use the service to access Beeston’s facilities.
* The Rylands has only two access points and we need to encourage public transport usage to avoid the roads gridlocking.
* Once the tram is running integrated public transport will be even more important. Taking buses off is a retrograde step.
I’m sure you can think of other reasons or just amplify these. Please complete the consultation; the more who respond the better.
We have also asked for more Passenger Information Displays (PIDs) in the Rylands so that we know if a bus is delayed. Also once again Kate Foale and I have also asked for a bus shelter near Cornwall Ave.
We have asked if the Chilwell Shopper can be diverted into the Rylands whilst the work both on Canalside and the tram generally is under way. Although they’ve not said no and they have recently altered the route to include some of Chilwell, there is no commitment yet.
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Sorry it’s getting no better. I was stuck for over half an hour on Friday. As I’m sure you are aware they are currently taking out the roundabout and making preperations to put the tracks across Queens Road. This work is expected to finish in the Spring.
The next 6 weeks are going to be the worst as far as traffic congestion is concerned. The build up to Christmas is always bad but from January certain sections of roads will be completed. The plan is for most (but not all) of the major civil engineering work to be complete by the Spring, with testing and commissioning to follow. The contractors are on at least £100,000 per day for late delivery which explains why they appear to be over-staffed. When a delivery arrives or a fancy expensive bit of kit is working they want no hold ups. More information is available by clicking here.
Christmas Lights Switch on
Saturday 30 November; Enjoy festive performances at Broadgate Park from 12noon, and see the Lights being switched on at 5pm by Gem 106s Sam & Amy at the new venue at Broadgate Park.
Catch Bjorn the magical Polar Bear at 1pm, 2pm & 3pm at Broadgate Park.
Local Plan – Issues and Options
As you are aware we are in the final stages of preparing our local plan to run up to 2028. The Secretary of State will decide whether or not our plan is “sound” and has appointed an inspector to look into every aspect. If the plan is found unsound it more or less means developers can simply build as many houses they like or anything else they fancy wherever it’s most profitable. The plan will define every piece of land as to its intended use. The inspector has made it quite clear that we need to allow 6150 homes to be built in the Borough the question is where? Consultations were carried out on the Boots / Severn Trent site and it seems that there will be up to 550 of these homes there (plus 600 in the City area). The other Rylands sites under serious consideration can be viewed here and are with relevant page numbers:
* Plessey site 200 homes page 116
* Maltings 55 homes page 112
* It is also anticipated that there could be a small number of homes on the old Goods Yard. Other sites are in the document but as the footnotes state there are very good reasons for not considering these.
Page 25 of the document gives an interesting breakdown of the Ryland, it’s interesting to compare this to other areas.
A consultation is now being carried out and if you want to have your say on any of the sites please click here. The closing date id 10 January.
Best Wishes and comments welcome