This afternoon I attended a special service at St Helen’s, Stapleford to commemorate the 188 men from the town who were killed in the First World War, and whose names are recorded on a memorial in the church. I hope you will take the opportunity to visit the church and learn more about each and everyone of them.
Congratulations to all the awards winners from George Spencer Academy – Thursday’s ceremony was great fun and further proof of the excellence of this outstanding school.
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Tram shambles doesn’t spoil the party
Despite the devastating news that the road will now not be open until some time in November, shoppers and traders put out the bunting for a street party on High and Chilwell Roads in Beeston, yesterday.
The party mood continued until the early hours of this morning with the annual Oxjam across the town.
The tram constructors and NET had promised Chilwell/High Road, which has been closed for over 18 months, would be open this weekend. On Thursday a reporter from the Nottingham Post arrived with the news it now will not be fully open to traffic until the end of November. Some shop keepers were in tears after buying their Christmas stock but now facing another bleak season.
TWA dumped the blame on Severn Trent Water who swiftly issued as strong a rebuttal as I have ever seen.
By Friday we were determined to turn the adverse publicity into a good news story and promote Saturday’s party. My thanks to Oxjam and the Beeston Bid who kept up everyone’s spirits and organised a great day. Considerable thanks goes to our beleaguered but great independent shops and businesses in Beeston who rallied round, and of course to everyone who turned up.
I was particularly struck by the wise words of Beeston Councillor, Greg Marshall, when we opened the event and then had a good chat. Greg and I couldn’t be further apart in Broxtowe political terms (he’s what I would call a proper leftie and I strongly suspect he would take that as a compliment!). But Greg absolutely “gets it” when it comes to the tram works – he acknowledges the chaos and disruption and like me agrees lessons must be learnt. What we saw again this week was yet another broken promise and appalling bad communication.
I simply don’t understand why other Labour politicians always side with TWA/NET and forget they should be supporting the people and businesses so badly affected by the tram works. It is also time TWA got its act together, admit it when they have made a mistake and say sorry.
Facebook pages on the rise
There are a growing number of facebook pages which may interest you.
Save Broxtowe’s Green Belt
The pro HS2 South Broxtowe 2020 group
Stapleford Community Group posts on an almost hourly basis! It’s a great mixture of news from in and around Stapleford.
The Broxtowe Borough Council Ranting Room is attracting interest
There is the Net Phase 2 Discussion Group
And finally the Tram ranting room which is a very popular place for people to vent their frustrations about the tram works. I am a contributor!
John McGrath killing; report finds failings in Notts Police.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission have identified a number of failings by Nottinghamshire Police in the months leading up to the death of John McGrath and the serious wounding of his wife, Mabel. You may recall that John was killed back in 2009 by his grandson, William Barnard, who was seriously mentally ill at the time. In June the Coroner identified important failings by both local mental health services and the police that meant William was at liberty when in fact he should have been detained.
It it the view of the family and I that Nottinghamshire Police having failed to arrest William for a knife point attempted robbery in the months before he stabbed his grandparents, then held a secret inquiry into those events which was all part of a deliberate cover up. Neither Notts Police nor the IPCC have understood that the family are good, sensible people not prone to telling lies and making up stories.
I am sorry to report the IPCC report is inadequate and having met the family yesterday I will be seeking a meeting with the Police Minister, Mike Penning and asking the Home Affairs Select Committee to consider its own inquiry into the IPPC, which I fear is not the body it should be. I will of course keep you informed.
Brave Natalie sets up first national bullying helpline
I am delighted that Natalie Harveys’s Combat Bullying campaign is about to launch the first national helpline for anyone suffering from being bullied.
Immigration – your views matter
Congrats to Stapleford Community Group
Pasture Road is to get a Puffin Crossing after a campaign by residents led by Stapleford Community Group. 300 people signed a petition resulting in Notts County Council agreeing to fund the project. Congratulations to Richard MacRae and Kerri Blakemore for their hard work to secure the crossing which will benefit everyone in the area.