[broxtoweenews] Broxtowe Enews 26th January 2013

27th January 2013 staplefordcommunitygroup Uncategorized, Updates from Politicians 0 Comments

david-wattsWelcome to Broxtowe Enews, brought to you by the Liberal Democrats and edited
by David Watts, the leader of the Lib-Dems on Broxtowe Borough Council. It is a
short newsletter this week, simply because I don’t have much material to
cover.

1.HS2

The long awaited announcement about the route of HS2, the new high speed rail
line from London to Leeds, will be made tomorrow. It is extremely likely that
it will include a new station at Toton. This will be a significant development
and will be the only station in the East Midlands. The line will mean that the
journey time from here to London on the train will be reduced to less than one
hour. I am trying to arrange a meeting with HS2 as soon as possible, and both
the Toton Environmental Protection Society and the developers who want to build
at Toton have also asked for meetings. Once the announcement is made the
borough council will launch a six week consultation about whether this should
affect our development plans for the future or not. I will be on Radio
Nottingham just after 8am on Monday morning talking about these proposals.

2.Exam Results

The Department of Education have published the latest results tables for
students who took their GCSE’s this year. This shows a marked improvement in
results for students in Nottinghamshire, with 60 per cent of students getting
grade C or above results, compared to just 43 per cent just four years ago.
Everyone who has been involved with this improvement should be congratulated.
At the same time there have also been improvements in A-level results, and
Nottinghamshire has gone up from 90th to 85th of the 147 education authorities.
Again this is a good improvement but there is still a long way to go.

3.Premier Buses

Premier Bus Company, which ran several services through the borough, has gone
into administration. Other companies are stepping in to try and provide
services on all its routes, though this is not yet guaranteed, and the County
Council have made alternative arrangements for all the school services that they provided.

4.Are Poor People fat?

This was the claim made by our MP, Anna Soubry, in an interview with the Daily
Telegraph this week. I think that Anna was trying to make a couple of very
important points. First, cheap drinks often contain high levels of unhealthy
additives. Second obesity is a significant problem for the NHS. Unfortunately
the way that she went about it was extremely unhelpful and as much as anything is likely to lead to overweight children being even more stigmatised by their
size.

5.Shortwood Farm Mining

The County Council have launched a new consultation on plans by UK Coal to
create an open cast mine at Shortwood Farm, between Trowell and Cossall. I am
utterly opposed to this application and I would encourage as many people as
possible to express their views to the County Council between now and February
11th. To make your views known go to
www.nottinbghamshire.gov.uk/planningsearch/ and search for application ES/2569.

6.Tram Sketches

NET have published new drawings of lines 2 and 3 for the tram. These can be
seen at
http://www.thetram.net/press-releases/1/city-unveils-new-artists-impressions-of-expanded-tram-network/.
The drawings for Beeston are the first and third ones, both of which show new
buildings as well as the existing infrastructure. In the meantime the latest
schedule of works for NET are on the Broxtowe Lib-Dem web site at
www.broxtoweliberaldemocrats.org.uk.

7.M1 Works

The Highways Agency works on the M1 are now underway. However they have been
slowed by the inclement weather and are now expected to finish early this
coming week.

8.Web Site

Here is a fault on my personal web site at the moment which means that I
can’t update it. Many apologies for this. I have been in touch with the
hosting company and hopefully the problem will be resolved soon. I will try and
update the backlog of articles on that as soon as I can

As ever thank you for your support for this newsletter, and any feedback is
gratefully received.
Best wishes
David

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