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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

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



  • Audit Committee

  • Standards Committee

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In the November 2010 update:


Closure of Stapleford Walk In Centre

The NHS are planning to close Stapleford Walk In Centre, the place you can go for treatment for relatively minor ailments and injuries. Formal consultation on the closure will start on 1st November. The rationale provided by the NHS for the closure is provided in this briefing. The preferred option is to move it to Accident and Emergency Department at the Queens Medical Centre. I am opposed to the threatened closure because, in my view, alternatives (local doctors and the QMC) do not provide the same rapid access and treatment. Please respond to the consultation at http://www.nottspct.nhs.uk/my-voice/consultations/walk-in-centres-review.html (open for 100 days from 1st November). You might also like to sign the Liberal Democrat petition against the closure, which is available at http://campaigns.libdems.org.uk/SaveStaplefordWiC. If you are a Facebook fan you can take part in a discussion on the issue at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/sswic

County Council Service Cuts

Nottinghamshire County Council has confirmed that there are to be massive cuts in their services. Reductions will be made across the whole spectrum of activities, including road maintenance and subsidised buses. I do realise the necessity for councils to save money following the Government’s Spending Review, but I do not approve of the cuts that will impact on those most in need. At the meeting of the County Council on 21st October at which the cuts were confirmed, I pleaded for further consideration of the 67% reduction in funding for Citizen’s Advice Bureaux, the closure of the Welfare Rights Service, the 66% reduction in grant aid to volunteer groups and the 56% reduction in funding for Supporting People budget. The latter provides for the very poorest and vulnerable people in our society. Also I expressed my concern about the 21% reduction in services for children with special educational needs and disabilities. I am certain that it was never the intention of our new national Government to sanction cuts in funding in areas such as these.

against the sale of Bramwell Care Home

Many thanks to all those who signed the petition against the sale by the County Council of Bramwell Care Home. The petition was presented formally to the County Council at the meeting on 21st October. Since the home lies on the boundary between Bramcote and Chilwell, I was one of those, along with Cllr Richard Jackson representing Chilwell, who handed the petition to the Chairman of the County Council and asked for a response. This will be provided at the next Council meeting on 9th December.

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Street Lights Switch-off

The County Council have decided to switch off or dim many streetlights to save money. On main routes lights will be dimmed between 10pm and 7am and on minor routes they will be switched off between midnight and 5.30am. The work will actually cost £3 million but will save £1 million per year.

The Tram is Coming

Despite the bad news about heavy cuts in services, the good news is that the Government has given the go-ahead for the tram extensions to Clifton and to Beeston and Chilwell. Not only will this bring long-term benefits to the local economy and improved green travel, many hundreds of jobs for construction workers will be created. This is all about providing for the future and I welcome this news.

Re-use of the Stapleford Recycling Centre

The Stapleford Recycling Centre was closed by the County Council at the end of August. Broxtowe Borough Council, which owns the land, has decided that it will be used in the short term as a local works depot. This saves many vehicles having to drive to the current depot at Kimberley just to drive back again the next day, or even later that day.

Garden Waste Collections

As a means of saving money Broxtowe Borough Council will not be collecting garden waste during December, January and February. The amount of material collected during this period is always very low and so it seems a sensible step to take.

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Commemorative Plaques in Stapleford

Stapleford Local History Society is installing a series of plaques commemorating renowned people connected with the area. Plaques to commemorate the two most significant figures from Stapleford, Arthur Mee and Admiral Sir John Borlase Warren, are part of the scheme. The first is likely to be erected on the front elevation of the Arthur Mee Centre in Church Street. The second will be mounted in the paving at Walter Parker VC Memorial Square.

Speed Sign on Coventry Lane

At long last an electronic speed sign is to be put in place on Coventry Lane, Bramcote. The aim is to encourage traffic to keep within the 30mph speed limit at the approach to the junction with Sharnford Way. This is something that local people have been requesting for some time now.

Accident on Moor Lane

Once again a child has been knocked down on Moor Lane, Bramcote although luckily on this occasion the injuries were slight. The accident was observed by our local police constable who is now anxious to get something done to prevent a re-occurrence. Once again I have contacted relevant officers at the County Council. In the meantime please, please be careful when taking your child to school. Indeed, why not take your child on foot rather than by car?

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Burglaries and Car Crime in Bramcote

There is a high level of burglary and car crime in Bramcote and Stapleford at present. Please ring 0300 300 9999 if you see anything unusual. Also, please do your best to make your property and cars secure.

New Toucan Crossing

A new crossing for pedestrians and cyclists is to be created on the A52 Derby Road at the junction with Thoresby Road. This will be put in place when the Highways Agency carries out a number of changes on the A52 to improve traffic flow. This includes erection of traffic lights at the Priory and the QMC roundabouts. I believe the work will start early next year.

Bramcote Community Action Team

The next meeting of the Bramcote CAT is on Monday 29 November at Bramcote Memorial Hall, Church Street, Bramcote. The meeting starts at 7pm. This provides local people with the opportunity to express their views on anything and everything that is happening locally. All welcome.

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