In the 50th year since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England, people from across Nottinghamshire came together to celebrate Pride and show support to the LGBT community.
The event took place on Saturday 29th July 2017 in various venues in Hockley and around the city centre. It was estimated to have been the biggest Nottinghamshire Pride ever. Over 7,000 people took part in the parade and many more engaged with events across the city.
Amongst the street performers and bands, there was also a Nottingham City Transport bus. It was painted in a rainbow livery for the occasion.
Councillor Toby Neal, Portfolio Holder for Community and Customer Services said, ‘We were really pleased to be able to provide our support to the LGBT community again this year with our stall at Pride. This event shows the diversity of our city and everyone who attended had a great time.’
Pride continues to go from strength to strength and next year’s event promises to be even more successful.
Nottingham’s parks and open spaces have received national recognition by achieving 56 Green Flag Awards. The awards are given by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy to parks that have the highest possible environmental standards, are beautifully maintained, have excellent visitor facilities and are regarded as one of the best parks in the country.
Three additional parks achieved green flag status this year, making Nottingham the City Council with the highest number in the UK.
18 sites received Green Flag Community Awards and are managed by local community groups; they include the City Hospital Garden, St Ann’s Community Orchard and Meadows Library Garden.
There has been extensive cuts from central government funding, however 77 play areas have been improved in Nottingham since 2010. £36 million of external funding has been achieved since 2007. Thanks to work from volunteers and parks staff, a massive 96% of residents are satisfied with parks and open spaces.
Labour Councillor and Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, Dave Trimble said, ‘We’re really pleased with the amount of green flags we have received this year and it’s great that so many sites that are managed by the community have been recognised too.’
‘As Labour Councillors we made a commitment to work with local people and deliver more Green Flag Award winning parks. We have improved the numbers year on year and people are enjoying the benefits.’
To find a Green Flag Park near you click here, or to find out what’s on in Nottingham during the summer holidays, click here.
There will also be lots of local events going on in different neighbourhoods across the city. In Basford, Stockhill and Vernon parks have already held events. Whitemoor and Brooklyn parks will also be hosting Summer Fun Days, with local Labour Councillors lending their support and funding.
Each event will include a wide range of activities for residents of all ages to enjoy, from arts and crafts, storytelling, sports activities and live music from local groups. They will be attended by our emergency services and community protection officers. Local Councillors will also be available to hear any resident’s concerns.
Upcoming events in Basford are;
Friday 4 August, 2pm till 5pm – Whitemoor Park Summer Fun Day
Wednesday 9 August, 4pm till 7pm – Brooklyn Park Summer Fun Day
Find out what’s on in Nottingham this summer by clicking here.
By announcing the launch of the Nottingham and Derby Metro Strategy 2030 in May, the two cities and their councils have made a commitment to work more closely together for the benefit of the whole area and its residents.
The aim of the strategy is to bring together resources and make the region an exciting place to live, work and place by 2030.
Last week, the two Labour led Councils announced a Gym and Swim membership offer, meaning that residents with gym and swim membership in one city will also be able to use facilities in the other city at no extra cost.
Labour Councillor and Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture in Nottingham, Dave Trimble said: ‘Leisure is an ideal area for us to look at how we can bring benefits to local people in both Derby and Nottingham through the two City Councils working more closely together.’
‘There are around 40,000 people who commute between the two cities to work. It makes good sense for us to offer gym and swim membership to Derby residents who work in Nottingham, and vice versa, so they can make use of the facilities at a time that suits them.’
Another benefit for residents of both cities includes a £1 discount on Trentbarton buses to travel to events such as Splendour in Nottingham or the Hannells Darley Park Concert in Derby this summer.
For more information on the gym and swim offer, please click here.
In the Labour Manifesto that was launched on Tuesday 16th May, the party outlined the ambition to ‘Support the creation of publicly owned, locally accountable energy companies and co-operatives to rival existing private energy suppliers’.
This commitment follows the launch of Robin Hood Energy in 2015, a not for profit energy company that was brought to fruition by Nottingham Labour Councillors. The company provides a discounted rate of energy for City residents and provides strong competition to the ‘Big 6’.
1000’s of city residents have benefited from switching to Robin Hood Energy and the company has made positive steps in combatting fuel poverty, something that affects one in ten households across the UK.
The Labour manifesto highlights that energy customers in the UK are overcharged by £2 billion per year, however regionally based, accountable and not for profit energy suppliers such as Robin Hood Energy would ensure that residents are not being unfairly and unnecessarily charged.
Leader of Nottingham City Council, Councillor Jon Collins said ‘Robin Hood Energy is an example of how fuel poverty can be tackled and how setting up not for profit energy companies, at a local level, can give people an alternative to the big 6.
A Labour Government could use this model all over the country and stop people being exploited by huge companies.’
The Conservative manifesto does not support locally owned energy companies that are not for profit, instead they are content with people all over the UK being overcharged by huge multi-national corporations. Labour has shown ambition to drive energy prices down and end fuel poverty for people all over the UK, both locally and nationally.