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Stan Heptinstall

County Councillor for:

Bramcote and Stapleford

Cllr Stan Heptinstall

Stan Heptinstall MBE
8 Cranston Road
Bramcote
Nottingham
NG9 3GU

Telephone:
Home: 0115 9164588
Daytime: 0115 9774857
Mobile: 07792 987890

Fax: 0115 9773954/w 0115 8231017

Email: cllr.stan.heptinstall@nottscc.gov.uk

liberal.democrats@nottscc.gov.uk


Committees

  • Health & Wellbeing Board

  • Mental Health Guardianship Panel

  • Planning and Licensing Committee 

  • Standards Committee


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August 2011 update:   

  • Bramcote CAT meeting

  • Hillside Road, Bramcote

  • Green Flags- great news

  • A52 Bramcote to QMC improvements

  • Core strategy consultation- important

  • The future of waste in Nottinghamshire

  • Police stations

  • Tesco store plans approved

  • Walk-in Centre decision

  • New council houses in Stapleford

  • Proms in the park

  • Saturdays in August

  • Stapleford Carnival

  • Broxtowe Footsteps Festival

  • Signage at the Roach, Stapleford

  • Free swimming

  • Lifeguard training

  • Snapshot of Broxtowe’s health

  • Working with Family First

  • Highways services

  • Car park in Bramcote Hills park

  • St. Michael’s spire appeal

  • Employment advice for Stapleford youngsters  


Bramcote CAT meeting

The next meeting of the Bramcote Community Action Team is arranged for Monday 5th September starting at 7pm. The venue is the Memorial Hall, Church Street, Bramcote. All are welcome.


Hillside Road, Bramcote

The white lining that was agreed with the County Council is now in place. It is hoped that it will be effective in slowing traffic, as for similar schemes in other areas. There is still a perception of traffic traveling at speed along the Beeston end of Hillside Road and I have asked for additional SLOW signs to try to combat this.


Green Flags- great news

First it was Bramcote Hills Park that received a Green Flag Award for the park's magnificence and careful maintenance; then it was Colliers Wood in Eastwood; the Friends of Bramcote Ridge received an award for the care taken over the Sandy Lane Nature Reserve and the Alexandrina Plantation; and now the Bramcote Tower Group has received a Green Flag Community Award for the work on the old church tower site on Town Street, Bramcote.

Many, many, many congratulations to all those involved in obtaining these green flag awards and also for maintaining them following re-assessment. The winners are you and I, the general public, who are able to enjoy these superb facilities. 


A52 Bramcote to QMC improvements

Work has already started on the improvements to traffic flow along the A52 between Bramcote and the QMC roundabouts. The works started on 19th July and will be completed by 7th November. To keep congestion to a minimum there is a traffic management scheme in place, using bus lanes for all vehicles. Work will only be undertaken during daytime off-peak hours, between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm, and at night times between 8 pm and 6 am. Please look out for the diversions signs. 

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Core Strategy consultation- important

This may not sound like anything much, but the new Core Strategy that is being put in place will dictate housing provision (and much more) in the Borough of Broxtowe and beyond for many years to come. This is a consultation in which your views are sought. It runs from now until the 3rd October, so please make sure you have your say.

Paper copies of the strategy are available to see at the Council Offices in Beeston, and at all the local libraries. Details are also at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/corestrategy. Proposals put forward are for significant housing developments through the Broxtowe area with a particular focus on Field Farm, Stapleford, and on the west side of Stapleford  Lane, Toton. At this stage there are no plans to develop any open sites in the Bramcote area, although you can be sure that some developers will be proposing these as part of their response to the consultation!  I do encourage you to have your say. Responses should be sent to pabc@broxtowe.gov.uk.


The future of waste in Nottinghamshire

Proposals for the Waste Core Strategy are out for consultation. The proposals outline the general strategies for waste collection and disposal in future years. Details are available at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/wastehaveyoursay and any comments can be sent to development.planning@nottscc.gov.uk.


Police stations

There are proposals to modify the way policing is provided throughout Nottinghamshire, with impacts on police stations. In Beeston the proposal is for the police station to remain open from 8am to 8pm every day of the week. In Stapleford the proposal is to relocate the Safer Neighbourhood Team to the Co-op in Stapleford and to Tesco in Toton with the current station on the Roach being put up for sale. Apparently the station in Stapleford is not well used and is uneconomic to maintain.

Any comments on these changes should be sent to the Chairman of the Police Authority (Jon Collins) at County Hall, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7QP, or by email to estatesfeedback@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk.


Tesco store plans approved

Erewash Borough Council Planning Committee has granted approval to Tesco to build a new supermarket in Sandiacre on Station Road next to Lidl.  Local Lib Dem Councillors spoke against the planning application, arguing that there would be problems with a three lane carriageway across the canal bridge. They also argued that retail trade in Stapleford could be adversely affected. They also spoke about the existing traffic problems consequent to an extra 300 vehicle movements per hour in each direction through Stapleford.  The planning committee at Stapleford Town Council and development control committee at Broxtowe Borough Council both objected to the plans.  I had also objected to the plans mainly on the basis of the potential negative impact on businesses in Stapleford. Let’s hope that we are all wrong to be so pessimistic about the impact of this new store.

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Walk-in Centre decision

The Secretary of State for Health has confirmed that the Stapleford Walk-In-Centre is to close. The Minister asked an Independent Reconfiguration Panel to look at the decision to close the WIC.  The panel concluded that there was no case for review.  I, and others, had sent detailed letters explaining why, in our opinion, the WIC should stay open, so we are hugely disappointed with this outcome. We understand there is no date for the closure as yet.

The Minister did lay down some conditions. The Primary Care Trust must look into providing enhanced primary care services and there needs to be improvements in the services and capacity of provision at the A&E department at the QMC. In addition, a comprehensive communication programme has to be put in place, so that the public can understand the new arrangements and take full advantage of them. Also, the impact of the changes has to be monitored. There is a meeting soon at which these requirements will be discussed in full and I will be attending the meeting. I will try to make sure we, the public, are kept fully aware of the changes and how we can get the best out of them.


New council houses in Stapleford

Six new Council houses have been built on Welch Avenue, 2 x 3 bedroom and 4 x 2 bedroom. Also, ten flats (6 x 1 bedroom and 4 x 2 bedroom) are about to be completed on Nottingham Road Stapleford. All have been built using the very latest technology to reduce carbon emissions. The source of funding to provide these new homes came partly from a Government Grant and partly from Broxtowe Borough Council funds obtained through Section 106 agreements (agreements with developers). The properties have been built through a partnership between the Council, Nottingham Community Housing Association and K J Bryan (Builders) Ltd. Your Lib Dem councillors are delighted to see new, high quality Council properties being made available in our area. 


Proms in the park

This annual event on Dovecote Lane Recreation Ground, Beeston will be on Saturday 13th August, from 7pm to 10pm and will incorporate a firework finale. The Nottingham Concert Band will take part and there will also be jazz from the Jeanie Barton Quartet. Bring a picnic and a rug or some seats. All free of charge.


Saturdays in August

Summer music is planned for Beeston Square every Saturday in August from 10.30am to 12.30pm.


Stapleford Carnival

This will take place on Ilkeston Road Recreation Ground, Stapleford on Saturday 3rd September starting at 1pm. The parade of Carnival Floats will leave Bessell Lane at 12:30pm. Come and visit our Lib Dem stall and also the Stapleford Town Council marquee where there will be several displays for you to view.

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Broxtowe Footsteps Festival

A celebration of walking in and around Broxtowe, 3–11th September 2011. The Broxtowe Footsteps Festival is a great way to get active in a relaxed and friendly environment, with all the family.  The festival leaflet lists over 35 different themed walks to suit all interests, ages and abilities including: nature walks, walks with the ‘Walk and Talk’ community walking for health group, buggy walks for new mums and dads, a community safety walk, orienteering, and taster sessions in Nordic Walking!

The festival will kick-off with a walk at Bramcote Hills Park (meet at 11.30am) which will culminate at the Stapleford Carnival site on Ilkeston Rd, Stapleford on Saturday 3rd September at 1pm just in time to enjoy the activities at the Stapleford Carnival.  There will be an information stand on the carnival site with info about walking and other healthy activities – so come along, check it out and get walking!! 


Signage at the Roach, Stapleford

After literally years of pushing we have finally managed to get more appropriate signage for the Roach crossroads in Stapleford. Hopefully visitors to our area will now find it much easier to get their bearings at this confusing crossroads. Many thanks to those at the County Council who finally listened to the suggestions put forward by the Stapleford Traffic and Transport Group (which I chair) and found the funding to put the new road signs in place. You can view the proposed new layout.


Free swimming

Residents of Broxtowe Borough aged 15 and under or over 60 are able to swim for free at the Leisure Centres throughout August 2011. Just pop into the Bramcote Leisure Centre and enjoy.


Lifeguard training

Seven young people have successfully achieved a national lifeguard qualification following a week-long intensive training course at Bramcote Leisure Centre between Monday 4 and Friday 8 July 2011. The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) course, which was delivered entirely by Centre employees, offers anyone aged 16 and above the chance to complete a professional qualification, which will allow them to go into paid employment within the leisure industry.

Candidates were required to show their practical skills and knowledge on a range of topics, including water rescues, basic first aid, operating procedures, emergency actions and general lifeguarding responsibilities. Feedback from the course has been extremely positive, with delegates commenting that the course was “really helpful and enjoyable” and that “the tutor was amazing.” Many of the candidates have already indicated their desire to work at the Centre by volunteering their time as swimming instructors. The newly-qualified instructors have also been encouraged to apply for a number of relief centre attendant and lifeguard vacancies currently on offer at the Centre.

For more information about the lifeguard and swimming instructor courses on offer as part of Bramcote Leisure Centre’s Coach Development programme,  please contact 0115 917 3000, email bramcotelc@broxtowe.gov.uk or visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/bramcoteleisurecentre.


Snapshot of Broxtowe’s health 

The annual snapshot of the healthof people living in Broxtowe has been published.  Health Profiles are released each year by the Department of Health and give a health summary of local authority areas in England. They are a valuable tool for the local NHS to help them understand their community’s needs, so that they can work to improve people’s health and reduce health inequalities. For Broxtowe, improvements include a big reduction in the number of people who smoke. Around 17% of local people are now classed as smokers; this is a 4% reduction from rates in 2010 where 21% were smokers. This is also lower than the national average.  Fewer people are dying early from heart disease and stroke when compared to the England average, and fewer people are classed as obese. There is also an increasing number of mothers breastfeeding (77%), which is above the England average. Life expectancy for Broxtowe men and women is above the national average: 79.1 years for males and 82.7 years for females.

Despite these improvements, there are several health areas where improvements still need to be made. Tooth decay in children is above the national average and there has also been a rise in winter deaths. The Health Profiles can be viewed at www.apho.org.uk/default.aspx?RID=49802 and for general health advice visit www.nottspct.nhs.uk.

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Working with Family First


Arrangements are being made with the Family First Charity to re-use household items rather than simply throw them away. As Cabinet Member for the Environment at Broxtowe BC this is something I have been encouraging for some time. Next time you ring for a bulk waste collection you are likely to be asked if Family First can pick up your item instead.


Highways services

I reported last year that the County Council is to assume full control of highways matters from April 2012, meaning that staff currently employed by Broxtowe BC will be transferred to the County Council at that time. It has now been announced that the County wish to retain the Borough’s Highways depot at Kimberley as a base for operations in the south of Nottinghamshire. This is good news for the staff and also for the whole of the Broxtowe area as highways operations will be coordinated locally rather than from a distance.


Car park in Bramcote Hills Park

Plans are being formulated to create a hard surface to the car park at the Coventry Lane end of Bramcote Hills Park. Also, as part of a general improvement, better markings and bollards will be put in place. Click on this link to view the plans. Please send any comments to steve.fisher@broxtowe,gov.uk.


St. Michael’s spire appeal

The Vicar and Churchwardens of St Michael and All Angels Parish Church, Bramcote write:

"Please help preserve a Bramcote legacy. All roads lead to home and when you’re coming back to Bramcote, you can see the spire of the Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels from most of them.  It’s as familiar as the motorway sign indicating one mile to the A52. The Victorians put Bramcote on the map when they built the Church in 1861. The 130 foot spire has been a landmark for 150 years and was a bold departure from the Saxon tower of the church on Town Street that it replaced.

It’s a precious legacy, part of the landscape for generations of people. Maybe you’re one of the thousands who’ve entered the building for services, weddings, baptisms or funerals over the years. You might have seen the spire come into view when you’ve been walking the surrounding fields. You’ll certainly have heard the bells ringing out celebration on occasions. The spire is inspected every five years for its safety and security. The last inspection of the lightning conductor showed loose and cracked areas of stonework, and steeplejacks moved in to make those areas safe. But longer-term problems were exposed and the Church Architect has been working with the churchwardens, technical advisors and English Heritage for the past year to see what restoration work is necessary.

English Heritage committed itself at an early stage to grant some of the necessary funds. A tender for the work has been accepted and the Parochial Church Council has given approval for the work to proceed as soon as possible; at this time of year there are not normally extremes of heat and cold. You may have already noticed scaffolding. The expected total cost of the work will be in the region of £95,000. Taking into account contributions from English Heritage and the Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust, the cost to the Church could be as high as £41,000. The regular congregation have always done their utmost to maintain the building and are digging deep to raise money amongst themselves. The immediate shortfall is being met by a short-term loan, but for a project of this nature, it seemed appropriate to give the Bramcote community an opportunity to contribute as well. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Please contact Frank Mellon 0115 922 1443 or Victor Smithson 0115 925 0358".

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Employment advice for Stapleford youngsters

Broxtowe Borough Council opened its doors to young people in Stapleford recently to encourage them to get back into employment by offering a unique insight into working life at the Council. Broxtowe Borough Council worked in partnership with Stapleford Skills for Employment to provide a six-week programme of talks from Council officers for teenagers at the Stapleford Young People’s Centre. The project saw the Council’s Customer Services, Sports Development and Parks and Environment officers discuss their roles with young people, as well as offering help and advice on how to apply for jobs and sell yourself at interview from the Council’s Human Resources division. Students also visited the CCTV control room in Beeston to discover how the Council works towards creating a safe environment for residents through the use of surveillance equipment. The six-week programme came to a close with a visit to the Town Hall in Beeston, where students were given a tour of the council chambers before discussing their aspirations with past Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe (2010/11), Cllr Pat Lally. The Council now hopes to extend the project, which ran throughout April and May, with another programme of talks in the autumn.

For more information about the scheme, please contact Economic Development on 0115 917 3446, email: ecdev@broxtowe.gov.uk or visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/business.


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