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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



  • Audit Committee

  • Standards Committee

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In the September 2010 update:

Friends of Bramwell Care Home

The Friends are a group of well-meaning individuals who are working hard to try to keep the Bramwell Care Home in County Council control. I have received the following from the chairman, Ken Burton: 

“The County Council wants to sell the Bramwell Care Home to the private sector. As well as providing short and long stay care, Bramwell is one of the few care homes to offer a full range of support for people with Alzheimers and dementia. Also there is a daycare centre that is used extensively. County Council staff and NHS staff work collaboratively to provide for the needs of those who require help. It is feared this expertise will be lost if the home is sold. Also there is the fear that the home will eventually close completely to make way for housing. The Friends of Bramwell is a group that has been formed to try to prevent the sale. The group is cross-party. You can join the group by contacting Ken Burton, tel. 9227257. email kenneth.burton83@ntlworld.com. Do join us and support us in our attempts to prevent the sale of this excellent facility. There is a website at www.friendsofbramwell.co.uk.”

I have an interest in this in that I am also a Friend of Bramwell.

Middle Street Resource Centre

The County Council wants to close this facility in Beeston which is for people with mental health difficulties. This would be a huge shame because the people who attend tell us that they are helped substantially by all that happens there. The results of the recent consultation on “The Future of Mental Health Services” at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk are still awaited.

Events to enjoy at Stapleford Dig In

  • Saturday 25 September, 11am-3pm. Apple Festival – A fun day to celebrate the diversity of apples and their uses. Games, crafts, apple identification, apples tasting, apple pressing, apples drinks, apple recipes.
  • Saturday 30 October, 11am-3pm. Pumpkin Festival. Games, crafts, readings, face painting, pumpkin spa treatments, food tasting. Competitions for the biggest, heaviest and best carved pumpkins. Largest sunflower head competition.

Both are at the Dig In Community Allotment, Albany Allotments, Pasture Road, Stapleford (behind the Man of Iron Pub). Buses 15 and 31. Telephone 0115 883 5543 for further information.

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Street Lighting Savings

The County Council plans to reduce the amount of money spent on street lighting by switching off some lights permanently, dimming some lights on main roads between 10pm and 7am, and switching off some lights between midnight and 5.30am in some residential areas. The details are still being developed. It is essential that appropriate consultation takes place and I will be looking out for the proposals that relate to Bramcote and Stapleford in particular.


Congratulations for ‘Highly Commended’ Centre

Bramcote Leisure Centre has completed a hat-trick of awards for Broxtowe Borough Council in becoming the Borough’s third ‘highly commended’ leisure facility. Bramcote Leisure Centre, which recently posted a £1million annual income for the first time in its 45-year history, welcomed Quest to determine the overall quality of its service. The two-day assessment is the second of its kind at Bramcote Leisure Centre, which registered a 9% improvement over two years to become a ‘highly commended’ Quest Accredited Leisure Centre with a score of 78%. The announcement follows similar success at the Borough’s Chilwell Olympia (75%) and Kimberley Leisure Centres (79%), which were also ‘highly commended’ by Quest assessors in recent months. The commendation comes just months after Bramcote Leisure Centre was named Nottinghamshire’s first Swim 21 accredited facility in recognition of the range of swimming lessons, instructor training and swimming development opportunities it provides.


Swimming for Children with Disabilities

Children with disabilities will take to the water with confidence this month for a series of swimming lessons on offer at Bramcote Leisure Centre. The Centre will launch its programme of swimming lessons for children with a range of physical, sensory, learning and motor disabilities who would benefit from swimming under close supervision. The sessions, which have been designed for children aged 4 to 10 years who cannot swim over 12 metres, will run each Sunday between 11.00am and 11.30am, starting on Sunday 12 September. The programme will give children with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the water and achieve their goals in a relaxed environment, as well as learning to swim independently and practice different strokes. Children will also have the opportunity to discuss their goals with their parents and instructors, as well as aiming towards a range of awards on offer at the Centre. Lessons will run in six-week blocks at a cost of £24.60 per course. Please note that availability is limited and parents will be required to be in the water with their child to support and encourage their development. To book please contact Bramcote Leisure Centre on 0115 917 3000 or email bramcotelc@broxtowe.gov.uk.

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Running for Ladies

Walk it, Jog it, Run it! Broxtowe Sport is now hosting running groups as part of the Run in England Network. The Very Very Very Beginners Ladies Only Running Group meets every Tuesday at Bramcote Park at 6.30pm. This is a fantastic opportunity to relax and run with the support of a qualified running leader. Each week runners will run different routes over different terrain to improve their running skills. Broxtowe Sport has links with local running clubs for those who want to progress further and become more competitive. Contact Broxtowe Sport on 01773 770100 or email sport@broxtowe.gov.uk.


Broxtowe Residents in Line for a Warmer Winter

Homeowners and private tenants living in Broxtowe have a welcome relief this winter knowing their homes will be much warmer. Broxtowe’s very own Warm Zone is offering insulation from just £99 and free to those in receipt of a benefit or aged 65 plus. Newly launched in September, Broxtowe Warm Zone, managed by Nottingham Energy Partnership invites residents to sign up for free and subsidised loft and cavity wall insulation, a practical and simple way to an affordably warm home. Residents can make even bigger energy and money savings by signing up for a free water saving pack. With energy prices on the up retaining heat has never been so crucial. A fully insulated loft retains 25% of household heat and filled cavity walls retain up to 35%. These measures combined can save a household up to £300 off their annual fuel bills. Broxtowe Warm Zone surveyors are already knocking on doors following a systematic street by street plan through the Borough, making sure no one is missed. If you live in Broxtowe and would like a warmer home with lower fuel bills call Broxtowe Warm Zone today on 08455 390 390.


Nottinghamshire’s Budget for 2011-12

The Big Budget Conversation from Nottinghamshire County Council commences at the beginning of this month. The aim is to gain views prior to the formal budget consultation in December 2010. To contribute please go to: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/conversation.

Cost Cutting – A Public Consultation

Broxtowe Borough Council is shortly to launch a public consultation over the budget process for next year. It has been widely reported that councils are having to cut significant sums from their budgets, and whilst we don’t know the exact figures yet it is certain that Broxtowe will not be exempt from this. As a council we want your views over which of our services you rate as most important, and a consultation will be launched in the next few weeks. This will be in two parts, first we will use the county councils citizens panel, which has 1,000 representatives from Broxtowe on it, to seek their views, but also anyone else will be free to have a say on our web site, when the same questions will be posted. It would be good if as many people as possible will participate in the process.

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Bramcote History Group

Bramcote History Group have just launched their first book – “Remembering the People of Bramcote – How one village was affected by World War One.”  I can recommend it. The book comes out of a great deal of research by members of the History Group as to how The Great War was experienced by the village. It paints a picture of of both community life and individuals’ experiences immediately before, during and after the conflict. The book costs £7.99 and can ordered on 0115 925 1491.

Unnecessary Road Signs?

The new Government are encouraging councils to reduce the amount of road clutter that there is. I’d be very happy to hear any suggestions that people have for unnecessary signs that can be removed.

A52 Closures

Just a quick note here to remind people that the A52 will be subject to night-time closures from 6th September along the stretch from the Priory to the QMC roundabout.

Bramcote CAT Meetings

This is on Monday 6 September at the Memorial Hall, Church Street, Bramcote starting at 7pm. All welcome. The one following will be on Monday 29 November, same place, same time. Come and find out what is happening in the Bramcote area.

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Older Persons' Information Roadshows

These are for anyone aged 55 or over who want to find out about older people’s services in the area. The venues closest to us are Tuesday 28 September at the Regency Court Sheltered Housing Scheme, Regent Street, Beeston, Thursday 28 October at St Helen’s Church Hall, Frederick Road, Stapleford. 

Bramcote Old Church Tower Tours

On Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 September the group that has been restoring the “Sunken Church” on Town Street, Bramcote will be conducting tours between noon and 4pm. This is part of a number of Heritage Open Days that are happening in the Borough of Broxtowe.

Tree Maintenance

The borough council is now starting a review of tree maintenance operations, looking at whether the service provides best value for residents and how, if at all, it can be improved. If you have any views on these issues please let me know.

Stapleford Art Classes

Mike Spicer’s Art Group resumes at Stapleford Library on 15 September between 10.00 and 12.00 midday. If you are interested in attending please ring 01664 822404.

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