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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

  • Health & Wellbeing Board

  • Mental Health Guardianship Panel

  • Planning & Licensing Committee

  • Standards Committee


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March 2012 update


Recent decisions and initiatives


County Council and Borough Council Budgets

The 2012/13 budget for Nottinghamshire County Council was decided at a 10 hour-long meeting on the 24th February. Broxtowe Borough Council's budget will be decided at a meeting on 29th February. There will be no increase in council tax for either of these councils for the coming financial year.  

Of course this is good news, given the state of the economy at present, the restrictions on pay and pensions, and the cuts in benefits that are working their way through from central Government. However, one also has to appreciate that the future does look very bleak indeed, particularly for the County Council with a £70m funding gap in prospect in 3 years' time. Worryingly, no one has any idea how this gap is to be filled.  

At the meeting on the 24th I suggested that this could spell disaster for Local Authorities and could lead to wholesale changes in the structure of local Government. Interestingly, the Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council agreed with me. Could the future be leading us towards some sort of amalgamation with Nottingham City Council? What would be the prospect for the green fields around Bramcote and Stapleford then?  

Sorry to be such a harbinger of doom! Nevertheless, I have to tell you that I was one of only three members of the County Council who abstained in the budget debate on the 24th. I could not bring myself to vote for a budget that did not take account of the longer-term financial position of the County, and I could not bring myself to vote for an increase in council tax either. I am seriously worried about what the future will hold. 


Changes at the Borough Council

The leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, Cllr Milan Radulovic, who is also leader of the Labour group on the council, has stood down temporarily. He has appointed Cllr Pat Lally in his place; Pat represents a Beeston Ward on the council. Cllr Radulovic is in poor health and is also preparing for a legal hearing regarding a personal benefits claim. The council continues to be led by a Labour/Liberal Democrat alliance.


Weight restriction in Bramcote

A statuary consultation is taking place on proposed restrictions on heavy goods vehicles over 7.5 tonnes passing through Bramcote Village (including Town Street). Just about every road in Bramcote Ward on the south side of the A52 is included in the proposal. Details are available at Beeston Library and can also be viewed here: the reasons for the order, the notice of the order, and the map of the affected area. Our own view is that HGVs are a real problem for some local residents and a weight restriction should be welcomed.


Bramcote Hills Care Home

An application to increase the number of rooms at the Bramcote Hills Care Home on Sandringham Drive is likely to receive the go-ahead in the very near future. The alterations are entirely internal and have received the backing of the Quality Care Commission, which oversees developments such as this. Many people see this new care home as a welcome additional provision for our community.  

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Bramcote Hills Park - car parking

Thanks very much for responding to consultation on the proposals for new car parking arrangements in Bramcote. In view of your responses it has been decided NOT to introduce charges in the newly refurbished car park at the north end of Bramcote Hills Park. There will be an official opening of the new car park at 10am on 28th February. A specimen tree will be planted to mark the occasion and to celebrate the 50,000 new trees planted in Broxtowe over the past 3 years. The tree chosen is a Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweet Gum Tree).


Bramcote Crematorium

Members of the public expressed their overwhelming support for recovery of heat from the mercury abatement plant recently installed at Bramcote Crematorium. 147 were in favour and only 2 were against. If you were one of those who responded to the consultation, thank you very much indeed.  Over 250 people attended a Service of Remembrance held at Bramcote Crematorium in December, and the feedback from those who attended was very positive indeed. The next Service is on Sunday 1st April.


Convenience Store- Ewe Lamb Lane

Permission has been granted for a Convenience Store on Ewe Lamb Lane despite some concerns being expressed by local residents. The store will be open until 9pm most days. The reasons for granting the application were explained to residents at a meeting at Westbourne Court. Broxtowe Borough Council has agreed to install an extra litterbin outside the premises and a request for installation of handrails is being progressed.


Hickings Lane skate park

The complete refurbishment of the Skate Park on the Recreation Ground on Hickings Lane, Stapleford has now received the go-ahead. Your County Councillor Brian Wombwell was particularly active in getting the funding for this in place. The creation of this new facility is great news for our local youngsters.


Unwanted household items

Starting in April, Broxtowe Borough Council will be encouraging re-use of unwanted household items, particularly furniture, by working with various charities in the area who will collect the unwanted items. As the Cabinet Member for the Environment this is something that I have been trying to get in place for some time and I am delighted that this is being progressed.


Report to Council

You can read a copy of the report that I shall give to Broxtowe Borough Council on Wednesday 29th February in my capacity as the Cabinet Member for Environment.

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Upcoming events and opportunities


Musical supper

A musical supper featuring the Beeston Musical Theatre Group’s 12-piece ensemble will be held at the Bramcote Memorial Hall on Tuesday 28th February, 7.45pm. The event will raise money for the Mayor’s charities, the Rainbows Hospice and the Link Youth Café, Stapleford.

Tickets are £10, which includes a fish and chip supper. Telephone 0115 9173210 or email civic@broxtowe.gov.uk.


Bramcote Community Action Team

The next meeting of the Bramcote CAT is on Monday 26th March 2012, once again in the Memorial Hall, Church Street, Bramcote. The meeting starts at 7pm. All welcome. 


Art exhibition and sale

A one-day Art Exhibition and Sale will take place in Beeston Town Hall, Foster Avenue, Beeston, from 12pm to 4pm on Saturday 24th March. Local artists have been invited to hire a table top to display and sell their work. 


Civic Ball 

This year’s Rainbows Charity Ball will be held at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel on Saturday 21st April, featuring live music from The Feds.

Tickets are £32. Telephone 0115 9173210 or email civic@broxtowe.gov.uk.


Splash 2012 at Bramcote Leisure Centre

Organised by the Hemlockstone Lions Club, this event on Saturday 19th May from 6.30 to 8.30pm is for local organisations to use the pool for sponsored swimming to help raise funds for themselves. Details and sponsorship forms are available from krstewart1999@yahoo.com.


Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Bramcote will be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style. The Diamond Jubilee will be the main focus of the Hemlock Happening on Saturday 2nd June. A beacon event is also being planned for Monday 4th June, which will form part of a national chain of beacons.

Currently South West Notts Scouts are in discussions with a number of local groups about the organisation of this event. If your group would like to be involved, do come to a meeting to discuss this beacon event. The meeting is being held on Friday 2nd March, 7pm at St Michael’s Church Centre, Church Street, Bramcote.

If you are planning a street party, there is information on how to do so at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/jubilee 

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Free summner swimming

Free swimming will be available to under 16 year-olds from 27th July to 9th September 2012 at Bramcote and other Leisure Centres in Broxtowe.  The decision on this was taken at a recent meeting of Broxtowe’s Cabinet.


Hot air balloons

Nottingham & Derby Hot Air Balloon Club has been given permission to launch balloons from Bramcote Hills Park. The Club has demonstrated that they have appropriate insurance cover for such events to take place.  


Keep warm this winter

Nottinghamshire County Council has launched a campaign to help people ‘Keep Warm this Winter’. People with disabilities, those on a low income and older people could benefit from:

  • Energy advisers who will offer free support to find the cheapest energy suppliers and give advice on home insulation and heating

  • Free temperature sensors

  • Approved handy people to carry out free keeping warm checks and fit insulation

  • Rapid response heating repair services

 

For more information telephone 08449 808080.  


Other notices 


Service for Margaret Colley

A memorial service for Bramcote GP Margaret Colley will be held at St Michael’s Church, Bramcote on Saturday 3rd March at 3.30pm. It will be followed by a memorial event in the adjacent Church Centre with representation from the various interests in Dr Colley’s life. The Bramcote History Society will be one of several organisations involved. All Dr Colley’s old patients and friends are invited.


Information on Bramcote

Liberal Democrats have been producing and delivering Focus on Bramcote since 1983 and estimate that our most recent Focus must be the 145th edition. Nowadays your councillor David Watts also provides regular eNews which Bramcote residents can subscribe to for free, and in addition I provide an expanded edition of Focus, which is updated once or twice a month, available at: http://stanheptinstall.nottinghamshire.gov.uk

We also provide material for the Bramcote Today website at: http://bramcotetoday.org.uk

We hope to be able to continue keeping you informed on what is going on in Bramcote for many years to come.  


Dangerous person about - beware

There have been some incidents of a sexual nature in the vicinity of the Bramcote Leisure Centre, which are believed to have been committed by one person. The police are active in trying to apprehend this man. It would be wise for people to take particular care for a time.

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