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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

  • Audit Committee

  • Standards Committee


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February 2011 update: 


Council Budgets

The proposed budgets for 2010/11 for Nottinghamshire County Council and Broxtowe Borough Council will be debated this month. More details later. 


Speech to Broxtowe Borough Council

On 2nd February I deputised for Cllr David Watts, the Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, and provided my views on current issues. You can read a copy of my speech


Portfolio Report

As the portfolio holder (cabinet member) for the Environment Department on Broxtowe Borough Council I prepare a regular report for council members. You can view the report that I presented at the council meeting on 2nd February.


Broxtowe Youth Mayor

The current Youth Mayor for Broxtowe is Tilly Stone, a student at the White Hills Park Federation of Secondary Schools in Bramcote. For the first time ever, on 2nd February 2011, the Youth Mayor presented a report to councillors at a full council meeting at Broxtowe Borough Council. Tilly highlighted the activities of the Broxtowe Youth Council and the good work they do in our community. It was a pleasure to hear her speak. Youth leaders such as Keith Hanbury and Jan Key also deserve recognition for all they have done to promote positive activities among the youth in our area. You can see a copy of Tilly’s speech.


Bramcote Park School

Bramcote Park Sport, Business and Enterprise School has been named as one of the 100 most improved schools in the country for GCSE results this year. The school is part of the White Hills Park Federation of secondary schools in Bramcote. Congratulations to all the staff and students in achieving this.

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Bramcote CAT

The next meeting of the Bramcote Community Action Team is on Monday 7th March starting at 7pm. As usual, it will be held in the Memorial Hall, Church Street, Bramcote. This is an anniversary meeting and will be the 40th meeting of the group. Come along and hear what has been achieved as a consequence of these meetings over the last 10 years and set your sights on what might be achieved in the future. The meeting will also be used to launch Bramcote Today, a new community website for Bramcote. All welcome. 


Bramcote Today Website

I am delighted to report that there is to be a new website to serve the Bramcote community. It came about following a discussion on the possibility of establishing a community website at the last meeting of the Bramcote Community Acton Team.  The initiative came from the Head of IT at Broxtowe Borough Council. A number of enthusiastic Bramcote residents are setting up the site, which will be used to keep us all up to date on Bramcote happenings. The plan is to launch the website at the next meeting of the Bramcote CAT. Come along to the CAT meeting on Monday 7th March and find out what this is all about.


Bramwell Care Home

When Nottinghamshire County Council decided to sell the Bramwell Care Home an important concession was offered. Current residents were to be “protected” from any increases in care home fees. This was confirmed in the response to the petition that I presented about the sale of the home. The response included the following:  “The existing residents will continue to have their care funded by the Council and the fees for both existing residents and self-funders will be protected.” Recently the County Council announced very substantial increases in fees for residents of County-run care homes of £100 per week in April 2011 and a further £100 per week in April 2012. And guess what – these will apply to current residents of Bramwell! If, like me, this disgusts you, please write to Nottinghamshire County Council and let them know what you think. 


Reduced hours at Stapleford Library

The County Council is proposing to reduce opening hours at Stapleford library by 50%. Many people object to this and a series of read-ins at the library are being held. I believe that the library makes an essential contribution enabling access to books, music and the internet, and I am opposed to the proposed cuts in opening hours. 
 
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Walk-in-Centre Review

Many thanks to all those who offered comments on the proposed closure of the Stapleford NHS walk-in-centre both in writing and verbally at public meetings.  We will now have to await the outcome of the NHS consideration of this matter. The level of objection seems to have to been massive. Will the NHS take heed of the objections or was the consultation a sham? A new consortium of general practitioners will take over responsibility for funding local healthcare. The Primary Care Trust is being dissolved following reorganisation of healthcare nationally. 


Accident on Hillside Road, Bramcote

A car overturned on Hillside Road, Bramcote following an accident that seems to have been caused by excessive speeding. Speed monitoring devices have now been installed and the police are prosecuting drivers caught travelling at speeds greater than 30mph. Consideration is being given to installations to reduce speed in this area. All views on this are being passed on to the relevant portfolio holder and officers at Nottinghamshire County Council, which has the responsibility for highways matters.  


Town Street, Bramcote

Recently I received a concern about works taking place on Town Street, where temporary traffic lights are in operation for the next 3-4 months. The work involves replacement of an electricity cable and the concern was about re-instatement of the road and also about potholes consequent to the recent bad weather. You may be interested to see the response from a council officer to the concern: “Thank you for your recent email regarding Town Street. If a utility company digs up a road surface they have to match the existing material and highway standards. Although they can do a temporary reinstatement, this needs to be made permanent within 6 months. Utility reinstatements are inspected to see if they are to the required specification and a defect is issued to the relevant utility if it has failed. All road opening notices have to be put in to Nottinghamshire County Council Network Co-ordination Section for their approval and (except in the case of Emergency Works) need several weeks/months notice dependant on the type of works and traffic management required. Town Street does get inspected every month and some repairs to various potholes are being carried out this week and defects noted at the time of inspection will be repaired in due course. The section of Town Street from Cow Lane to the A52 is on my list for consideration for resurfacing in the future but due to budget cuts I cannot guarantee when this may be done.” 


U3A for Beeston

A new branch of U3A (University of the Third Age) is to be launched at Chilwell Road Methodist Church on 7th April, 10.30am. I was happy to provide a small amount of funding through my initiatives fund, to contribute to the launch. 

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Erewash Valley Trail

The Erewash Valley Trail is a new circular walking and cycling route that takes in over 30 miles of waterway and countryside on the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire border. There are many shortcuts and links across the trail, which connect communities and provide shorter local loops and split the trail into smaller sections. There is easy access from both Bramcote and Stapleford. You can download a copy of the brochure on the Erewash Valley Trail. 


Street Cleaning

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by one of the officers in the street cleansing section of the Environment department at Broxtowe Borough Council and I was asked to go to the Kimberley depot to be interviewed in connection with a Good Practice Case Study being conducted by the East Midlands Improvement and Efficiency Partnership. It was about our Street Cleaning service. The Partnership has identified that Broxtowe provides a particularly good service that is described as low cost and high quality. And the partnership wanted to hold up the service as an example of good practice. I was interviewed as the portfolio holder with responsibility for the service. The bottom line is that the service operates so effectively because the management and staff together really care about the quality of the work that they do. The service works well because the workmen have a defined area of responsibility. They are provided with the right equipment for the job. They are given responsibility within the area in which they are operating (whether it be Beeston, Stapleford, Kimberley or Eastwood) to do whatever it takes to do as good a job as possible. And they are very proud of the work that they do and the quality of the result that is achieved. And everybody benefits. I was very happy to pass that information on. 


New Tesco at Sandiacre

I have formally objected to the application for a new Tesco at Sandiacre. I also objected to the original proposal that was subsequently withdrawn, and my reasons for objecting remain the same:

i) A large store close to Stapleford will have a huge negative effect on the viability of businesses in Stapleford. We already have businesses closing in consequence of trade diverting to other superstores in Toton and Beeston, and an additional store even closer by will hugely exacerbate the problem.

ii) I am concerned about the increased traffic flow through Stapleford that will result. All traffic goes through "The Roach" at the junction of Nottingham Road/Toton Lane/Church Street/Derby Road. This is already very busy and produces long delays at peak periods, a situation that will get much worse if the store were to be approved.

iii) Derby Road. Stapleford has a series of traffic humps that designed to impede through-traffic and are in place consequent to serious accidents along this stretch of road, caused, in part, by the narrowness of the footways. Any additional traffic would increase the likelihood of accidents.

You may wish to make your own comments on the application. Full details are at www.erewash.gov.uk 

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