For many years Labour councillors and Lilian Greenwood MP have campaigned for the development of the Clifton triangle site as a way to create new jobs for local people, increase the choice of shops for residents in Clifton and help regenerate the wider area. The next stage of this is now taking place with the opening of a new Lidl on the site on Wednesday 6th September, providing an affordable supermarket option for local residents.
This follows on from the opening of a new B&M store on the site last month which created 50 new jobs, 85% of which went to Clifton residents. Further plans for the site include the construction of 24 apartments, four non-food retail units and a restaurant for residents to enjoy with an associated car park on the plot of land in Green Lane as well.
We are really pleased that Lidl will be one of the new shops opening on the Clifton Triangle site. We have tried for a long time to make this a reality and there was an overwhelmingly positive response from local residents when Lilian Greenwood launched her petition in 2016. The work on the Clifton Triangle site has also been complemented by the the improvements to the town centre as well with £500,000 invested in improving the retail area in Southchurch Drive which included a new pavement, furnishings, benches and the replanting of trees.
As Nottingham Labour we are committed to investing in our communities and believe this development will help build on the improvements already made, making Clifton and even better place both for visitors and the local community.
In Nottingham Labour’s 2015 manifesto we promised to work with Intu to refurbish the Broadmarsh Centre and create an attractive and inviting entrance into the city from Nottingham Station and the South of the City.
This summer the final phase of delivering this ambition has begun:
In May work started on the new Nottingham College City Campus Hub, a £58 million building scheme on a derelict site in Canal Street with the aim of providing high-quality college and community facilities.
Broadmarsh Carpark was successfully demolished paving the way for a £50 million development to build the new car park and bus station, with around £20m coming from external funding.
June saw the approval of a £30 million plan in partnership with a number of organisations including Heritage Lottery Fund, D2N2 and the NottinghamCastle Trust to transform Nottingham Castle into a world-class heritage destination that will attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to Nottingham ever year.
Intu have also now committed to £81 million of investment in the Broadmarsh shopping centre which will move Nottingham up from its current position of 12th in the UK retail rankings to 6th with major work set to start later this year
The Southern Gateway project represents a total of £250 million of investment in the area with funding from Nottingham City Council’s capital programme, Nottingham College, Intu and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership. This level of investment willtransform the southern part of Nottingham, providing a boost to the local economy, bringing thousands of new jobs for local people and millions of extra visitors to the city.
Our 2015 manifesto also had a commitment to Start the development of a new Central Library for the city and this week we were proud to announce a consultation on an exciting proposal to develop a new central library as part of a revamped Broadmarsh area. A new Central Library at Broadmarsh would be an attractive and inspiring space. Facing onto a pedestrianised Colin Street and Carrington Street, the new library would be at the heart of the revitalised Broadmarsh – flanked to the east by the new City College and to the West by the world heritage destination of Nottingham Castle.
No decision has yet to be taken about whether or not to go ahead and create a new Central Library, but we have started a public consultation to explore the possibility. We are very keen to hear what parents and children would want, as well as current library users. This is your chance to have your say and tell us if you think we should grasp this opportunity to create a new Central Library for Nottingham.
The health of our citizens is a top priority, and the harmful effects of air pollution are well known. This year’s Clean Air Day highlighted the importance of clean air and looking after our environment as well as showing what Nottingham people can do in their own lives to make a difference. We’re proud of the work we’ve been doing to address air pollution in Nottingham; introducing greener transport, including one of the largest all-electric park and ride bus fleets in the country, and expanding our successful tram network, as well as investing in cycle infrastructure and ultra-low emission vehicles.
We know there is more to do though and that is why we have used July’s Full Council to layout our plans to bring down Nitrogen Dioxide by 2020 and also take measures to reduce particulate matter. Our motion will commit to go beyond government requirements by continuing our commitment to clean public transport, take action to reduce engine idling, helping people to shift to Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles and reducing the Council’s emissions of pollutants.
The electrification of the midlands mainline would be enormously beneficial to Nottingham’s air quality too as it would reduce the number of diesel trains coming into the city centre every day. Instead the new trains being proposed by the government – bi-mode trains – would continue to emit high levels of nitrogen dioxide into the city centre – an area of our city that the Government has already identified as having poor air quality. If the Government can commit to the £30 billion Crossrail 2 project which will mainly benefit London and the South East then they can commit to the electrification of the Midlands Mainline for Nottingham. It’s simply not good enough and our motion reaffirms our commitment to continue to campaign for this.
Cllr Sally Longford
Portfolio Holder for Energy and Enviroment
Making a good start in education depends on lots of things. The welcome and environment that is provided in a school or nursery is vital, but so much more depends on the experiences that a child has had at home before they start school. Children who have been played with, talked with and read with are more likely to succeed that those who haven’t had lots of those experiences. That’s why in Nottingham, trying to ensure that every child lots of story books to share with adults and enjoy themselves is a priority for us and why working with the Dolly Parton Foundation is so important. We believe that giving children those early literacy skills that are gained from being regularly read to, right from birth, is one of the greatest gifts that we can give children. So we are aiming to get books to children on a regular basis.
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library, begun in Tennessee and now operating all over the world, sends quality children’s books through the post to children from birth up until their 5th birthday for the cost of only £2.05 per book, and currently, through a variety of donations from businesses and individuals, as well as Big Lottery funding in 4 wards of the city, 4000 children have a book drop on their front doormat every month.
We aren’t satisfied with that and are keen that more of our city’s 21,000 under 5s get this opportunity. So in 2018 we are redoubling our efforts to enlarge this scheme, which has been proven to make children 28% more ready for school if they are on the scheme for at least 3 years.
I’m kicking off the year with a challenge to read stories to at least 2018 children and raise at least £2018. It would be great if you could support me with a donation, no matter how small. Our children deserve this chance.
A recent national report has placed Nottingham number one for small business growth in England. The report was compiled following a survey of 1200 small business owners. In Nottingham business confidence levels were high.
Community support is strong for our local, independent businesses and this has an impact on their chances of survival and success. The report said that 65% of Nottingham people shop locally. Good access to high speed internet was also highlighted as a factor, an area that the Labour-run City Council has supported and funded for many years.
Nottingham has been a Labour Council that’s known that investment in infrastructure is the right thing to do. It is good to see that the Conservatives and Government has finally caught up with the work Nottingham Labour has been doing for decades. In Nottingham, there is an effective and efficient integrated transport system for the city. The introduction of the Robin Hood payment scheme has allowed for cross-operator and cross-transport payments within Nottingham. This is complimented by more integrated service lines with Nottingham Train Station acting as a transport hub for trains, trams, bikes and, buses. There have also been improvements for cyclists around Nottingham with the introduction of specific cycle routes, better access to the city centre and the implementation of a city-wide bike hiring scheme.
The government’s policy to scrap the electrification of the Midlands Mainline is limiting what more we can do however. This increase in speed and the beneficial environmental impacts are vital for Nottingham’s future transport needs. The governments proposed bi-powered trains simply do not provide the same benefits as rail electrification, are far more expensive, and have rightly been criticised by the Council and Nottingham’s Labour MPs.
There are also been an unfair distribution of transport spending from the Government that is holding back Nottingham’s potential with London too often being prioritised over the East Midlands. London currently receives £2,592.68 per head for transport compared to the East Midlands which only receives £218.94 per head. The fact the Government chose to give a £30 billion cheque to London and the South East for Crossrail 2 instead of £700 million for Nottingham and the electrification of the Midlands Mainline is another example of how the Government has wrongly prioritised its transport spending.
If there is more money coming for Transport, Nottingham needs its fair share to continue the success we have had in building an exemplar transport system.
Labour Councillor for Clifton North, Josh Cook, joined Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, Dave Trimble at the official opening of the new play area at Clifton Flower Park in spring.
Local residents had their say on designs for the new play area over the winter. The comments were taken into account when designing the new play area which cost around £60,000.
Councillor Dave Trimble said, ‘It was really good to see so many kids at the event enjoying the activities and the new play area.’
Labour Councillor for Clifton North, Josh Cook said, ‘At the last election we pledged to improve play and youth facilities in parks and playing fields in Clifton North. The new play area at Clifton Flower Park is a step in the right direction and we will continue to make improvements for local residents. I hope the park will continue to be popular and used by families all year round.’
Labour Councillors for Bulwell Forest, Nick and Eunice have been considering plans for the regeneration at Knights Close.
The demolition of the shops and the flats above them is under consideration. Nottingham City Council has bought the site of the former Harvesters pub that already has planning permission for housing. A small block of garages would also be demolished.
All tenants affected have been approached with an outline of the proposals and would be appropriately relocated.
A set of drawings has been produced to show what is possible, showing a replacement shop and brand new houses built to a modern eco-friendly standard. If the project is given the go ahead, there will be detailed plans and residents will be formally asked for their input and kept up to speed with anything that happens.
£100,000 has been used to create the new Bulwell Community Meadow, thanks to campaigning from Labour Councillors, former MP, Graham Allen and local residents.
Local school children were involved in helping to design features at the meadow and the site has been improved through the addition of formal pathways and a wildflower meadow.
Pupils worked with local artist Chris Campbell to design new seating and entrance features on a wildlife theme, including ladybirds, butterflies and flowers. The meadow is also home to a nature trail that features natural history designs.
Bulwell Labour Councillor, Ginny Klein, said ‘It is great to see the new Bulwell Meadow being enjoyed by local residents now that the weather has improved. Graham Allen our former MP for Nottingham North did some excellent work here and we will continue to work with the new MP, Alex Norris.
Councillors have been able to pay for more improvements to roads and pavements this year, although there is still a lot more they would like to do.
Following concerns raised by parents new bollards were installed outside Southwark School.
Councillor Linda Woodings said ‘This was a major concern of local parents and we hope the new bollards have stopped cars blocking the pavement and improved the visibility for children trying to cross the road at busy times. Safety around schools is really important to us and we’d ask people dropping off their children by car to try to park safely for other road users.’
On Brooklyn Bridge, funding has been approved for a higher fence. This is because the slope down from the current boundary has been a regular spot for fly-tipping.
On Heatherley Drive and Runton Drive a new pavement surface has been laid.
On Fenton Road the two bus stops have had clearways installed to make sure buses can safely pass down the road without obstruction from parked cars.