Weekly digest: Sep 14

Hello everyone,

You’ll be no doubt pleased to hear: the end is nigh! We are now in the last week of consulting you about the Plan. These updates have been relentless over the last few weeks with the sole focus being to get your feedback. You know the reasons for the focus, so I won’t repeat why this is the most important consultation the Forum has undertaken.
We just need one last heave to get us over the line. If you haven’t taken part yet……well this is your last chance to contribute.

Your views count! Your support matters! Many thanks.

1. Feedback past and future.

  • We have stepped smartly through the 50-response mark this week. The ‘flash news’ edition prompted a flurry of responses – which is terrific. Overall we have received 8 from Stakeholders and 45 from residents and friends. Many, many thanks to each of you who have responded.
  • However, we are looking for more…
    • This link takes you to the  https://cttcnf.org.uk/plan/ on-line form where you can document your views. 
    • On the same page, you’ll find a links to a copy of the Plan and a MS Word version of the response form if you’d prefer to download it and complete in your own time.

2. Final consultation session takes place…

  • ….next Friday Sept 20th 10-12.30 at Toton Tesco, Swiney Way. This is a change from the published venue – so please don’t go along to the Methodist Church, Stapleford Lane.
  • Come along to Tesco’s and have a chat and let us know your thoughts.
  • We’ll have paper copies of the feedback form, so if you dislike providing personal details online, then we are very happy to receive hard copy feedback as well. It all counts!

3. And finally….

  • A big shout out to Broxtowe Council for a very generous donation of £2,300.
  • We know the Council come in for a lot of stick at times but most of it – my view, anyway – is undeserved. From the Forum’s perspective the Council have always been very supportive in providing ongoing advice and encouragement. Cash support has also been provided to help cover costs that other funders always shy away from, especially core admin costs such as office rent and supplies.
  • This latest donation will see us through to the end of the project to deliver a Plan that reflects the views of our community and which will sit alongside the Council’s planning policies

We had a great turnout this week at the Scout Hall, thanks to everyone who turned up to quiz us on the Plan.  We’re hoping for similar interest and engagement next Friday at Tesco Toton. Hope to see you there.

Kind regards
Graham

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Flash digest: 7 days to go…

Hello,

We’re now into the last 7 days of the most important consultation the Neighbourhood Forum has undertaken. We have 40 responses in the bag – which is terrific! Many thanks to each of you who have provided feedback – it is very much appreciated. But, as you know, we are hoping for a lot more.

And now we’ve reached the 7-day mark…. now is a great time to act!

1. There is an easy way to provide feedback:

  • This link takes you to the  https://cttcnf.org.uk/plan/ on-line form where you can document your views.  On the same page, you’ll find a copy of the Plan and a MS Word version of the response form if you prefer to download the form and complete it in your own time.

2. And finally…

  • Come and talk to us about the Plan tomorrow, Sat Sept 14th 10-12.30 at the Scout Hall, Attenborough Lane (opposite Haveli Indian restaurant).

Many thanks
All of us on the Steering Group

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Weekly digest: Sep 7

Hello again,

We’re now into last two weeks of the biggest and most important consultation we’ve undertaken.  Responses are being received; we now have over 25 logged. However, we are hoping for a lot more. These weekly updates are sent out to 800 email addresses and almost 50% are regularly opened each week. So, we know there is a lot of interest in our activities and support for our work. If a quarter of regular readers decide to take part in the consultation and provide us with feedback, it will mean over 100 responses. A 3-figure number will be terrific; it will clearly demonstrate to all interested parties (the council, landowners and developers) that our Plan has the strong backing of residents and friends of the Forum.

Please take the time to get involved. Don’t leave it to others.

1. It’s easy to provide feedback:

  • We have simplified the MS Word response form to make it easier to complete. The form mirrors the on-line layout i.e. a series of initial tick boxes followed by some free-form comment boxes
    • Here’s a link to the on-line form you can use to capture your views. You can also find a link to the Plan on the same page.
    • Here’s a link to the MS Word form if you prefer to download the document to complete in your own time. Return the form via email or else copy/paste your comments into the online form.

2. Remaining session dates:

  • Sat Sept 14th 10-12.30 at Attenborough Scout Hall, Attenborough Lane (opposite Haveli Indian restaurant). This is a new location for us and is on the edge of our Area. However, we know there is a lot of interest in the development of the Barracks from the rest of Chilwell, Attenborough and Beeston, so we want to encourage neighbouring residents come along to give us their views.
  • Fri Sept 20th 10-12.30 at Toton Tesco, Swiney Way. This is a change from the published venue of the Methodist Church on Stapleford Lane. Attendances at our 1st few sessions have been disappointing (between 10 and 20 each time), so we have decided to make this change. Rather than expect residents to come to us, we thought it better if we go to them.  And where better to meet people than at Tesco’s on a Friday morning!

3. And finally…

  • I wasn’t going to run with any snippets this week but there is one correction I need to make from last week. You’ll recall I mentioned the latest Peveril application – part of the Lime Rise proposal at Toton Lane – that is currently out for consultation. I said the Forum was ‘comfortable’ with the application as we don’t believe it will be taken forward ‘in anger’. This gives the impression that we won’t be submitting a response to the consultation.
  • However, that was not my intention – the Forum will always take part in consultations delivering major developments in our Area and this is no different. This particular application contains serious flaws and we will respond accordingly.
  • The SG will be signing off our response over the weekend and it will be submitted early this week. I’ll provide a link to the document next week so you can have a look.

And that’s all for now folks. But expect a further reminder during the week. We are determined to do all we can to get over 100 response so please bear with us if it feels you are being badgered.

You’ve provided great support to us in the past. We trust you will rise to this occasion as well. 

Kind regards
Graham

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Weekly digest: Aug 31

Hello,

We are now into the home straight of Neighbourhood Plan consultation period. Three more weeks for residents and friends to have a say. Don’t be surprised if I focus on this topic for the next couple of weeks.  As I’ve said previously, the more feedback we get, the more force the Plan has. Developers of our Area will have to take note of our policies and shape their plans in a way that works for us all.

You know we’ve had meetings with local landowners on a number of occasions over the past 2 years. We expect them to provide us with ‘constructive criticism’ in the last few days of consultation. As landowners, their views carry weight and must be taken seriously. But the views of the community are equally important. In fact, they are essential to counteract perhaps the key motivation of landowners / developers; to maximise value for their shareholders. So, we need your comments, your thoughts, your views.  Okay… enough of the hectoring tone, you know what you need to do.

1. Initial feedback.

  • We’ve collated feedback received thus far. Main themes emerging are:
    • A strong level of support for the Plan especially the overall approach and objectives. There have been suggestions to strengthen a couple of the policies. We will consider all suggestions and make amendments to the Plan where necessary.
    • The protection of the environment and green spaces is (not unexpectedly) a ‘hot’ topic and respondents are pleased with the emphasis we have given to green corridors in the Plan. Concerns have been raised regarding ongoing maintenance of green spaces both current and new.
    • The development of the Barracks and how best to exploit the opportunities also feature strongly.
    • Housing has also been mentioned with views varying from those wanting bigger homes contrasting markedly with those recommending smaller units for “first time and final time householders”. Sustainability of new homes is also seen as key to building homes we can be proud of.
  • However, we’ve only received 16 formal responses so far.  We need a lot more than this – many more.

2. Making feedback easier

  • To encourage feedback, we have adapted the MS Word response form to make it simpler to complete. The form mirrors the on-line layout i.e. a series of initial tick boxes followed by some free-form comment boxes.
  • Here is another link to the on-line form you can use to capture your views
  • Here is a link to a MS Word version of the form if you prefer to download the document to complete in your own time. Return the form via email or else copy/paste your comments into the online form.

3. A couple of meetings took place last week

  • Mott MacDonald are a consultancy commissioned by Notts County Council to provide plans for infrastructure in and around the East Midlands Hub station. We met with them for the first time last week to share our ideas on (in particular) roads leading down to the station. It was a productive first meeting and it was clear there was a good deal of alignment between our ideas and Mott MacDonald’s initial thoughts. More work is needed so we look forward to building on this meeting.
  • Beeston Civic Society. We’ve been trying to organise a meeting for several weeks but finally managed to get together last week. We are keen to strengthen ties with local organisations and societies so we can share ideas and work together when feasible. Again, it was useful meeting and we have agreed to make a presentation to the Civic Society next year (around the time our Plan is formally adopted) to explain the Plan and the impact we expect it to make.

4. And finally…

  • A couple of other consultations are underway that might be of interest:
    • Peveril have submitted a further planning application for a piece of their land against Toton Lane between George Spencer Academy and Rose House. We are comfortable with this application – it builds on their previous application to build a mix of retail shops, a pub/restaurant and a residential home. Peveril need to demonstrate they are actively working on their existing planning permission otherwise it may lapse. So, we don’t believe these plans will be taken forward ‘in anger’. If you are interested in the detail here is a link to the Council’s Planning page. You need to enter the Application ref: 19/00493/REM in the search box to bring up the documents
    • Broxtowe Council are also consulting on their new Corporate Plan. You may have received leaflets about this already but in case you have mislaid the information here is a link to the relevant page.

Next week’s consultation session:  Sat 7th Sept between 10.00 and 12.30 at Chilwell Library & Community Centre on Inham Road. I’m probably sounding a tad repetitive now but even so… Come along and have your say.  [Even better, though, is for you to fill in a response form (online or in Word) and submit it to us. Many thanks!]

Kind regards
Graham

Broxtowe Lotto: tickets available from our CTTC Forum page where you’ll find details of the scheme.

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Flash digest: Aug 29 Corn Mill Session

Hi everyone,

A quick message to confirm that we are holding a consultation session this Saturday 31st August at the Corn Mill pub, Swiney Way. The session will run between 10.00 and 12.30 so please come along and let us know your thoughts on the Plan.

The poster below contains details of the further sessions we are holding over the next 3 weeks.
[More regular news this weekend, as normal]

Kind regards
Graham

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Weekly digest: Aug 17

Hello again,

Another short update this week since – being peak holiday period – things are a little quiet at ‘Forum Towers’.  Which is welcome news as it gives us all a little break after what has been a pretty hectic period getting the Plan produced. However, we can’t afford to be too complacent as consultation sessions have now been set up and there are a couple of ancillary documents to be produced to support the Plan when it is submitted to the council.

1. Consultation Sessions

  • Dates have been agreed and venues (mostly) booked. We still need to confirm the date/time for the session planned to take place at the Cornmill. The image below contains full details (posters will be distributed at key locations over the next week or 2). So please book a date in your diary and come along to clarify any issues you may have with the Plan
    • Sat 24th Aug:     Toton Methodist Church, Stapleford Lane
    • Sat 31st Aug:     Corn Mill, Swiney Way (to be confirmed)
    • Sat 7th Sept:      Chilwell Library & Community Centre, Inham Road
    • Sat 14th Sept:    1st Chilwell and Attenborough Scout Hall, Attenborough Lane
    • Fri 20th Sept:     Toton Methodist Church, Stapleford Lane

2. Ancillary documents

  • Two additional documents need to accompany the Plan when we submit it to the Council:
    • Consultation Statement. This needs to detail all the consultation events we’ve undertaken to prove the Plan truly reflects the concerns as well as the aspirations and ambitions of the community
    • Basic Conditions Statement. This document needs to demonstrate that our policies align with the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). You will no doubt have noted that Appendix III of the Plan provides a high-level match between our policies and Broxtowe’s Local Plan and the NPPF. Well, this Statement needs to flesh out the appendix across all NPPF’s policies.
  • You’ll hear more about these documents in the next few weeks as they start to take shape.

3. And finally…

  • More libraries have hard copies. Stapleford and Long Eaton also a have  copy of our Plan (+ some response forms) so if you happen to be passing a library and have some time to spare, why not pop in and browse the Plan. Opening times, for all libraries, are:
    • Toton:              Mon 2 – 6.30; Weds & Fri 9.30 – 12.30 & 2 – 5; Sat 9.30 – 1pm
    • Chilwell:           Thurs 10 – 12.30 & 2 – 4.30; Sat 9.30 – 12.30
    • Beeston:           Mon-Fri 9.00 – 6pm (at least); Sat 9.00 – 4pm
    • Stapleford:       Mon & Thurs 9.00 – 7pm; Tues, Fri & Sat 9.30 – 1pm (Weds: closed)
    • Long Eaton:      Mon-Fri 9.00 – 5pm (at least); Sat 9.00 – 4pm
  • Don’t forget your feedback! We’re starting to receive some feedback (all pretty positive), but it is fair to describe it as a trickle rather than a torrent.  So, if you’ve read the Plan and you have all the information you need, why delay? As before, if anything is unclear, get in touch and we’ll get back to you ‘tout suite’.
  • Feedback options. To reiterate from last week, there are two ways to let us have your views:

That’s all for this week and I’ll be spending a few days in Somerset next week so expect the next digest in the fortnight. I’ll be back in time for the 1st session on the 24th so hope to see you there.

Kind regards
Graham

Broxtowe Lotto: tickets available from our CTTC Forum page where you’ll find details of the scheme.

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Weekly digest: Aug 3 & 10!

Hello again,

Two for the price of one this time! I’ve no idea how I missed triggering the mailshot last week, but somehow I did. The digest was published okay on-line and on our Facebook page, but it didn’t reach your email inbox – I shall concentrate even more this week.
However, since there is not much more to add to last week, I’ll combine the two and apologise now to on-line/Facebook readers as a lot of it will be somewhat familiar. What follows is a short’ish, and snappy’ish edition covering bits of news relating to the current consultation.

1. So firstly…

  • Consultation leaflets. These have been distributed to the volunteers who kindly stepped forward to help us deliver to every home in the Area. If you haven’t received yours yet, it will probably drop through your letter box in the next week or two. 
  • Social media publicity. Details of the Plan have been posted to some local Facebook sites (Beeston Civic Society, Beeston Updated, Spotted Toton). This has generated good feedback and prompted a big spike in ‘hits’ accessing the Plan online. So, we shall repost in a couple of weeks. If you use Facebook/social media, please share/like the posts to help promote more widely.

2. And secondly…

  • Libraries have hard copies. Toton, Chilwell and Beeston (coffee bar area) libraries now have hard copy versions of the Plan so if you prefer to read a book, you now have a place to go.  Copies of the feedback forms are also available so you can complete a form and leave it behind at the same time. We will be providing Stapleford and Long Eaton libraries with a copy next week to encourage the widest possible response.
  • Library opening times are:
    • Toton: Mon 2 – 6.30; Weds & Fri 9.30 – 12.30 & 2 – 5; Sat 9.30 – 1pm
    • Chilwell: Thurs 10 – 12.30 & 2 – 4.30; Sat 9.30 – 12.30
    • Beeston: Mon-Fri 9.00 – 6pm (at least); Sat 9.00 – 4pm

3. Next up…

  • Stakeholder invitations. Emails have now been sent to interested organisations & key individuals inviting them to take part in the consultation – total of 139 people at 89 organisations. We have already started to receive feedback, the first three being:
    • Historic England: who advised us to get in touch with the ‘historic teams’ at both local council and county council who look after the Historic Environment Record and will have details of designated heritage assets.
    • Coal Authority: who advised us that they have no specific comments as our Area doesn’t contain any surface coal resources or recorded risks from past mining activity
    • Severn Trent: who are very supportive of the Plan and offered useful advice to strengthen our key environmental objectives and policies by incorporating water mitigation measures such as SUDs features into our green corridors.
  • Richard presented Anna Soubry with a copy of the Plan during the week and it was very well received. If you don’t receive Anna’s weekly newsletter here is a link to the post and video from her website  

4. And finally…

  • Don’t forget your feedback! Whilst it’s great to get feedback from stakeholders, the Steering Group is much more interested in your views – the people who live and work in our Area. There is no need to wait until the last minute to give us your thoughts. If you’ve read the Plan and have all the information you need, then jot down your thoughts and send them in. If anything is unclear, get in touch and we will quickly provide answers.
  • Feedback options. There are two ways to let us have your views:
    • Use the response form – here is a link to the Word document – and email your response to us or
    • Use the online form on our website and here is a link to the page. The online form asks, in addition to basic details about you, three main questions (answers range from ‘strongly agree’ to ‘strongly disagree’):
      • Are you broadly in agreement with the approach of the Plan:
      • Are you broadly in agreement with the Vision (Section B):
      • Are you broadly in agreement with the Policies (Section C):
    • There are also some generic comment boxes where you can provide more detail.
  • The more feedback we receive the greater the weight it gives to the Plan. Which, in turn, will oblige developers to listen to us and incorporate our policies in their designs.

The Steering Group met during the week to check progress and we have agreed a number of dates for formal consultation sessions. We’ll quickly book the locations in the next few days and confirm dates and times next week. See you soon…

Kind regards
Graham

STOP PRESS: As of Friday evening 480 people have clicked on the link to the Plan. Which is great news! We now need to convert these links into responses, so please do your bit. It would be terrific is we can get over 500 responses to the consultation.

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Weekly digest: Aug 3

Hello,

A shorter, snappier edition this time since all I have are a few snippety bits of news. All, of course, relating to the current consultation….

1. So firstly…

  • Consultation leaflets. These have been largely distributed to those volunteers who kindly stepped forward to help us out with the task of delivering to every home in our Area. If you haven’t received yours yet, it will probably drop through your letter box in the next week or two. 
  • Social media publicity. Details of the Plan have been posted to a couple of local Facebook sites (Beeston Civic Society, Beeston Updated, Spotted Toton). This has generated good feedback and prompted a nice spike in ‘hits’ accessing the Plan online. So, we shall probably repost in a couple of weeks. If you use Facebook/social media, please share/like the posts to help promote more widely
  • Libraries have hard copies. Both Toton and Chilwell libraries now have copies of the Plan booklet so if you prefer to read a hard copy version rather than on-screen, you now have a place to go.  Copies of the feedback forms are also available from the library so you can complete a form and leave it behind at the same time.
  • Library opening times:
    • Toton: Mon 2 – 6.30; Weds & Fri 9.30 – 12.30 & 2 – 5; Sat 9.30 – 1pm
    • Chilwell: Thurs 10 – 12.30 & 2 – 4.30; Sat 9.30 – 12.30

2. And finally…

  • Stakeholder invitations. Emails have now been sent to organisations with an interest in our Area & key individuals inviting them to take part in the consultation –  total of 139 people at 89 organisations. We have already started to receive feedback. The first three being:
    • Historic England: who advised us to get in touch with the ‘historic teams’ at both local council and county council who look after the Historic Environment Record and will have details of designated heritage assets.
    • Coal Authority: who advised us that they have no specific comments as our Area doesn’t contain any surface coal resources or recorded risks from past mining activity
    • Severn Trent: who are very supportive of the Plan and offered useful advice to strengthen our key environmental objectives and policies by incorporating water mitigation measures such as SUDs features into our green corridors.
  • Steering Group are meeting next week. We’ll be firming up details of the planned consultation sessions in September as well discussing some ad-hoc popup stalls during the latter part of August.

3. And a further finally…

  • Don’t forget your feedback! Whilst it’s great to get feedback from stakeholders, the Steering Group is much more interested in your views – the people who live and work in our Area. There is no need to wait until the last minute to give us your thoughts. If you’ve read the Plan and have all the information you need, then jot down your thoughts and send them in. If anything is unclear, get in touch and we will quickly provide answers.
  • Feedback options. There are two ways to let us have your views:
    • Use the response form – here is a link to the Word document – and email your response to us or..
    • Use the online form on our website (where you can also access the Plan) and here is a link to the page. The form asks, in addition to basic details about you, three main questions (select an answer ranging from ‘strongly agree’ to ‘strongly disagree’):
      • Are you broadly in agreement with the approach of the Plan:
      • Are you broadly in agreement with the Vision (Section B):
      • Are you broadly in agreement with the Policies (Section C):
    • There are also generic comment boxes where you can provide more detail on specific sections or policies.
    • The more feedback we receive the greater the weight it gives to the Plan. Which, in turn, will oblige developers to listen to us and incorporate our policies in their designs.

That’s all for now – more next time.

Kind regards
Graham

Broxtowe Lotto: tickets available from our CTTC Forum page where you’ll find details of the scheme.

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Weekly digest: Jul 27

Hello everyone,

Let’s talk about something different this week. I’ve been banging on about the Plan for several weeks now and I sense you are getting a tad weary. I know you know the importance the Plan to the neighbourhood, and you know I know I’ll come back to it again in future editions. But for now, some other news…

1. Broxtowe Lotto funding

  • I promised a couple of weeks ago to provide an update on this funding stream. To quickly recap, we joined the scheme as a ‘good cause’ when the Council first launched it last September. Everyone who signs up to the scheme can select a ‘good cause’ and for each £1 ticket purchased, the good cause receives 50p with the remaining 50p divided up between cash prizes, the council’s own ‘good cause’ scheme and admin costs.
  • Since it started a total of 23 people joined the scheme and nominated the Forum as their ‘good cause’. Unsurprisingly a few have subsequently dropped out and we now have 15 supporters who regularly buy a total of 37 tickets. We’d like to say “A HUGE THANK YOU” to each and every one of our supporters – we appreciate you digging into your pockets each week to provide tangible support to our work.
  • Regarding the tangibleness (is that even a word?) of that support: as at the 1st of July we have received total payments of £692.50! This is a fantastic amount which helps cover the costs of run-of-the-mill items such as room bookings and office supplies.
  • Back in the spring I mentioned in one of these updates that I was hoping we might end up with over £1,000 for the full year. I don’t think we will manage that now, unless we get a sudden rush of joiners. Nevertheless, getting close to £1,000 for the year is still a terrific achievement – thanks again if you are/have been a supporter.
  • And if anyone would like to join up and support us, the link to the website is below. It is well worth having a look at the scheme – there are several very worthy good causes to choose from, but naturally I hope you will consider supporting your ‘local’ community.

2. Stapleford Neighbourhood Plan

  • Despite being the last Forum in Broxtowe to get organised, it looks as though we will be one of the first to submit our Plan to the council. Out of a total of 10 groups in the Borough, we believe only Nuthall and Bramcote have submitted their Plans to the Council. Indeed Nuthall is the only one to have completed the whole process having their Plan ‘made’ just before Christmas last year.
  • We have liaised over the last couple of years with both our neighbouring ‘forums’, Bramcote Forum and Stapleford Town Council. We’ve known for a while Stapleford have struggled to make decent headway with their Plan and we have previously offered to help them if they felt it useful.
  • Last week we happened to bump into the Stapleford Neighbourhood Planning chair (and Town Councillor) Si Frost and we again offered to help them with their Plan. Si agreed it would be useful if we were to meet the Stapleford Planning team, so we hope to get a date in the diary very soon.
  • It is clearly sensible to be fully ‘joined-up’ with Stapleford (and Sandiacre, come to that) given the proximity of the Bessell Lane access route to the Hub Station and Innovation Campus.

3. Meeting with the new chair of Jobs and Economy (J&E) committee

  • Following changes to make-up of Council committees, we were pleased to host the new chair of the J&E committee, Cllr Tim Hallam, to our office last week. This was a follow-up to the meeting we hosted a couple of weeks ago with the previous chair and vice-chair.
  • Tim is very supportive of our Plan and the work we have undertaken thus far. Tim lives in Stapleford and represents the town as both a Borough and Town councillor. Not surprisingly, therefore, Tim is very interested in our ideas along the A52 ‘corridor’ and in particular our proposed new road layout and our ideas to relocate both the George Spencer Academy and the South Broxtowe Leisure Centre to somewhere close to the Toton Lane tram terminus.
  • Tim warned us there are strong feelings in Bramcote that the Leisure Centre needs to stay at its current location. This wasn’t a big surprise as our friends in the Bramcote Forum have told us they intend to keep the Leisure Centre. So, we expect the location of the new centre will generate significant debate in the council in due course. Be assured we intend to make a compelling case for it to move to our Area.

4. And finally….

  • Plan publicity and promotion. Well… you didn’t really expect me to avoid all mention of the Plan did you? We have received both the leaflets and books this week.  Here is a link to the leaflet you can expect through your letterbox in the next few weeks (you may need to zoom in to read it – the leaflet is printed on A3 page folded a couple of times – hence the strange layout with one page ‘chopped’ in half).  
  • Copies of the books will be deposited at each library (to read only, not taken away) next week along with copies of the response forms. So, pop along if you’d like to read a hard copy. However, if you’d like a personal copy (“yours for only a fiver guv’, at this price it’s a steal”) please let me know and I’ll arrange a hand-over. Below is an image of the front cover of the book. This is the first time I’ve tried to embed an image in one of these updates so not sure if it will work or not – fingers crossed.
    Plan cover
  • Updated Plan stats. Since we announced the publication of the Plan, we’ve seen almost 250 people accessing the Plan itself – which is great news. I’m sure we shall see lots more access it as the leaflets are delivered and as our stakeholders respond to the personal invitations sent to them. But… please keep on spreading the word to friends and neighbours – every little helps!

And that’s all for this week folks – more next time

Kind regards
Graham

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Weekly digest: Jul 20

Hello again,

Well, that was the week that was! After last week’s launch of the Plan, this week will be quieter as we get our feet back on the ground. The Steering Group will be taking a short break following the hectic activity over the last few weeks – but not quite yet……

1. Promoting the Plan – residents

  • We had a good response to last week’s edition with a number of people responding congratulating the Steering Group for finally getting it published. Initial statistics from our website show there have been over 70 unique clicks to the Plan (‘unique’ means excluding those accessing the Plan several times).
  • But…we can do better than that, can’t we? So, if you didn’t have time last week to follow it up, here is the link to our website where you can find further details including links to the Plan itself and the Response form. If you prefer you can provide your response directly online on the same page.
  • We’ve commissioned the printing of 7,000 leaflets – one for every home in our Area plus a few more for consultation sessions. Expect one through your door in the next few weeks.
    • Some people offered to help last week, but more are needed to help spread the workload. If you can spare an hour or so to assist with deliveries, please get in touch
  • Finally, we’ve agreed to have 50 booklets printed at a cost price of £6.60 each. So, we will have copies available to buy.  If you’d like one (and I’ve already started a list from last week) please let me know, price £5.

2. Promoting the Plan – stakeholders

  • Besides consulting with the most important (in our view) group of people – those who live and work in our Area – we also need to consult with official stakeholders. These are mostly organisations (including statutory) who have a direct interest in our Area. These include:
    • all relevant local authorities (County, Borough and Town/Parish level),
    • statutory organisations (Historic England, Natural England, Environment Agency),
    • landowners (Peveril, Ministry of Defence, Heart Church),
    • major businesses (HS2 Ltd, Network Rail, Severn Trent, Trent Barton)
    • regional/county-wide organisations (the new Development Corporation, D2N2, Notts Police, Notts Wildlife Trust),
    • local community organisations (churches, libraries, schools)
    • voluntary groups (ramblers, scouts/brownies, PEDALS, sports clubs)
  • Besides organisations there are key individuals we wanted to invite to comment. These include our MP Anna Soubry, and our county/ward councillors.
  • As you can see, there are a lot of interested parties apart from residents. So far, we have sent invitations to 85 contact points within 42 organisations – and there’s more to be sent next week! If interested, here is a link to the stakeholder flyer which accompanied the invitations.

3. and…. Promoting those who contributed to the Plan.

  • I said last week I wanted to give a ‘shout out’ to all those who helped bring the Plan together. There isn’t space to list everyone, but the main players (all Steering Group unless otherwise noted) are:
    • A Sense of History: Gill (from the Beeston and District History Society)
    • Core Objectives and Policies:
      • Environment: Norman, Margaret, and Ben
      • Infrastructure: Ian W, Ian C, Richard, and Anderson (a Forum member)
      • Housing & Urban Design: Mark, Chris and Karen (latter two are both Forum members)
      • Leisure, Heritage & Community: Pamela, Teresa, Helen, Steve, David and Jim
      • Barracks section: Steve, David, Jim, DeVonne, Karren, Owen, and Teresa (the Barracks subgroup)
    • Plan review and corrections: Mark, Steve, David, Norman, Margaret and Christine (a Forum member who provided in-depth proof-reading report)
    • Admin, comms, publicity, and website: Katie, Mark, Denise and Ian W
    • And, of course, our chairman Richard who has constantly encouraged us to take the opportunity to ‘dream big’ with our ideas, visions and objectives.  He also made sure we stayed focused on the task and made sure the Plan is as strong as possible.
    • It is great to have such a dedicated Steering Group that have put in many hours of work to get the Plan produced. Effective teamwork made the task so much easier.
    • We are also grateful to our consultants: University of Nott’m, Kefa Design and AECOM for their invaluable reports and designs that helped shape our ideas and thoughts and provided the maps and illustrations to bring them to life.
    • Finally we mustn’t forget our sponsors, who have funded our work. These range from:
      • Broxtowe Council who have been very supportive throughout both financially and, more importantly, with sound advice and guidance.
      • Our two county councillors – Cllrs Richard Jackson and Eric Kerry – who have donated generously to help fund consultations and office supplies.
      • National funders Locality – who have provided the bulk of our funds (£17k) plus funded the production of our three AECOM reports.
      • And not forgetting our wonderful supporters who selected the Forum as a ‘good cause’ from Broxtowe Lotto (see more below).

No space for any ‘And finally’s….’ this week, although I do want to say a huge ‘THANK YOU!’ to the generous member and supporter, who donated her winnings from the Broxtowe Lotto to the Forum. It is very much appreciated – funding is never far from the forefront of Steering Group discussions. Contributions such as these make a big difference. It reminds me that I need to report back to you on the results of our involvement with Lotto in the next couple of weeks. If you wish to join our Lotto supporters, it’s never too late – please click on the link to the CTTC Forum page below.

Kind regards
Graham

Broxtowe Lotto: tickets available from our CTTC Forum page where you’ll find details of the scheme.

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