I hope you had a lovely Christmas and enjoyed a break, unlike many of those working in our NHS who have found themselves working under considerable pressure. Winter is always a particularly busy time especially in the Emergency Department. In anticipation of the additional work load the Government made available an extra £437 million and have freed up an extra 1000 beds. Notwithstanding the extra resources, our hospitals (the City and QMC) have had to cancel operations and some out patient clinics. We really do have to grasp the challenges our NHS and social care system face. Extra money is important but so too are better systems and integration. I am pleased that the Secretary of State for Health (Jeremy Hunt) will have apparently have even more responsibility for social care, though its not clear whether the funding of social care move to his Department. We all need to take greater responsibility to make sure we are fit and healthy and use the NHS responsibly. We are all living longer which is a good thing but it means, more than ever, we must strengthen our NHS and other public services and it’s not simply a matter of more money.
Finally, my condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Keith Longdon who served as a Broxtowe Borough Councillor for a number of years and also represented Eastwood as a Town and County Councillor.
Stapleford Post Office Re-opening
I am delighted that Stapleford Post office re-opened yesterday in its new premises – Gadgets. This follows my successful campaign to stop the Post Office relocating to Bargain Booze. Stapleford’s Councillors organised a huge petition and my thanks to everyone who supported the campaign, especially Richard MacRae who worked so hard to find alternative premises.
Cinema Coming to Beeston
Broxtowe Borough Council are hoping to sign a contract in the coming months with a cinema operator for Beeston as part of the wider development of Beeston Town Centre. Whilst details are still being ironed out, this is welcome news for Beeston – watch this space!
Beeston Town Hall Future
Broxtowe Borough Council is consulting on the future of Beeston Town Hall. For some time now the building has not only been under used, but the running costs have also been rising and in my opinion it is not fit for its current purpose.
The Council’s more modern office block opposite the Town Hall are is also under occupied, so in my view it makes good sense to move all the offices under one roof. Selling the Town Hall would not only raise a large amount of money that would be reinvested in better services for everyone it would cut running costs. The old Town Hall is a fine looking building and would no doubt be sold to a developer for new homes. This should be welcomed as we need more housing and it would keep the pressure off our Green Belt land.
All of us in public life have a duty to spend tax payers’ money wisely and responsibly and the sale of the Town Hall in Beeston would be the right thing to do (I also believe Stapleford Town Council should take a similar approach to Carnegie Hall). I would not favour demolishing either (far from it!).
I also think a sensible and responsibly approach to the buildings Broxtowe Borough Council owns, should be part of a plan to make democracy more accessible and transparent, so here’s a revolutionary proposal: Why not move Council meetings around the Borough so everyone has the ability to attend and see democracy in action? Existing community facilities could be used, reducing costs and enabling everyone in Broxtowe to see their Borough Council debating and deciding on important local matters.
Whatever your views on the future of Beeston Town Hall I would urge you to take part in the consultation which closes on 15th January here.
Want to be a Councillor?
Would you like to serve your community and make it an even better place to live? If so I hope you would consider standing as a Borough, Town or Parish Councillor. The next set of elections is in 2019 and Broxtowe Conservatives are asking anyone who is interested in becoming a candidate to contact them. If you want more details please contact Tony Harper on email@example.com.
Thursday 18th January 2018
Stapleford Community Action Team Meeting
7pm – 8.30pm
Where: Stapleford Town Council, The Carnegie Hall, Warren Avenue, NG9 8EY
What’s On: All residents are welcome to attend and raise any issues with councillors
Wednesday 24 January 2018
Attenborough and Chilwell East CAT meeting
7pm – 8.30pm
Where: Attenborough Village Hall
Friday 26 January 2018
Holocaust Memorial Day
Where: Walled Garden Bramcote Hills Park
What’s On: Ceremony to reflect on the various Holocausts most notably the murder of six million Jews in the Nazi death camps.
Sunday 28th January 2018
Chetwynd the Toton and Chilwell Neighbourhood Forum
Where: Village Hotel
What’s On: Annual General Meeting, more info at www.cttcnf.org.uk
Stapleford & District U3A Monthly Meetings
Where: Stapleford Methodist Church, Eaton’s Road, NG9 7EA
What’s On: The next big event will be the Christmas social on 6th December 2017, with singing, Quizzes, Food and Laughter. For more information visit http://u3asites.org.UK/stapleford