Weekly digest: May 23

Hello again,

This week’s edition has a number of snippets of information. I was hoping to have fresh news about the Plan, but I’m afraid it’s another ‘watch this space’ note. Our chairman, Richard, had a conversation early last week with the council planners to discuss their progress, but the outcome was that they are still finalising their response and we now expect to receive it by the end of the coming week (Fri 29th). This is disappointing but, as I’m sure we all appreciate, the council have had much more pressing priorities to deal with over the last few weeks.  
Anyway, onto the more productive snippets

1. Next Steps for the Forum

  • The Steering Group met a couple of weeks ago – our first since February – and we started to think about activities we could pursue once the Plan has been submitted. A couple of ideas quickly emerged:
    • Designating green spaces. A key environmental policy in the Plan is to protect a number of our green spaces by ensuring they are awarded a ‘designated’ status. There is nothing to stop us from kicking off the process to work towards this, so we’ve agreed to speak to the council to understand how best to proceed.
    • Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs). Linked to the above, we also want to fully review the TPOs in force in our Area and to identify any gaps. The aim is to protect as many of our mature and veteran trees as possible. We’ll be pursuing this aspect with the council as well.
  • Annual Report and Accounts. The 2019 report has been delayed partly due our focus on revising the Plan this spring but also due to the deferral of the AGM where it would have been published. Regardless, the draft report is now written and the accounts produced. It is currently with the Steering Group for review and sign-off. I hope to publish it here next week, although the accounts still need to go through independent examination. 

2. Other meetings past and future

  • The Strategic Planning Group met a couple of weeks ago to discuss progress on the masterplan for the area. This Group, you’ll recall, is the prime feed into the Toton Delivery Board, chaired by Notts County Council. Both the East Midlands Hub Station and Chetwynd Barracks are included in the masterplan. The next phase of the workplan is a series of workshops to flesh out the details. These are being arranged between the consultants and officers from both Notts County and Broxtowe Borough Council. We have also been invited to attend and provide input based on our Plan. The workshops are scheduled to take place during June/July.
  • Homes England/DIO. We have been in touch with Homes England requesting a catch-up meeting, via Zoom or something similar.  We last met with them in January, so it will be useful to understand where they are with their workplan relating to the Barracks. Likewise, we will be updating them on our situation with the Plan and our future activities.

3. COVID-19 links and associated information…

4. And finally… Norman is 90!

  • I want to steal a little space this week to pay tribute to one of our long-standing stalwarts on the Steering Group: Norman Lewis MBE. Norman celebrated his 90th birthday last Friday and it is to his immense credit that he remains as engaged and involved in our work as any of us on the Group. Norman has championed the environmental strand in our Plan and made sure the environment sits at the forefront of all our policies and ambitions for the area.
  • Norman has been involved in the environment all his life starting in 1941 when, aged 11, he took a Saturday job at Hunt’s Roses Nursery off Stapleford Lane (what is now Honiton Close). He was one of the first employees of the Notts Wildlife Trust when it was formed in the early 1960s and stayed with them all his working life. He was integral to the formation of the iconic Attenborough Nature Reserve following which his focus became more local when he became a joint founder member and longstanding chairman of the Friends of Toton Fields LNR.
  • Prior to joining the Steering Group at its inception, Norman was also heavily involved in the Toton Environmental Protection Society, which was set up in response to the desecration of woodland on the Toton Sidings almost 10 years ago.
  • It is difficult to overstate Norman’s passion for the environment and the Forum is very fortunate in being able to call on his unsurpassed knowledge and experience of all matters relating to ecology and the environment.
  • Norman:  you are an inspiration to all of us on the Steering Group. Thank you for all you have done in championing the cause of the environment in our Area and we look forward to your wise counsel in the years to come.

And, that’s all folks this week. See you next time.

Kind regards

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Weekly digest: May 09

Hello everyone,

Another week where there isn’t much to report on Forum matters. There are a couple of meetings taking place next week, but that’s about it for now.  
As for regular COVID-19 links, I’m conscious the number of links has been expanding over the last few weeks. It is perhaps time to prune them down to a core selection of 5 or 6 sites – specifically related to our Area – otherwise there is a danger they could take over!

1. COVID-19 links new and old….

2. And finally…

  • Two meetings are taking place next week:
    • The Steering Group are zooming together on Weds morning to start to think about next steps now that the Plan is completed
    • Strategic Planning Group (Notts CC hosted regional board) are also holding a virtual meeting next week to discuss progress on the masterplan for the Strategic Location for Growth (including, of course, Toton Sidings).
  • Look out for updates on both of these meetings next week as well as, hopefully, feedback from the Council on the Plan. We are chasing for an update when we can expect their observations, but the officers are proving a tad elusive at the moment.

And, that’s all folks for this edition. See you next time.

Kind regards

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Weekly digest: May 02

Hello again,

Well, I was hoping to report positive news on the Plan this week. We expected to receive observations from the Council this week, following their review, but unfortunately nothing arrived. This is, perhaps, understandable given the Council’s total focus on the pandemic and its impacts on local services. So, we’re happy to ‘cut them a bit of slack’ and trust the feedback will be with us shortly.

1. As for us?

  • All our documentation is now finished and polished and ready to be submitted once we get the green light from the Council. As soon as it has been submitted, we will publish all documents here, so you’ll be able to look at it all.
  • As you know, the submission of the Plan is a significant milestone and once it has been passed, we can ‘tick off’ what has been the major objective of the Forum over the last three years. 
  • The Council will then control the process and take it through the final stages, as documented in the digest a couple of weeks ago
  • Of course, we liaise closely with the Council’s Planning team to make sure the process runs as smoothly and as quickly as possible.

2. But, what next for the Steering Group?

  • Having spent pretty much all our time on the Plan over the last 12 months, we are now starting to think about our next set of activities. And a number of tasks are emerging:
    • Admin catchup. Tasks here include: producing and publishing the annual report and accounts for 2019; deciding what to do about our deferred AGM; reviewing and refreshing the content on our website.
    • Stakeholder meetings. We need to resurrect regular contact with key stakeholders. So, we will be looking to arrange meetings with: Homes England/DIO; HS2 Ltd; Peveril Homes Ltd; and local organisations such as local schools and medical practices.
    • Implementing the Plan! There are tasks we can start now to implement the Plan – which may sound silly since it hasn’t been adopted yet. However, a key Environment policy is to get our important green spaces formally designated as a Local Green Space. The Plan identifies 7 candidate sites but the Plan, in itself, cannot confer a designated status on these sites. There is a separate process to be followed and there is no reason why we can’t kick off some work to get them designated.
  • So, plenty of activities to be undertaken. One of the first will be to figure out a way to hold a virtual meeting so the Group can discuss and prioritise activities for the next few months. More on this in future editions.

3. Beware the COVID-19 scammers

  • The number of scammers trying to cash-in on the pandemic is growing fast. I’ve come across a few examples that may be of interest. The core message is to be extra vigilant at the moment, when a lot of us will know of family and/or neighbours who are feeling especially vulnerable.
  • ‘WHO are you?’ This link takes you to a Beeston Mutual Aid Facebook post warning of a phone call – supposedly from WHO (the World Health Organisation) – asking for donations to their emergency fund. Naturally, it was a scam.
  • ‘It’s Notts us!’. I’ve received an email from Notts Alert warning against phone calls purporting to come from Nottinghamshire Council asking for bank details so they can provide social care payments. The Council categorically states: “Please note we would NOT ask for your bank details and these calls are not from the council. You should not provide your bank details over the phone”.
  • TV Licensing. A reader, Jackie S, sent me an email warning against suspicious emails she has received recently “purportedly coming from TV Licensing, and advising that my TV licence is about to expire.” And of course, Jackie’s licence is not due to expire anytime soon, so “I thought it might be useful to let others know about the scam”.  Thanks, Jackie, for the warning.

4. And finally…. One new COVID-19 link + all the regular ones.

And before shutting down this edition, there is growing amount of information being published about next Friday’s VE 75th Anniversary. In case you have missed any of it here are a couple more links to further information:
Broxtowe Council’s VE Day: 75th Anniversary contains ideas to mark the day whilst in lockdown.
Nottingham Post’s 7 ways you can still commemorate VE Day anniversary

Kind regards

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

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Weekly digest: Apr 25

Hello everyone

A short edition this week. There isn’t much Forum related news so if this was a normal week, I’d probably skip publishing an update. But these are not normal times: these are distinctly strange times. And given we are still in ‘lockdown’, I think it useful to continue to provide signposts to appropriate contacts/websites that connect to relevant support groups and information.  So…

Some regular (albeit re-ordered) COVID-19 links….

There’ll be more Forum news next week, when we expect to hear from the Council with their views on the Plan. Meanwhile we’re very close to finishing the last report – the Plan Modifications – we need before we have the full set of documentation ready for submission.

Kind regards

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

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Weekly digest: Apr 18

Hello again,

We’re starting off this next century of digests with news about the Forum. This is mainly because I’ve not picked up any useful new links relating to COVID-19. You’ll find the regular links further down this missive with one additional link. However, I want to pick up on a couple of almost throwaway remarks I made at the tail end of last week’s edition.

1. Consultation Statement is done!

  • The Plan is done! The Basic Conditions Statement is done! And now, the Consultation Statement is done as well! (And that’s more than enough exclamatory statements for one edition!)
  • We are still awaiting feedback from the Council following their informal review of the Plan. We expect to hear their suggestions in the next couple of weeks and, following an interim conversation with the planners, it’s looking pretty positive.
  • There is one final document we are working on. This is the Plan Modifications report which details the amendments made to the Plan following all the feedback from last summer. We had thought this was more of a ‘should do’ document added as an appendix to the Consultation Statement, but it turns out to be a ‘must do’ report that needs to be submitted along with all the rest. We have the information, it’s just a question of collating it all together into a standard format. 
  • And then we will be ready to submit the Plan to the Council for the next stage in the process! (Okay, one last “!”)

2. Recap of the Neighbourhood Plan process.

  • After last week’s review of the last 18 months, I thought it useful to have a quick recap on the overall process so you can see where we are on the overall ‘roadmap’. There are five main stages in getting a Plan produced and adopted:
    • Stage 1: Getting Established (Sept ’16 – Mar ’17). This covers the period between our first start-up meeting back in 2016 and becoming formally designated as a Forum with an agreed Neighbourhood Area. Designation gave the Forum the statutory authority to produce a Neighbourhood Plan.
    • Stage 2: Forming the Vision and Core Objectives (Apr ’17 – Mar ’18). This period focused on consulting you and gathering your thoughts on what was good and bad about our area as well as your ambitions and concerns for the future. This period included, during the autumn of 2017, working with University architecture graduates to build illustrative visions. It concluded with the series of 4 community consultation sessions held in the spring of 2018.
    • Stage 3: Producing the Plan (Apr ’18 – Sept ’19). This 18-month period was longer than anticipated mainly because we commissioned three reports from consultants (AECOM) to provide much-needed background character information and the evidence needed to justify policies. The Plan was finally published in July 2019 which was immediately followed by the 10-week formal consultation period to get your feedback along with those of key businesses and landowners.
    • Stage 4:  Revising the Plan (Oct ’19 – Apr ’20). The Steering Group has spent the last 6 months or so analysing the exceptional level of feedback from the consultation and using the comments and suggestions to strengthen the Plan. Associated documents have also been produced to:
      • assure conformity to the National Planning Policy Framework as well as the policies in Broxtowe Council’s Part 2 Local Plan; and
      • assure the level of consultation we have undertaken with you to prove this is a Plan that genuinely reflects the desires and ambitions of the community.
    • Stage 5: Formal Adoption (May ’20 to…..) This period is managed by the Council, once they receive our submission, and comprises three main components:
      • Formal consultation. The Council has to undertake its own consultation exercise on the Plan. This is so that everyone has the opportunity to review the final version.
      • Independent Examination. The Council then commissions an independent examiner to scrutinise the Plan to ensure it conforms to statutory legislation. This examination gives the Plan legal force when it is adopted and so mandates developers to adhere to it.
      • Referendum. The final component is the referendum of all residents in our Area. This is arranged by the Council and ensures the community has the ultimate say on whether the Plan should be formally adopted.
  • We originally anticipated this final phase would take approximately 6 months. However, we learned last week that due to the current pandemic all elections and referendums have been delayed until next May 2021. This is down to the delay to the Mayoral & local authority elections that were scheduled for next month. The delay is incorporated into the emergency legislation passed by the government last month. If you are interested, here is a link to the government guidance relating to neighbourhood planning.
  • This is a blow as we really wanted our Plan to be adopted and come into force this year. There is, however, one redeeming feature contained in the guidance. Councils are advised that where a plan is ready to be sent to referendum, “that plan can be given significant weight in decision-making” where relevant. It’s something I suppose but, even so, it remains hugely frustrating that we are a year away before formal adoption.

3. Regular links….

This is another lengthy edition, so I’ll close even more quickly than las….

Kind regards

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

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Weekly digest: Apr 11

Hello everyone and…

Happy Easter!

This week is doubly special as we have reached another milestone for the Weekly Digest.  100 up! and still going strong. Yes, we have now reached a century of digest editions. These updates started in July 2017 and we passed the half century mark in September 2018. It’s called a ‘Weekly Digest’ but, as long-standing readers know, it’s not turned out to be quite that often. I’ve done a quick calculation and this 100th edition is published exactly 141 weeks after the first one. Which means 2 digests are published every 3 weeks – which ain’t too bad is it? And this milestone has been reached just as we are ready (almost) to submit our Neighbourhood Plan.

Anyway, let’s continue our format from the last couple of weeks and start off with COVID-19 related links.

1. New messages and links….

  • Message from Toton Churches: “Toton Churches have teamed up with Notts County Council Volunteer Hub to offer support to people in Toton who are self-isolating. If you or someone you know needs support, contact 0115 946 2357 or email:  contact@totonchurches.org  We can offer shopping, prescription collection or a listening ear through phone befriending.”
  • Message from Cllr Lee Fletcher: “Broxtowe Borough Council has launched a Council Tax hardship scheme. Those eligible for Council Tax Support could receive up to £300 extra support in 2020/21. They do not need to apply for this additional support, the Council will automatically provide it to those who are eligible.
    • A further £200,000 is available to assist those receiving Council Tax Support if they are struggling to pay their Council Tax. A form is available for people to complete if they wish to make a claim. To apply click through to this Council page: COVID-19 Financial support for individuals
  • Businesses that deliver to your door. Here’s a link to a list of local businesses that will deliver to your door. The list was compiled by St Michael’s Church Bramcote (so credit to them) and is aimed at Bramcote residents. But I expect the businesses will be willing to deliver in our Area as well.
  • BBC Coronavirus Latest Here’s a link to the BBC’s Coronavirus newsletter If you’re interested in receiving this newsletter on a regular basis, you can sign up at the bottom.

2. Regular on-line links….

3. Reflections on the last 18 months

  • In the 50th edition, I summarised the highlights that had taken place since the start of the Forum.  So, I thought you might like another quick glance over the shoulder at the highlights from the 50th to now …
    • Sep ’18: signed up to Broxtowe Lotto scheme which has raised, as at the end of March 2020, a total of £1,368! [Many thanks, again, to our generous supporters for some very welcome funds.]
    • Oct ’18: DIO held 3 consultation sessions demonstrating their ideas for the Barracks.
    • Oct ’18 – Mar ’19: the Forum commissioned two reports and a masterplanning exercise from AECOM and Kefa Designs to provide background information, evidence and illustrations – all needed to strengthen the Plan.
    • Nov ’18: the Forum worked with the Council to develop and submit a Garden Communities bid (for the Barracks) to the government.
    • Nov ’18: we hosted our own unofficial HS2 consultation session at the Greenwood Centre. Around 280 turned up to see HS2’s latest plans for the Hub Station on the Sidings.
    • Dec ’18: members of the Steering Group attended 3 sessions of the Part 2 Local Plan external examination hearings organised by the Council.
    • Dec ‘18: an early draft of our Plan (sections A & B) published via Digest so members & friends could review and provide comments.
    • Feb ’19: our second AGM with almost 250 people attending to view some illustrative masterplans for the Barracks. Once we added the new members to our mailing list, we broke through the 1,000 barrier of people registered with the Forum. It currently stands at almost 1,100!
    • Apr – Jun ’19: draft Plan completed and refined by Steering Group.
    • Jul – Sep ’19: Plan finally published, followed by 10 weeks of formal consultation. Almost 120 people/organisations responded to the exercise with comments and suggestions.
    • Oct ’19 – Mar ’20: undertaking revisions to the Plan based on the overwhelming level of feedback received from the consultation.
    • Mar – Apr ’20: associated documents drafted and the Plan is ready to be formally submitted to the Council!
  • And running all the way through these last 18 months or so has been meetings with key influencers and stakeholders:
    • Anna Soubry (Oct ’18) who has raised a number of questions in Parliament on our behalf;
    • Sir John Peace, Chairman of Midlands Engine (Jun ’19) who is leading the formation of a Development Corporation for the East Midlands;
    • Cllr Milan Radulovic MBE Leader of Broxtowe Council (Oct ’19);
    • and to top it all …. Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing (Jan ’20) – organised by our current MP, Darren Henry;
    • Landowner meetings with: DIO, HS2 Ltd, and Oxalis;
    • And regular quarterly meetings of the Strategic Planning Group to provide our input to initial Hub Station scoping work.
  • Writing down the list brings home the scale of work undertaken over the last 18 months or so which has culminated in the Plan being ready for delivery to the Council – our whole raison d’etre over the last 3 years.

4. And finally…

  • Manor Farm Recreation Ground works. If you’ve been down to the recreation ground in Toton recently, you will have seen construction works being set up. This work is on behalf of Western Power and the objective is to bore two cable ducting tunnels under both the river and the bypass channel between Toton and Long Eaton (specifically between the two Carrfield Avenues). I’m grateful to Norman Lewis, the chairman of Friends of Toton Fields (and a member of our Steering Group) for sending me a document that contains full details of the planned works. If you’re interested, here’s a link to the plans – scroll down to page 17 to see a picture of the works.
  • Consultation Statement. The final document needed by the Forum to accompany our Plan to the Council has now been completed and is currently under review by the Steering Group. More on this next time.

This is a lengthy edition, so I’ve left out some ‘breaking news’ relating to our Neighbourhood Plan referendum. But that can be held over for next time, so I’ll quickly close this week.

Kind regards

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

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Weekly digest: Apr 04

Hello again,

A shorter edition this time, which is again focused on providing some links you may find useful during these strange times. Feedback from last week was again positive, hence sticking with the format.  This week’s layout is re-organised slightly so that new links are published first with standard links further down (although I’ve newly published a link to NCT 36 service timetable under standard links in section 2).

1. Some new on-line links….

  • Local walks. A Digest reader got in touch during the week suggesting a couple of walks that may be of interest. These walks are pretty much on our doorstep and tick both the ‘local’ and ‘quiet’ boxes – which help to minimise driving as well as maintaining social distance. This first walk is a pdf document of the Erewash Valley Trail. This 2nd link takes you a Sustrans site of the Nutbrook Trail which starts off on the Erewash Canal before branching off to Heanor via Shipley Park. The Nutbrook Trail may perhaps be more suited to cyclists but walkers will enjoy it as well. Many thanks, Stephen D for sending in these links. If anyone else has suggestions for local walks, please send them over and I’ll publish next week.
  • Government advice to what you can/can’t do with regard to leaving the house
  • Helpful Links in Difficult Times. A Notts County Council initiative has produced and maintains a spreadsheet containing lots of useful links in google docs. Here’s a link to the spreadsheet  Click on the tabs at the top of the spreadsheet to see more links.
  • Govt letter to GCSE, AS and A level students. Here’s a link to the letter explaining how grades will be awarded to those who were due to sit exams this summer.
  • A £1m COVID19 Community fund set up by Notts County Council to help organisations working with vulnerable groups. Here’s the link to full details
  • Business Support site. The govt have set up a site where businesses can access support
  • Supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.  Here’s a link to another govt maintained site

2. Some regular on-line links….

3. And finally…

  • Forum news: we’re still working on the Consultation Statement – it is now 75% completed so not much longer to go. I was going to say we’re working on the Statement with ‘quiet intensity’ but I appreciate that, outside the Steering Group, it may just appear that we are being ‘intensely quiet’! Never mind – by now I’m sure you know that I tend to be over optimistic regarding our capacity to produce documents on time. I deliberately set challenging timeframes, so we have clear deadlines to work to. But I know that means they are sometimes (usually?) missed but, still, I’m a firm believer that targets help provide focus.

That’s all folks!  See you next time

Kind regards

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Weekly digest: Mar 28

Hello again

Last week’s edition seemed to be very well received with 55% of recipients opening the email and 9% (66) people clicking on one or more of the links. So, we’d thought we’d repeat the format for another week with our main focus being the COVID-19 epidemic and provide both old and new links to steer you to information and where you can ask for help if needed.

1. Some more on-line links….

2. More news from Toton Churches – change of parish boundary

  • Following on from last week’s edition, we thought you might be interested in more church news – this time relating to the boundary between the ecclesiastical parishes of Toton and Stapleford. 
  • You may know that, prior to this change, the ecclesiastical boundary between the two parishes ran along ancient field lines – specifically the public footpath running down (roughly north/south) from Baulk Lane, Stapleford until it reaches the south side of the tram terminus when it turns and runs westerly to the junction between Stapleford Lane & Toton Lane and then on down to the Sidings.
  • Given the scale of development expected either side of Stapleford Lane/Toton Lane it was sensible for the boundary to be reviewed. The following is from a letter informing the Borough Council (kindly copied to me by Rev’d Colin Bourne) which explains the rationale for the change:
    • “In view of the proposed […] housing and other developments in Toton arising from (a) the new housing south of the A52 to the west of Stapleford Lane and Toton Lane, (b) the projected sale of the Chetwynd Barracks site, […] and (c) such additional developments [in the area] as may arise from the projected HS2 project, it has been agreed that the boundary between the Ecclesiastical Parishes of Toton and of Stapleford should be changed, better to reflect the fact that such developments would be regarded, primarily, as extensions of Toton rather than of Stapleford. There are ecclesiastical considerations around the rights of residents to be married and to have baptisms and funerals at their parish church of residence which we have also considered.”
  • Here is a link to the Pastoral Order and Map which illustrates the change (the area marked ‘A’ on the map) – which came into effect on 1st Feb 2020.  It remains to be seen when the road signage either side of footpath at the end of Stapleford Lane is realigned to reflect the fact that Toton should now be shown to begin immediately to the south of the A52 at Bardill’s island.

3. Councillor support for the Forum

  • We’ve received news this week of welcome support from two of our councillors:
    • (County) Cllr Eric Kerry has kindly donated a further £400 to the Forum to help cover the expenditure we’ll need to publish and promote the final version of the Plan along with the associated referendum when that takes place later this year. Cllr Kerry has been an ongoing supporter of the Forum having made regular similar donations when we have requested help. We do very much appreciate his generosity – it makes a big difference in helping us to effectively publicise and promote our activities
    • (Borough) Cllr Lee Fletcher has also been in touch offering help to any resident who needs it. Cllr Fletcher has signed up to the national volunteer service and although he is self-isolating for the moment, he asks you contact him via lee.fletcher@broxtowe.gov.uk if you have any concerns regarding the current situation.

4. And finally…

  • Some Forum news: only to confirm from last week’s digest that the Plan has been sent to the Council for an informal review and we are on track in producing the Consultation Statement.
  • Did you know?  Here’s a fun fact relating to our local ecclesiastical boundaries. Did you know that the River Erewash (mostly) represents more than just being the ecclesiastical boundary between the two parishes of Toton and Long Eaton; and more than being the boundary between the two Dioceses of Derby and Southwell and Nottingham. The river also represents the boundary between the two Provinces of the Church of England. Long Eaton parish comes under the southern, Canterbury Province, whilst Toton parish comes under the northern, York Province. Who knew? (Certainly not me!)

A longer edition than normal with little new ‘news’ about the Forum. Nevertheless, we hope you find it interesting with some useful tidbits. See you next time

Kind regards

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Weekly digest: Mar 21

Hello again,

Well, what a difference a couple of weeks make! In the last edition we advised that we had postponed the AGM – primarily because we couldn’t sort out a suitable location, but also because we thought the virus may have developed into becoming a risk to mass meetings. Of course, we had no idea (along with almost everyone else) how quickly the situation would deteriorate. But as the old saying goes…. we are where we are.

So, this edition is a little different. We thought it useful (and hope you do, too) to publicise/signpost details of support available locally to those who need help as a result of self-isolation.  A number of on-line community groups have quickly sprung up offering help with shopping etc. In addition, local organisations are putting in place their own support plans. We asked one of the Forum’s strongest supporters, Toton Churches, to let us know their response to the current situation – see their reply below.  So, if you happen to be in one of the groups who need to self-isolate and are finding it difficult to get supplies etc., please make use of the help available – it really isn’t far away.

1. Links to some on-line support….

2. Toton Churches – Doing Church Differently

  • With the cancellation of all church services and events, Toton Churches is playing its part in supporting the Toton Community: serving others where we can, offering opportunities to worship at home and praying for all affected by the pandemic.
  • Our members will be joining others in offering support to neighbours, especially the elderly, the vulnerable and those households in isolation.
  • We know that some may wish to take part in worship, even if they do not usually attend church. Toton Churches’ website and Facebook page will offer materials to help people worship at home together with links to on-line and broadcast opportunities. Search for ‘Toton Churches’ on Facebook or visit www.totonchurches.org
  • We also know some people may feel the need for prayer, whether or not they would normally. Toton Churches is undertaking to pray for any people or situation brought to their attention. If you might find this helpful, e-mail  prayer.request@totonchurches.org

3. And finally, some other news….

  • The Neighbourhood Plan is done. The finishing touches have been made and we will submit it to the Council early next week. This will be a ‘soft’ submission to give them a chance to spot and warn us of any showstoppers that will slow down progress over the next stages. We now expect to formally submit the Plan at the end of April. I know, I know.. this is a month’s delay to my anticipated end-of-March ‘deadline’ but it all helps to strengthen the final product.
  • The Basic Conditions Statement is drafted and is now out for review by the Steering Group. This should be signed-off by the end of next week.
  • The Consultation Statement is the other document we need to produce – we will start drafting this early next week and hope to complete in a couple of weeks.
  • Broxtowe Lotto. A quick update from last time. I’m very pleased to report that 3 of our supporters were winners last week! Mr. N won a £250 cash prize whilst both Mrs. P and Mr. S won 3 extra tickets. Congratulations to all 3. As the old saying goes “you’ve gotta be in it to win it!”

The Facebook links posted above are quickly growing their memberships, but they are not the only community groups in place. Several street-centred WhatsApp groups have also been set up so there is almost certainly one near you organised by neighbours. If any organiser of these groups wants to send me details of anything in our neighbourhood, I’ll be glad to signpost people to them next week.

These are indeed the most unusual times – I was going to say ‘unprecedented’, but I’m tired of hearing that word at the moment.  However, it is wonderful to see the care demonstrated by our neighbours in quickly rallying around to offer help to the elderly, vulnerable and less fortunate. It’s something to applaud and build on once we get back to something close to normal life.

In the meantime, keep safe!

Kind regards

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

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Weekly digest: Mar 07

Hello everyone,

A quick update this week and you’ll be glad to know the main focus is not the Plan but news about the AGM.

1 AGM, Sunday March 29th, is postponed

  • You’ll recall we’ve been having problems persuading the Village Hotel to host this year’s AGM at a reasonable price. We have been unable to convince them of the benefits of supporting their local community and providing us with a decent space at a discounted price.
  • We have tried to source a suitable alternative venue in our Area but without success thus far.
  • We are all well aware of the growing concerns surrounding coronavirus and yesterday (Friday) it was announced that Nottingham has registered its first incidence. Latest estimates suggest UK coronavirus cases will sharply increase over the next couple of months.
  • Given these concerns and the fact that a significant number of our members are of ‘a certain age’, we believe it is sensible to place the AGM on hold for the moment
  • So please delete the note you penciled in your diaries for the 29th. We will, of course, keep you updated of the revised date when we know more about scale and spread of the virus.
  • In the meantime, we will continue to look for a suitable venue for the meeting.

2 Plan’s Progress – reloaded

  • The SG meeting last week reviewed the Plan and the final tweaks discussed. They have now mostly been incorporated; we are just awaiting advice from the Council’s Planning experts on the precise wording to use to ensure we ‘bullet proof’ a couple of policies. Once we have this feedback the Plan will, at long last, be DONE!
  • We are now working on the ancillary documents to accompany the Plan when it is submitted to the Council.
  • We are still looking to submit all documents to the Council by the end of March.

3 And finally…..

  • Council’s leisure facilities consultation. A reminder that the workshop covering the Bramcote Leisure Centre and Chilwell Olympia is being held at Bramcote Memorial Hall, Church Street, NG9 3HD on Monday 16 March. 6.30pm for 6.45pm start. If you would like to attend, please book your place by emailing: Chris.Laxton-Kane@lleisure.co.uk.
  • Broxtowe Lotto. Another periodic mention of the scheme that we are part of.  Many thanks to all our supporters who take part and have nominated the Forum as a ‘good cause’. It provides us with a steady stream of income (circa £70 per month) which helps cover admin costs such as room hires. If you are not yet a supporter and would like to join in, please click on the link at the bottom where you will find details explaining how to join up. If you do, a portion of your ticket price is assigned to us as a ‘good cause’.

And that’s all folks for this week. See you next time.

Kind regards

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

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