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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



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  • Standards Committee

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June 2010 Update:

Changes on Broxtowe Borough Council

At the Annual Council Meeting on 12 May your Bramcote Ward councillor David Watts took over as Leader of Broxtowe Borough Council. He replaces Cllr Michael Rich who has led the council for the last three years. Michael takes over from David as chair of the important Development Control Committee for the final year of this administration. The Council continues to be run by a Liberal Democrat-Labour coalition of councillors, which has proved successful for the last 7 years. The change in leadership came about because Michael has announced his retirement from local politics at the end of this administration, whereas David intends to stand for re-election for a further term of office.

Find out about Bramcote Liberal Democrats

On Thursday 8 July there will be a get-together for Liberal Democrats who live in Bramcote, their friends, and indeed for anyone who is interested in finding out about Liberal Democrats, locally and nationally. It will take the form of a garden party with food and refreshments. The get-together will be at 8 Cranston Road, Bramcote, NG9 3GT starting at 7pm. Please ring 0115 9164588 or email stan.heptinstall@ntlworld.com to let us know that you are coming (for catering purposes).

Bramcote CAT

The next meeting of the Bramcote Community Action Team is at the Memorial Hall, Church Street, Bramcote on Monday 5 July, starting at 7pm. The meeting is a little later this year as a result of the election. Future meetings are scheduled for Monday 6 September and Monday 29 November 2010. The meetings provide an opportunity to keep up with what’s happening in our area. Just turn up. You will be very welcome.

A52 road works put on hold

The plans of the Highways Agency to reconstruct the A52 and lay a new gas main between the Priory Island and QMC island have been put on hold. Closure of the A52 for several weeks was in prospect, starting at the end of this month. Many of those consulted (including ourselves) warned of the chaos that would result, and this led to the Highways Agency reconsidering the matter. We await their alternative proposals.

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What next for the green belt?

The new Government has announced that the Regional Spatial Strategy is to be scrapped. This is the policy that required 6,500 new houses to be built in Broxtowe, and which would have meant significant building in the green belt. The RSS generated a great deal of political controversy prior to the General Election and it will be interesting to see what will replace it.

Car park charges

Charges for parking at Council owned car parks starts on 21 June. The first hour will be free. Quarterly and annual season tickets will be available at heavily discounted prices.

Orienteering in Bramcote Hills Park  

There is a new weekly club night for anyone looking to try orienteering. The sessions offer families the chance to get fit with a range of map reading and exercises to challenge people of all ages and abilities. The sessions run weekly from 6.30pm till 8.00pm and cost just £3 per adult and £1 per child. Meet at Bramcote Park School at the start of any club night. For more information, telephone 01773 770 100.

Closure of Stapleford Recycling Centre

You will recall that the County Council has decided to close the recycling centre at Stapleford, despite strong objections from opposition groups including Brian Wombwell and me as your county councillors. It has just been announced that closure will be on 1st August this year.

Bramwell fights back

The most contested item at the budget debate in March was the decision to sell off all County Council owned care homes, including Bramwell in Bramcote. I see that Anna Soubry, our newly elected MP, is opposing the closure of Bramwell. Also a supporters group has been formed to help keep Bramwell open, of which I am a member.

Charges for care at home – success!

Many thanks to all those who responded to the consultation on changes in the charging regime for care at home. You will recall that currently there is a maximum charge for care at home, which was increased recently to £120.  However, the County Council were also consulting on an option to means test care so that anyone with savings of £23,000 would have to pay the actual cost of care. For some people this could be many hundreds of pounds per week.  I am delighted to let you know that the County Council has now announced that it will no longer pursue the policy of charging in excess of £120 for some residents.

County council to take on responsibility for highways repairs

Currently Broxtowe Borough Council looks after all the roads in Borough apart from trunk roads such as the A52, which is the responsibility of the Highways Agency. As well as the roads Broxtowe’s responsibility includes all footpaths, grass verges and gulleys. It also includes gritting the roads during the winter, and responses to emergencies such as flooding. Some 50 people are directly employed in performing these tasks, most of whom are based at the Kimberley Depot. The work is performed via a partnership agreement with the County Council where the Borough performs the work against criteria set by the County. The arrangement has benefited Borough residents for many years.

However, the County Council has now confirmed that it intends to end the partnership agreement and, as from May 2012, will  no longer require Broxtowe BC to perform this work.

This change will have enormous consequences for Broxtowe BC, its employees and its residents. This activity forms such a large part of the overall operation of the Borough Council that enormous changes will have to be made in management structures and in the use of buildings. Many employees will leave Broxtowe and transfer to the County with the uncertainty of what will happen next. They will no longer operate from Kimberley. I think the nearest County Council Depot is near Junction 28 on the M1.

I honestly believe that removal of the loss of a local base for all this activity will mean that the future service will be less responsive to local conditions and residents’ needs.

Thanks you to those who responded to my previous request to try to reverse this decision.

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Hemlock Happening

The full programme for the Hemlock Happening to be held in Bramcote Hills Park on Saturday 12 June can be found www.hemlockhappening.org. Here are some of the events that will take place:

Main Stage (Walled Garden Area)

  • 1.00 Opening of the event, with our Member of Parliament Anna Soubry, the Mayor of Broxtowe Cllr Pat Lally, and the Mayor of Stapleford Cllr Kevin Thomas;
  • 1.10 Wadsworth Fields Primary School;
  • 1.40 William Lilley Infants School;
  • 1.50 Bramcote Hills Primary School;
  • 2.15 Albany Junior School;
  • 2.45 Foxwood School;
  • 3.15 St Johns C of E Primary School;
  • 3.45 Bramcote Park and Bramcote Hills Schools;
  • 4.15 George Spencer School;
  • 4.45 Alderman White School;
  • 5.15 Manushi Dance Group;
  • 5.35 Pushing Boundaries inclusive Dance Company;
  • 6.00 “The Underdogs” and Stapleford Youth People’s Centre;
  • 6.35 “Crisis” playing a varied set of classical pop and soul favourites;
  • 7.35 Beeston Musical Theatre Group;
  • 8.00 Don Morrell’s Gin Mill Syncopators;
  • 9.05 Beeston Musical Theatre Group;
  • 9.30 “Sticky Morales” – 9 piece 70’s soul, funk and groove machine serving up cool sounds and surprises. Sounds of James Brown, Sly Stone, JBs, Otis Reading and the BeeGees;
  • 10.30 Fantastic Finale firework display using the Hemlock Stone as the centrepiece by Crescendo Fireworks.

In the Park (accessed from Ilkeston Road)

BREATHING PLACES ZONE: Attenborough Nature Reserve and Wildlife Trust - mini beast hunts and more; join artists Jessica Kemp and Rosie Hobbs and create something to take away which celebrates the biodiversity of the site and our natural wildlife; join the Broxtowe Recycling and Heritage team for arts workshops using recycled and natural materials; meet the rescue Owls on the Hoots Owl Display; find out about taking on an allotment with the ‘Dig In’ team.

BODY ZONE: Physical challenges with the Broxtowe Sports Team and Bramcote Leisure Centre; ‘Have a go’ Archery with the Long Eaton Field Archers (small charge for insurance purposes); Army Forces Careers with skill and physical challenges; Hand Massage and reflexology with the Feminenza team; Breakaway Ramblers and Walk and Talk Group; Health 4 U drop in Clinic; Nottingham Community Health Team with free ‘tasters’ and ‘hands on’ activities; Meet your local Air Cadets and find out how to get active in your local area; Visit the peddle powered ‘Pulp Friction’ smoothie bar for a refreshing and healthy drink.

DANCE ZONE: Belly Button Ensemble; Vina Ladwa with South Asian Dance; Ellenismos Greek Dancers; Lindy Hop Workshop demo with Sunnyside School; Barncroft ‘Pushing Boundaries’ Dance Group.

COMMUNITY ZONE: Bramcote W.I. cake stall; Bramcote Girl Guiding with display and activities; St. Michael’s Church Strawberries and Cream stall; The Rotary Club; Afrik with exhibition and African beadwork; St. Helen’s Church with arts and craft activities; Stapleford Library storytelling tent; Community Celebration Group with display and activities; UK Trini and Friends with Carnival display and ‘Steel Magnolia’s’ steel pan group; Friends of Bramcote Old Tower and Bramcote Conservation Society; Bramcote History Group; Sure Start with creative under 5’s activities; Stapleford Credit Union making money boxes and face painting; Broxtowe Play Forum with make and take activities.

YOUTH ZONE: County Council Youth team and Motivator Bus; Climbing Wall; Extended Schools tent with arts, crafts and games; Kiddies rides.

RE-ENACTMENT ZONE: Join Team Falchion for living history, armour and sword fighting demonstrations throughout the afternoon.

DOGS DAY OUT: A fun afternoon for all dog lovers and owners.

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Community Celebration 2010

This event takes place at the Roundhill School, Foster Avenue, Beeston on Saturday 3rd July, 11am to 4pm. Download the flyer for more details [PDF 300KB]. This is a great day out for people from varied backgrounds and cultures and is not to be missed. See you there!

Three things to do at Bramcote Leisure Centre

1. Free Swimming Lessons

Bramcote Leisure Centre is offering free lessons to anyone aged 17 and over in partnership with the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA).  The lessons are aimed at adults who are looking to learn to swim ahead of their summer holidays:

  • 60+ – Tuesdays (11.15am – 12.15pm) starting 15 June
  • Ladies Only – Wednesdays (3.00pm – 4.00pm) starting 16 June
  • Parent Time – Wednesdays (8.00pm – 9.00pm) starting 16 June
  • Adult Beginners – Wednesdays (11.00am – 12noon) starting 16 June

There is limited availability for each session so early booking is recommended. Each programme will be led by a qualified swimming instructor and will run for six weeks.

After six weeks you will be eligible for half price swimming lessons to help carry on your development.

For more information and to make a booking, please contact Bramcote Leisure Centre on 0115 917 3000, email bramcotelc@broxtowe.gov.uk or visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/bramcoteleisurecentre for more information.

2. ‘TRI’ Something New With Broxtowe Sport

Wannabe triathletes across Broxtowe Borough are being invited to try an all new triathlon event this month at Bramcote Leisure Centre and Bramcote Park.

The first-ever Broxtowe Sport Triathlon kicks off at 7.30am on Saturday 26 June with registration and briefings at Bramcote Leisure Centre. The event aims to get newcomers into exercise with elements of swimming, cycling and running that are perfect for anyone looking to try something new.

The adult event involves a 200 metre swim, an eight kilometre cycle (five miles) and a 1.6 kilometre (one mile) run. Adults can attempt all three triathlon activities or beginners can enter with friends to tackle one discipline each.

For youngsters aged 10 to 16 years, the distances are reduced to a 50 metre swim, a three kilometre bike ride and a one kilometre run. The junior event will be held entirely within the confines of the leisure centre and the park and will not use the public highway.  

The event is affiliated with Triathlon England and is suitable for those able to swim and manage 30 minutes of continuous exercise.

Entry costs £10 per adult, £12 per team and £5 for juniors, which includes insurance provided by British Triathlon. Discounts are also available for those registering online. Deadline for entries is Friday 18 June.

For more information and to enter, please contact Broxtowe Sport on 01773 770 100, email sport@broxtowe.gov.uk or visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/sportsevents.

3. Dive Into A Career In Leisure With Bramcote Leisure Centre

Bramcote Leisure Centre is offering anyone looking for a career in the leisure industry the chance to gain a valuable qualification at an intensive, week-long National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) training course.

The course is run by the Institute of Qualified Lifeguards and is recognised by the industry, as well as representing the first vital step for anyone wishing to follow a career in the leisure industry. The course covers all the principles of lifesaving, including basic first aid, treatment of spinal injuries, pool rescue skills and resuscitation.

No previous experience is required, although candidates must be at least 16 years old and physically fit, strong swimmers. Candidates must also be able to swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds, swim 100 metres fully-clothed front and back, tread water for 30 seconds and surface dive to depths of 3.5 metres.

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) is widely accepted by swimming pools both in the UK and Ireland with over 37,000 qualifications awarded per annum. The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) also has full accreditation from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.  

The course will run from Monday 5 July to Sunday 11 July and costs £179.50, which includes all course material and assessment fees. Places are limited so early booking is essential. The course is delivered on consecutive days but times vary each day.   

For more information, to request an information pack and to enrol, please contact Bramcote Leisure Centre on 0115 917 3000 or email bramcotelc@broxtowe.gov.uk

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