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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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March 2010 Update:


County Council Budget for 2010-2011

After a long debate at County Hall on Thursday 25th February all the proposals that had been put forward by the majority Conservative Group were voted through. This is despite heartfelt opposition to many of the proposals from the Liberal Democrats, Labour and the Independent Group. The most contested item was the sale of all County Council owned care homes, including Bramwell. Also, the Stapleford Recycling Centre will close. Bramcote and Stapleford residents will have to drive to Beeston instead. There are many cuts in services and it is forecast that some 1400 jobs will go over the next 4 years. There are also increases in charges for care. These are difficult times. I referred to the day these decisions were made as “Black Thursday”.

Broxtowe Borough Council Budget for 2010-11

Despite a difficult year for Broxtowe BC in consequence of the recession, the Liberal Democrat/Labour administration managed to bring in a balanced budget. Some employees had put themselves forward for voluntary redundancy and this had helped the financial position. The main issue under discussion at the budget meeting was a redistribution of council tax throughout the Borough to put right anomalies that have occurred over many years and that previous administrations had not put right. This redistribution has worked out well from Bramcote and Stapleford residents. The council tax for Bramcote residents will be about the same next year as this year, and the council tax for Stapleford residents will be considerably lower than this year.

Changes to Charges for Care at Homes

Currently there is a maximum charge for care provided for elderly and disadvantaged people who choose to live at home. In 2009-10 this is just under £80 per week. Following the County Council budget this will rise to £120 per week. However, the County Council are also consulting on an option to means test care so that anyone with savings of £23,000 will have to pay the actual cost of care. For some people this could be many hundreds of pounds per week. Please respond to this consultation.

The Core Strategy

Where should we build houses over the next 20 years? Where should new employment be located? How shall we address climate change? These are all questions on which everyone needs to have a say. Several public meetings have been arranged for us to hear about the current proposals as follows:

  • Tuesday 16th March, 7pm Nuthall Parish Council & Public Meeting
  • Wednesday 17th March, 7.45pm. Trowell Parish Hall
  • Thursday 18th March 7pm. Awsworth Village Hall, Council & Public Meeting
  • Friday 19th March, 7pm. Coronation Hall, Toton
  • Tuesday 23rd March, 7pm. Beeston Town Hall, Old Council Chamber
  • Thursday 25th March, 7pm Maycliffe Hall, Toton Lane, Stapleford

You can also obtain further information and offer your views via www.broxtowe.gov.uk

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Who will look after your highways?

Currently Broxtowe Borough Council looks after all the roads in the 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 just announced that it intends to end the partnership agreement and no longer required Broxtowe BC to perform this work. The County Council’s cabinet will make the final decision on 24 March after which legal papers will be issued to terminate the agreement in March 2011.

This change will have enormous consequences for Broxtowe BC, its employees and, may I suggest, 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 transferred 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.

Can I urge you to contact the Cabinet Member for Highways at the County Council, Councillor Richard Jackson (Cllr.Richard.Jackson@nottscc.gov.uk) concerning this matter? Incidentally, Richard combines this role with that of leader of the Conservative Group on Broxtowe Borough Council, so presumably this change also has the backing of local Conservative Borough councillors.

A52 Closure from May to August

The Highways Agency has just announced plans to close the inbound section of the A52 between the Priory Island and the QMC Island from May to August this year for essential repairs. There will be no access to Nottingham for these three months, although vehicles will be able to return from Nottingham along this stretch of road. This will have a major impact on Bramcote and Stapleford residents who need to travel to Nottingham. I think some innovative planning will be require if complete disruption of traffic flows is to be avoided.

Residents Parking Schemes in Stapleford

Currently many Stapleford residents are receiving letters about the possibility of introducing residents’ parking schemes in the area, and also about modifying existing schemes. It has not yet been decided exactly where the schemes will be put in place. Permits would be issued to residents at a cost of £50 per vehicle per 2 years. Please do respond to the letters to let your views be known.

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New Walk and Talk Booklet

The new programme of Walk and Talk events [PDF 133KB] is now available.

Freedom of Entry Parade

On Saturday 20 March the 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group will exercise their right to march through Beeston led by the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers (Volunteers). The troops will parade from Broadgate TA Centre at 11.00am to the outside of the Town Hall where, at 11.30am, the official scroll granting the Freedom of Entry will be presented and there will also be medal presentations to troops recently returned from Afghanistan. It was resolved unanimously on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at the full meeting of the Council that the Freedom of Entry to the Borough of Broxtowe be conferred upon 170 (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group.

Broxtowe Borough Art Exhibition

From Saturday 20 March there will be over 120 paintings by local, professional and amateur artists on display in the Rainbow Gallery and Rocking Horse Bistro, Durban House, Eastwood.  Many of the pieces are for sale at very reasonable prices. Broxtowe Borough's 18th Annual Indigenous Art Exhibition takes place from Saturday 20 March to Saturday 27 March (with the exception of Monday 22 March) and visitors can enjoy the artwork, a warm and friendly atmosphere and good food at the Bistro. Also on view is a vibrant children’s exhibition of artworks inspired by The Star City exhibition "The Future under Communism" at Nottingham Contemporary which was created by pupils at Kimberley Primary School. Further information at www.broxtowe.gov.uk or telephone 0115 917 3745.

My Report to Broxtowe Borough Council

As part of my role as Cabinet Member for the Environment at Broxtowe Borough Council I present a report to the members at the Full Council meetings. You can read a copy of the report that I presented [PDF 36KB] at the meeting on 3 March.

Hemlock Happening, Saturday 12 June 2010

Please do not forget this very important date. I chair the organising committee that puts on the Hemlock Happening and the committee guarantees a fantastic day out for all in Bramcote Hills Park. Details will be posted at www.hemlockhappening.org

Application for a new Tesco Superstore in Sandiacre

I reported previously that I attended recently a public meeting to hear a presentation by Tesco of their proposals for a new superstore in Sandiacre, and had submitted a question about impact on businesses. Subsequently I formally objected to the proposals and was ready to speak at the meeting of Erewash Borough Council Planning Committee at which a decision was to be made. However, Tesco withdrew the application on the morning of the meeting, so the meeting was not held. We await future developments.

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