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Stan Heptinstall

County Councillor for:

Bramcote and Stapleford

Cllr Stan Heptinstall

Stan Heptinstall MBE
8 Cranston Road

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

Fax: 0115 9773954/w 0115 8231017

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



  • Audit Committee

  • Planning and Licensing Committee 

  • Standards Committee

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July 2011 update: 

Bramcote CAT meetings 

The most recent meeting of the Bramcote Community Action Team took place on Monday 6th June. I chaired the meeting and the discussions were wide and varied. There were updates from our community police officer PC Karl Barlow, and also from Steve Austin on behalf of the editors of the Bramcote Today website. Karl told us that overall crime levels in Bramcote are lower than one year ago, although this does not mean we should be complacent; we should take great care in keeping our homes and property secure. Steve, and everyone present, were very positive about the new website for Bramcote which is proving to be a great success.

We had invited a representative from A1plus to attend to tell us about their actions for the Highways Agency regarding the A52, but unfortunately he was unable to attend. Members complied a list of questions that were subsequently sent on to A1plus. Hopefully we will get the answers in time for the next meeting.

The next meeting is arranged for Monday 5th September starting at 7pm. The venue is the Memorial Hall, Church Street, Bramcote.

Hillside Road 

A white lining procedure has been agreed that will restrict traffic flow and has been shown to be successful in slowing traffic in other areas. In regard to a Community Speed Gun scheme, there have not been sufficient volunteers and the insurance cost (a four figure sum) is also a consideration, hence this has been put on hold.  However, our community police officer PC Karl Barlow is undergoing speed gun training and he will soon be undertaking speed monitoring duties in Bramcote.

New Bus Stops

Residents in and around Westbourne Court on Ewe Lamb Lane petitioned Nottinghamshire County Council for additional bus stops outside this supported housing complex – two additional bus stops are now in place, one on each side of the road. 

Lollipop Persons

I understand that someone has been found to help children cross the road to the Fairfield Primary School on Toton Lane, Stapleford. This is great news. However, someone to help children across Moor Lane, Bramcote is needed and the possibility of a job share is being looked into. Are there a public-spirited people out there who would like to know more about the possibilities? Do contact me if you think you can help.

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Hemlock Happening

Once again this free event for residents of Bramcote and Stapleford in Bramcote Hills Park was a huge success. Despite hailstones on the day before the event and continuous rain the day after, the sun shone all day for the event itself. There were more than 40 stalls, arts and creative activities, sports and physical challenges, and music and dance including performances by local schools, dance and theatre companies.  The event included music from Don Morrell and his Gin Mill Syncopators and also from The Feds and culminated in a spectacular firework display.

Next year the Hemlock Happening will launch the celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Saturday 2nd June. Put the date in your diary now. Full details will be provided at www.hemlockhappening.org.

Real-time displays at bus stops 

The real-time displays in Bramcote and Stapleford have not been operating for several months. I was told that this is because an essential replacement part that is needed for the system to operate is on order from Germany. I am now told that, in turn, this has to come from Japan and it is delayed because of the problems in that country.


There is still disquiet about potholes on our roads and pavements. Please continue to report them to Broxtowe Borough Council.

Grass verges

There have been many complaints this year about grass verges that were not cut for several weeks. This is because the County Council has removed some of the funding for this. It would be useful if the complaints could be directed to Cllr Richard Jackson who is the cabinet member for highways at the County Council.

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Borough Elections

The following people were elected to represent Bramcote and Stapleford on Broxtowe Borough Council in the elections on 5th May:

Bramcote Ward: Stan Heptinstall, David Watts and Ian Tyler (all Liberal Democrats)

Stapleford SE Ward: Jacky Williams and David Grindell (both Liberal Democrats)

Stapleford N Ward: Brian Wombwell (Liberal Democrat) and Iris White (Labour)

Stapleford SW Ward: John McGrath and Ray Darby (both Labour)

Day services for people who need help

The County Council plans to close the Day Services at many care homes in the County including at the Bramwell Care Home on Chilwell Lane, Bramcote. From the end of September 2011 those needing day care in the Bramcote and Stapleford areas will have to go to the facility in Barncroft, off Inham Road, Chilwell.

The big difference is that the centres that remain will cater for many different types of need; they offer services for older people, people with physical disabilities, mental health services and learning disability services.  Similarly, it is likely that the Middle Street Resource Centre will expand its remit beyond providing services solely relating to mental health. This is a cost-cutting exercise and I do not think that combining different needs in one centre is ideal.

Stapleford Walk-In Centre

The final decision on the closure of the Stapleford Health Walk-In Centre was referred to the Secretary for State for a final decision. I and others have written to the SoS summarising why, in our view, the Centre should remain open. You can read my letter on this subject [pdf 180KB].

Bramcote Hills Primary school Golden Jubilee

I was delighted to receive an invitation to visit the Bramcote Hills Primary School Golden Jubilee celebrations. It is so good to see the school still thriving after 50 years of teaching our children in Bramcote, including my own and many of yours, I suspect. Congratulations to all those involved and especially the Headteacher Andrew Pearson, the staff, the governors and the children.

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Wadsworth Fields Primary School

I was delighted to receive an invitation to visit the Wadsworth Fields Primary School for a performance of the Wizard of Oz. Every child in the school was involved and I thoroughly enjoyed the performance. Congratulations to the children and also to the Headteacher Sally Bates and the teachers and all the helpers who enabled this superb production.

Schools’ Art Competition

The Bramcote Today website is enabling an Art Competition for all the schools in Bramcote. Pupils up to year 7 were asked to produce a piece of artwork about what they like best about their school. Six schools sent in 10 entries each. I was one of the judges who helped select the best three from each school and the winner from each school will be selected at a special presentation on Friday 1st July. The winners, those commended for their work, and indeed all the entries will be displayed on the Bramcote Today website from late Friday afternoon. You might like to take a look. 

Free Swimming at Bramcote Leisure Centre

Broxtowe Borough Council is offering free swimming during August for under 16 and over 60 year-olds. Just contact the Leisure Centre to take advantage of this.

Community Celebration Event

On Saturday 2nd July the Community Celebration Group will hold a whole day event at Roundhill School Beeston. This brings together people of different faiths and ethnicities and is always very popular. Do drop in and find out what it is all about. I will see you there.

Erewash Valley Trail

This circular 30 mile walking and cycling route, launched over the last fortnight, covers the whole length of the Erewash Valley and includes parts of Bramcote and Stapleford. I do encourage you to get out and enjoy this new facility. You can download the trail brochure [pdf 2MB].


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