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Stan Heptinstall

County Councillor for:

Bramcote and Stapleford

Cllr Stan Heptinstall

Stan Heptinstall
8 Cranston Road

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June 2013

The County Council Elections

The elections for county councillors that took place in May brought a new administration to County Hall. The Labour party won 34 seats and now has a majority of 1 compared with all other parties. The Conservatives have 21 seats and now are the second largest party. Liberal Democrats have 8 seats. I am delighted to report that I retained my seat and my colleague Jacky Williams took over from Brian Wombwell who stood down at this election because of family commitments. Jacky and I promise to serve the residents of Bramcote and Stapleford to the very best of our ability for the next 4 years.  Our colleagues Steve Carr, Ken Rigby and Keith Longdon were also re-elected making the Liberal Democrats the largest party within the Broxtowe area. Three independents and one “other” hold the remainder of the 67 seats on the County Council. 

Happenings at Broxtowe Borough Council

As well as being a county councillor representing Bramcote and Stapleford I continue as a Borough Councillor representing Bramcote. I share this duty with Ian Tyler and David Watts who are also Borough Councillors for Bramcote. Until recently I served on the Cabinet at Broxtowe Borough Council and held the Environment Portfolio. However, at the Annual Meeting in May my fellow Broxtowe Councillors elected me to the position of Deputy Mayor of the Borough and I have now taken up this new position.  I am very grateful indeed for the many kind things that members from all parties said about me at the Annual Meeting and I promise to serve the Borough as best I can in this new position. My wife Lillian has agreed to accompany me as the Deputy Mayoress on any official duties that come our way. Also several other people have agreed to stand in for Lillian when she is unavailable and I am grateful to them as well,.

The first “duty” at which Lillian and I represented the Borough was at a performance given by the Beeston Musical Theatre Group at the Duchess Theatre in Long Eaton. The performance was superb! If you have not seen this Group in action do go to see them.  I understand their next performance with be the Pirates of Penzance. 

The second “duty” was to pay a visit to the Greasley Gathering on Spring Bank Holiday Monday. Lillian and I discovered that the Greasley Gathering is modeled on the successful Hemlock Happening held here in Bramcote and Stapleford every year.  Like the Hemlock happening it brings together local people; to entertain local people and there are all kinds of activities and performances throughout the day. These are held in and around the Greasley Leisure Centre and also at other sites which could be visited via a the Big Red Bus that ferried people around the area, sites such as a scout camp close to Greasley Parish Church and the Beauvale Priory. A special feature was that local people throughout Greasley create and erect “scarecrows” which they display in their front gardens for all to see. These were very impressive indeed.  The weather was kind and everyone had a very good time indeed. 

The Hemlock Happening

Our own Hemlock Happening takes place in Bramcote Hills Park on Saturday 8 June and everyone is invited. The event opens at 1pm and there are performances in the Walled Garden by local schools, dance groups and musicians right the way through to 10.30pm.  Here is the stage programme in the order in which the performances will take place:  Opening (our MP and local mayors), Wadsworth Fields Primary School, Bramcote Hills Primary School, Lion Dance, Albany School, Fairfield Primary School, William Lilley Infant and Nursery Schools, White Hills Park Federation, George Spencer Academy, St Johns C of E Primary School, Manushi Dance Group, Atmosphere Glee Choir, Push Dance Collective, BeVox Choir, Ellenismos Greek Dancers, Songs of the Ashes Community Competition, Carnaby Rocks, Sam Barson Soloist, Luis Orgando Solo artist, Don Morrell's Gin Mill Syncopators, Luis Orgando Solo artist (again), The FEDS.

There are also many other activities in the park itself from 1pm to 5pm. These are provided by: the Air Cadets, Attenborough Nature Reserve, the Beeston Players, the Bramcote Conservation society, Bramcote Leisure Centre, Bramcote WI, Broxtowe Play Forum, the Carers Federation, the DH Laurence Heritage Centre, Dig-In, Friends of Bramcote Tower, the Guides, Hicklings Medical Centre, Home Instead, How fast can you kick?, Jhoots Pharmacy. Long Eaton Field archers, Love Food Hate Waste, Neighbourhood Warden Dog Control Service, Notts-Derby Hemlockstone Lions Club, Nutrition and Dietetics County Health Partnership, Notts County Cricket Club, Nottingham Playhouse, Nottinghamshire YMCA, Pulp Friction, Broxtowe Borough Council’s Recycling Service, Regents House, Stapleford and Sandiacre Rotary Club, Stapleford Scouts, Stapleford Villa FC, Ste Helen’s Church, St Michael’s Church, St John’s College, Taekwondo, and Team Falcion.

In addition there are several catering outlets: Billy Jo’s Catering, Barwicks, the Roaming Bistro, two ice-cream vans, Castle Rock Brewery and an exclusive opportunity to buy Hemlock Bitter, the  W.I. cake stall, St Michael’s Church Strawberries and Cream, and Love Food Hate Waste, And, of course, you can bring your own picnic if you wish to do so.

Full details of the event are at www.hemlockhappening.org 

Finally, the background music to this year’s firework display at 10.30pm in the Walled Garden will be Coate’s Dambusters March. This is to mark the 70th anniversary of this  act of bravery during the Second World War,

Local Issues

Grass verges

Currently the main issue being mentioned repeatedly to your local councillors is the sate of the grass verges in our area which are very overgrown. This is the first year that the total responsibility for cutting the verges has been that of Nottinghamshire County Council. Broxtowe Borough Council is no longer involved, We have passed on your concerns. Of course, grass verges are growing very rapidly everywhere at the moment and it is physically impossible to deal with all of them as quickly as we all would like.

Core Strategy

This has now been submitted. The next stage is for an independent government appointed inspector to examine the strategy and consider whether it meets government requirements.

Local crime

There have been a number of burglaries in our area recently, which has brought an increased police presence. The police are urging us all to make sure our properties are secure. 

CityLink Buses

This new Nottingham-Derby Service now picks up and sets down passengers at the Nurseryman PH and the Bramcote Leisure Centre on its way to both Derby and Nottingham. Please make good use of it.