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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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Anna Soubry, newsletter

Hello again,
This is a short email about a somewhat serious situation in parts of Chilwell and Beeston.

Around 500 homes and businesses are without their phone land lines and for many, their internet connection. This evening I spoke to BT who have confirmed that 250 metres of cabling has been seriously damaged and needs replacing. Apparently water has got into ducting on Chilwell Road; this may be connected to the tram works. BT cannot say how long their work will take but assure me they are working “round the clock” to get people reconnected. They have also assured me they will give better information tomorrow.

There are particular concerns for people who use their land line as their “Life Line” link. If you know of anyone who has lost this service please let me know immediately and BT assure me they will act quickly to make sure that person is assisted. If you live in the Chilwell/Beeston area please check with any elderly neighbours to make sure they are still connected and if they are not please let me know.

I have also asked BT to leaflet/ write to all households and to provide us with full and frank updates. Last time we faced a similar problem BT provided mobiles for people who were cut off and I have suggested they provide the same this time especially as it looks extremely likely it will be some time before everyone is reconnected.

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Latest Rylands News

That Junction again

Overnight work started a week last Monday and frankly did not get off to a good start. Monday morning (4 Aug) was dreadful caused by traffic light failure compounded by a broken down car at the worst possible point, representations were made to the top. Tuesday and Wednesday were a bit better but Thursday was a disaster. I cycled there at 08:15 to find a queue back to Toton and worsening due to a lane coned off. I found the traffic engineer and a “robust conversation” followed, the cones were gone by 08:20 and I raised the following points with the top management of NET.
▪ The junction must be opened to its maximum available capacity by 05:30 in the morning. If it becomes evident that they will not finish by then the works must be abandoned and filled in.
▪ A traffic engineer must be on duty from 05:30 ready to repair any faults within seconds of them occurring.
▪ Any broken down vehicles should be shifted within 60 seconds of the breakdown. There are enough personnel and heavy shifting plant on site to enable this.

Friday started well but got worse when the permitted non-peak lane closures took place.

Yesterday evening a delivery allegedly occurred at 17:45 involving lane closures and this caused chaos. I ensured senior management were fully aware by start of business this morning and have been assured that investigations are under way.

Today, amidst the total chaos (see below) there were lane closures (authorised) and extensive jams around midday, I cycled there and had a polite but firm conversation, the lane was re-opened shortly afterwards and traffic was flowing smoothly this evening.

Frankly I feel like the Dutch lad with his finger in the dyke. NET and TWA do listen when I “do my nut” about specifics but seem to then forget the whole issue. Thank you for your reports which are very helpful, I try to get there at least once a day but can’t continually monitor the situation. Rest assured that I shall keep pestering them (watch out for me on my bike taking pictures).

I am assured that emergency services can travel through the site, at all times, even when the road is shut.

Utility works

I understand that BT didn’t properly protect some of their equipment from water ingress on Sunday. The result is that around 1000 homes and businesses are without Broadband Connection and emergency repairs are under way. This appears to involve digging up at the vital Wollaton Road/Station Road junction. Little work has actually taken place there all day today and the state at 4.50pm showed a chaotic scene with temporary lights and extensive traffic jams. County Councillor Kate Foale is on to it this evening, questioning if these lights are really necessary and when will they go?

Meadow Road works

As you are probably aware, phase 2 of the works to install a cycle lane over the railway bridge commenced this week. The aim of the works is to eliminate a dangerous section for children from the Rylands cycling to Chilwell School. Below is a statement from the County Council:
The second phase will commence on 11th August and involve the works to the junction with Lilac Grove and the refuge just to the south of the junction. This work will take up to 4 weeks. During this time it will sometimes be necessary to have three-way traffic lights at the junction to keep vehicles at a safe distance from those laying kerbs and re-surfacing. To minimise disruption traffic lights will only be used during off-peak hours and then only when absolutely necessary. Warning signs will go up in advance of the works to inform motorists of possible delays.

I went to see today and traffic seemed to be flowing OK. Please let me know of any problems.

Bus Station

A great deal of nonsense has been said about the new bus station. One Councillor has stated that buses will not be allowed to turn left from Chilwell Road into Middle St by the old police station, which would preclude terminating buses. This is simply not true; here is a statement from the County:

Andy Warrington, Service Director for Highways, said: “There appears to be some confusion about the route buses will be allowed to take after leaving the new interchange at Beeston. I can confirm that the highway plans have always allowed for buses to take a left turn from Chilwell Road into Middle Street.”

So the bus station (which some said wasn’t to be built) can accept terminating buses such as a shuttle from the Rylands. In fact the artist’s impression shows a terminating bus due to start for the City.

Hopefully I’ll have some more positive news soon.

Best Wishes


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More updates on the Travel situation in Beeston from Steve Barber

Traffic Chaos

Yes it’s the University Boulevard traffic management once again to blame; thanks for your feedback it has been most useful. The week started badly with queues back to Dunkirk due to an unnecessary traffic light on the Queens Road filter; I pointed this out immediately but unfortunately it took two days to change it to a give way sign; how many hours of peoples time was wasted? Then they again got the phasing wrong for people coming from the Rylands; it was particularly chaotic on Thursday. It now seems better but there are still problems.

I have had a series of email exchanges this week and frankly my patience is becoming very frayed (not to mention yours). I have pointed out a number of problems including the one illustrated where the constriction and signage seems to indicate one lane and as you can see traffic is forming a single lane. There are further restraints which means buses and lorries have to straddle both lanes and the junction is not being fully used. When you approach this sign and intend to turn right; please form two lanes.

I understand talks are under way as to how best to finish off this junction, this may involve 24 hr working with generous compensation for residents. It’s got to the point now that this is seriously affecting around 10,000 people who use the junction and must be having economic consequences in the Region.


Rail strikes

More bad news for commuters I’m afraid. Unite are calling industrial action which will affect some train services to/from Beeston on Monday to Thursday this week. The information I have is that the London service will more or less be as normal as will the Birmingham/Cardiff Cross Country service. However, the Matlock and Leicester local services will not run. This will have the effect of halving the off-peak service between Beeston and Nottingham. If your train looks like the one pictured or is a long London train it will run, the shorter local trains will not. For instance on Monday morning trains to Nottingham run at 07:32, 07:59,08:27 and 09:00, journey time 6 minutes. Some replacement buses will run but they will probably be extremely unreliable. To check your journey click here


20 mph zones

Cllr Kate Foale has received the following from the County Highways department:

“_Dear Councillor Kate Foale

Nottinghamshire County Council plans to introduce 20mph speed limits outside all schools in the county and as part of this programme the Council is currently considering introducing a 20mph speed limit outside Trent Vale Infant and Nursery School. Speed surveys have been undertaken outside the school and the speed of traffic is considered low enough to indicate that the scheme may be introduced without additional speed reduction features/measures.

As this school falls within your ward I attach the following documents for your information:
• 109 Trent Vale Infant and Nursery School – LR/P.H.IK.61415.02/109 which shows the proposed locations of 20mph speed limit signs around the school
• a colour leaflet which shows the appearance of the sign and what the scheme will include
• a question and answer fact sheet with contact details for further general project information

These documents have been sent to the school for comment as well as being circulated to the appropriate Town/Parish Council and Highways Manager.

Residents who live in close proximity to the proposed signs will be sent copies of the relevant drawings and fact sheet once the school have had the opportunity to comment.

The drawings will then be also available to view here:

It is envisaged that the signage will be implemented before the end of this financial year, i.e. 30th March 2015″

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Bus Station access

The pedestrian access from the bus station to the Square via B&M is to close as from today. You will have to walk along Station Road to the main lights by Birds. I am assured that access to B&M will be retained from the Square. They tried to close this earlier and I kicked up a fuss, but I must now concede that as the works get even closer it has become extremely dangerous (as in my opinion the whole current bus station is). The work is expected to take around 8 weeks and then the footpath will be re-instated along the newly laid tracked area. There is a lot of electioneering rhetoric floating about the new bus station, a lot of which is simply scaremongering rubbish (there will be a bus station). I am establishing a few more facts and will give you a full update once I have them.


Real Time Bus Displays

We have been trying to get more of these into the Rylands as it saves a lot of waiting for late running buses. There cost £6,000 each and unfortunately it seems that no money is currently available in budgets. We shall continue to push for this; it could be an ideal use for developers contributions. In the meantime you can find out when the next 18 or 20 is coming by clicking here. I often use an Android app called Bus Scout, there is also train scout, which give scheduled and live departures.


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