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University Boulevard

It was scheduled to significantly alter the layout at the University Boulevard and Queens Road junction over the weekend as more road space became available. However, this didn’t seem to happen and there are still people working on it today. I also understand that there will be some lane closures between 09:30 and 15:30. I have asked to be kept up to date with this work and expressed concern about the lane closures, expecting the works to be contained within these hours. and inconvenience kept to an absolute minimum.

Brownies

Brownies

Beeston Brownies are looking for adult helpers so they can set up a sixth Brownie pack in Beeston. There are currently five, but there is a long waiting list. Two more helpers would allow them to set up a sixth. Across the county, there are 1,300 girls on waiting lists for Rainbows and Brownies.

Jacqui Walkerjacqui.walker@nottinghamcity.gov.uk is the contact – she runs a Brownie pack in the Rylands.

LED bulbs

Free LED Light Bulbs

Janet Poliakoff of Greening Beeston writes: 
Would you like to take part in a trial of LED light bulbs? They want 10 households to take part in the trial. You will be supplied with the bulbs and you will be expected to agree to use them for a month (preferably September) and then be prepared to be filmed being interviewed covering the following points: 
• Perception of LED lighting as opposed to ‘normal’ lighting 
• Reaction from friends and family 
• Any issues with the installation of the lighting and ongoing maintenance 
• Any other feedback 
(You will also be able to keep the LED bulbs at the end, if you wish to.)

If you want to take part, could you let me( janet@poliakoff.org.uk)know as soon as possible? As they want to cover a variety of household types, could you include some information about: 
o the type of house: house or flat; 
o the size of house/flat; 
o the type of household: large family, single person, mixture of young & old, …

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Railway Bridge

Work has now been scheduled to provide a safer cycle lane, particularly for Rylands children attending Chilwell School. The bridge was the most dangerous part of this route. The work will be in two phases. The County Highways Engineer writes: 
Works are scheduled to start on 28th July. In Phase 1 we need to raise the existing steel parapet on the east side of the bridge by 400mm to get the required height for a cyclepath. To complete all 200m or so of parapet will take a week, possibly a day or so more. This is on the opposite side to the accesses to the railway platform and in any case the footway will remain open at all times. I would not anticipate any inconvenience to pedestrians during this time.

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.

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Regards and enjoy the good weather.

Steve


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Anna Soubry…………News

Hello again,
I have some very important news about an Inquest due to begin tomorrow into the death of Stapleford man, John McGrath. I have written a long piece which I hope you will read.

There is quite a mixed bag of news, diary events and a fond farewell in the “and finally….”.

Bluebell meeting

The Bluebell pub in Attenborough is considering whether it could offer parking to commuters using the railway station and who are clogging up the village as there is no station car park.
I met with the Deputy and Area managers on Friday.
Understandably their concern is the potential impact on pub customers. Until we have the results of the Network Rail survey we will not know the numbers; I also suspect the tram works are causing people to use Attenborough rather than Beeston, which is also due to increase car parking space. I will keep you updated on developments.

Kimberley flood – lessons for Trowell and Newthorpe)

I visited Kimberley resident Lori Berry and her family after their home was flooded again after severe rain caused drains to burst in parts of Swingate. The problem appears to be a lack of communication between Severn Trent and Notts County Council which meant the problem was not fixed last July when water and sewerage flooding caused £40,000 of damage to Lori’s house.

Bringing together all the various agencies to tackle long standing flooding problems is one of the reasons why I am meeting the Environment Agency next week; Boundary Brook, Trowell and Thorn Avenue, Newthorpe are high on the agenda!

Chilwell’s Royal Engineers pave the way to Southwell Minster.

I attended today’s service at Southwell Minster to mark the Queen’s Birthday. Well done Chilwell’s 7/3 Engineer Regiment Reserves and 299 (Para) Squadron Royal Engineers who have relaid the long west path. It looked splendid! I need to make amends to a number of readers of this email newsletter who admonished me for not paying tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh who continues to work remarkably hard at the age of 93.
Garden Open Days success

My thanks to everyone who opened up their gardens in Cossall, Beeston and Chilwell last weekend. I enjoyed a great few hours in Cossall, acquired some lovely new plants and met up with local Councillor Lydia Ball for tea and a few buns! Congratulations to the various organisers.

I am asking NET/City Council to offer concessionary and free tickets once the tram line opens not just to bring shoppers to Beeston but also for residents who are suffering during the works.

Beeston consultation
Way behind schedule, this is the view from the constituency office window as the tram works progress in Beeston.
Meanwhile with six months before the tram line opens, Broxtowe Borough Council has announced a survey of residents so folk can have their say on the future of the town. When you see the ideas on offer you may take the view it is too little way too late. I have had various meetings with the Borough Council with ideas for the future of the town but sadly to no avail.
My fear is that the golden opportunity the tram promised to regenerate Beeston as a vibrant town fit for purpose in the 21st century has been lost. I very much hope we get some new dynamic Borough Councillors for Beeston next year with vision and experience. let me know if you fancy standing!

Inquest into the death of John McGrath

Tomorrow sees the beginning of the two week inquest into the death of Stapleford’s John McGrath. It is almost five years since John was killed by his grandson William, who was profoundly ill at the time; Mabel, William’s grand mother was seriously injured in the knife attack at their home in the town.

If you are a long time subscriber to my email newsletter you may remember that in July 2010, not long after I was elected and had had the great honour of meeting the family of John, Mabel and William, I held a debate in Parliament about events leading up to John’s death.

At that time we strongly suspected William, who was seriously ill with paranoid schizophrenia had been very seriously let down by those responsible for his care within the Stapleford community, and his family all but excluded and their concerns ignored.

A report in early 2011, in part confirmed our suspicions. What we didn’t know was the extent of the role of the police in events leading to John’s death.

Two and a half years later and at last the inquest will begin. The Deputy Coroner will hear that William was known to the police in the months leading up to John’s death. Indeed, I discovered that William was suspected of an attempted robbery involving a knife in Bramcote; Notts Police failed to arrest William despite knowing his address, his regular movements, his deteriorating mental illness and the seriousness of the allegation.

William and John’s family found out that the mental health team intended to section William on July 24th 2009 having finally convinced themselves that he was so ill he posed a risk to himself. We now know they also knew William was suspected of the Bramcote attempted robbery. As a result of letters I wrote on behalf of the family, we also discovered that the police finally decided they would arrest William also on July 24th 2009.

Had either the mental team or the police done their job that day then William would have undoubtedly been detained, and given July 24th 2009 was the day he attacked John and Mabel, the terrible incident would never have happened. John would be alive and William would have been properly treated and cared for – he is currently detained in Rampton, he is much better but now living with the knowledge of what he did that dreadful day.

The inquest will dwell on some of the failings of the police and there has been a very lengthy IPCC report into those very serious failings. My own view is that having realised they had failed in their duty to arrest William they covered up the matter – this is a serious allegation which I do not make lightly. There was a secret report; they failed to follow one its recommendations and disclose the report to the people conducting the enquiry into the failings of the mental health team. Had they done so we would have known of their involvement years ago.

I said at the beginning it has been an honour to know the family of John, Mabel and William, and as reports emerge of the Inquest I believe you will understand why I believe we should be immensely proud of this Stapleford family. Throughout everything they have endured (and as you will discover they have put up with a great deal) they have never sought anything other than to make sure no other family suffers as they have, losing a wonderful father, husband and grandfather in an incident that undoubtedly could and should have been prevented. Their aim is to make sure John did not die in vain.

Nuthall Memory Group moves to Rumbletums, Kimberley

The Nuthall Memory Group has now moved to Rumbletums and has become the Nuthall and Kimberley Memory Group. This is a support group for people with dementia and their carers. The group offers games, activities, support, advice and occasional outings. It will meet fortnightly at Rumbletums from 10.30 to 12.30. New members are welcome. The contact for more information is Kate on 9278326.
What’s on in Broxtowe and surgery details
Tuesday 17 June
2nd Attenborough Scout Group – Open Evening
6pm
Attenborough Village Hall
Come along to meet the Scout Group, take part in a treasure hunt and enjoy a BBQ. For more information about the evening please click here.
Wednesday 18 June
Re-launch of Kimberley’s branch of WEA
7:30pm
Rumbletums Café, 2A Victoria Street, Kimberley
WEA have been working with Rumbletums to put on a taster course in arts and crafts. For full details please click here.
Beeston Central CAT meeting
7pm till 8:30pm
Queens Road Methodist Church, Beeston
Thursday 19 June
Stapleford South West CAT meeting
7pm till 8:30pm
The Meeting Place, Stapleford
Saturday 21 June
Drop-in Surgery
11am till 1pm
Nursery Man Pub, Beeston
Your opportunity to meet with me to discuss any issues you may have.
Stapleford gets into the summer spirit
11am till 5pm
Walter Parker V.C Square
A great day out for all the family.
Wadsworth Fields Primary School Summer Fair
2pm till 4:30pm
Summer stalls, BBQ, tombola, raffle, fun activities and much more. All process to the school.
And finally ……………………

I am sad to report that Rebecca Maher who joined my constituency team fresh from Uni as a case worker and four years on runs pretty much everything, is leaving at the end of the month. I am however delighted she is going to an amazing job working for the Bank of England. I know many of you will miss her and I want to thank her publicly for her incredibly hard work, notably dealing with the huge number of emails we receive about the tram works! Good luck Rebecca in the new job and we will miss you.


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Latest from Steve Barber – Plessey Site, Garden Trail, Burglaries

Beeston Business Park

Plessey Site deadline extended

The deadline for comments on the application has now been extended to 11 June (next Wednesday). You can view the plans here and comment here. Although the application is for up to 285 residential units it does not clearly state the number on South Road, I understand that they are considering 28 here. The travel plan (click here) says on page 16 that there is unlikely to be more than 25 additional residences on South Road. It is standard practice to apply for permission for up to so many homes and we can (and almost certainly will) apply conditions to that, if we pass the application. So please if you have any thoughts let us know. If you like the application please also let us know.

Carphone Warehouse

Telephone woes

Somehow I lost my mobile phone last week and, as I’m sure you are aware, found this to be a pain. I was most impressed with Carphone Warehouse on Queens Road who sorted me out with a replacement, same number and working within 15 minutes. However, this means I’ve lost everyone’s contact number so if I phone you regularly please drop me an email with your number. Having hearing problems I prefer emails and try to respond to these rapidly. Thanks for your patience.

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Garden Trail

This week-end is the Beeston Garden Trail. Fourteen gardens are open, two in the Rylands; 109 Trent Road and 3 Station Villas. Both are serving refreshments. They are open from 1.00pm to 5.00pm Saturday and Sunday, and a £3.50 ticket gains admission to them all as many times as you like over the two days. The owners have put in a fantastic effort, I know of one, who will be baking at at 6.00am. Lets hope the weather is kind and I shall maybe see you there.

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Thieves about

There have been break-ins on the caravan park, the police are acting. If you have any information or see anything suspicious please call 101 or 999 if the crime is in progress. In the meantime please be extra vigilant and please don’t make it easy for them.

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Traffic flow

Last time I said that the link road from Wollaton Road to Foster Ave was one-way. I apologise that this is now not correct it is in fact two way. It seems that it was wrongly set up and they came back to change the signage. So if you want to get to the Foster Ave area (Catholic Church, Council Offices, Library) by car from the Rylands the best way is to turn left just past Appleby’s (pictured).

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Best Wishes

Steve


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Tram News and Beeston is the place to live!

Tram

A summary of the latest dates on the tram:

  • Extra workers have been brought in to help with completing the works
  • Chilwell Road will open to the Hop Pole by the end of July and throughout by 4 August
  • First tram tests on the line in Beeston early October
  • Plan is to be open throughout on 14th December.

 

Let’s Move to Beeston

The Guardian feature Beeston in its series. Read the positive review here.

 


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Anna Soubry News

Hello again,

This is a quick update on my work since my last email newsletter. I am looking forward to Saturday’s “Meet the Team” at the Cadland from 10am til 12noon. The weather forecast is good which might make up for the Bank Holiday though it didn’t dampen too many spirits at the Greasley Gathering and other local events!
As ever,

Anna
Two important meetings

I met the new Chief Fire Officer for Nottinghamshire, John Buckley and Fire Authority Chair, Cllr Darren Pulk. Incidents are well down but cuts in funding continue to put pressure on our Fire Service. John and Darren argue that Notts is not getting the fairest of deals; I made it clear I am more than willing to take their arguments to the Government if they provide me with the detail which they undertook to send to me. I will keep you updated.

I have also had a very good meeting with the new head of our Ambulance Service, Sue Noyes. She is certainly improving East Midlands Ambulance Service; bringing in some much needed fresh managerial staff. She assures me morale and ambulance waiting times are improving. My recent experience of EMAS was excellent though I am by no means complacent and there is still considerable progress to be made.
Tram compensation confusion and more missed deadlines

Previous County Council meetings and resolutions indicate that over a million pounds was to be set aside to compensate small businesses affected by the tram works. In a letter to the Leader of Notts County Council I urge him to consider the minutes of various past meetings and ensure shops and traders in Beeston, Chilwell, Attenborough and Toton are not forced out of business by the devastating effect on the tram works. You can read the letter on my web site (link below). I have also written to the leader of Nottingham City Council. I am hoping for favourable replies very soon!

Meanwhile, the promised opening of the top of Chilwell Road by May 26 failed to materialise (I am sorry to say residents and traders are getting used to broken promises). However, I am assured that the Kirk family of Lower Road will be getting to the church on time on Saturday and my previous email has provoked considerable media interest!
Click here for my letter to Notts County Council re compensation …

Paint the town red !
Stapleford Community Group have come up with another great idea to mark the start of the First World War, one hundred years ago. There will be a stall outside Lloyds this Saturday where they will be giving out poppy seeds. Stapleford folk are asked to sow the seeds on Sunday. The ensuing flowering of the red poppies is a fitting commemoration of the huge loss of life and many other sacrifices made  during the First World War.

New road planned for Beeston
A six million pound road is planned to improve access to the Boots Enterprise Zone from the island at the existing entrance to the Boots site (Humber Road/Lilac grove junction) through the site into the City joining Thane Road. The road will have a 20 mph speed limit but I share concerns that this may not be enough of a deterrence for those seeking a short cut through the Rylands.

Parking problems continue at Bilborough College
If you’re a long time reader of my email newsletter you will know I’ve been campaigning to sort out the serious parking problems experienced by residents living next to Bilborough College. Nottinghamshire County Council will now consult on a residents parking scheme which has previously been rejected, but which I believe could provide a long-term solution.

Trent Vale Consultation
Developers have now submitted a formal application to develop the Technology Drive business park and Trent Vale sports ground in Beeston.  Full details of the plans are available on Broxtowe Borough Council’s website and you can view, and comment on, these by clicking here

Given the extent of the development – which includes 285 houses, new sports facilities, a health centre and a new car park for Beeston Station -  I would encourage as many local residents as possible to participate in the consultation which ends on 6th June.
Passport Delays
I have had a  number of enquiries this week from constituents anxiously awaiting passports. Regional passport offices are experiencing a large number of applications and it’s therefore taking longer than usual to process them. If you are planning to travel abroad this summer, please ensure that your passport application is submitted as soon as possible and that you have a valid passport before booking your holiday.  For more information, click here. In the meantime I have raised the matter with Ministers.

Saturday 31 May
Rhodes to the Stars – Sponsored Cycle
Tesco, Beeston
There will be an information stand for Forever Stars, as well as a number of community groups and companies getting involved in the Rhodes to the Stars cycling challenge.
Drop-in Surgery – Chilwell
The Cadland, 342 High Road, Chilwell, NG9 5EG
10am till 12noon
Your opportunity to meet with me to discuss any issues you may have.
Planting the Town Red – Stapleford
See above for details
Sunday 1 June
Local Plant Sale – Toton
3 Edale Road, Toton, NG9 6JJ
10 till 2:30pm
Local plant sale including: tombola, books, cakes, tea and coffee. All proceeds will go to animal charities.
Open Air Service
3pm till 4pm
Bramcote Hills Park
A brass band and choir group will perform a range of hymns and songs.
Monday 2 June
Bramcote CAT meeting
7pm till 8:30pm
Bramcote Memorial Hall
Wednesday 4 June
Charity Tea Dance
Beeston Youth and Community Centre, West End, NG9 1GL
1:30pm till 4:30pm
Peggy Payne will host a charity Tea Dance in aid of guide dogs for the blind. Tickets cost £6, which includes a cream cake.
Saturday 7 June
Hemlock Happening
1pm till 10:30pm
Bramcote Hills Park
A great family day out with live music, family events, food and drink stalls and a grand finale fireworks show.
SANDS Charity Evening
7pm
Eastwood Hall
Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity will be holding a charity evening with proceeds going to SANDS.  For more information, please click here.
Saturday 7 June and Sunday 8 June
Beeston and Chilwell Garden Trail
1pm till 5pm
Beeston and Chilwell Garden Trail
An opportunity to enjoy a range of beautiful gardens throughout Beeston and Chilwell. Owners will also be on hand during the afternoon to share tips and answer questions and there will be a range of activities available. Tickets cost £3.50 and are valid for Saturday and Sunday. Children can visit for free. For further information please click here
Sunday 8 June
Cossall Open Gardens
1pm till 5pm
This year’s Open Gardens event boasts 16 delightful gardens. Tickets cost £3 each with under 12s going free. For more information please click here
And finally ……………………

Congratulations to our new MEPs, especially Emma McClarkin and Andrew Lewer. Commiserations to Bill Newton Dunn who lost his seat having served first as a Conservative and then a Lib Dem MEP for some thirty years. The Broxtowe result included the entire Borough which is bigger than the constituency and includes Eastwood which has been a traditional Labour stronghold.
The turnout was 38% and the share of the vote was UKIP 31%, Labour 26.5%, Conservatives 24%, Green 7.7%, Lib Dem 6.4%.
Here are my thoughts on the result: It would be churlish not to congratulate UKIP on their victory and recognise that a number of people variously: want out of the EU, don’t much like immigration, are cheesed off with the three main parties, oppose same sex marriage and don’t much rate the world as they see it today. Looking at the results in another way, only around 10% of the electorate voted for the above, in fact almost 90% of people with a vote rejected UKIP. What is for sure is that given where we are in the electoral cycle and given the result was for the entire borough, Labour should have done a great deal better if they are to win the General election.  The other important factor to be drawn from the recent election results is that in marginal seats like Broxtowe if you vote UKIP you will get Labour.


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Steve Barber Latest News

Rylands News
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Beeston Bus Station

Sadly a very few politicians, before the recent Euro elections put around some very upsetting rumours about Beeston Bus Station. Unfortunately these “grew legs” and the facts were not accurately reported in the local media. To put the record straight, with particular reference to bus services to/from the Rylands:
▪ The current bus station is to be replaced with a bigger and better one which integrates trams, buses, cycles, taxis and pedestrians. This is nearing completion and is along the former Styring Street at right angles to the current bus station.
▪ The old bus station will not close before this is brought into full operation.
▪ The 18 bus will go to this bus station and we are hoping to get an additional service to/from the Rylands, bringing the service frequency up to 3 per hour.
▪ The existing bus station is viewed as dangerous by many and any continued operation would be subject to a full Health and Safety examination which would almost certainly lead to costly works.

There has been a move to retain the existing bus station once the new one is opened. Frankly I see this as like keeping your 15-year old banger, due for an MOT which it will fail when you have taken delivery of a brand new modern larger car under full guarantee. In fact it would be worse than that as we are anxious to get a developer to make something big out of this site; a decaying bus station with smelly toilets is not an asset. I am however, looking into toilet provision.
Gravel Extraction

The County Council are in the process of formulating their minerals plan for the next 15 years. They have included a site at Barton in Fabis across the river from Attenborough Nature Reserve (which were gravel workings). The nearest this would be to the Rylands would be somewhere close to Barton Island and all vehicle movements would be along the widened A453 south of the Trent (there is no proposal for a bridge or other crossing). The plans can be viewed here, the map is viewable in the last pdf file. Consultation continues to July 11 and can be accessed here. We would be interested in your views; is this necessary to ensure continued supply of building materials or could they be found elsewhere?
Rylands School Ofsted

As I indicated in the last newsletter a pleasing Ofsted report was in the offing. This has now been published and can be viewed here. The summary is that the school has moved up a grade and is now classified as a good school. Credit is given to the leaders, teachers, governors and most of all the pupils. Please congratulate them on our behalf. I know that considerable work has been done by all over the last year to achieve this; it is something of which to be very proud.
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Boots site and CHP

I met with Boots on Friday to see their site and their plans for the future, which we have discussed in detail previously. As you know they plan to build up to 1150 new homes on their site plus the Severn Trent land which will be accessed from a new spine road running from Lilac Grove to Thane Road. We have always insisted on a break between the Rylands and this development and no vehicle access from Meadow Road or roads off. One interesting new idea is Combined Heat and Power (CHP). Basically this involves a central power house which generates heat and electricity for the new homes. The householder buys steam which heats their central heating systems, instead of gas. We have this arrangement at Bramcote Leisure Centre and the result is that Broxtowe effectively pay the same for the gas used as before but we have no electricity bills. There are thoughts to widen the scheme to existing Rylands homes, but I think that belongs to the future. What are your thoughts? On the subject of energy I don’t know if you are aware that around 65% of Rylands’ electricity comes from the biggest river based hydro-electric power station in England, at Beeston Weir. This coupled to the solar panels, many of you have probably reduces the Rylands’ electrical consumption to almost nil. Food for thought.

Best Wishes

Steve


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Steve Barber latest news

Plessey Site

The plans are now on line http://planning.broxtowe.gov.uk/%28S%28f10bwz45jldmqy45a0mlnf3x%29%29/ApplicationDetail.aspx?RefVal=14/00242/FUL
The application covers both the main site and the Trent Vale Sports Ground. The main points are:
*285 residential units
* A new Social Club on the main site
* A new changing facility/sports pavilion on the Trent Vale Road Sports Ground.
* New sports pitches.
* Local Food retail unit (Convenience store) on the main site.
* 60 Station car park spaces.
* A Health Centre
* 185,000 sq ft of new business units, including several small units.

Some highway improvements are shown, some are reserved so there is work yet to be done on this.

The next stage is that the Council must consider this application the possibilities are:
* It is rejected outright (unlikely)
* It is approved without conditions (also unlikely)
* It is approved with conditions under delegated powers (unlikely as I suspect some of you may wish to raise objections/express concerns).
* It comes before the Development Control Committee for approval some time over the summer after we have allowed a period for consultation (most likely).

As Chair of the Development Control Committee I am unable to express an opinion as to these plans before the committee meets. However, I consider it very important to be fully informed by all parties and listen to all opinions. The best way of ensuring your views are taken into account is to use the link here the closing dates are 29 May or if you abut the site 5 June .

Whether you support or oppose the plans please let us know, this is the opportunity to express concerns. This is clearly going to change the Rylands for generations to come, please let’s make sure it’s a change for the better.

Tram

I met with Jon Collins, the leader of the City Council and the contractors yesterday. A few interesting points came out, at last there is light at the end of the tunnel:
* There has been a recent surge in activity with hundreds of extra workers being recruited/brought in.
* Chilwell Road is to open from Middle St to the Bed shop a week on Monday, the pavements should be complete.
* Chilwell Road will open to the Hop Pole by the end of July and throughout by 4 August (3 weeks earlier then the previous announcement). It is expected to have the first tram on test to Beeston by early October.
* Despite reports to the contrary there is no change to the plan to open throughout on 14 December; on time and on budget, however this will clearly be a challenge and depends on how many snags they find during commissioning. The new trams are running under test in the City Centre.

Although we have heard several false opening dates for sections of road before, this time it is noticeable how much recent progress has been made. I shall be keeping a very close eye on matters.
Ofsted Report

Ofsted are to publish their report on the Beeston Rylands Junior School on Monday. I understand that this is going to be excellent news as they were told previously that improvement was needed. The head and staff have clearly worked hard but mention must also me made of the children who I understand have been found to be “keen to learn”. Congratulations are due to all involved; I’ll have more details once the report is public.

Best Wishes and enjoy the summer. I shall be away until Thursday so please understand if I am a little late in responding to your very welcome points.

Steve

P.S. I became a Granddad or Großvater (pronounced something like (grosh farter). Samantha was born in Berlin on Monday.

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